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Refine Mask Tool

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    It sounds like you're trying to refine the red overlay mask. You need to apply that first and AFTER the mask is created you can refine it. If that is actually what you're doing, then you didn't explain properly above.

    I looked at both of your photos. The masking looks pretty good to me. You have a lot of fine bushes along the edge which are still recognizable, but they are very fine and you're never going to get a sharp mask with them.

    I tried the refine brush on the one you already refined. This is before...

    And with just 2 passes, this is after. With this result. I would clean up the white area to make it solid and be done...

     

    I see a halo around the people, but that's not a mask problem, that's caused by too much contrast and it might be dealt with in other ways, but not with a sharp mask.

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Just for a test, I reset your mask and instead selected a color Range mask. There are the settings...

    And that gives me this...

    Then a quick cleanup with the masking brush looks like this...

    All of it took less than 5 minutes.

     

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  • Roger Gough

    Thanks for this Rick. 

    Just to confirm, I did make changes in the sequence I stated, which was apply mask, then use the refine brush.

    I am also aware of the colour range mask. However, depending on the scene and colours, this is not always suitable. I chose this particular photo, just for simplicity to illustrate the problem.

    It is the refine brush that I need the help with. In my example, after using the refine brush some areas of the sky were removed from the mask, while some areas of the land were added to the mask. Both are wrong.

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Roger,

    then I'd suggest that you get some good examples together and ask Tech support about it. They know what it SHOULD do and should be able to give you a better answer.

     

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  • Roger Gough

    Hi Nitin,

    In the files that I attached, I used the auto mode. Unfortunately, I have already tried the other two modes and saw the same problem, although affecting different areas of the photo.

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  • Roger Gough

    Sorry, I generally shoot in JPEG so I don't have a raw file version.

    Can I just ask, are you with ON1, the Company? I was considering opening a support case, but if you are looking into this issue for me, I will not open a case unless you want me to.

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  • Roger Gough

    Sorry about the confusion, and "re-employing" you!!

    I agree with you about Photo Raw, the product. It has some great features. I just hope they continue to improve the stability and performance, particularly when releasing updates.

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  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    Roger, this is a user group. There is no one from On1 that deals with support issues here.

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    It doesn't help with the Refine tools but I like to use the Perfect Brush to clean up the edges of the Auto AI masks.

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  • Roger Gough

    Hi Nitin,

    Thanks for this. I will give the blur mask tool a try.

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    I like the Perfect Brush to refine the mask edges created by the masking AI tool. There are a couple of alternatives to try.

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