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3D color masking automatically generates a mask based on characteristics of the image you select, such as luminance, saturation, and hue. This video demonstrates how to create and share masks defined by color constraints between photos with similar characteristics.

Photos: Andrea Livieri, Halftone Studios


Quickly Defining Masks

Color based masking is fast and precise and can save significant time in your editing sessions. The hue range presets quickly create a mask for one color in the image that needs adjusting. Modify the color selected by rotating the wheel. Quickly refine the mask to include more tones, or to feather the color boundaries more widely. When a mask is generated by the color constraints, any unwanted areas can seamlessly be cleaned up with the brush tool.

With the mask defined, edits will only apply to the area of the image specified by the parameters set.

Reusable Precise Masking

3D color masking makes editing groups of similar images a breeze.

Once a mask is defined by one or all of the color constraints to create a useful image selection, the mask can be reused on other images with good success. With the ‘show mask’ option turned on, a red overlay is displayed in areas that are selected. These masks can simply be copied and pasted from one image to the next.

The mask boundaries automatically recalculate for the content of the image it is applied to. If the subject moves to a new position between shots, or if there are several images captured in a similar environment, the same mask can be applied to all of them.

In this situation, scene lighting caused the appearance of texture on the model’s skin in group of images. Rather than retouch each of them by hand, smoothing effects and can be applied to the skin in one image, and then duplicated to the others.

If needed, the mask for each image can easily be customized. The brush can be used to refine the mask by removing unwanted areas.

3D color masking quick and easy, which enables you to do more creative editing in less time. Give it a try on your own images and see how it can improve your workflow.