Last updated on December 9th, 2019
Masking in photography can sometimes be a time-consuming task in photo editing. Topaz Labs has created Mask AI to make the masking process faster. This Topaz Mask AI review will give you a quick run-through of the software.
My Topaz Mask AI Review and Thoughts
First of all, Topaz Labs had a similar masking application called Topaz ReMask. I feel Topaz ReMask and Mask AI are pretty much the same software. So, if you were planning to upgrade from ReMask to Mask AI, I don’t think it’s worth the upgrade.
Now getting back to the newer photography masking software.
How Mask AI Works
The masking process works by you using three different colored brushes:
Green – areas that you want to keep
Red – areas that you want to cut
Blue – areas you want Mask AI to calculate
For more complex masks such as portraits with hair sticking out or trees with a sky view between the branches, you need to refine the mask by making small brush strokes/spots in areas you want to keep and cut.
After brushing with the tricolor brushes, you just press the compute mask button. Mask AI will now calculate the mask.
Once the mask is produced, you can further edit it with the brushes plus shift and harden (sharpen) the mask.
I used a difficult image to mask: a girl with her hair flying out.
Below is the result of my mask without spending too much time on it. As you can see, Mask AI is not perfect. Even if I spend more time on the mask, it would have been counterproductive as hair is not easy to mask even with an automation software.
Mask AI costs $99. You can use coupon code aperlust for a 15% discount.
Mask AI is expensive considering it only accomplishes one process of the photography workflow.
The software will easily mask high-contrast images that don’t have multiple fine or thin details.