Today, Topaz Labs released Mask AI which leverages machine learning and neural networks to create masks based on simple brush outlines.
Topaz Mask AI uses a three-level “trimap” technique to create masks. Starting out, users can apply an auto mask that will compute the subject of the photo. From there, further refinements can be made in broad strokes to more accurately define what parts of the image to keep and which to mask away. Topaz believes that their system will create much more accurate masks with less work creating them compared to hand brushing in Photoshop.
Post-mask creation, Mask AI offers a collection of tools to make better edge selections. In the Edge tab, edge softness, edge shift, foreground recovery, and defringe sliders can be used for fine tuning. In the Background tab, masks can used for full replacements of the background including solid color cutouts and background blurring.
In the video below from my YouTube channel, I test drive the new application with three bird photos with varying level of difficulty to see how it works.
Topaz Mask AI is priced at $69.99 at launch and has a free trial available to try it out yourself.