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Fluid Mask 3 adds "Smart Blending"

updated 11:30 am EDT, Wed July 18, 2007

Fluid Mask 3 released

Vertus today launched Fluid Mask 3, the latest release of its masking software previously only available as a Windows beta release. The software is designed to easily separate problem images -- such as human hair and tree leaves -- by leveraging a more effective edge detection system alongside improved "Smart Blending" functionality; Fluid Mask 3 presents a slider that enables users to seamlessly switch between "Smart Blending" and standard feather blending. Users can invoke complex edge and special hair blending algorithms within focused areas, which Vertus says automatically cuts out tricky edges and difficult hair -- such as highlights and hair with wide color differences. The update offers improvements to the initial image processing time for a speed increase of up to 40 percent for users operating on multi-processor systems. Vertus has also improved the workflow of Fluid Mask 3, adding new tools like a "Save Settings" option and a color sampler in the Color Workspace palette. Fluid Mask 3 is priced at $325, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JacquesDav

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nowhere is it mentioned in your article that this software requires Photoshop CS2 or CS3. It may be self-evident to those who know the software, but this kind of assumption makes for sloppy journalism. Fluid Mask 3 is essentially a Photoshop plug-in, and it seems perfectly obvious that some mention of this is necessary in this article if it is to be complete.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    in addition

    to MacNN's sloppy writing, the makers of fluid mask dont even put on their website that it's a photoshop plug in. It's only evident by a "Not upgraded to CS2/CS3" button or under the "system requirements" link.

    EVERY plug in maker usually starts with "our product is a photoshop plug in that....."

  1. namssab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a few corrections...

    Hi all,

    Steveo here from Vertus Fluid Mask.

    Firstly I would like to thank macnn for posting our press release - really is appreciated. However I would like to point out that Fluid Mask 3 is $239 and not $325. Is there a chance you could amend that? Thanks!

    Hi eldarkus - thanks for your comment.

    You are quite right in certain respect. I would like to mention that we are, for the first time, able to run Fluid Mask 3 WITHOUT plugging in to Photoshop - as a new company this is big news for us.

    However, we do plugin to Photoshop CS2 & CS3 and make this clear on our site where we feel itís appropriate to mention. Check out

    What would be good is to hear your initial thoughts on our new offering. Many thanks again for your input.


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