Topaz Remask 2: A Lightning Fast Way To Mask Windows Or Skies

November 24th, 2009

Back in September I wrote a post about ReMask, a masking plugin by Topaz. Topaz just released a Beta of a new improved version of ReMask that’s called ReMask2.

This new version is pretty amazing! It’s very intuitive to use, fast, and best of all it does a fantastic job of quickly knocking out skies with complex skylines or windows with plants or other objects sitting in front of the windows. The price is reasonable too, just $70 USD. This is effectively half of what Mask Pro 4.1 and Fluid mask (the competition) costs.

After using ReMask2 for a while and getting excited about how well it works I decided to tryout Fluid mask and Mask Pro 4.1. I’ve never used Fluid mask before but I’ve used Mask Pro many times over the years in it’s many forms. Mask Pro been around for years (used to be owned by Extensis) but I could never get excited about it because it always seemed expensive for the job it did.

After trying Fluid mask and refreshing my memory about Mask Pro, I realized what I liked so much about ReMask2; it is simple to understand and straight forward to use. I installed ReMask2 and started using it without reading any instructions. It is intuitive to use and does what it’s supposed to do. On the other hand Fluid Mask feels overly complicated. I understand that there is frequently a trade-off between simple and powerful. But for my taste ReMask2 strikes a good balance between simplicity and power. So if you are not satisfied with your ability to quickly mask out skies or windows you might want to give ReMask2 a try. There’s a 30 day free trial.

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8 Responses to “Topaz Remask 2: A Lightning Fast Way To Mask Windows Or Skies”

  • Great idea – I actually have a shoot booked at 10AM tomorrow and it’s predicted to be grey and sad – might just get to have a play then… Thanks for the linkout 😀

  • I received the email announcing Remask 2. I’m now playing around with it and getting good results. There is a discount code too. “Here’s a newsletter-exclusive coupon code for $30 off the price for ReMask, which brings it to $39.99: “magicbrush”. This code will also work as a coupon code for the bundle or bundle upgrades, and expires December 10, 2009. ReMask 1 customers receive ReMask 2 as a free upgrade – just use your existing ReMask 1 license key”.

  • Thanks for the coupon code. 🙂

  • Thanks for the nice review and I hope you get some good mileage out of it! This was tweeted in @topazlabs a bit back.

  • Ok, here’s my results. I bought Mask Pro 4 last year with the Onone bundle and I’ve had nothing but iffy results from it plus I find it very difficult to use. The same for all the other masking programs, even what’s built into Photoshop 3 and 4. Remask 2 is, not only the lowest cost, it has worked far better for me than any other and unbelievably easy to use. I also have Topaz Adjust and Topaz Detail that are very useful too.

  • Jerry: Thanks for the feedback! This is pretty much my experience too… It’s great to get confirmation that others are having the same experience.

  • Excellent coupon! It still works Christmas Eve.

  • Thank you very much for the notice of the ReMask coupon, Larry! It still works as of January 31, 2010!

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