Around the World in One Day: Photomontage with AKVIS SmartMask

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Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Around the World in One Day


The author of this example is David Kelly, the UK.

If you want to visit the Seven Wonders of the World for one day or go to the Moon, just do it. Nothing is impossible! Take a photo and create photo montages with AKVIS SmartMask.

Original Image plus Examples:

Original photo Trees background Lake background Door background Wall background Stone background

This example has been created in Corel Paint Shop Pro, but you can use any other photo editor compatible with AKVIS SmartMask plugin.

  • Step 1. Open an image in Paint Shop Pro: File -> Open.

    Paint Shop Pro workspace
  • Step 2. Duplicate the original layer by right-clicking on the Background layer, which is located on the Layers palette, then select Duplicate. A copy of the background layer is created.

    Layer's copy
  • Step 3. Call AKVIS SmartMask plugin: Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> SmartMask.

    By default the program initially uses Auto mode, which is adequate for most general masking purposes, and is the mode used exclusively in this tutorial.

    AKVIS SmartMask plugin's window
  • Step 4. Select the Keep Area Pencil located top of the left side vertical tool bar, and using the Size slider located in the Settings Panel adjust the brush to a suitable size.

    Next carefully draw an outline inside the figures, including around any gaps through which the background is visible. Care should be taken not to allow the blue lines to stray into any background area.

    Keep area pencil

    Next select the Drop Area Pencil , and with a suitably sized brush carefully outline the background, near to, but not touching the blue lines.

    Drop area pencil
  • Step 5. Click the button to start image processing.
  • Step 6. The result will be shown on a transparent background.

    Transparent background

    You can view the fragment on a color background by clicking the button .

  • Step 7. Click on to apply the result and return to PSP’s workspace.
  • Step 8. Copy the fragment: select the image with the command Selection -> Select All (Ctrl+A), then use the command Edit -> Copy (Ctrl+C).
  • Step 9. Open an image with a new background.
  • Step 10. Paste the fragment to the replacement background: Ctrl+E.
  • Step 11. You can change the size of the background or resize the fragment. Use Deform Tool (D).

    When finished name and save the layered image as a .psp or .psd file. This will retain the separate layers, which if required can be renamed before saving.

    Before saving as another file type flatten the image by right-clicking the Background layer, selecting Merge then Merge All (Flatten).

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Mask View Modes — Mask View Modes
   — Custom Background — Custom Background
   — History Palette — History Palette
   — Save and Load Projects — Save and Load Projects
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Hot Keys — Hot Keys
Making Selections Making Selections
   — Automatic Selection Tools — Automatic Selection Tools
   — Manual Selection Tools — Manual Selection Tools
   — Quick Selection — Quick Selection
   — Standard Selection Tools — Standard Selection Tools
   — Magic Brush — Magic Brush
   — Chroma Key — Chroma Key
   — Refine Edges — Refine Edges
   — Post-Processing Tools — Post-Processing Tools
   — Additional Tools — Additional Tools
Video Lessons Video Lessons
   — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes
   — Auto Selection of Similar Objects — Auto Selection of Similar Objects
   — Auto Tools & Edge Priority — Auto Tools & Edge Priority
   — Smart Color Picker — Smart Color Picker
   — Selecting Hair: Auto & Brushes — Selecting Hair: Auto & Brushes
   — Magic Brush for Transparent Objects — Magic Brush for Transparent Objects
   — Automatic Recognition of Areas — Automatic Recognition of Areas
   — Quick Selection & Background Eraser — Quick Selection & Background Eraser
   — Extract a Person from a Photo — Extract a Person from a Photo
   — Selecting Water Splashes — Selecting Water Splashes
   — Improve Selections with Refine Edges — Improve Selections with Refine Edges
   — Removing Green Screen Background — Removing Green Screen Background
   — Adding a New Background — Adding a New Background
Examples Examples
   — Separate a Person from a Photo — Separate a Person from a Photo
   — Around the World in One Day — Around the World in One Day
   — Magic Window — Magic Window
   — Little Princess — Little Princess
   — Changeable Landscape — Changeable Landscape
   — Golden Colors of Fall — Golden Colors of Fall
   — Snow Paradise — Snow Paradise
   — Cat and Dog: a Fantasy Collage — Cat and Dog: a Fantasy Collage
   — Breaking the Fourth Wall — Breaking the Fourth Wall
   — Flight under the Moonlight — Flight under the Moonlight


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