Flight under the Moonlight

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Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Flight under the Moonlight


Childhood is the time when fairy tales seem real. Who has not dreamed of a magic hat or riding a broom across the sky? AKVIS plugins can make your dreams come true, although only on the image.

In this example, we will turn a simple photo into a fairy-tale collage.

Original Result

This tutorial has been created using Adobe Photoshop, but you can use any other graphics editor, which is compatible with AKVIS plugins.


  • Step 1. Open a photo in the graphics editor.

    Source Photo
  • Step 2. This photo looks too dark. Use AKVIS Enhancer plugin to enhance details hidden in the dark areas. To call the plugin select the command Filter -> AKVIS -> Enhancer.

    Lighten an Image Using AKVIS Enhancer

    After that, improve sharpness of the photo using AKVIS Refocus plugin. To call the plugin use the command Filter -> AKVIS -> Refocus.

    Improve Sharpness Using AKVIS Refocus
  • Step 3. Select the images you want to combine into a collage. Use AKVIS SmartMask plugin to cut out the suitable fragments.

    First, edit the photo of a boy. Call the plugin using the command Filter -> AKVIS -> SmartMask.

    By default, the plugin works in the Auto Mode.

    Use the Keep Area Pencil to outline the boy's silhouette. Use the Drop Area Pencil to mark the background.

    Outline the Boy

    Start the processing by clicking the button . The area marked with the red pencil will be removed. The area marked with the blue pencil will be kept. To evaluate the processing quality switch to the Color Background Mask View Mode.

    Auto Mode Processing

    The result is pretty good, but there are some shortcomings.

  • Step 4. Switch to the Manual mode and edit the selection using the Post-Processing Tools.

    Manual Mode Processing
  • Step 5. Click on to apply the result and close the plugin window.

    Processing Result
  • Step 6. Go ahead and open an image of a broom. Cut it out using AKVIS SmartMask.

    Image of a Broom

  • Step 7. Call the plugin once again (Filter -> AKVIS -> SmartMask).

    Switch to the Manual mode. Some parts of the background can be removed with the Quick Selection tool . Remove the remaining background using the Magic Brush tool .

    Using Magic Brush
  • Step 8. Combine the broom with a stick and merge all the layers together: Layer -> Merge Layers.

    Combining Broom Elements
  • Step 9. Paste the newly created broom into the picture with the child. Scale the broom to the right size and adjust its angle: Edit -> Free Transform.

    Add the Broom

    Create a copy of the layer with the broom (Layer -> Duplicate Layer). Place the layer with the child between the duplicated layers.

    Copy the Layer

    Use the Eraser tool to delete the unnecessary part of the broom.

    Delete a Part of the Broom
  • Step 10. You only need to select a suitable background to complete the magic collage.

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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