Magic Window: Create a Fairy Tale Collage with AKVIS SmartMask

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Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Magic Window


The author of this tutorial is Tammy Russotto.

The imagination of a child often grants ordinary objects magical properties, and even a window can become the source of surprising discoveries, if you look at it through the eyes of a child. In her tutorial Tammy Russotto demonstrates how the AKVIS SmartMask plug-in can be used to create extraordinary pictures.

    Original Image Result
  • Step 1. Open the image (photo of the giraffe) in the photo editor AliveColors. Select Layers -> Duplicate from the menu to make a copy of the layer and start the AKVIS SmartMask plug-in by clicking on Effects -> AKVIS -> SmartMask.

    Original Image in AliveColors
    Image of Giraffe
  • Step 2. Choose the plug-in’s mode (it is best to start with Auto mode).

    Use the Drop Area Pencil to draw over areas that you want to delete (in this case the background behind the giraffe).

    Use the Keep Area Pencil to outline the image you want to save (the giraffe).

    Workspace of the AKVIS SmartMask Plug-in
    Workspace of the AKVIS SmartMask Plug-in
  • Step 3. Press the button to start processing the image.

    Adjust the "furry" border of the image with the Transition Area Pencil .

    Selection of the Image Boundary in Auto Mode
    Selection of the Image Boundary in Auto Mode

    The result will be shown on a transparent background.

    Image On Transparent Background
    Image On Transparent Background
  • Step 4. Press the button to apply the results and return to the photo editor.
  • Step 5. Open the second image (window and girl) in the photo editor, make a copy of the layer and start the AKVIS SmartMask plug-in (as in Step 1).
  • Step 6. Use the red pencil to select the area to be removed (image in the window), and the blue pencil to select the area that needs to remain (the window itself and the girl).

    Pencil Strokes in Auto Mode
    Pencil Strokes in Auto Mode
  • Step 7. Start processing the image by pressing the button.

    The edges are too rough. To resolve this you can increase the Mask Smoothing parameter to 10 and restart processing.

    Image With Transparent Background
    Image With Transparent Background
  • Step 8. Press the button to close the plug-in window and send the image to the photo editor.
  • Step 9. Open an image in the photo editor that will serve as a background (blue sky). The girl and giraffe can be placed here:

      - Switch to the window with the image;

      - Choose the command Select -> Select All from the menu (highlight the active layer);

      - Copy the selection to the clipboard (command Edit -> Copy);

      - Switch to the window with the sky;

      - Paste the fragment on a new layer (command Edit -> Paste).

    As a result, all three images will be in one file, and the layers palette will look like this:

    Layers Palette
    Layers Palette
  • Step 10. Once the images are brought together, it is necessary to reduce the size of the giraffe, which turned out to be too large for the window. To do this, find the layer with the giraffe (Layer 2), choose the command Edit -> Transform -> Scale from the menu and pick the appropriate size manually or in the Settings Panel specify values for the parameters W and H as a percentage of the original size (e.g. 25%).

    Move the giraffe to the left of the window and apply the transformation (press Enter or press the OK button.

  • Step 11. Combine all the layers into one: Layers -> Merge All.
    Creation of Collage
    Creation of Collage
  • Step 12. Remove excess areas with the Crop tool .
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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