Breaking the Fourth Wall: Creating a Collage With AKVIS SmartMask
 

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Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Breaking the Fourth Wall

 

The author of this tutorial is Sylvie Proulx.

You can use AKVIS SmartMask to quickly and easily cut even complex objects from a photo and combine them into a stunning collage. In this tutorial the author creates a magic portal, through which at any time wild animals and birds can enter your home.

These are the images which will be used for the collage:

    Background Image Bird
    Deer Frame

Result:

    Collage
  • Step 1. Open the image of the flying bird in your graphics editor.
    AliveColors Workspace
    AliveColors Workspace

    Make a copy of the layer with the command Layers -> Duplicate, then open the AKVIS SmartMask plugin (Effects -> AKVIS -> SmartMask).

  • Step 2. Let's work in the plugin's Auto mode.

    Draw a line with the Drop Area Pencil tool within the part of the image to be deleted (in this case the sky around the bird).

    Draw a line with the Keep Area Pencil within the fragment of the image to be kept (the bird's silhouette).

    AKVIS SmartMask Workspace
    AKVIS SmartMask Workspace
  • Step 3. Press to process the image. The result will be shown on a transparent background in the Processing tab.
    Bird on a Transparent Background
    Bird on a Transparent Background
  • Step 4. Press to apply the result. The image will be sent to the graphics editor.
  • Step 5. Open the second image in the graphics editor (deer in the forest), create a copy of the layer, and call the AKVIS SmartMask plugin (as in Step 1).
  • Step 6. Select the tool from the Toolbar and draw a blue line within the contour of the deer. Next select the tool and draw a red line in the background around it.
    Lines on the Second Image
    Lines on the Second Image
  • Step 7. Press to process the image. The background will be deleted.

    If the edges look too rough, smooth them by increasing the value of the Mask Smoothing parameter and reprocess the image.

    Deer on a Transparent Background
    Deer on a Transparent Background
  • Step 8. Press to close the plugin's window and send the image to the graphics editor.
  • Step 9. Open the third image (the frame) in the graphics editor, make a copy of the layer and call the AKVIS SmartMask plugin again.
  • Step 10. To remove the white background, draw lines within it with the Drop Area Pencil tool , then draw lines within the boundaries of the frame with the Keep Area Pencil tool .
    Cutting Out the Frame
    Cutting Out the Frame

    Press to process the image.

  • Step 11. Apply the result by pressing . The image will be sent to the graphics editor.
    Frame on a Transparent Background
    Frame on a Transparent Background
  • Step 12. Open the image which will serve as the background in the graphics editor and add the images processed with the AKVIS SmartMask plugin:

      - Choose the image of the frame;

      - Select the layer with the frame on a transparent background (Ctrl+A);

      - Copy the selection to the clipboard (Ctrl+C);

      - Switch to the background image;

      - Paste the selected fragment onto the background (Ctrl+V).

    Transfer the processed images of the bird and deer in the same way. As a result, all four images are in one file, and the layers palette looks like this:

    Layers Palette
    Layers Palette
  • Step 13. Use the graphics editor's tools to arrange the pieces of the collage as desired, then merge the layers (Layers -> Merge All).
    Collage
    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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