Follow these instructions to cut out an object using AKVIS SmartMask v.1.0-3.0:
Note: These instructions were written for the old version of SmartMask. See the tutorial for current version here.
Sharp mode. This mode is ideal for images with a good contrast level and for objects with sharp edges (buildings, clothes, machines...).
Soft mode. This mode is good for selecting objects with not clearly defined edges (hair, fluff, fur...).
Complex mode. This mode is especially good for selecting complex objects - transparent or glass objects, objects that have the same color range as the background (trees, dishware, soap bubble...)
Hint: For some images it is enough to use only one mode, for others you may need to use all three modes.
You can start working in any of these three modes, but to achieve a good result it is advisable to work sequentially (for example, if you start working in the Complex mode and then try to switch to one of the preceding tabs, the changes will be cancelled and the image will be processed with the settings of the current tab).
You can watch a flash movie demonstrating the technique of using the plugin in all its three modes:
Click here (flash-movie, 6,8 Mb)