Standard Selection Tools in AKVIS SmartMask

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Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Standard Selection Tools


The standard selection tools in SmartMask are intended for creating geometric shapes and freeform selections. The selected area is marked by a dotted outline. You can move the selection outline in the image by placing the cursor inside the selected area and dragging it.



Selections Tools:

  • Rectangular Selection lets selecting rectangular and square areas. Drag over the area you want to select with the left mouse button.
  • Elliptical Selection lets selecting elliptical or circular areas.
  • Lasso allows creating freehand selections. Draw a selection line around an object. When you release the left mouse button, the contour will be closed, the final point will be connected to the start one.
  • Polygonal Lasso lets creating a freehand selection from straight segments. Move the cursor and left-click on each point, the program will automatically draw a straight line between two points. To close the contour bring the cursor to the first point or make a double-click in the final point.

Hold Shift to make a square or a circle and to draw a perfectly vertical/horizontal line.


The tools options will be shown in the Settings Panel and in a floating box when right-clicking on the image:

  • Selection Mode defines the result of the interaction of selections:
    • New . When creating a new selection, the previous selection disappears.
    • Add . The selection area will be increased by adding new fragments.
    • Subtract . This mode lets removing the part of the selection.
    • Intersect . This mode lets keeping only the intersection area of the selections.

    Add to Selection Subtract from Selection
    Add Subtract

  • Feather (0-250). The parameter lets blurring edges of the selection.

    Feather = 0 Feather = 10
    Feather = 0 Feather = 10

  • Anti-aliasing. The check-box lets smoothing the jagged edges of the selection. Enable this option before creating a selection!

    Without Anti-aliasing Using Anti-aliasing
    Anti-aliasing is disabled Anti-aliasing is enabled

  • From Center. The check-box lets creating a selection (a rectangle or an ellipse) using a start point, where the cursor is, as a center. Otherwise, selections are created from a corner.
  • Style. You can specify a size of a selection:
    • Normal. The size of a selection is determined by dragging the cursor.
    • Fixed Size. This option lets you create a selection with exact dimensions (height and width, in pixels).
    • Fixed Ratio. The ratio of height and width of a selection remains fixed.
  • Click on and choose a command (what you want to do with the selection):
    Remove Selected Areas, Remove Unselected Areas, Inverse Selection, or Deselect.

You can use the Magic Brush and other tools to edit the selection.

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   — 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
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Video Lessons Video Lessons
   — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes
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   — Auto Tools & Edge Priority — Auto Tools & Edge Priority
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   — 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
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   — Around the World in One Day — Around the World in One Day
   — Magic Window — Magic Window
   — Little Princess — Little Princess
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   — 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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