AKVIS SmartMask can be used as a standalone program or as a Photoshop compatible plugin.


The workspace will be arranged according to the chosen mode: Auto or Manual.

The Auto mode contains the tools that let you create a selection automatically. This mode is ideal for images with a good contrast level and for objects with sharp edges. It can also be used as an initial stage when working with complex objects.

Workspace of AKVIS SmartMask (Auto Mode)
Workspace of AKVIS SmartMask (Auto Mode)

The Manual mode contains the set of the smart brushes. These tools are helpful either if you need to quickly select a simple object with a uniform color, or when selecting complex objects: glass articles, trees, dishware, soap bubbles... You can also use these brushes to improve the result achieved with the automatic tools.

Workspace of AKVIS SmartMask (Manual Mode)
Workspace of AKVIS SmartMask (Manual Mode)


Most of the program's workspace is taken up by the Image Window with two tabs - Original and Processing. All operations are performed in the Processing tab. You can choose how these tabs will be shown by adjusting the Image View Modes.


In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel:


Also, in the Control Panel, you can find three modes:


At the left side of the Image Window there is the Toolbar. Different tools will appear, depending on the workspace mode (Auto/Manual) chosen. The tool’s parameters are shown in the Settings Panel or in a pop-up box after right-clicking in the image window.

You can set up keyboard shortcuts ("hot keys") for all tools and actions.


At the bottom part of the left panel you can switch between the Mask View Modes:

Mask View Modes


Below you can adjust the Image View Mode.

Managing View Modes


Navigate and scale the image using the Navigator. The frame in the Navigator surrounds the area of the image which is visible in the main window; the area outside of the frame will be shaded. The frame can be dragged, thereby changing the visible portion of the image. To move the frame, place the cursor within it, left click the mouse, and then drag.

Navigator window

You can hide/show the Navigator by clicking on its title.

Use the slider to scale the image in the Image Window. When you move the slider to the right, the image scale increases. When you move the slider to the left, the image scale decreases.

To scroll the image in the Image Window you can press the spacebar on the keyboard and drag the image with the left mouse button. Use the scroll wheel of the mouse to move the image up/down, by keeping the Ctrl key pressed (Mac: ) – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt key pressed (Mac: Option) − scale the image. Right-click the scroll bar to activate the quick navigation menu.

You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field and pressing the button Enter (Return in Mac). The drop-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.

You can also use hotkeys to zoom in and zoom out.


Under the Navigator there is the Settings Panel with the parameters of the chosen mode and the tool’s options. The Default button recovers the default settings of the parameters.

Below you’ll find the History palette (which is only available for the Deluxe and Business licenses), that shows the list of every change made to a file. By clicking on an item in the list, you can revert the file to a previous state.

Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor. In Preferences you can choose where the hints will be shown or hide this field.


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