Image Masking is an advanced level of Clipping Path which is mostly used for more precision of the work. This service is mostly used for images with hair or fur to give it a smooth look rather than a straight cut.
Image masking can be integrated with services like background removal, clipping path, image retouching etc. We can classify the service into four major parts:
· Layer Mask Service
Layer Masking can be performed by alpha masking, transparent layer masking. Here the image will have two different layers, the original layer and the masked layer. This helps the customer to determine the difference between the image how the masking as affected the image. They can turn on the mask layer to see the after image or turn off the layer to see the original image. Thus enabling the customer to have a choice and use them based on their perspective.
· Object Mask Service
Object Masking focuses on the background of an image or the back elements of the image. For example let’s say we have a product in front of a background. Here if we keep the background and remove the product by masking it will simplify as Object Masking Service. This is very useful in keeping background of images and later using them for the backdrop of many different images.
· Refine Edge Masking
Refine Edge Masking is part of layer mask but much more precise and smooth. Here we use a tool in Adobe Photoshop called “Refine Edge”. This helps us to recreate and bring out the image in a more natural and beautiful way without looking photo shopped or just a cutout image. The main uses of this service are for images of models with flyaway hair and clothing images with fur, Etc.
· Color Masking Service
Color Masking is a combined service which includes, clipping path, then refine edge masking and color correction as well. Firstly, we have use pen tool do a basic clipping path of any given object or model then using refine edge tool we would take the critical elements of the image like hair or fur of the clothing. Then on that masked image we would insert or input color based on the client’s requirements. Thus a very important and useful service known as Color Masking Service.
In conclusion Image Masking service has many different uses and as always it is up to the requirements of the customer and the imagination of the designer that sets its limit. This service goes hand in hand with many other services. We at Clip and Touch take pride in working in sync just like our services.