What is the difference between EZ Mask v2 and Power Mask?
Posted by Marco Paolini on 18 November 2009 10:01 PM

Both EZ Mask and Power Mask are masking tools capable of extracting almost any object in an image--even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. EZ Mask requires less user input, but a rendering step is required. Power Mask requires more user interaction, but creates the mask in real time as you work and therefore does not require a final rendering step.

EZ Mask

  • Workflow
    • Draw strokes to quickly define foreground and background areas followed by a processing step.
    • Use an interactive Refine mode to fine tune the mask.
  • Ability to work at proxy resolutions (smaller than full size) for faster interaction.
  • Uses less RAM than Power Mask and can work on images about double the size of those in Power Mask.
  • Requires full resolution rendering once the mask is completed if working at a proxy resolution.
  • Better for complicated images where tracing the object, as required in Power Mask, would be tedious.

Power Mask
  • Workflow
    • Paint along the edge of the object to be extracted, and either the mask or the final composite is revealed instantly.
    • Fill open areas in the mask.
    • Fine tune the mask.
  • Real-time mask processing while drawing brush strokes.
  • Works at full resolution only.
  • Uses more RAM than EZ Mask and can work on images about half the size of those in EZ Mask.
  • No rendering step is needed once the mask is completed.
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