Instant Mask is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that lets you remove the background on photos that you load into the software.
It may sometimes be necessary to remove the background of images or photos, for instance when you need to extract an object from an image, to work with it alone or integrate it into another image or photo.
Examples of where this may come in handy is when you want to exchange a background with another one on an image or photo, or when you want to copy several objects or people on photos to paste them on to a new image.
Instant Mask Free is a basic but capable software program to remove the background from photos. A single photo can be loaded into the program at a time.
The removal of the background is a three step process. It begins by using the red marker to mark the background area of the photo. After that the green marker is used to mark the foreground area of the photo in yellow. A click on the preview button will process the request and display the results based on the user's selection of the background and foreground marker.
The basic nature of the program becomes apparent if it is necessary to tweak the marker settings as there is no way to remove existing markers from the photo.
It may therefore be necessary to reload the image, and apply all markers again to remove the background properly from the photo.
The zoom can be used to mark both areas more thoroughly on the photo to make it a bit easier.
Photos can be saved as new images, or as the same image overwriting it. Instant Mask is available for download at the developer's website. It is compatible with most Microsoft operating systems including Windows 7.
The company responsible for the program has created InstantMask Pro and Ultimate, two commercial programs that improves the capabilities of the free version. One feature that both add are options to fine tune the selection by going back to the drawing board to improve background and foreground selection.
There is also an eraser tool, options to change the marker width, use a perview mode, and make use of special brushes to fine tune the results even further.
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