Mask Tab Sheet

 

The Mask tab sheet of Advanced Mode offers controls for the brush tool, various tonal and gradient-based masking options as well as options for adjusting the overall BWStyler effect. With the help of these features you can remove the effect of BWStyler from certain image areas. With the Color check box at the top you can decide of the masked areas should become either black & white or colored. The arrow-down button displays a menu with various presets that activate the effects on the selected sub tab. So depending on the selected sub tab a different menu is displayed.

In Advanced+ Mode the same effects are located in the fifth section of the Effects combo box.

 

Brush

The Brush controls are used in connection with the brush tool. Please read the Tools & Reset page.

 

Mask

The Method Combo Box

The Method combo box contains four options. "Off" deactivates masking whereas the other three display different masking options as discussed below.


The Color Check Box

If the Color combo box is deactivated, the masked areas display a standard black and white version of the image without any effect applied to them. Otherwise the masked areas reveal the original color image.


The M Button

If you activate the M button you will see the grayscaled mask image that is created with the help of the masking options described below. This gives you a visible feedback about which image areas are masked and which not. The white areas of the mask have the effect applied whereas the black ones show the original pixels. Gray mask areas have the effect applied with reduced intensity.


Tonal Masking

  

The Tonal method contains three options for creating masks based on brightness, color and saturation values of the original image. You can use all three groups at the same time or only one. Each group contains an Invert slider, which makes masked areas unmasked and vice versa.

The Brightness group offers Range and Tones options. The Range option applies all BWStyler effects to image areas of a defined brightness range. The Tone slider lets you select the brightness value. If you set it to 255, only the brightest image areas will be affected. If you set it to zero, only the dark image areas will be included in the mask. The Limit slider controls the brightness range around the selected brightness value. A higher slider value will add larger image areas to the mask whereas a value of zero means that no image area is affected at all. To pick a brightness value from the preview activate the eyedropper icon of this group and click on the preview. Drag the eyedropper over the preview to adjust the Limit slider and immediately see the effect of the brightness mask.

The Tones options of the Brightness group offers Highlights, Midtones and Shadows sliders. If you increase the value of the Highlights sliders, the BWStyler effect will be removed from the bright image areas. If you additionally activate the Invert check box, the Highlights slider adds the BWStyler effect to the bright image areas. The other two sliders work accordingly, but affect mid bright and dark image areas. Alternatively you can activate the eyedropper icon of this group, click on the preview, hold down the mouse button and drag the mouse over the preview. One of the three sliders is then automatically chosen (depending on the clicked pixel in the preview) and its value is changed during dragging.

The Color group applies all BWStyler effects to image areas that have a certain color in the original image. The color displayed in the color box is used for creating the mask. To choose another color click on the color box to display a color dialog. Alternatively click on the eyedropper icon next to the color box and then click on the preview to pick another color. Drag the eyedropper over the preview to adjust the Limit slider and immediately see the effect of the color mask. The Limit slider adjusts the size of the affected image areas by expanding or shrinking the mask. A low slider value only includes pixels with similar colors in the mask whereas a high slider value also includes pixels with slightly different colors.

The Saturation group applies all BWStyler effects to image areas of a defined saturation range. The Tone slider selects the saturation value. For example, if you set it to 255, only the highly saturated image areas will be affected. If you set it to zero, only the low saturated image areas will be included. The Limit slider controls the saturation range around the selected saturation value. A higher slider value will include larger image areas in the mask whereas a value of zero means that no image area is affected at all. To pick a saturation value from the preview activate the eyedropper icon of this group and click on the preview. Drag the eyedropper over the preview to adjust the Limit slider and immediately see the effect of the saturation mask.


Linear Masking

The Linear Mask method creates a linear gradient that is used as a mask. The Offset slider positions the gradient, the Density slider expands or shrinks the gradient and the Rotation slider rotates the gradient by 360 degrees. The Invert check box inverts the mask and lets you quickly swap the masked areas.

To set the center of the linear mask click on the cross icon on the left-hand side of the Method combo box. This activates the cross tool, with which you can click on the preview to set the center. To reset the center double click on the cross icon.


Circular Masking

The Circular Mask method creates a circular gradient that is used as a mask. The Size slider determines the size of the circular gradient and the Density slider makes its borders harder or smoother. The Elliptical slider makes the circular gradient elliptical and the Rotation slider rotates it. If the Elliptical slider has a value of zero, the gradient is circular, so using the Rotation slider has no effect. The Invert check box inverts the mask and lets you quickly swap the masked areas.

To set the center of the circular mask click on the cross icon on the left-hand side of the Method combo box, then click on the preview. To reset the center double click on the cross icon.

 

Fade

The Fade effect has an influence on all other effects in BWStyler. It is the final processing step that is performed after all other effects. Unlike the Fade command in Photoshop, these controls also allow you to amplify the effect and not only fade it.

The Main Intensity slider decreases or increases the intensity of all BWStyler effects. A slider value of zero leaves the effects untouched. If you set it to -100, no effect is applied by BWStyler. At 100 all BWStyler effects are applied at twice the strength. This slider is also displayed in Easy Mode below the preset list for presets that contain multiple effects.

The other four sliders adjust the luminance, color, lightness and saturation of all BWStyler effects. Values above zero increase the intensity, values below zero reduce it and a zero value does not produce any changes.

If you set the Luminance slider to -100, the original luminance of the image is retained and the BWStyler effects only affect the color of the image but not its luminance. If the Color slider is at -100, the original color of the image is retained and the BWStyler effects only affect the luminance of the image but not its color. If both Luminance and Color sliders are set to -100, BWStyler does not apply any effect.

If you use a -100 value for the Lightness slider, the original lightness of the image is retained and BWStyler only changes the color of the image. If you set the Saturation slider to -100, the original saturation of the image is retained and BWStyler only changes the hue and lightness of the image. If the Lightness and Saturation sliders have a value of -100, BWStyler only changes the hue of the image. If you set the Lightness, Saturation and Color sliders to -100, BWStyler does not apply any effect.

If the Luminance slider is at 100 and the BWStyler effects increase the luminance of the image, then the luminance will be increased further. If BWStyler decreases the luminance of the image and you set the Luminance slider to 100, then the luminance will be decreased further. The other sliders work according to the same principle.