Mask Tab Sheet

 

The Mask tab sheet offers several methods for targeting the effects of B/W Styler to certain image areas only. Additionally there are two options called Vignette and Frame for framing the image.


 

The N and P Buttons

All methods of the Mask tab sheet (except Vignette and Frame) offer N and P buttons for displaying the created mask. If you activate the N button you will see a negative version of the mask in the preview. If you activate the P button you will see a positive version of the mask. Both buttons help you to adjust the mask more precisely.

 

 

Linear Mask

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 degree.

The Linear Mask mode lets you apply all effects of B/W Styler to one half of the image, but if you activate the ND Grad check box, the effects will again be applied to the whole image. The only exception is the Brightness slider of the Convert tab sheet. So with activated ND Grad check box you can simulate a ND Grad effect.

The Color check box lets you add back the color to the areas that are not selected by the linear mask. With its help you can produce an effect which gradually blends the color areas into B/W. The Invert check box inverts the mask and lets you quickly swap the masked areas.

 

 

Circular Mask

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 Ovality slider makes the circular gradient elliptical and the Rotation slider lets you rotate it. If the Ovality slider has a value of zero, the gradient is circular, so using the Rotation slider has no effect.

The Circular Mask mode lets you apply all effects of B/W Styler to the center of the image only, but if you activate the Vig Blur check box, the effects will again be applied to the whole image. The only exception are the Diffusion, Soft Focus and Fog effects from the Soften tab sheet. So with activated ND Grad check box you can simulate a ND Grad effect.

The Color check box lets you add back the color to the areas that are not selected by the circular mask. With its help you can produce an effect which gradually blends the color areas into B/W. The Invert check box inverts the mask and lets you quickly swap the masked areas.

 

 

Color Mask

The Color Mask method lets you apply all B/W Styler effects to image areas that have a certain color in the original image. The color that is displayed in the color box will be used for creating the mask. To choose this color you can click on the preview or click on the color box itself. For example, if you want to give back color to purple image areas, click on one of these purple image areas in the preview. The Limit slider lets you adjust the size of the affected image areas by expanding or shrinking the mask.

The Color check box lets you add back the color to the areas that are not selected by the circular mask. With its help you can produce a selective B/W effect if you additionally activate the Invert check box. The Invert check box inverts the mask and lets you quickly swap the masked areas.

 

Saturation Mask

The Saturation Mask method lets you apply all B/W Styler effects to image areas of a defined range of saturation value. The Tone slider lets you select 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 used. 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 as value of zero means that no image area is affected at all.

The Color check box lets you add back the color to the areas that are not selected by the mask. With its help you can produce a selective B/W effect. The Invert check box inverts the mask and lets you quickly swap the masked areas.

 

 

Brightness Mask

The Brightness Mask method lets you apply all B/W Styler 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.

The Color check box lets you add back the color to the areas that are not selected by the mask. With its help you can produce a selective B/W effect. The Invert check box inverts the mask and lets you quickly swap the masked areas.

 

Vignette

The Vignette method allows you to add a colored vignette effect to the image. The color of the vignette can be chosen by clicking on the color box at the left. The size of the vignette is controlled by the Size slider and the softness of the vignette borders is adjusted with the Density slider. Higher values than zero of the Ovality slider will transform the circular vignette into an elliptical vignette. The Rotation slider only works if the Ovality slider is higher than zero. Then you can use it to rotate the elliptical vignette. The Transparency slider seamlessly blends the vignette with the image and makes the vignette transparent.

If the Lock check box is activated then the Vignette effect will be applied to the image even if you choose another item from the Method combo box of the Mask tab sheet.

 

Frame

The Frame method lets you add a rectangular or square frame around the image. The frame is placed inside the image, so it hides a part of it. The Outside slider sets the size of the outer frame part, the Border slider adjusts the size of the second frame element and the Inside slider increases or decreases the size of the inner frame part. If you set one of these sliders to zero, the appropriate frame element will disappear. The Transparency slider makes the frame transparent and lets the image underneath shine through.

If the Lock check box is activated then the Frame effect will be applied to the image even if you choose another item from the Method combo box of the Mask tab sheet.