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XChange Release Fluid Mask Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop

The plug-in differentiates between hard and soft edges (January 23, 2006)

XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release of the Fluid Mask plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® v7.0 and higher. Fluid Mask is a highly advanced software tool designed to make life easier for everyone who creates cut outs. Built as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop, Fluid Mask is the new next-generation cut-out tool and behind the product is breakthrough technology that mimics the way the eye, optic-nerve and brain perform visual processing. It offers an intuitive, accurate and fast approach to creating cut outs and professional high-quality masks.

Using Fluid Mask, users apply selections to a meta-data layer of image information called the Image Information Layer (IIL). This is made up of boundary, texture and colour information pulled from an image. The plug-in differentiates between hard and soft edges, and edges and colour transitions are separated smoothly. Blending and masking are co-synchronous with no double work, and since there is less data to work on, the additional speed makes working with large images no problem.

Users can adjust IIL resolution to work on hard-to-gauge edges, and the plug-in boasts real-time, image-derived colour palettes for colour-based mask selections. Fluid Mask makes work in progress easy to review, providing users the ability to fine tune mask selections at pixel level for maximum control < users can preserve maximum detail at the blended transitions.

Fluid Mask provides: ? Speed < One-Mask lets users work quickly and reliably on their cut outs ? Opportunity < work with images which could never be cut out before ? Detail < preserve all-important edge information for a professional quality cut out ? Easy to use tool set < create professional cut-out images in 30 seconds. One-Mask provides a Oone-click¹ solution offering fast and accurate cut outs at the touch of a button ? More control using the Region Editor < work at levels of detail that until now have not been possible ? Image Information Layer (ILL) - adjust the Image Information Layer (IIL) to select hard-to-hit edges or to loose image noise (e.g. high resolution transparency scans)

System Requirements: Adobe® Photoshop® 7.0 or higher, 512MB RAM, CD-ROM drive, SVGA monitor with 24-bit colour display, Internet connection Mac - Mac® OS X 10.2.8 or higher, 833Mhz G4 or higher Windows - Windows 2000® or above, Processor speed 750Mhz or higher

Fluid Mask is available now through XChange International for £69.50. To order, or for more information, users can visit, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. Email address is

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