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Version History

New in version 2.0.0

  • Color management and ICC-profile support
  • PRO: Automatic save (immediately after loading or just before loading a new image)
  • PRO: Individual brush masks can optional be adopted to a new image
  • PRO: Interprocess communication with our software Serial Shot (an individual software for mass photography - currently only available with automatic photography systems, will be available separately soon)
  • Opacity control of semitransparent areas (mid slider at the black and white point histogram)
  • LUT intensity control
  • Individually memorize possibly loaded background image including blur factor and LUT as well as the position and scale factor of the foreground image related to the background image, for each image
  • PNG compression control
  • Support for additional image file formats
  • Faster image calculation algorithms
  • Navigator area can be collapsed
  • Adjustable mouse wheel sensitivity
  • Multilingual user interface with tooltips
  • Retina display support on Windows 10
  • Minor bugfixes

New in version 2.0.9

  • Support for transparencies in background images
  • Minor bugfixes

New in version 2.0.10

  • Improved license regognition in offline mode
  • Minor bugfixes

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Customer Reviews

Manfred Baumann

Photographer

"Mask Integrator is a time saving aid for every photographer, especially for me. I have an ambitious amount of photo shoots and it is vital that by editing quickly and easily the post production is as short as possible. This gives me more time for the actual shoot."
www.manfredbaumann.com

Mayk Azzato

Photographer

"In many cases we have to extract models and celebrities during the shoot and under time pressure. The Freemask system in combination with the Mask Integrator makes our workflow much easier and gives us great results quickly."
www.azzato.com

Christian Kuhlmann

Diplomdesigner - 5 Gänge

"While Hensels Freemask system was already groundbreaking, its software based enhancement through Picture Instruments' Mask Integrator isn't just logical and consistent but it gives it that little something. Being able to show the customer a perfect extraction in front of a new background in advance by means of the live-view saves a lot of discussions and lowers the blood pressure. '…I can't imagine that…' is now a thing of the past."
www.5gaenge.de

Jarmo Pohjaniemi

Shoot The Centerfold Inc.

"Mask Integrator is one of the best new masking programs available, for any photographer, who needs an easy masking program to complete fast and challenging tasks. I did not realize first how powerful and easy to use interface can do the same task as programs than cost 10 times and more."
www.ShootTheCenterfold.com

In the Media

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Advantages of the Pro-Version over the Basic-Version

The following features are only available in the Pro-Version:

  • Option to carry brush masks into a new image
  • "Auto Save" feature (immediately after loading or before loading a new image)
  • Inter-process communication with Serial Shot (Mask Integrator can be controlled remotely with the software Serial Shot. This includes the ability to transfer images, presets, commands and status information. Serial Shot is also able to open and close its own instance of Mask Integrator if necessary. Until now Serial Shot is only available in combination with automated shooting systems but will be available separately soon.)

A license for version 1 equals the Basic option of version 2. It can be upgraded to the Pro-Version by purchasing the upgrade.

Functionalities

Mask Integrator masks and crops subjects automatically during a photo shot. Two shots will be necessary for every subject: the regularly lit subject and a backlight version of it. The following photographic setups have been useful for switching between lighting situations in the past:

  • Freemask or Freemask 1000 by Hensel
  • Other systems which are able to switch between two flash or lighting groups (regular lighting and backlighting)
  • Manual switch between the two flash or lighting groups (please note that this is only applicable for static objects)

Once the system has been set up it only takes seconds to create cropping masks for even the most complex of subjects. While the usual Freemask technique is limited by the cameras consecutive shooting frame rate and therefore limits the models in their movements, Freemask 1000 and Mask Integrator can freeze and subsequently automatically mask and crop even blowing hair.

Overview of the most important features in Mask Integrator:

  • Automated detection and loading of new images if the camera directly loads them into the computer
  • The mask can be optimized by adjusting the black and white point
  • Automatic removal of shading elements at the edge of the image
  • Mask correction brushes
  • Preview of the masked image in front of a white, black, transparent or any other background
  • Scaling and positioning of the mask in front of a background image
  • Corrections in position, scale and adjustments of the mask can be applied automatically to new images upon opening them
  • Color correction and creative looks through 3D LUTs
  • Fine tuning between image and mask (especially for Freemask and Freemask 1000)
  • Save a masked image or a folder full of masked images with one simple click of a button.

Preferred applications for Mast Integrator:

  • Very fast masking of even the most complex subjects
  • Consistent product photos in front of pure white
  • Shooting a subject for another background (compositing)
  • Motto Shoots

Target group

  • Product photographers
  • People photographers
  • Online-Shops
  • All users of Hensel Freemask, Freemask 1000 or similar systems
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