Masking in the advanced layout

With its multiple layers, the advanced layout is naturally more flexible than the simple layout. It is also true for the masking workflows. You can create different masks for the different layers (or if you want, copy the same mask to all of them).

Let’s start with a very simple case: you want to keep the details of a portrait, as we already saw it with the simple layout. Flexibility has a price, you have to execute a few steps that the simple layout provides out of the box.

1. Add a new original image layer below the effect layer (the + button is in the Layer Browser toolbar)

2. Add a mask with the Mask button (it is also in the Layer Browser toolbar)

3. Click the newly appeared mask thumbnail in the layer (it will display the mask properties, replacing the style properties in the editor)

4. Adjust the mask strength

5. Set the position, size, aspect ratio and rotation

6. Blur the mask and adjust the strength if necessary

When you want to edit the style properties again, just click the style thumbnail in the layer.

Other mask options are accessible from the layer context menu (right click).

Masking and post-processing

One of the new features of PostworkShop 3 is the new simplified and integrated layout. It will be the ideal tool for people who do not want to work with multiple images in the same time. NB: the usual PWS 2 layouts, for more complex projects, will be always available.

You will find in a single property editor the style properties and the image properties, now completed with masking and post-processing.

You want to bring the details back to the face area of an artistically transformed portrait photograph? Welcome to the Mask editor.

You feel that the image would be better with more saturation, contrast or sharpness? The post-processing sliders are there.

Click the image for a larger view.