How to Use EZ Mask 3.0.6 for Windows to Extract Objects from Images
EZ Mask is a powerful and easy-to-use image masking tool that can extract almost any object from an image, even if it has fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. It works by estimating the transparency value for every pixel in the image, based on a small sample of foreground and background pixels marked by simple strokes. You can also refine the mask or composite as you paint more strokes. In addition, EZ Mask can estimate the foreground colors in the semi-transparent areas to create a seamless composite.
In this article, we will show you how to use EZ Mask 3.0.6 for Windows, the latest version of the software developed by Digital Film Tools, which was released on February 17, 2019[^2^]. You can download it from their official website[^1^] or from other sources[^3^] [^4^]. You will need a Windows 64-bit system and Adobe Photoshop CS5 or higher to run EZ Mask.
Launch Photoshop and open an image that you want to mask. For this example, we will use a photo of a woman with curly hair against a blue background.
Step 2: Launch EZ Mask
Go to Filter > Digital Film Tools > EZ Mask to launch the plug-in. You will see a window like this:
The window has three main sections: the toolbar on the left, the image preview on the center, and the parameters panel on the right. You can also zoom in or out of the image using the slider at the bottom.
Step 3: Mark the Foreground and Background
The first step in using EZ Mask is to mark the foreground and background pixels using different colors. The foreground is what you want to cut out from the image, and the background is what you want to remove or replace.
To mark the foreground, select the green brush tool from the toolbar and paint over some pixels that belong to the object you want to extract. You don't have to cover the whole object, just enough to give EZ Mask an idea of what it looks like. For this example, we will paint over some pixels on the woman's face and hair.
To mark the background, select the red brush tool from the toolbar and paint over some pixels that belong to the background. Again, you don't have to cover the whole background, just enough to give EZ Mask an idea of what it looks like. For this example, we will paint over some pixels on the blue wall behind the woman.
Step 4: Generate the Mask
Once you have marked some foreground and background pixels, click on the Generate button at the bottom of the parameters panel. EZ Mask will start processing your image and create a mask based on your strokes. You can see the progress bar at the bottom of the window.
When EZ Mask is done generating the mask, you will see something like this:
The mask is shown as a black and white image, where black represents transparent pixels and white represents opaque pixels. You can also switch between different views using the buttons at the top of
the window: Original (shows your original image), Composite (shows your image with a checkerboard background), Mask (shows your mask), Foreground (shows your extracted object), Background (shows your removed background), or Alpha (shows 29c81ba772