How to Use the Mask Tool in PhotoMirage

How to Use the Mask Tool in PhotoMirage

Learn how to use the Mask tool in PhotoMirage to define the areas in your image that you want to remain motionless. The Mask tool can be used alone or in combination with Anchor Points. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to apply a mask on your image, and how to add to, or remove from, the mask area. We’ll also explore different features of the Mask tool such as how to increase or decrease the brush size, how to change the shape of brush, and how to adjust the Hardness setting to change the feathering around the outside of your mask area from sharp to soft.

Download a printable copy of the written tutorial to follow along with the video below. (PDF, 290 KB).

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How to Use the Mask Tool in PhotoMirage

The Mask tool is similar to anchor points, in that it is another way to control which parts of your image move, and which parts remain still.

Applying a Mask

Start by selecting the Mask tool icon on the left.

  • Choose the brush shape, round or square
  • Use the Brush Size slider or number field to increase or decrease the size of your brush as needed.
  • Ensure the Add to Mask icon is selected.

Using the mask brush, paint over the parts of your image that you want to stay still once your animation is applied. In this example, we want only the sky to be animated so we have masked out the hiker and mountains.

TIP: The easiest way to apply a large mask area is to do the edges with a smaller brush, and fill in the middle with a large brush.

Adjusting Masks

Once you have created a rough mask, there are some tools that you can use to refine the mask area.

  • Use the Remove from Mask mode to clean up any overpainted areas of your mask.
  • Switch back to Add to Mask mode to fill in any areas you missed, or removed by mistake.
  • Use the Feather slider to adjust the hardness of the mask edges, or how gradually the animation effect will fade in or out around the edge of your mask.

Testing Your Mask

Once you are happy with your mask, activate the Motion Arrows animation tool and click and drag to place arrows in the direction you want your animation to flow.

NOTE: For more information on using motion arrows, please see our tutorial earlier in this series titled How to Use Motion Arrows and Anchor Points.

With your motion arrows applied, press the Play icon in the bottom left to preview your animation.

Note any areas where the effect is imperfect, and press Stop in the bottom left to end the preview.

Tidy up your mask as required using the Remove/Add to Mask tools. You can also apply Anchor Points to the edge of your mask to help block out areas from the animation.

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  • Bob Reece Reply

    My name is Bob R. I have been a loyal Corel software user for years and the new photo mirage is a wonderful tool but i will not purchase the full version unless I can be assured that your big watermark is removable. I do not like it appearing on all my works and will not purchase the full version of this program because of this issue. “And I am ready to purchase the full version now” I have tried every-way I could find to remove this beast from my images with no success. I currently own VS2018PRO and Corel Paintshop Pro 2018. The cropping features just reduces the over all size of my creations and that is not gonna work for me. I am the admin for several popular Facebook Groups and businesses that want me to expand my business and include these types of images created in Photo-mirage but they too will not hire me for their social media projects if the logo is there. Your sales literature speaks of how visual sales on Facebook and other social media is the new trend and I would agree that it increases traffic and sales if done correctly but I am certain there are many more users and creators like me who see your logo and are like nope not gonna buy this program.

    Additionally the price is astronomical! You are asking customers to pay $69.99 for this program when I purchased my Video Studio Pro 2018 for $59.99? VSPRO2018 and even Paintshop Pro 2018 was more reasonable in cost so please answer these questions for me:

    #1 Can the Photo Mirage watermark be removed in the full version without 3rd party software to do it? can it be removed on my trial version?
    #2 Can you offer me as a user of your products since 2010 and a guy who has spent literally hundreds of hours working with your technical support teams because every program I have bought from Corel has caused me so many issues with crashing, freezing up, Program not responding and bugs that most folks would have bailed on you by now but “Cho” my main man there at Corel and others in your tech support staff were so effective, professional and patient with this old Former Marine in regards to getting my software patched up and running again that I am still here and enjoying the programs. I do a ton of free restoration work for families with VHS tapes or other legacy recording devices including photos and audio cassettes and your guys helped me keep a couple of non binding but critical delivery dates for those families. Trust me my Corel paint-shop Pro 2018 crashes often but I have learned to deal with it and it is not as bad as before when I first upgraded from version VSPRO6 i believe was. Anyways you can ask Cho about my long winded emails and tech support requests I am pretty long winded but I just need you to answer these questions for me because my credit card is in my hand and i am ready to pull the trigger on the Photo-mirage full version.

    So please answer and show me some love guys! I will talk you up all over social media about how much this program will enhance their views and sales.

    Respectfully, Semper Fi

    Robert G. Reece
    Former USMC Infantry Rifleman

    July 28, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Bob,

      Not to worry! The watermark is only present in the trial version. Images created in the full version of PhotoMirage will not have them.

      As for your second question, PhotoMirage represents a new technology for us, and the pricing was chosen with this in mind. That said, we are really excited about it and want as many of our users to be able to enjoy it as we can! Our customer service team (1-877-582-6735, Mon-Fri 9:00 am-10 pm EST, Weekends 9-6) is available to answer questions and help find the options that work best for you.

      We also offer our standard 30-day money back guarantee on PhotoMirage – if you do decide to pull that trigger, this is one bullet we can put back in the chamber if you don’t like where it’s headed!

      All the best,
      Discovery Center Team

      August 2, 2018 at 9:56 pm

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