Mask AI Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Mask AI?

Mask AI is an intelligent tool that allows you to create a mask quickly and accurately by using the power of AI technology. Compared to Photoshop, Mask AI doesn’t need tedious brushwork to get a high-quality mask. And there’s no need to learn complicated icons and tools. With Mask AI you only need to roughly outline your subject in blue, one-click fills what you want to cut, one-click fills what you want to keep, and press “Compute Mask”. It’s really that simple. Our neural network has been trained to distinguish tough edges, so you can get a great mask on the first attempt.

What should I use Mask AI for?

You should use Mask AI any time you need a mask in your workflow, especially challenging and detailed masks. It can be a pain to make a good cut-out in Photoshop, and it can take up an entire day’s work. Mask AI’s intuitive color-coded system reduces it to 4 simple steps: keep, cut, compute, and replace.

Can I use Mask AI as a Plugin and Standalone Application?

Mask AI functions as a standalone product or as a plugin for Photoshop and Topaz Labs Studio 2. For some users, it may work with Lightroom, but we don't currently support that integration.

How do I use the Trimap?

Please see this Quick Guide on how to use the Blue, Green, and Red Trimap in Mask AI.

How to use the Mask AI Trimap

What File Types are supported? 

Supported files types:

What Color Profiles are supported by Mask AI?

Mask AI supports all major RBG color profiles. It does not support CMYK at this time.

What about RAW File Types?

Topaz Labs AI products support many different kinds of RAW file types, such as DNG (digital negative), and camera-specific files, such as NEF, ARW, and ORF files. However, many of these files contain data that our products may not know how to read yet. 


Some RAW files can be used in the software but we use third-party libraries in our software to display RAW images. Due to this, there can be some RAW files from certain camera types where you might see some conflicts.


If you see something odd in the image color, desaturation, or overall display of the RAW files, we suggest converting the images to TIFF. Similar to RAW files, TIFF files contain plenty of data for editing and are compatible across a broad range of programs where RAW files may have conflicts.


Please note, we are continuing to make improvements to our RAW file processing.

Can I change the Default Trimap Color?

Yes, under the Mask AI preferences there is a section to change the Default Trimap Color.


How can I change from GPU to CPU?

Under the Mask AI Preferences >> Advanced Preferences 


Do you have any User Guides for Mask AI?

We have a comprehensive user guide for Mask AI: Mask AI User Guide

There are also tutorials on the Topaz Labs blog, and video tutorials to our Youtube page as well!

How do I start a trial?

First, if you are new to Topaz Labs, create an account on the Topaz Labs My Account Page. Next, simply download Mask AI from the Topaz Labs Downloads Page, log in using your account information, and select "Start Trial" to begin your free 30-day trial.

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