New AI Quick Mask Tool – ON1 Photo RAW 2019

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The new AI Quick Mask tool, powered by machine learning, can create high-quality masks with just a few strokes as guidance while understanding color, tone, and textures to identify boundaries and create a detailed mask in a fraction of the time compared to other masking techniques.

21 comments on “New AI Quick Mask Tool – ON1 Photo RAW 2019”

  1. On January 29, 2019 at 8:59 pm marc labro wrote:


    Congratulation to the ON1 team for this new feature.

    However, instead of drawing a line anywhere in the sky and another anywhere at the middle of the texture rock and tree, why don’t you guide the masking tool better way, like Topaz remask, by drawing a blue compute line on all edges we want to select, use a bucket tool to fil red what you want to remove and green what you want to keep. we are human and we know exactly what we want to keep in a portrait face and compute only the small hairs.
    why always drawing approximate lines and rely on AI to identify a tree or a portrait. AI is needed on edges and we can make wide or thin compute blue stroke around edges to be sure you won’t eat the subject we want to keep.

    best regards

    1. On January 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm Gordon Lewin replied:

      I actually gave up on Topaz’s remask. I had to spend an inordinate amount of time to get a mask and it was hardly ever very accurate. But that was long ago, and I am hoping that On1’s use of AI will provide superior perfomance as they claim. In addition, the refine brush has usually done it’s job as well to get the tiny details in the mask correct. I will be testing shortly and I am anticipating improved results with less effort. (short prayer here)

  2. On January 30, 2019 at 3:25 am Doug Testa wrote:

    Hi Dylan
    Nice tool. However, I did notice in your video that the blue from the original section of the image still remained in the tree branches after cutting everything out. The sky addition would then have to match the color pretty closely right?

    1. On January 30, 2019 at 8:17 am marc labro replied:

      yes, also not clear for me.
      AI is based on machine learning and supposed to have learned what is a sky, a tree,… and like AI sky enhancer,… should detect the sky without any line in it.
      so my suggestion to paint the edge of what we want to select (or like photoshop quick select tool to paint what we want to keep) and AI makes the remaining


    2. On January 30, 2019 at 9:12 am Dylan Kotecki replied:

      Hey Doug,
      I probably could have refined the mask a little better to show the sky through the trees but the purpose of the video was more so to show the capabilities of the AI Quick Mask Tool. The refine brush was just to show that you have refining capabilities with that tool.


      1. On January 30, 2019 at 10:06 am gregory temple replied:

        Nice intro. I do have to mention that “refining” the tree branches versus the sky would be of great interest.

  3. On January 30, 2019 at 7:47 am Martin Kirstein wrote:

    Thanks a lot for this feature. I”m quite exited about multiple displays you have in the pipeline.
    Thanks to the development team for the leaps and bounds you make

  4. On January 30, 2019 at 8:29 am Henry Crespo wrote:

    What a fantastic tool. ON 1 is a great software and this feature makes it greater.

  5. On January 30, 2019 at 4:56 pm Donald Harper wrote:

    Wow! this is r e a l cool………… so easy to do, not complicated….

  6. On January 31, 2019 at 9:00 am peter webster wrote:

    As a Very new user, could someone explain the difference between this new tool and the quick mask tool.

  7. On January 31, 2019 at 10:11 am Shari Whittaker wrote:

    Not sure where you get the sky to add it. The video goes from showing the refine mask to a lot of sky images but does not tell you how to get them. Can you elaborate a bit for newcomers please.

  8. On January 31, 2019 at 4:13 pm Steve daPonte wrote:

    I remember a similar feature in past versions that worked like this. Thanks for bringing it back and making it even better!

  9. On February 3, 2019 at 9:34 am Bill Hercus wrote:

    One wee problem for me is that the Reset and Reset All functions don’t work after application of the mask. Work around is of course to produce a virtual copy first and that might be worth a mention in the excellent tutorial?

  10. On February 9, 2019 at 12:05 am Frank wrote:

    Liked the video and the apparent simplicity of it all. I tried it on an image of an oak tree with a blue background. My oak had many more branches and detail than the one in the video. Long story short, the AI Mask Tool did not mask or take out all of the blue in the image and in one area it failed to remove a blue area even though I clicked right on it with the masking brush. So, I guess the AI works best with simple images as in the video. I await the next version.

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