Quick Mask Pro v1.1.0


Quick Mask Pro - For Photoshop CC 2014 and higher

Quick Mask Pro v1.2.0 Update


Quick Mask Pro v1.2 has been updated with 16 bits luminosity masks, and use of the same 16 bits masks in all presets that use masks, such as Advanced Refine mask where the activation of a tonal range will also result in the creation of specific luminosity mask in 16 bits.
Furthermore Quick Mask Pro now comes with the Load and Optimize Mask feature that will ensure that a mask that has been finished will get a soft edge. This is a feature that should be used at the very end and saved separately.


Quick Mask Pro v1.2 is now using 16 bits luminosity masks instead of 8 bits masks. Even though the difference between 8 bits and 16 bits luminosity masks is only visible when applied with extreme settings in extreme situations and the advantages of using 16 bits luminosity masks compared to 8 bits masks is largely mitigated when loading channel masks as a selection (a selection is always 8 bits inside Photoshop), we believe it’s always better to give the discerning user more bit depth. Tests have shown that there’s only a visible difference in the end result in a minority of the cases.

Product overview

Create intricate base masks within seconds with a few mouse clicks. Refine your base masks fast, easy and non-destructively using the buttons under Quick Refine Mask. This replaces the traditional, labour intensive, workflow of manually refining your mask using a brush or pen with a tablet. To bring out the most delicate parts of your image, like fences, railings, cables, antenna's or even hair, use Advanced Refine Mask.

Demo videos

1.Quick Mask Pro overview
2.Quick Mask Pro demo - The Louvre
3.Quick Mask Pro demo - Flatiron Building
4.Quick Mask Pro demo - Advanced Refinement
5.Quick Mask Pro demo - 100MP Phase One File
6.Quick Mask Pro demo - Masking hair

Why choose this panel?

Every selection tool is based on detecting contrasts or differences in luminance values. Quick Mask Pro can create selections based on luminance levels of just 1 luminance value difference. The secret of this tool is in the automatic creation of base masks based on the histogram and the tools to refine the base masks using smart fill presets that are activated by the click of a button, globally or within a designated area of the image, very accurately.

Automatically generate masks based on your histogram

The panel creates three base masks after clicking one of the five presets found under Base Mask, that roughly corresponds with your histogram. Then evaluate the base masks in the Channels panel. If you're not sure what preset to choose, you can simply try out the other presets. In total there are 15 possible base masks.

In the image below I created a base mask using the preset Low Mid, with just one click of the button. As you can see, it's already pretty accurate.

Quick Refine Mask

The quality of the generated Base Masks depend on the quality of the photo in terms of good object/background isolation and contrast/exposure. Sometimes this results in very accurate base masks that only need some additional fine tuning and other times the fine tuning can be more extensive. Here is where Quick Refine Masks comes into play. Use smart selective fill presets that will only darken or lighten selectively. This, again, replaces the traditional brush and tablet workflow.

The image below is a close up of the image above. It is the dome on the bottom right of the Flatiron Building. Using Quick Refine Mask I managed to refine the mask non-destructively with just a few mouse clicks.

Advanced Refine Mask

To bring out the most delicate parts of an image, use Advanced Refine Mask. In the image below, I zoomed in on the dome above. By the way, this is on 400% magnification! Right next to the dome is a small fence. Invisble with the naked eye in real life, hardly visible when zoomed in 400% in Photoshop. Still, using Advanced Refine Mask I managed to bring out some of the detail.

Left: after using just Quick Refine Mask. Right: after applying Advanced Refine Mask.


Instantly accessible basic keys

Quick access buttons to most commonly used tools: Load Selection, Deselect Selection, Delete All Channels, Delete Channel, Delete Layer, Duplicate Layer.

Base Mask

Create a Base Mask depending on the histogram of your image. There are a total of five options: Low Key Studio, Low Key, Low Mid, Mid High and High Key. Each Base Mask preset generates three masks, found under the Channels Panel.

Quick Refine Mask

Refine your mask quickly using the presets under Quick Refine Mask. Simply click a button to refine, instead of spending hours using a brush and tablet.

Advanced Refine Mask

Use Advanced Refine Mask to bring out the most delicate parts of your image. It can reveal and mask details that are hardly visible when looking the photo zoomed in at a few hundred percent.

Luminosity Masks

Under the Luminosity Masks tab you will find presets to create and delete Luminosity Masks. Also included are Half Luminosity Masks.


The most commonly used tools for making masks are found under this tab.

Software requirements and compatibility

This panel is built for Photoshop CC2014 and higher, including Photoshop CC 2018. The panel won't work on Photoshop CS versions.

What you will get with the panel

1. The panel.
2. Installation instructions manual and video.
3. An accompanying video tutorial of 25 minutes, exclusively made for this panel.