Masks - Adding More

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Postby Mark.T » September 21st, 2006, 4:28 am

Can I add my own masks to IT?

I have a collection of masks in .tif format that I would like to use in IT.

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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » September 21st, 2006, 5:51 am

Hi,
The original masks are located at:
/Library/Applications Support/BeLight Software/Masks/
Here, you'll find two folders:
- images (the real masks used by IT)
- Thumbnails (the small images displayed in the Masks drawer)

These two folders contain other folders with names beginning with a lowercase as:
- aGradient
- bObjects
- cWindows

- zAdditional

These letters is used to sort the folders in the Masks drawer so if you want to add your custom masks:
- create new folder(s)
- name it according to the place you want to see it (tip: if you want to see it at the top of the Masks drawer, add an underscore to the folder name as "_MyCustomMasks")

You may add subfolders to Images/Thumbnails folders.

Notice that thumbnails files are:
- small jpeg images of nearly 67 x 67 pixels
- there're negative of the real masks images

Have a look at these folders to see what I mean (open them in Preview is an easy way to see all files from a same folder).

Tip: start with a small amount of your custom masks to be sure all is ok and don't forget that you have to quit/restart IT if you added Masks when IT was opened.
All BeLight apps use same Masks folder.

It seems that if there's no thumbnail for a Mask, IT display the Mask in the drawer but invert its effect!
Disconcerting!

Hope this helps
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Postby Mark.T » September 21st, 2006, 5:59 am

Many thanks. I thought this would be the route but I was looking in the wrong place.

By the way, my installation has no Thumbnails folder within Masks and yet I do see thumbnails within IT. The inversion does not affect my enjoyment of the Masks.

One thing I want to do is create masks to give me a watermark effect, especially for my eBay photos.

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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » September 21st, 2006, 6:07 am

Hi,
Do you use the last update of IT (v2.3)?
I think BeLight changes the structure of these folders in from this version.
There's now:
- Masks folder
- Brushes folder
- Textures folder (with Glass Textures and Shaded Materials subfolders)

Really usefull to add some custom files (not only Masks).

Tip about the Masks drawer:
Do you know you may resize this drawer dragging its right side to see more masks at a time (on more than one column) ?

Usefull with the new 24 inches iMac ;^)
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Postby Mark.T » September 21st, 2006, 6:11 am

Image tricks 2.3 (177)

I did find the drawer resize and it is very useful.

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Postby Mark.T » September 21st, 2006, 3:52 pm

I have now added some masks as we discussed but they do not show up.

Only the original masks are visible.

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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » September 21st, 2006, 4:14 pm

Hi,
1. Be sure to use the right folder at:
/Library/Application Support/BeLight Software/
at the root of your hard disk
not the Application Support folder in your home directory
2. if IT was opened when you added your masks, you have to quit then reopen it.

In the right folder (/Library/Application Support/BeLight Software/), you must find a Mask folder with an Images folder and a Thumbnails folder.

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Postby Mark.T » September 21st, 2006, 4:17 pm

All the conditions you mention are met and there is no Thumbnails folder.

I can send you a screenshot if you want.

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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » September 21st, 2006, 4:42 pm

Hi,
feel free to send me a screenshot of
- the content of the masks folder
- the content of the Images folder
What is the name you give to your (custom) folder?
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Postby Mark.T » September 21st, 2006, 4:46 pm

I will do this tomorrow.

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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » September 22nd, 2006, 2:00 am

Hi,
It seems that Masks files have to be:
- jpeg files not tiff or png
- RGB not GrayScales
Make a try with one file, open it with Preview then using Tools>Match to Profile… choose a (generic) RGB profile.
Save this file as jpg.
Open IT…
Hope this helps
There're some ways to automatize all this with some free/shareware software or if you are a little adventurous using Automator.
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Postby Mark.T » September 22nd, 2006, 2:25 am

Yup, JPEG does it!

I can handle the conversion to JPEG and RGB using Automator but most (all?) of my masks now need inverting.

I can do this manually but I want to speed it up a bit. Can I use IT to batch invert a bunch of images?

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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » September 22nd, 2006, 2:47 am

Hi,
I think there's no way to use IT for batch conversions :^(
With Automator, you can also generate Thumbnails.
But how inverting a batch of files?
Perhaps using AppleScript?

About these Thumbnails, I would like to have some advices from BeLight.
What's the best method?
Make thumbnails (65 x 65 pixels) then invert them (but how?)
Don't make thumbnails and invert the masks?
Is there a difference in term of speed (with IT, SP…) when using many custom masks?

TIA
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Postby Mark.T » September 22nd, 2006, 4:03 am

I also thought about Applescript but I cannot find anything that access the invert function in Core Images.

I have now processed everything and all is well. There is still no thumbnails folder but this does not seem to slow anything up.

I can see room for enhancement of the Masks option such as Rotate Mask and even Invert Mask.

It may be a passing fad but I like Masks!

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Postby Nick » September 22nd, 2006, 10:21 am

Hi,
After adding 90 images to the mask collection I did not notice that IT and SP work slower. But opening the mask panel (at the first time), you will wait a bit longer while images are loaded.
Add to the mask collection as small images as possible.
When we made thumbnails, we converted original images to smaller size and inverted them.

Nick

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