The Auto Mask allows you to make highly complex selections with the brush, based on areas of similar color and brightness. It is highly effective over short single strokes. It is ideal when drawing masks of complex subjects, however, it can also be used for quick selections where boundaries are well-defined, such as a clear blue sky in a cityscape or where an object with contrasting color in front of a plain background has been used in a studio.
When masking complex areas prior to applying adjustments, it is recommended to work along the edges at high magnifications using a series of single short-strokes, moving around the perimeter until the selection is complete. You can then use either the Fill Mask option or continue to use a brush to complete the selection. Note that the Auto Mask option also works with the Eraser (E) where it is useful for editing masks made with the Brush tool.
- Select the Draw Mask (B) icon in the Layers tool or from the Cursor toolbar.
- Right-click anywhere in the Viewer or click on the Brush Settings icon. The Brush Settings panel opens.
- Check-mark the Auto Mask option box to enable the feature.
The 'auto' mask has never worked for me. I have auto mask ticked at all times and I still have to use the eraser to clean edges that I've gone over too far.
I found this video tutorial just the other day. It demonstrates how to use the mask tool and, more importantly, how it works. Here's the link:
(79) Capture One Pro Tips - Luma Ranges & Advanced Masking - YouTube
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Just give me a select subject option...This magic brush and auto mask are just not good tools for anything but landscape.
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