Tip 1: Viewing a “full size” mask image
Although mask accuracy is not always important, sometimes it is. It’s essentially equivalent to the importance of an accurate selection. Discerning how accurate is a Studio mask is difficult because of the small size of the image showing the mask. Here is a way of obtaining a large mask image: place a yellow (or other colour) overlay on your image in Studio; create the mask for the colour overlay (the accuracy is easy to see because you see your “full size” image with the yellow colour overlay superimposed on it with the yellow colour disappearing where you brush); after you are satisfied with the mask, copy and paste it to whatever layer you wish. Finally, disable the colour overlay layer.
Tip 2: Storing Topaz Studio Masks
After you have created a mask in Studio you can save the effect but the mask information is not saved, even if you save the image as a TIFF file. To avoid losing the mask you can create a duplicate image that contains the mask information. First you duplicate the image. Then, to the duplicate add a colour overlay using a colour not present in the original image. Copy and paste the mask to the overlay layer. Now your image shows the mask as a different colour superimposed on the original image You can save the image as usual and the original image too (so you need to save two images!). Later, when you need it you can load the image containing the mask information into Studio and create a mask based upon the different colour. That mask can then be copied and pasted to the original image after you load it into Studio.
Both of the above tips use colour and mask copy/paste to transmit the mask information.
Does anyone have other ways of helping us refine and save masks? Are there any issues with the above procedures?