Should I buy Mask Pro 3?
The software isn't perfect, of course. There's no specific tool (like there is in Corel KnockOut 2) for including shadows with the cut-outs, although you could probably achieve similar results by masking shadows up carefully as transparent areas. The interface is also a little arcane in places, such as the lack of any Preview button: in order to preview a mask after highlighting the edges, you have to switch to the Magic Brush and choose the Apply Tool To All command, which is hardly intuitive. Not least, Mask Pro 3 has the disadvantage of being a Photoshop plug-in, compared with KnockOut which can run as a stand-alone program, and be launched from any plug-in compatible image-editing program. The results, however, speak for themselves, making this a worthy upgrade, and a good choice if you're looking to buy a masking plug-in for the first time.
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