Autopano Giga - Panorama Editor - Masking tool

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CONCEPT

The Masking tool allows to define objects to keep or to remove on the panorama.


During a panoramic shooting, it may happen that an object is visible in an image and place in another location on another photo (in other words a moving object).
It is also possible to want to display/hide elements of the panorama (in this case it is advisable to double shots to recover material behind those elements, to display either this material or the element, depending on the user's choice).


This tool is based on the Anti-ghost blending algorithm, which automatically keeps or removes moving objects but that doesn't let the user define which element to keep or to remove.
So using the masks allows to bear this automatic calculation of the Anti-ghost blender to indicates it what it must keep or not:
Simply target a single pixel of the image so that it calculates the relevant object to completely keep or remove it.
It is sometimes useful to define several targets to completely keep/remove an object, if the color tone differences between pixels of the same object are too frank for example.


It can so be compared to the Fusion mask tool of Photoshop. Its use is however really simpliest but restrictive and doesn't necessarily allow to be very accurate.


USE

Images mask Stack mask Add a marker to keep the object

Use this marker in case one or several objects must be kept:

  • Select the marker of individual images to apply the mask on a non-bracketed panorama or on an individual image of a bracketing set of images.
  • Use the stack marker to keep an object on all images of a stack (bracket).


Images mask Stack mask Add a marker to remove the object

Use this marker in case one or several objects must be removed:

  • Select the marker of individual images to apply the mask on a non-bracketed panorama or on an individual image of a bracketing set of images.
  • Use the stack marker to remove an object on all images of a stack (bracket).








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