Mask AI Overview

Mask AI allows you to create tricky masks in record time thanks to our intuitive machine learning technology and trimap technique.

Introduction to Mask AI

What’s New

System Requirements

 Downloading a Trial


Introduction to Mask AI

What is Mask AI?

Mask AI is an intelligent tool that allows you to create a mask quickly and accurately by using the power of AI technology. Compared to Photoshop, Mask AI doesn’t need tedious brushwork to get a high-quality mask. And there’s no need to learn complicated icons and tools. With Mask AI you only need to roughly outline your subject in blue, one click fills what you want to cut, one click fills what you want to keep, and press “Compute Mask”. It’s really that simple. Our neural network has been trained to distinguish tough edges, so you can get a great mask on the first attempt.

What should I use it for?

You should use Mask AI any time you need a mask in your workflow especially challenging and detailed masks. It can be a pain to make a good cut-out in Photoshop, and it can take up an entire day’s work. Mask AI’s intuitive color-coded system reduces it to 4 simple steps: keep, cut, compute, and replace.

Is Mask AI a plugin or standalone?

Mask AI is only available as a plugin. It cannot be used as an external editor through Lightroom at this time.

What's New

Mask AI includes machine learning for a more accurate mask with less refining required and less user input (an answer to all photographers’ prayers!). We’ve built Mask AI from the ground up to include our latest technology, so you can power up your workflow.

Here are a few things we think you’ll enjoy:

1. The auto-trimap: Our unique trimap technology provides you with a quick way to let the program know what you’d like to mask. The image will already have a green overlay to indicate what you’d like to keep. Outline your subjects to compute in blue, and then use the red fill paint bucket to indicate the areas you’d like to mask out.

In many cases, the program will automatically detect your subject(s) and create an auto-trimap. A word of advice: Be sure to check over the auto-trimap before hitting “Compute”. There may be areas the program missed. Also, please be aware the auto-trimap will not detect every subject.

2. Mask Modes — AI and Contrast: AI is the ideal mode for more complex masking tasks, like trees, hair, fur, or any image containing a lot of details. This mode will be slightly slower. For simpler subjects with simpler backgrounds, the Contrast mode can get the job done and provide you with faster rendering.

3. Refining: The same tools used to create the trimap will help you refine your mask! The red cut brush will help you eliminate areas, the green keep brush will help you brush back in areas you want to retain, and the blue compute brush will compute a certain area again. When refining, you’ll have the option to uncheck “Auto-update mask with changes”, and make brush strokes without the program computing after each stroke. Once you’re finished making refinement strokes, you can then select “Update Mask.” This is purely a user preference, so you can select what fits your workflow.

System Requirements

Operating System Requirements

Requirements Windows MacOS
Operating System Version Windows 7, 8, 10 64-bit only macOS 10.12 and up
Display Size 800 x 600 1024 x 640
OpenGL Support Level
What’s this?
OpenGL 3.3
Internet Connection Required only for login


OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is the computer industry’s standard
application program interface ( API ) for defining 2-D and 3-D graphic
images. Prior to OpenGL, any company developing a graphical application
typically had to rewrite the graphics part of it for each operating
system platform and had to be cognizant of the graphics hardware
as well. With OpenGL, an application can create the same effects
in any operating system using any OpenGL-adhering graphics adapter.

OpenGL specifies a set of “commands” or immediately executed functions.
Each command directs a drawing action or causes special effects.
A list of these commands can be created for repetitive effects. OpenGL
is independent of the windowing characteristics of each operating
system, but provides special “glue” routines for each operating system
that enable OpenGL to work in that system’s windowing environment.
OpenGL comes with a large number of built-in capabilities requestable
through the API. These include hidden surface removal, alpha blending
(transparency), antialiasing , texture mapping, pixel operations,
viewing and modeling transformations, and atmospheric effects (fog,
smoke, and haze).

Hardware Requirements

Minimum Recommended Optimal
System RAM  8GB 16GB 32GB
  • Minimum: Requirements for application to function, users should expect slow performance, large files may cause crashing
  • Recommended: Users should experience no performance issues, though slowness may occur with large files
  • Optimal: Users should not experience any performance issues

How to identify your Graphics Card


Open About Window

Select the Apple icon on the far left
side of your menu bar, and select About this Mac


Open the Report

Select the System Report button


Open Graphics/Displays

Select the Graphics/Displays
section from the left edge of the report


Find your GPU

You will see all available graphics cards in this view


Open the Run

Hold down the Windows Key
and press the letter R on
your keyboard.


Open DXDiag

Type dxdiag in the
window, then press Enter on
your keyboard.



View Display Information

Once the DXDIAG program loads, click the “Display” tab.


Find your GPU

Your graphics card name will be listed
under the Name
field. This is your graphics card!

Purchasing and Downloading a Trial

Where do I purchase Mask AI?

You can find Mask AI on the Topaz website at To purchase, head to the Topaz Store.

How Do I start a trial?

First, if you are new to Topaz Labs, create an account on the Topaz Labs My Account Page. Next simply download Mask AI from the Topaz Labs Downloads Page, login using your account information, and select “Start Trial” to begin your free 30-day trial.

Installing Mask AI

  1. Download from
  2. Double-click the download in the bottom left of the screen (Note: You can also find it in your Downloads folder}
  3. Follow the prompts in the installer
  4. Restart your computer (optional, but recommended)
  5. Open the application as a standalone to make sure it is working


  1. Download from
  2. Double-click the download in the bottom left of the screen (Note: You can also find it in your Downloads folder}
  3. Follow the prompts in the installer
  4. Restart your computer (optional, but recommended)
  5. Open the application as a standalone to make sure it is working

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