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Masking Unmasked

The Phantom of the Opera wore a mask to conceal a disfigured face, while Batman and the Lone Ranger used a mask to prevent enemies from knowing their true identity. And although Mel Gibson was the man behind The Mask in a recent movie, I can never be accused of looking much like this movie star heartthrob....even though I'm the man behind this week's article on masking.

In this article I'll look at a different kind of mask, the kind that's commonly used in digital imaging. Masks are used to isolate or outline specific areas or shapes in an image, for further editing or silhouetting. As we'll see, the act of creating a mask is simple, although things can get more difficult depending on the level of detail in the subject. So come back with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear....the click of a mouse, a cloud of pixels, and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! (at the end of this article I'll leave a few silver bullets along with my email address, so you have a chance to thank me...)

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Created: Nov. 7, 1998
Revised: Nov. 20, 1998