[ANN] January 12, 2007 -- Mask-R-Aid Version 4.0 is now available for
New Features with version 4.0:
- For Mac OS X, you can now export your icon as an "icns" file.
- You can now export all images and masks and you have the option
to specify which items (icon images and/or masks) you want to
- A new Mask-R-Aid document has been implemented which saves all
the images and settings to one file. This file format will become
the basis for many new features in the 4.x series of Mask-R-Aid.
Mask-R-Aid is a tool for creating masks. An icon consists of an
icon image and a mask that tells the system how to render the
transparency of the icon. Normally the icon image is rendered with
no transparency for most of the icon image (the interior pixels).
Transparency comes into play when you want to do shadows or use a
Mask-R-Aid is useful for creating masks in general, but is
especially useful when creating photorealistic icons. The problem
with a photo-realistic icon is if you do not set the proper
grayscale values for the edge pixels of the mask, you will see
jagged edges. The problem with setting the grayscale pixels is
that it is a tedious and error prone process. Mask-R-Aid makes
this process simple and hassle free.
Mask-R-Aid provides three different converter algorithms for
creating a mask.
Flat Mask - Every non-white pixel is converted to a black pixel
(no transparency). This converter is good for creating masks of
icons that have solid well defined edges.
Edge Blend - All interior pixels of the icon are set to black
while all edge pixels are set to a medium gray value. This is good
if you wish to do value setting of the edge pixels yourself in
Grayscale Edge Blend - All interior pixels of the icon are set to
black while all edge pixels are set to a grayscale value based on
the corresponding pixel in the icon image. This is the converter
to choose if you are doing a photo-realistic icon.
Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
Windows 2000/XP or later.
Mask-R-Aid is made with REALbasic, from REAL Software, Inc.
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