All-new touchup tools and support for both RGB or CMYK modes make for better photo composites and higher-quality images
Powerful new masking tools make liquid, glass, and ice to hair, smoke, and fire more realistic and dramatic, for stand-out images
Apply feathering on the fly for sharper results in real-time
Work on a separate duplicate layer like an adjustment layer, to maintain the background
Multiple undo/redo -- up to 99 times
From the Manufacturer: KnockOut 2 speeds up the design process and dramatically increases the quality of your photo composites by letting you preserve fine image details that were once impossible to mask precisely. An ideal plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Corel PHOTO-PAINT, or Painter 8, KnockOut 2 fits seamlessly into your workflow.
New! CMYK color support: work directly with CMYK images instead of converting to RGB and losing color accuracy. This new feature helps ensure that KnockOut 2 fits into any workflow
New! Zoom tool: gain greater control and flexibility by zooming in on an image at predefined zoom levels using a drop-down list
New! Touchup tools: perform detailed corrections to masked images with the brush and eraser tools, ensuring your cleaned-up images are virtually indistinguishable from the originals
Enhanced! Polygonal Line tool: mask large, complex images faster and more easily by using the polygonal mode to define your selection by points or freehand
Transition Complexity: utilize four settings to describe the amount of detail in the foreground and background area of an image, and create a more precise mask by choosing the setting thats appropriate for the image
Exceptional speed and productivity
Enhanced! Adobe Photoshop compatibility: as an Adobe Photoshop plug-in, KnockOut 2 features shortcut keys, menus, and commands similar to those in Adobe Photoshop. This makes the software more intuitive for those who have made Adobe Photoshop an integral part of their tool set
New! Designed for Mac OS X: KnockOut 2 is designed to run natively on Mac OS X and features the intuitive new Aqua interface. It also runs on Mac OS 8.6 to 9.1
New! Revert File options: return to an earlier version of an image whenever you want to discard unwanted changes. If the image has never been saved, KnockOut 2 will retrieve it from the host application or file and discard the current image. If the image was previously saved, KnockOut 2 will revert to the last saved state
Retain the fine details of transparent objects such as fire, glass, and ice.
Select image elements that were previously impossible to capture including hair.
Preserve the transparency of shadows and highlights to create truly realistic images.
New! Multiple Undo/Redo: with up to 99 levels of Undo/Redo, you can go back to different stages of your work rather than starting from scratch. Specify how many Undo or Redo levels you require, and select which shortcut keys you prefer to use for Redo
Automatic error correction: avoid costly or time-consuming mistakes before they happen. KnockOut 2 automatically prevents you from making selections that will cause errors
Powerful new masking tools
New! Property Bar: take advantage of quick access to commonly used tools. Auto Outside Object, for example, lets you automatically create an outside selection after having created an inside selection on the image
Background insert: insert Adobe Photoshop, JPEG, Macintosh PICT and TIFF images as a background after processing the foreground of an image. KnockOut 2 also includes a library of images that can be inserted, or you can import your own images
Inside Object and Outside Object tools: use the Inside Object tool to draw the marquee selection lines that define the color in the interior of the transition area or the foreground object, and use the Outside Object tool to draw the lines that define the color in the background of the transition area
Underlay Color Palette: see your masked image on different colored backgrounds by displaying the foreground of a processed image against various colors
This product is OEM Software. OEM software cannot be used as an upgrade; any previous or trial versions of the software must be uninstalled before installing an OEM. The packaging is installation CD & Product Key/Serial Number, no box. OEM Software does not come with installation support from the manufacturer.
System: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP,
Windows Millennium Edition, Apple MacOS 8.6 or later, Apple MacOS X
OEM "Original Equipment Manufacturer" Software is distributed to companies like Dell, IBM & HP for installation on new machines. The main difference is that OEM can not be used as an upgrade, any previous or trial versions of the software must be uninstalled before installing an OEM. The packaging is typically CD & License, no box. OEM Software does not come with installation support from the manufacturer.
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My conclusion is that Knockout 2 is well built and the new features certainly make it worth the upgrade. It is a strong program that does what it is designed to do very well. If you are a professional designer who regularly extracts images from their backgrounds it is a must buy. Photoshop Cafe: http://www.photoshopcafe.com/reviews/knockout2.htm