Digital photographers like to say that correcting shooting defects with
software is bad practice, the equivalent of compensating for a flawed
negative in the darkroom. These programs make us beg to differ.
Making selections is one of the necessary evils of Photoshop. In order to adjust specific areas of an image, you first have to define those areas for the program. If you want to work on an individual figure, for example, you're in for a lot of work-and good luck if that person has hair. Few plug-ins solve this problem with the speed, accuracy, and automated ease of Fluid Mask 2.0. It divides your picture into like-color segments that resemble puzzle pieces. You simply choose the segments you want to include in your selection. Some manual adjustment may be required for detail such as hair, but video tutorials on the Vertus Website (www.vertustech.com) make such fine-tuning easy to learn. About $200, by download.