Jul 30

Decompose 1.0.3
Extract objects from images with ease

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What is Decompose?

Decompose is an application allowing an easy and flawless extraction of elements from pictures in order to use them to make composite images. It is the perfect tool for making images for web pages, newspapers and magazines or simply for your own creations. Extracted objects are saved as a TIFF file with transparency. Decompose also corrects colors to remove all traces of the previous background, thus generating perfect mattes.

Extract objects from images with ease

Extract objects from images with ease

Simply draw a rough outline of the elements to extract and identify the background region. Then all the cumbersome contour refinement is done automatically.

Smooth and spill-free edges

Smooth and spill-free edges

Extracted elements have smooth edges without any traces of the original background color. Hence, you can generate flawless composites.

How does it work?

Decompose allows you to easily extract elements from a picture and use them to make composite images. It is the perfect tool to make images for web pages, newspapers and magazines or simply for your own creations.

Traditional extraction of objects with a lasso tool typically takes time and the results are far from perfect. The extracted objects have rough edges that are often tinted with the color of the previous background. Decompose produces smooth edges and completely removes the background color.

You simply need to draw a rough approximation of the edges of the objects and identify the foreground and the background regions. Decompose then refines the edges, corrects the colors and allows you to save the result as a TIFF image ready to be used in your favorite compositing software.

What are people saying about it?

Greg Healy, Editor at MacApper

Decompose v1.0.2 can produce quite good results depending on how much time you want to spend, and is an application that I will definitely be using in the future.

For the complete review visit MacApper.

Editor’s review on Softpedia

A very nice little program that does this job a lot better than most professional applications out there, who lack such a dedicated tool. It definitely worths a look if you find yourself working on lot of decompositions.

For the complete review visit Softpedia.

Ian Greig, review on MacUpdate

I find that Decompose scores over Photoshop by having a brush to define the transitional edge areas where pixels may be foreground image or background.

A cut-out in PhotoShop relies on performing a very accurate selection, knocking out the background and then doing a lot of smoothing of the edges. In Decompose you make a broad-brush selection of the edge area, covering the whole border between foreground and background, from which the app. calculates which is which, removes the background to transparency and gives a smooth edge.

It seems to work well even if there isn’t a lot of contrast between foreground and background. If you can see it, you can cut it out.

Well worth the money to save time and effort — and if you need to make good quality, foolproof cut-outs in a hurry, you’ll thank the developers.

Review on VersionTracker

What an excellent little program! Works as advertised. So easy to use and efficient…

What are the computer requirements?

Decompose is an universal binary application so it will work on both PPC and Intel based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

Want more information?

For general information about Decompose, simply visit the Decompose product page. We are committed to provide the best customer care. Hence, to get answers to your Decompose questions, visit our FAQ page. To quickly learn to use the product you can consult our tutorial. If you can not find your answers in our FAQ or tutorial pages, feel free to contact us. We we will gladly answer all your questions.

Who are we?

We are Metakine Inc., a Canadian software company located in Montreal. Metakine specializes in the development of software for audio, video and image processing. The founders hold software engineering degrees and are passionate about programming and digital video and hope to translate their passion into useful and usable software.

Our product line includes the widely popular DVDRemaster and Fairmount DVD utilities. In addition to our current products, we have contributed to various projects in the Macintosh community over the years. Namely, we have been involved in the development of the MediaPipe project which was a pioneer in providing DivX, Vorbis and (S)VCD encoding for Macintosh, OpenShiiva to reencode MPEG2 as MPEG4 and SonicBirth.

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    6 Responses to “Decompose”

    1. ubrgeek Says:

      Last time this came up, didn’t someone say the Photoshop CS3 functionality was the same, in terms of quality?

    2. RayCon Says:

      I bought this the last time around, and I’m delighted with it, mostly because it’s so simple, the the results are quite good. I can’t say how it compares in quality to Photoshop CS3 (I haven’t done it in that), but I can certainly say it must be way easier, and the price is far less than a Photoshop plugin.

    3. Mark Says:

      I bought this the last time around and it has worked great. I’ve tried a lot of other apps that do this and none of them worked as good as this one.

    4. Robin S Says:

      I am frequently taking out the background in images, and I have been using Apple’s instant alpha, which works quite well in most instances. But, there are plenty of times where it doesn’t work well enough and I spend a lot of time trying to improve the results. I just demoed this on several images, and I do like the results. The processing is fast, another one of those cases where I can get the job done before Photoshop is even open.

      I have to say, though, that I didn’t completely understand the directions on the website. It says “The next step is to switch to the Contour mode,” but what was the first step? It wasn’t clear to me, and I felt like I needed a video. I Googled it and found this MacApper review which made it more clear to me what I was supposed to do:

      I agree with him, too, that Decompose could use a straight line tool. I hope that grid goes away and also the “ghosts” when it’s not in demo mode. I guess I’ll find out, because I’m Zotting it!

    5. Denny Crane Says:

      Some positive reviews/comments on this one. I’m a very longstanding Photoshop user (since version 1), but some times, I just don’t feel like loading up that “bear.” So, I’m looking forward to trying this one out to see how efficient & proficient it actually is. ~ Denny

    6. clem Says:

      Okay, will zot this per these reviews — and heartily seconding the straight line tool request. As indicated by @robin’s link, it’s been 14 months since that article and we’ve gone from v. 1.0.2 to 1.0.3 — does this mean development has stalled?
      Thanks for all your helpful comments.