How it Works
AKVIS AirBrush transforms a photograph into a work of art imitating airbrush technique. The software creates stylish colorful airbrush designs from images using chosen settings of photo-to-painting conversion. AKVIS AirBrush can be used as a standalone program and as a plugin to a photo editor.
In order to turn a photo into an airbrush painting follow the instructions:
- Step 1. Load an image into the software.
- If you work with the standalone version:
- Run the standalone program AKVIS AirBrush.
To open an image in the program, you can double-click in the empty workspace of AirBrush or drag the image into the workspace, or press on the Control Panel. The program supports RAW, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF file formats.
- If you work with the plugin:
Run your photo editor. The AirBrush plugin is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and many other image editors.
Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the key combination Ctrl+O on Windows, ⌘+O on Mac.
Then call the AKVIS AirBrush plugin in the Filter/Effects menu of the photo editor:
In AliveColors: Effects -> AKVIS -> AirBrush;
in Adobe Photoshop: Filter -> AKVIS -> AirBrush;
in Corel PaintShop Photo Pro: Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> AirBrush;
in Corel Photo-Paint: Effects -> AKVIS -> AirBrush.
The AKVIS AirBrush window
- Step 2. In the standalone version, before applying the airbrush effect, you can cut off unwanted areas of the picture and improve its composition with the Crop tool .
If you use the plugin, you can do this in your image editor.
- Step 3. Adjust the parameters for the airbrush effect in the Painting tab.
The quick result will be shown in the preview area. It is a square frame outlined with a dotted line ("marching ants"). Drag the square to the required position or draw it anew on any part of the image (double click with the left mouse) to analyze the corresponding area. The preview window disappears after image processing starts and appears again when any parameter is changed. To compare the converted sample with the original photo, left-click on the image in the preview area.
The size of the preview area is adjusted in the Preferences dialog box .
- Step 4. Press the button to convert the entire photo into a painting.
To interrupt the process, click on the Cancel button right to the progress bar.
- Step 5. To make your work of art even more realistic and truly impressive, you can use the Decoration options: Canvas, Frame, and Text.
Hint: The order of the application of the decoration effects depends on the position of the tabs. Drag the tabs to change the order.
- Step 6. It is possible to save the settings you like as a preset and use them in the future. A preset is shared by all the tabs of parameters.
To save a preset, enter a name for the preset into the Presets field and press the button Save. Now, as you start the program, it will use the settings of this preset. If you change the values of the parameters, you can always come back to the default settings of the preset by pressing the button Reset.
To delete a preset, select it from the list and press Delete.
To process an image with the settings of a certain preset, you should select it from the drop-down menu and press the button .
It's possible to import and export your presets by clicking on and .
- Step 7. You can put the finishing touches to your image with the Smudge tool and History Brush , available under the Home Deluxe/Business licenses, in the After tab.
Attention! Use these tools at the final step. If you run the processing again, the changes made with the tools will be lost!
- Step 8. Share your drawing by clicking on . It opens the list of the services where you can publish the image: Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+.
In the standalone version, you can also print your result using .
- Step 9. Save the result:
- If you work with the standalone program:
- Click on the button to open the Save as dialog box. Enter a name for the file, choose the format (TIFF, BMP, JPEG or PNG) and indicate the target folder.
- If you work with the plugin:
- Apply the result by pressing . The AKVIS AirBrush plugin will close and the image will appear in the workspace of the photo editor.
Call the Save As dialog box using the command File -> Save As, enter a name for the file, choose the format and indicate the target folder.