Happy New Year 2010! - The Year of the Tiger! Create A Card With ArtSuite

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtSuite

Happy New Year! Year of the Tiger!


The author of this tutorial is Maria, from Russia.

I will write a letter to Grandfather Frost,
To ask him to fulfill a wish.
I do not need to receive more toys,
I want to receive a tiger as a gift!
(Author Unknown)

New Year's Day approaches - a favorite holiday of children and adults. One of the most popular gifts for this holiday is New Year cards. Let's try to make a New Year themed card for 2010.

New Year Background Image of Tigers New Year Card
Original ImagesResult


For this tutorial, it's possible to use any graphics editor which is compatible with AKVIS plugins.

  • Step 1. First pick a suitable image of a tiger. 2010 is the year of the white tiger, so find such an image and open it in the graphics editor.

    Image of Tigers
  • Step 2. Find a beautiful New Year photo, which will serve as the background for our card.

    New Year Background
  • Step 3. It would be nice if the tigers could warm themselves next to the fireplace in this room. Let's fix it.

    We return to the image of tigers and select them. This can be done with any of the graphics editor's selection tools or with the AKVIS SmartMask plugin.

    Place the tigers onto the New Year background.

    The tigers on a new background
  • Step 4. Let's give one of the tigers a more festive look, with him "wearing" a New Year's cap. The cap can be taken from any image (if desired, both tigers can "wear" caps).

    Merge all layers

    Merge all layers.

  • Step 5. Now pick a suitable frame with the AKVIS Artsuite plugin.

    Choose Effects -> AKVIS -> ArtSuite from the graphics editor's filter menu. The plugin's window opens. The image will automatically be placed in a classic frame by default.

    AKVIS ArtSuite Plugin Window

    You can choose another classic frame in the Library. To open it, click on the small square with the sample frame.

    Choose, for example, a wooden frame.

    When processed with the default settings, the image will look like this:

    Wooden frame, default parameters
  • Step 6. Change the frame's parameters.

    Wood frame, different parameters

    Press the button to accept the result and return to the graphics editor.

    New Year Tigers In A Frame
  • Step 7. In addition to the classic frame styles, the AKVIS ArtSuite plugin offers many other styles of frames. Try out each with the image.

    Pattern Frost
    Pattern Frost
    Ragged Spray
    Ragged Spray
    Scratches Scratches
    Strokes Scratches
    Squares Artistic
    Squares Artistic
    Artistic Crop
    Artistic Crop

    As you can see, the image looks good in any frame style, but we'll keep the classic frame.

  • Step 8. Add an inscription. The New Year card is ready.

    New Year Card

    Happy New Year!

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Preferences — Preferences
Effects Effects
   — Black & White — Black & White
   — Shift Colors — Shift Colors
   — Channel Mixer — Channel Mixer
   — Texture — Texture
   — Glamour — Glamour
   — Two Keys — Two Keys
   — Halftone Effect — Halftone Effect
Frames Frames
   — Classic — Classic
   — Pattern — Pattern
   — Strokes — Strokes
   — Scratches — Scratches
   — Page Curl — Page Curl
   — Squares — Squares
   — Ragged — Ragged
   — Spray — Spray
   — Artistic Frame — Artistic Frame
   — Frost — Frost
   — Artistic Crop — Artistic Crop
   — Passe-Partout — Passe-Partout
   — Hand Painted Frame — Hand Painted Frame
Examples Examples
   — Berlin Cathedral Postcard — Berlin Cathedral Postcard
   — Change Seasons — Change Seasons
   — Create Your Own Art Gallery — Create Your Own Art Gallery
   — Make a Calendar  — Make a Calendar
   — Prowling Tiger — Prowling Tiger
   — Frog Prince House — Frog Prince House
   — Summer Dreams (Advanced Tutorial) — Summer Dreams (Advanced Tutorial)
   — Relaxing at the River — Relaxing at the River
   — Happy New Year! Year of the Tiger! — Happy New Year! Year of the Tiger!
   — Handmade Wedding Invitation — Handmade Wedding Invitation
   — Making Your Own Frames — Making Your Own Frames
   — Retro Style Portrait: Black & White Effect — Retro Style Portrait: Black & White Effect
   — Changeable Fruit - Shift Colors — Changeable Fruit - Shift Colors
   — Valentine's Day: Capturing a Memory — Valentine's Day: Capturing a Memory
   — Thumbing Through Photos: Curled Edges — Thumbing Through Photos: Curled Edges
   — Old Paper Effect — Old Paper Effect


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