Imitating Different Seasons on a Photo Using ArtSuite and Decorator
 

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtSuite

Change Seasons

 

This tutorial was based on the methods used by Andrew Blazhin, who was a winner in our New Year 2009 photo-editing competion, for his photo in the Category "4 Seasons".

Summer Autumn Winter
Seasons
Click on any of the images to see a larger version in another window

 

All work was done in AliveColors using the AKVIS ArtSuite and AKVIS Decorator plugins.

  • Step 1. Open the image in the photo editor.

    Summer landscape
  • Step 2. Here is a picture of summer. We will use it to represent the other seasons too. Let's start with autumn. A characteristic of autumn is yellowed vegetation, so let's begin the change there. To begin call the AKVIS ArtSuite plug-in (in the menu select Effects -> AKVIS -> ArtSuite).

    On the Settings Panel we will choose the effect Channel Mixer and adjust its settings.

    Adjusting Channel Mixer

    Click on to make the changes.

    Here is the result:

    After image processing with ArtSuite
  • Step 3. The image looks gloomy. We will brighten it up with one of the standard features of AliveColors. In the main menu select Image -> Adjustment -> Brightness/Contrast and increase the amount of Brightness.

    Increase Brightness

    Click on OK to apply the change.

    Here is autumn:

    Autumn landscape
  • Step 4. After fall, of course, is winter. But what is missing here? Snow. We will give the mountains a frosty appearance by applying an ice texture with the AKVIS Decorator plug-in.

    First use the Quick Selection to select the mountains.

    Select the mountains

    Call the AKVIS Decorator plug-in (Effects -> AKVIS -> Decorator). In the texture Library we will find a suitable texture and adjust it to our liking. For example:

    Adjust texture

    Start the process of applying the texture by pressing the button. The result will be shown in the After tab.

    To accept the result and return to the photo editor, press the button.

    Apply a new texture with Decorator

    The mountains are encased in frost.

  • Step 5. Let’s continue. Now select the ground and the house.

    Select the ground and the house

    Once again we will call the AKVIS Decorator plug-in. This time we choose a different texture and adjust the parameters.

    Adjust the parameters

    Start the texture application process. Apply the result and return to the photo editor.

    Image processed with Decorator
  • Step 6. We will try to cover the grass with snow. We select the desired area with the Quick Selection as before. Then in the editor’s main menu we click Image -> Adjustment -> Curves and in the window that appears, we choose High Key preset.

    Click on OK to apply the effect.

    Result
  • Step 7. Let’s return to the mountains. We will brighten them, as well as the home and fence, thereby reducing contrast and making a great realistic portrait. To do this we used the Lighten tool in AliveColors.

    A few simple steps and we have winter:

    Winter landscape
 
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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