How To Decorate Your Photos Using AKVIS ArtSuite: Frames & Effects

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtSuite

How It Works


AKVIS ArtSuite can work independently as a standalone program as well as a plug-in to a photo editor.

Follow the instructions below to add a frame/effect to an image with the program AKVIS ArtSuite:

  • Step 1. Open an image.

    - If you work with the standalone edition:

    The dialog box Select File To Open appears if you double-click on the empty workspace of the program or if you click on the button on the Control Panel. You can also drag the required image into the workspace of the program.

    The Standalone edition of AKVIS ArtSuite supports BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and RAW file formats.

    - If you work with the plugin:

    Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the key combination Ctrl+O.

    Call the plug-in AKVIS ArtSuite. To this effect, select the menu item Filter:

    In AliveColors: Effects -> AKVIS -> ArtSuite;
    in Adobe Photoshop: AKVIS -> ArtSuite;
    in Corel Paint Shop Pro: Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> ArtSuite;
    in Corel Photo-Paint: Effects -> AKVIS -> ArtSuite.


    Some frames have Transparency. If you are going to work with such frames, begin by unlocking the image by making a copy of it as a layer (For example, in the photo editor Photoshop this can be done as follows: click on the layer in the Layers window, then right-click on the layer and choose Layer From Background from the context menu). Or copy the image into a second layer and turn off the visibility of the first.
    If you do not follow these steps, the result from AKVIS ArtSuite will not be visible.

    Source photo
  • Step 2. Select Effects or Frames, and then select one of the frames or effects available in the drop-down menu in the Settings Panel.

    All parameters of the selected frame/effect have default values.

  • Step 3. An image will be processed automatically. If you want, you can disable the check-box Autorun Mode in the Preferences dialog box (called by pressing the button ). Then the process will be started manually by pressing the button . It is better not to use Autorun Mode on slower computers.

    Process the image with the default settings. The result will be shown in the After tab.

    By pressing the left mouse button anywhere in the image, you can temporarily switch between the Before and After tabs.

    AKVIS ArtSuite
  • Step 4. If the results are not satisfactory, adjust the settings of the chosen frame/effect as you wish.

    Add a photo frame
  • Step 5. It is possible to save the new settings for frame/effect as a preset and use them in the future. To save a preset, enter a name for the preset into the Presets field and press the button Save. 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 .

    To export preset as a separate file with the ending .arts click the button . To load a previously saved preset, press the button .

  • Step 6. Share your image by clicking on . It opens the list of the services where you can publish the image: Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Dropbox.

    In the standalone version you can also print your picture with .

  • Step 7. Save the processed image.

    - If you work with the standalone edition:

    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:

    Press the button to apply the changes and to close the plug-in window.

    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.

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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