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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtSuite



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

  • Standalone is an independent program; you can open it by clicking on the program’s icon.

    To launch the standalone version, run the program directly:

      On a Windows computer - select it from the Start menu or use the program’s shortcut.

      On a Mac computer - launch the app from the Applications folder.

  • Plugin is an add-on for a photo editor, for example for Photoshop.

    To call the plugin, select it from filters of your image editing program.


The workspace of AKVIS ArtSuite looks like this:

Add a photo frame

Features of the Workspace:

Most of the AKVIS ArtSuite workspace is taken by the Image Window with two tabs: Before and After. The Before tab shows the original image, the After tab shows the result. To switch between the tabs and compare the original and the resulting images, just left-click on any point of the image.

In the upper part of the window you can see the Control Panel. The Control Panel has the following controls:

  • The button opens the home page of AKVIS ArtSuite.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) opens an image for processing. The hot-keys are Ctrl+O on Windows, +O on Mac.

    Right mouse click on this button displays the list of recent files. You can change the number of recent documents in the program's Preferences.

  • The button (only in the standalone version) saves the processed image to the disk. The hot-keys are Ctrl+S on Windows, +S on Mac.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) prints the image. The hot-keys are Ctrl+P on Windows, +P on Mac.
  • The button lets posting pictures from the program to the social networks: Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Dropbox.
  • The button saves presets (user settings for the chosen frame/effect). The settings are saved to a separate file with the ending .arts.
  • The button loads the saved user presets.
  • The button starts applying the chosen frame/effect to the image. Use hot-keys: Ctrl+R on Windows, +R on Mac.
  • The button (only in the plug-in version) applies the result and closes the program window of AKVIS ArtSuite. The hot-keys are Ctrl+S on Windows, +S on Mac.
  • The button calls information about the program.
  • The button calls help files to the program. The hot-key is F1.
  • The button calls the Preferences dialog box.

Moving and scaling the image is done in the Navigator. In the Navigator you can see the reduced copy of the image. A frame surrounds the part of the image visible in the Image Window; the area outside of the frame will be shaded. The frame can be dragged to display a different part of the image. To move the frame, bring the cursor inside the frame, press the left mouse button and while keeping it pressed, drag the cursor.


Additionally, you can move the image in the Image Window with the scroll bars or by holding down the space bar, then holding down the left mouse button while moving the mouse. The mouse's scroll wheel can move the image up and down, and holding Ctrl on Windows, on Mac – while using the scroll wheel will move the image left and right. Holding Alt on Windows, Option on Mac will scale the image. Right-click on the scroll bar to activate the quick navigation menu.

Use the buttons and , as well as the slider to scale the image in the Image Window. By clicking on or by moving the slider to the right, you scale up the image; by clicking on or by moving the slider to the left, you scale down the image in the Image Window.

It is also possible to enter a new scale coefficient into the appropriate field. Frequently used scale coefficients can be found in a fall-down menu. You can also scale the image using hot-keys: + and Ctrl++ on Windows, ++ on Mac to scale up the image, - and Ctrl+- on Windows, +- on Mac to scale down the image.


Under the Navigator there is a Settings Panel where you can select a frame or an effect and adjust its parameters.

In the Presets field you can save the current settings as a preset to use them in the future. The current settings can be saved, edited, deleted.

Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor.

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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