Greetings from Canary Islands. Create a postcard with ArtWork.

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Greetings from Canary Islands!


This photo was taken on the island of Gran Canaria in March 2008. The author wanted to share her sunny disposition with her friends and send them a self-made postcard. In this tutorial we will show you how easy it is to convert an ordinary photo into a greeting card.

The author used the plugin versions of AKVIS Retoucher and AKVIS ArtWork.

    A view of Canary Islands

    Greetings from Canary Islands

  • Step 1. Open the image in your photo editor (for example, in AliveColors). The photo composition is good, but the cables and the pole spoil the idyllic view. Before we convert the photo into an oil painting we should get rid of these details. We applied АKVIS Retoucher plugin.

    Original Photo
    Original Photo
  • Step 2. Select the cables and the pole with any selection tool.
  • Step 3. Call the АKVIS Retoucher plugin with the command Effects -> AKVIS -> Retoucher. The selected areas will be marked red.

    Remove cables with АKVIS Retoucher
    Workspace of АKVIS Retoucher
  • Step 4. Click on to start image processing. AKVIS Retoucher automatically replaces the red areas with appropriate fragments of the image. When the retouching process is over, click on to apply the changes and close the plugin.

    After Retoucher
    Photo without the cables
  • Step 5. Call Effects -> AKVIS -> ArtWork to open the plugin version of АKVIS ArtWork. You will see the preliminary result in the quick preview window.

    We changed the settings on the Painting tab and added an inscription on the Text tab:

      Simplicity = 7;
      Stroke Curvature = 48;
      Max Stroke Length = 19;
      Stroke Thickness = 9;
      Stroke Intensity = 5.

    Fragment (flower pots)
    Fragment (flower pots)
  • Step 6. Start image processing (the button ). The result will be shown in the After tab.

    Photo processed with AKVIS ArtWork
    Photo processed with AKVIS ArtWork
  • Step 7. Click on to apply the changes and close the plugin.
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Painting on a Canvas — Painting on a Canvas
   — Adding a Frame — Adding a Frame
   — Text and Watermark — Text and Watermark
   — Working with Presets — Working with Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Styles Styles
   — Oil Painting — Oil Painting
   — Watercolor Painting — Watercolor Painting
   — Gouache Painting — Gouache Painting
   — Comics Effect — Comics Effect
   — Pen & Ink — Pen & Ink
   — Linocut — Linocut
   — Pastel Painting — Pastel Painting
Examples Examples
   — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait — Harmony: Oil Painting Portrait
   — City Canal View: Oil Landscape — City Canal View: Oil Landscape
   — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon — Animated Comic of a Cat: Make a Cartoon
   — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster — Emergency Cow: Make a Poster
   — Greetings from Canary Islands — Greetings from Canary Islands
   — Summer Coloured Green — Summer Coloured Green
   — Casandra's Portrait — Casandra's Portrait
   — ArtWork for Art Students — ArtWork for Art Students
   — Day at The Beach — Day at The Beach
   — ArtWork Oil Gallery — ArtWork Oil Gallery
   — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers — Oil Painting of Orchid Flowers
   — Miniature Painting — Miniature Painting
   — Still Life with Peaches — Still Life with Peaches
   — Work of Art from Flawed Photo — Work of Art from Flawed Photo
   — Antique Collage: Comics Effect — Antique Collage: Comics Effect
   — Baroque Architecture: Linocut — Baroque Architecture: Linocut
   — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles — Ballet Art - Trying ArtWork Styles
   — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking) — Human Flower (Gouache and Inking)
   — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect — Oil Painting with a Hand-Drawn Effect
   — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles — A Little Secret - Two ArtWork Styles
   — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture — Mythical Horse: Watercolor Picture
   — Forest Nymph — Forest Nymph
   — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting — Ballet Dancers: Oil Painting
   — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art — Portrait of a Lady: Modern Art
   — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel — Sunset on Lake Garda in Pastel
   — Creating  a Semi-Processed Image Effect — Creating a Semi-Processed Image Effect
   — A Holiday In Normandy — A Holiday In Normandy
   — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting — Orange Door: a Comic-Like Painting
   — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering — Interior Design: Painting from Rendering
   — Painting & Photography — Painting & Photography
   — Scrapbooking Ideas — Scrapbooking Ideas
   — Painting in Autumn Colors — Painting in Autumn Colors


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