Turn Your Photos into Paintings with AKVIS ArtWork: How It Works

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

How to Work with the Program


AKVIS ArtWork is photo to painting software, designed to imitate different painting techniques. It can work independently as a standalone program and as a Photoshop compatible plugin.

Follow the instructions below:

  • 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 ArtWork supports JPEG, RAW, PNG, BMP, and TIFF 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 (+O on Mac).

    Call the AKVIS ArtWork plug-in. For this purpose in Adobe Photoshop select the menu item Filter -> AKVIS -> ArtWork; in Corel PaintShop Photo Pro select the menu item Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> ArtWork; in Corel Photo-Paint select the menu item Effects -> AKVIS -> ArtWork.

    Photo to Painting Software AKVIS ArtWork
    AKVIS ArtWork
  • Step 2. Select the painting technique in the drop-down menu Style in the Settings Panel.

    There are these painting styles to apply: Oil, Watercolor, Gouache, Comics, Pen & Ink, Linocut, and Pastel.

  • Step 3. Adjust the settings for the chosen painting style on the Painting tab.

    The result will be immediately shown in the quick preview window which is visible in the Before tab if the button is pressed. It is a square frame outlined with the "marching ants" that immediately displays changes made with the image.

    Note: The quick preview window is not available in Linocut effect, since the algorithm should process the entire image to produce a good result.

    To drag the preview area, bring the cursor inside the square, press the left mouse button and, keeping it pressed, drag the frame to the required position. One more way to move the preview square is to double-click with the left mouse button on the required point. Every time the preview window is moved, the program processes the area within automatically.

    To compare the result of automatic conversion in the quick preview window with the original picture, click on any point of the image keeping the left-button or the right-button of the mouse pressed.

    Oil Painting Effect in Quick Preview Window
    Quick Preview

    The preview window size can be adjusted in the Preferences .

  • Step 4. Press the button to convert the entire photo into a painting.

    You can observe the processing in real-time. It's possible to stop photo-to-painting rendering and save the semi-processed painting as a result. To interrupt the process, click on the button Cancel right to the progress bar.

  • Step 5. In the Oil and Pastel styles there is an additional smart tool available only under the Home Deluxe/Business licenses - the Stroke Direction tool .

    With this tool you can add your own creative touch by selectively changing the direction of the brush strokes.

    It gives you full control over the strokes. Use this special brush to define the guiding lines, and the program will convert the image into a painting directing the strokes to follow the drawn guiding lines. With this technique you can achieve truly realistic paintings with human hair, patterns and textures going in the right direction.

    To edit the guiding lines use the tools and and the buttons and (remove/restore the last drawn line).

    • Stroke Direction . Draw with the tool over the image to define the "guiding lines", along which the strokes will be drawn. The changes will be shown in the quick preview window. To process the entire image, click on the button .
    • Eraser . Use this tool to erase the lines. The size of the tool can be adjusted by right clicking on the image.

    Hint: Guiding lines can be saved to a file with the .direction extension (with the button), to use them for further processing in case of work interruption. Loaded guiding lines (with the button) adapt automatically to the size of the image.

    Vertical Strokes Horizontal Strokes

    Divergent Strokes Grid Strokes
  • Step 6. To make your work of art even more realistic and truly impressive, you can use the Decoration options: Canvas, Frame, and Text.

      Hint: The order of the application of the decoration effects depends on the position of the tabs. Drag the tabs to change the order.

  • Step 7. In the Oil, Watercolor, Gouache, and Pastel styles you can also use the Post-Processing Tools which are available only under the Home Deluxe/Business licenses: Smudge (in Oil/Watercolor/Gouache/Pastel) and Blur (in Watercolor and Gouache).

      Attention! These tools are only available on the After tab, accessible for results achieved in these styles.

      If you switch to the Before tab and run the processing again, the changes made with these tools will be lost!

  • Step 8. It is possible to save the settings you like as a preset and use them in the future. A preset is shared by all tabs of settings.

    To save a preset, enter a name for the preset into the Presets field and press the button Save. Now, as you start the program, it will use the settings of this preset. 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 .

    It's possible to import and export your presets by clicking on and .

  • Step 9. 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 .

    Photo to painting result
  • Step 10. 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 result and close the plugin window. The AKVIS ArtWork plugin will close and the picture will appear in the workspace of the photo editor.

    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
   — 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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