AKVIS ArtWork Tutorial: Program Workspace
 

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Tutorial: AKVIS ArtWork

Workspace

 

AKVIS ArtWork can work independently as a standalone program as well as a plugin 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 Application 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 AKVIS ArtWork workspace looks like this:

Workspace of AKVIS ArtWork
Workspace of AKVIS ArtWork

 

The left part of the AKVIS ArtWork window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs: Before and After. Under the Before tab you can see the original photo. The After tab shows the resulting image. You can switch between the windows by left-clicking on the tab with mouse button. To compare the original and the resulting images, click on the image and hold the button pressed - the program will currently switch between tabs.

 

In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel and the following controls:

  • The button opens the home page of AKVIS ArtWork.
  • 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 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 imports a list of presets (from the .artwork file).
  • The button exports presets (user settings for the image processing). You can save any number of presets to a separate file with the ending .artwork.
  • The button loads saved guiding lines (from the .direction file).
  • The button saves the guiding lines to a file with the .direction extension.
  • The button / shows/hides the guiding lines.
  • The button cancels the last operation (with the tools). It is possible to cancel several operations in a row. The hotkeys are Ctrl+Z on Windows, +Z on Mac.
  • The button returns the last cancelled operation. It is possible to return several operations in a row. The hotkeys are Ctrl+Y on Windows, +Y on Mac.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) opens the Batch Processing dialog to automatically process a series of images.
  • The button initiates image processing with the current settings. The resulting image is shown in the After tab.
  • The button (only in the plugin version) applies the result to the image and closes the plugin.
  • The button shows information about the program.
  • The button calls the Help files. The hot-key is F1.
  • The button calls the Preferences dialog box for changing the program's options.

 

On the left side there is the Toolbar, for all effects except Linocut, with the following buttons:

Pre-Processing Tools (in the Before tab):

  • The button switches on/off the quick preview window.
  • In Oil and Pastel also - Direction Tools (for Home Deluxe and Business licenses):

  • The button activates the Stroke Direction tool to draw the guiding lines.
  • The button activates the Eraser tool used to remove the guiding lines, either partially or fully.

Post-Processing Tools (in the After tab, for Home Deluxe and Business licenses):

  • The button activates the Smudge tool which is used to manually refine images by removing paint irregularities (in Oil, Watercolor, Gouache, and Pastel).
  • The button activates the Blur tool which reduces image sharpness by decreasing color contrast (in Watercolor and Gouache styles).

Additional Tools:

  • The button activates the Hand tool which allows you to scroll the image when it does not fit within window at the desired scale. To use it click on the button, bring the cursor over the image, and while keeping the left mouse button pressed move in the desired direction.
    Double-clicking on the tool's icon makes the image fit the window.
  • The button activates the Zoom tool, which changes the image's scale. To zoom in left click on the image. To zoom out left click with Alt on the image. Press Z to quickly access the tool.
    Double-clicking on the tool's icon makes the image scale to 100% (actual size).

 

Navigate and scale the image using the Navigator. The frame in the Navigator surrounds the area of the image which is visible in the main window; the area outside of the frame will be shaded. The frame can be dragged, thereby changing the visible portion of the image. To move the frame, place the cursor within it, left click the mouse, and then drag.

Navigator
Navigator

To scroll the image in the main window you can press the spacebar on the keyboard and drag the image with the left mouse button. Use the scroll wheel of the mouse to move the image up/down, by keeping the Ctrl key pressed – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt key pressed − scale the image. Right-click on the scroll bar to activate the quick navigation menu.

Use the slider or the buttons and , to scale the image in the window. When you click on the button or move the slider to the right, the image scale increases. When you click on the button or move the slider to the left, the image scale reduces.

You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field. The fall-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.

You can use hot-keys to change the image scale + and Ctrl++ (++ in Mac) to increase the image scale and - and Ctrl+- (+- in Mac) to reduce the scale.

 

Under the Navigator there is the Settings Panel with the Painting and Decoration tabs:

  • Painting: Here you can adjust the settings for photo-to-painting conversion.
  • Decoration: You can add text to your image, adjust the canvas, and apply a frame.

Below, 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. When you launch the program, it uses the settings of the last used preset.

Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor. You can choose where the hints will be shown or hide them in the program's Preferences.

 
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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