Creating a Nice Greeting Postcard with AKVIS Chameleon

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Tutorial: AKVIS Chameleon

Creating a Nice Greeting Postcard


All of us in childhood had fun creating hand-made Birthday postcards, Christmas postcards and St.Valentine’s postcards for the people we love. And it was particularly pleasant to get a personalized greeting card.

AKVIS Chameleon allows you to recall the happy days and make your own personalized greeting postcard, even though with a photo editing software.

We will show the technique on an easy postcard. Later you can apply your creativity and imagination to make postcards for all possible occasions.
Photo frame Photo of flowers Result
Original Images Result

  • Step 1. First of all open the following two images in your photo editor compatible with AKVIS Chameleon plugin. We use Adobe Photoshop. Below are two photos that we need for our photo collage - a photo frame as a background and wonderful spring flowers, snowdrops, as decoration.
    photo frame photo of flowers
  • Step 2. Use any selection tool to select the flowers. Once the flowers are selected, go to Step 7.

      Note: In Steps 3-6 we explain how to select an object in Adobe Photoshop using Quick Mask mode.
      Switch to the Quick Mask mode by pressing the button in the Toolbar or the Q key.

  • Step 3. Select the Pencil tool from the Toolbar by pressing the button or the B key.
  • Step 4. Paint the flowers in Quick Mask mode using a hard edge Pencil.
    Selection of flowers in Quick Mask
  • Step 5. Switch back to the Standard Mode by pressing the button (Edit in Standard Mode) in the Toolbar or the Q key.
  • Step 6. Invert the selection by calling the command Select - Inverse or by using the key combination Ctrl+Shift+I.
    Selected flowers
  • Step 7. Copy the selected flowers by calling the command AKVIS -> Chameleon – Grab Fragment from the Filter menu of the photo editor.

    If everything is done correctly, you’ll see a message that the selected object has been saved into the clipboard.

  • Step 8. Switch back to the photo with the background. Call the command AKVIS –> Сhameleon – Make Collage from the menu Filters.
  • Step 9. The AKVIS Chameleon window will open. The window will contain the background image and the pasted flowers.
  • Step 10. Select the Blend mode in the drop-down menu in the Settings Panel with a left-click of the mouse.
  • Step 11. Change the position and the size of the flowers using the Transform tool from the Toolbar.
  • Step 12. Click on to start the process of collage creation. The result will be shown in the After tab.
  • Step 13. Click on to apply the result and close the plugin window.
    greeting card with flowers

If you used Chameleon Mode instead of Blend Mode, the greeting card would look different. The texture of the background, i.e. skew lines of the photo frame, would not be visible through the snowdrop-petals.

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Preferences — Preferences
Montage Mode Montage Mode
   — Photo Hunting — Photo Hunting
   — Serenade for a Gull — Serenade for a Gull
   — Happy Easter! — Happy Easter!
   — Wonderland — Wonderland
   — Lionheart: Create a Fantasy Character — Lionheart: Create a Fantasy Character
   — Make a Collage from Multiple Images — Make a Collage from Multiple Images
Chameleon Mode Chameleon Mode
   — To Sail Beyond the Sunset — To Sail Beyond the Sunset
   — Changing Appearance — Changing Appearance
   — Try on a Tattoo — Try on a Tattoo
   — Monkey and a Mask — Monkey and a Mask
   — Coffee Postage Stamp — Coffee Postage Stamp
   — Lemonade Label — Lemonade Label
   — Chameleon in the Fire — Chameleon in the Fire
   — The Flying Dutch — The Flying Dutch
   — Elephant in the Savanna — Elephant in the Savanna
   — Archeological Reconstruction — Archeological Reconstruction
   — The Swan Lake — The Swan Lake
   — An Earth View — An Earth View
   — Collage with a Girl — Collage with a Girl
   — Help the Dove - Symbolic Collage — Help the Dove - Symbolic Collage
   — A Girl in the Sunset — A Girl in the Sunset
   — A Greeting Card — A Greeting Card
   — Moonlight Sonata — Moonlight Sonata
   — Enliven the Scenery — Enliven the Scenery
Blend Mode Blend Mode
   — Wood Painting — Wood Painting
   — Creating a Greeting Postcard — Creating a Greeting Postcard
   — Valentine Card — Valentine Card
   — Autumn Collage — Autumn Collage
   — Butterfly on the Wall — Butterfly on the Wall
   — Fantastic Collage — Fantastic Collage
   — Blazing Photo of a Girl — Blazing Photo of a Girl
   — A Wedding Photo Collage — A Wedding Photo Collage
   — Fairy Tale Illustration — Fairy Tale Illustration
   — Ripe Cherries — Ripe Cherries
   — Creative Design in Paint Shop Pro — Creative Design in Paint Shop Pro
   — Time Goes by Like Water — Time Goes by Like Water
   — Star Leopard: Create a Wallpaper — Star Leopard: Create a Wallpaper
   — Newfoundlands From The Sea — Newfoundlands From The Sea
   — Landing in the Forest — Landing in the Forest
Emersion Mode Emersion Mode
   — For Graffiti Fans — For Graffiti Fans
   — Bird in a Cage — Bird in a Cage


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