Chameleon in the Fire: Making a Collage with AKVIS Chameleon

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Tutorial: AKVIS Chameleon

Chameleon in the fire


The symbol of the Fire element is the salamander, the legendary reptile that could live in the fire. For lack of a salamander, we will put a three horn chameleon into the fire.
photo of a colorful fire chameleon Result
Original Images Result

Follow these steps to create a photo collage with AKVIS Chameleon Plug-in.

  • Step 1. Open the two images in Adobe Photoshop: a photo of a chameleon and a photo of a colorful fire.
    three horn chameleon photo of a colorful fire
  • Step 2. Switch to the Quick Mask mode and paint the chameleon and the branch with a hard-edged brush (Hardness 100%).
  • Step 3. Switch back to Standard mode and invert the selection by calling the command Select - Inverse or by using the key combination Ctrl+Shift+I.
    select the chameleon
  • Step 4. Copy the selected chameleon by calling AKVIS -> Chameleon -> Grab Fragment from the Filter Menu. If all goes well you should see a message stating that the fragment has been copied to the clipboard.

    Switch to the image of the fire and call AKVIS -> Chameleon - Make Collage from the Filter menu. The AKVIS Chameleon plug-in window will appear. You will see the fire image in the background with the chameleon above it.

    Select Chameleon mode from the drop-down menu in the Settings Panel.

    paste the chameleon into the photo with the fire
  • Step 5. Use the Transform tool from the Toolbar to change the size of the size and position of the chameleon.
  • Step 6. Press the button to start the collage creation process. You will see a preview in the After tab. If you are satisfied with the result, press the button to apply the collage to the photo.

    Here is the result. As the legend says, the fire helped the salamander change its skin; our chameleon changed its color.

    Chameleon in the fire
How It Works How It Works
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   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Preferences — Preferences
Montage Mode Montage Mode
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   — Make a Collage from Multiple Images — Make a Collage from Multiple Images
Chameleon Mode Chameleon Mode
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   — Changing Appearance — Changing Appearance
   — Try on a Tattoo — Try on a Tattoo
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   — 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
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   — A Wedding Photo Collage — A Wedding Photo Collage
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   — Time Goes by Like Water — Time Goes by Like Water
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   — Landing in the Forest — Landing in the Forest
Emersion Mode Emersion Mode
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