How to Create a Photo Collage with AKVIS Chameleon in Emersion Mode

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Tutorial: AKVIS Chameleon

Emersion Mode


AKVIS Chameleon works in four modes: Montage, Chameleon, Blend mode, and Emersion mode.

In Emersion mode, like in Montage mode, the program combines images to create a seamless photo montage.
The difference between the two is that in this mode the pasted fragment does not overlay the background, but embeds into the background so that only certain parts of the fragment are visible. This mode allows making montages with difficult objects (trees, etc).

A background image for a collage A source image for a collage Photo collage - Emersion mode
Original images Result

The mode is called Emersion because what it actually does is make the background "emerse" through the object. This characteristic distinguishes it from other modes, as in Montage, Chameleon and Blend modes the program mostly works with the object itself, not with the background.

Follow these steps to create a montage in Emersion mode:

  • Step 1. Click on to open an image with trees, then click on to open an image with a sky.

    In this example we have an effect as if these images swap places. The background image will come to the foreground, due to the "emersion" effect, and the second photo will look as a new background for the image.

    Background  image for the collage: trees Second image with a sky

    If you work with the plug-in, do these steps (Steps 3-5). Select the sky on the second image and call the plugin. Note that comparatively with other modes, in Emersion mode it is critical to make a precise selection.


  • Step 2. Select Emersion mode in the drop-down menu Mode in the Settings Panel.

    Emersion mode in Settings Panel
  • Step 3. Use the Transform tool from the Toolbar to change the size, the position, and the rotation angle of the pasted fragment on the background image.

    Use the Opacity parameter to place the fragment more accurately.

    Resizing and Moving Fragment
  • Step 4. If needed, use the selection tools to select a fragment for a collage and mark unwanted areas.
      Hint: As for these images, we do not need to make selection here at all. It would not make sense to do so, since the image used as a fragment (in this case the cloudy sky) will become larger than the background after transformation and move beyond its borders. In most cases, for example, here, this mode requires a precise selection of the embedded object.
  • Step 5. Define the zones that will be replaced with that of the fragment. The zones are defined in accordance with their colors and are regulated by the following parameters:

      Colors field. This field contains a set of colors that will be taken into consideration when processing the image. All pixels of the background image having the colors defined on the color set and close to them will be replaced with the points of the fragment.

      A color set

      The set has 6 color squares. By default these color squares are empty. If you start image processing now, all pixels of the background image will stay the same and we will get the original background photo as a result.

      To set a color, click on an empty square, the pointer will be transformed into an eyedropper, and pick a color from the image with a left-click. This square will display the chosen color.

      To change the color of the square, left-click on it and choose a color from your image.

      To delete a color and clear the square, right-click on the square. The square will return to the default state.

      The Threshold parameter defines pixels (zones) of the background image that will be replaced with the pixels (zones) of the fragment. At minimum value of the parameter only the colors from the color set are involved into the process. If you increase the value of the parameter the colors similar to the colors of the set will be replaced, too. The higher the value of the parameter, the more pixels of the background will be replaced with the pixels of the fragment; the more of the fragment will be "implanted" into the background.

      Attention! In this mode all work is done only with the background image. The pasted fragment does not change at all.

  • Step 6. Click on to create a collage. The result will be shown in the After tab.
    Composition of images

    If not satisfied with the result, switch to the Before tab, change the colors, adjust the Threshold and click on again.

    You can also use the post-processing tools (Smudge , Blur , and History Brush ) to edit the result.

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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