AKVIS Chameleon can work independently as a standalone program and as a plug-in to a photo editor.
To call the AKVIS Chameleon plug-in do the following:
In Adobe Photoshop: Filter –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Grab Fragment; in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo: Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Grab Fragment; in Corel Photo-Paint: Effects –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Grab Fragment.
If everything is done correctly you’ll see a message that selected object is saved into the clipboard.
In Adobe Photoshop: Filter –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Make Collage; in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo: Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS – Chameleon –> Make Collage; in Corel Photo-Paint: Effects –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Make Collage.
- In the main menu: press the button Start
and select from the pop-up menu the command AKVIS -> Chameleon.
- Using the program's shortcut on the Desktop: put the cursor on the icon of the program AKVIS Chameleon and double-click it with the left mouse button.
- Using Finder: select the folder Applications on the side bar of the Finder window, select the application AKVIS Chameleon and double-click it.
The workspace of AKVIS Chameleon looks like this:
The left part of the program's window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs: Before and After. The background image will be displayed in the Before tab, and above this the image, from which the desired fragment will be taken. This will be an entire image in the standalone version. In the plug-in this will be a selection made in a graphics editor, which can be adjusted within the Before tab. The resulting collage will be displayed in the After tab.
In the upper part of the program’s window you can see the Control Panel with the following buttons:
At the left side of the Image Window is the Toolbar. Parameters for the chosen tool are shown in the Settings Panel.
A description of each tool can be read here.
Navigate and scale the image using the navigation window — Navigator. In the Navigation Window you can see the reduced copy of the image. The red frame shows the part of the image that is now visible in the Image Window; the areas outside the frame will be shaded. Drag the frame to make other parts of the image visible. To move the frame, bring the cursor inside the frame, press the left mouse button and, keeping it pressed, move the frame in the Navigator.
To scroll the image in the Image 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 (Mac: ⌘) – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt key pressed (Mac: Option) − 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 Image 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 decreases.
You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field and pressing the button Enter (Return on Mac). The drop-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.
You can use hot-keys to change the image scale + and Ctrl++ (⌘++ on Mac) to increase the image scale and - and Ctrl+- (⌘+- on Mac) to reduce the scale.
Under the Navigator there is a Settings Panel where you can choose the Mode to create the collage and settings to the selected mode.
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.