Lionheart: Creating a Fantasy Character With AKVIS Chameleon

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Tutorial: AKVIS Chameleon



With AKVIS Chameleon, you can create a completely imaginary creature, for example, a half-man, half-animal.

This example was made with the AKVIS Chameleon plugin in AliveColors, but any graphics editor can be used which is compatible with the Chameleon plugin, or you can use the standalone program.
Background: Image of a Man Photograph of a Lion, From Which the Fragment Will Be Taken Collage
Original Images Result

  • Step 1. Open the image containing the desired fragment in the graphics editor.

    Photograph, From Which the Fragment Will Be Taken
  • Step 2. Choose Effects –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Grab Fragment from the menu. You will see a message stating that the fragment has been taken.
  • Step 3. Open the background image. Choose Effects –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Make Collage from the menu.

    The AKVIS Chameleon plugin's window will open. The background image (the photograph of a man) will be in the Before tab, and above it the fragment will be (the photograph of the lion).

    The program starts in the Montage mode by default and this is the mode in which we will work.

    AKVIS Chameleon Plugin's Workspace
  • Step 4. Choose the Transform tool from the Toolbar and move the lion so its head is oriented directly above the man's head. To make this easier, adjust opacity to 75%.
  • Step 5. To better align the head of the lion with the man's body, flip the lion horizontally with the Transform tool. Then resize the lion so that its head is about the same size as the man's head.

    Moving the Image
  • Step 6. Now you need to remove the remaining parts of the lion's photo.

    Start by choosing the Drop Area Tool and draw a line around the lion's mane. Then choose the Keep Area Tool and draw a line within the edges of the lion's head, as shown in the image below.

    Drawing Strokes
  • Step 7. Press to start the collage creation process. The result will be shown in the After tab.
  • Step 8. Press . The AKVIS Chameleon plugin's window will close, and the newly created collage will appear in the image editor.
  • Step 9. Give the collage a more realistic look by adding an extra touch. Choose the Darken Tool from the graphic editor's tool panel, select the desired size and thickness of the tool's strokes and go over the lion's head where you want the hat's shadow to appear.

    You can also adjust the collage's lightness and saturation in the graphics editor.

    Adding Shadows


And now we have a mythical creature with the body of a man and the head of a lion.

Final Result: Lion-Man
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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