AKVIS Chameleon: Serenade for a Gull
 

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Tutorial: AKVIS Chameleon

Serenade for a Gull

 

The author of this tutorial is Gordon Sisson.
Background for the collage The image used as a source for the fragment Collage

Combining several shots to create a more expressive image is one of the most popular manipulations in photo editing. This requires extracting the fragment, placing it into a new background and adjusting color tones and edges so that the image looks as if it had been shot exactly this way. The extraction part can as well be done with AKVIS's AKVIS SmartMask plug-in, but in this tutorial we would like to do it with AKVIS Chameleon.

AKVIS Chameleon is ideal for the users who want to have a quick and clean result. The tutorial's author, Gordon Sisson, confessed that he was intrigued by the capabilities of AKVIS Chameleon and therefore decided to experiment with it. Gordon Sisson describes below his first experience with the Montage mode of AKVIS Chameleon.

You can use the standalone version if you want. In this case just load both images into the program and use the pencils to outline the object.

Let’s see how Gordon created this amazing collage.

  • Step 1. Open the photo containing the fragment to be copied.

    The photo used as a source for the fragment
    The photo used as a source for the fragment
  • Step 2. Select the part of the photo to be transfered. An ordinary Rectangular selection is all that you need to select the fragment. The efficient Chameleon tools will complete the final cutting out of the image (see Step 7).

    Fragment selection
    Fragment selection
  • Step 3. In the Effects menu, call up AKVIS -> Chameleon – Grab Fragment. A window will appear telling the fragment has been saved.
  • Step 4. Open the photo of the new background.

    Background for the collage to be created
    Background for the collage to be created
  • Step 5. In the Effects menu, call up AKVIS -> Chameleon – Make Collage and selected fragment gets placed over the background. By default, the work is started in the Montage mode.

    AKVIS Chameleon window
    AKVIS Chameleon window
  • Step 6. In order to proportionally alter the fragment’s dimensions one should first ensure that the proportion sign is engaged, then place the cursor over the fragment's border (outlined by the dashed line). When the cursor changes it's shape to a double-sided arrow , click the left mouse button and increase or decrease the image's size keeping the left mouse pressed. After that, the fragment may be moved to its destination. In order to do this, simply place the cursor within the fragment's boundaries (until the mouse cursor takes the cross-shape ), click the left mouse button and drag the fragment to the destination keeping the left mouse pressed.

    Fragment transformation
    Fragment transformation
  • Step 7. Now one needs to complete the extraction of the inserted photo. This task is easier if the gull is scaled to fit the Image Window. With the size slider in Navigator you can make the placed image as large as the window will permit.

    Select the Drop Area Tool and draw an outline around the gull. Select the Keep Area Tool and draw a line just inside the edge of the figure of the gull.

    Draw strokes
    Draw strokes
  • Step 8. Click on the Run button to process montage creation. The result will appear in the After tab.
  • Step 9. Click on the Apply button to close the Plug-in’s window. The photo montage will be shown on the screen — amazing and touching as it is.

    Result
    Photo montage

 

 
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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