Wonderland: Creating a Collage With AKVIS Chameleon

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Tutorial: AKVIS Chameleon



Everyone probably knows the story of Alice in Wonderland. During the story, the little girl Alice changes size, at times growing as large as a house while later shrinking to the size of a mouse. You can achieve the same effect with AKVIS Chameleon. You can experiment with someone's size, even reducing them to the size of an average mushroom.

We worked in AliveColors, but you can use any graphics editor which is compatible with the AKVIS Chameleon plugin.

Background for the Collage Source Photo for Fragment

  • Step 1. Open the images in the graphics editor. Choose the one from which you want to select a fragment. Make a duplicate of the background layer and select it by pressing Ctrl+A.
    Selecting the Fragment
  • Step 2. Grab the fragment via the menu (Effects –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Grab Fragment). You will then see a message stating that the fragment has been saved.
  • Step 3. Switch to the background image. Duplicate the background layer. Select Effects –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Make Collage in the menu. The AKVIS Chameleon plugin's window will open. The background image, with the copied fragment above it, will be shown in the Before tab.

    AKVIS Chameleon Plugin's Workspace

    At first Montage mode will be chosen by default and will be used here.

  • Step 4. Activate the Transform tool in the Toolbar. Reduce the size of the fragment, flip it, then place it in the desired location. Change Opacity to 75% to give you a better idea where to precisely place the fragment.

    Adjusting the Image
  • Step 5. Now we need to remove unwanted areas of the background so only the girl will remain. Activate the Keep Area Pencil and draw a line within the boundaries of the girl. Then activate the Drop Area Pencil and draw a line around the outside edges of the girl. All that is outside the red line will be deleted, while all within the blue line will be preserved. The boundary will pass between these two lines.

    Drawing Strokes
  • Step 6. Press to begin creating the collage. The result will be shown in the After tab.

  • Step 7. Click on . The AKVIS Chameleon plugin will close and the collage will appear in the graphics editor.
  • Step 8. Let's make the girl's hand appear as if it is behind the mushroom. Select the History Brush from the Toolbar and process the girl's arm and hand. To make your work easier, set opacity of the layer to 70%.

    Erasing Part of the Arm

    Now we need to make some of the blades of grass appear as if they are in front of the girl. Use the History Brush again. Reduce the opacity of the layer and draw over the blades of grass so that they appear to be in the foreground.

    Restore Grass

And here is the final 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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