Desktop Wallpaper with a Pet. AKVIS Coloriage Tutorial.

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Tutorial: AKVIS Coloriage

Desktop Wallpaper with a Pet


This tutorial has been submitted by Olga Podryadchikova. She decided to create desktop wallpaper out of a photo of her pet.

She processed the photo in AliveColors using AKVIS Coloriage plug-in.

    Original image Colorized image
  • Step 1. Choose an appropriate photo and open it in your photo editor.

    a color photo of a cat
  • Step 2. Apply the command Image -> Adjustment -> Black & White to discard the color information.

    Discard color information
  • Step 3. As we are going to create desktop wallpaper we should set appropriate dimensions for the photo, for example, 800*600 px. First we change the image size with the command Image -> Image Size, then increase the image width with the command Image -> Canvas Size.

    Change the canvas size
  • Step 4. Select Smudge Tool from the toolbar and spread the background around the cat in curls. The more curls you make, the better the result will look.

    Make curls with Smudge Tool
  • Step 5. Now call the plug-in AKVIS Coloriage (Effects -> AKVIS -> Coloriage) and start colorizing the photo.

    First add color to the cat's eyes. For this purpose outline them with Keep Color Pencil (to prevent the color of the eyes from spreading to other parts of the image), then draw a green outline inside both eyes of the cat and black strokes inside of the pupils using the Pencil tool .

    To make application of small strokes easier, increase the image scale and reduce the brush size of the Pencil tool.

    Add color to the cat's eyes
  • Step 6. Now move on to the background colorization. Firt we should draw an outline within the cat with Keep Color Pencil because we intend to leave the cat gray.

    Start applying color strokes to the background. To get a fancy background try to draw strokes along the curls and lines. Take into account that dark and saturated colors (red, blue, violet, etc) look better on a dark background while for a light background you should choose bright and light colors (green, yellow, blue).

    Apply color strokes to the background
  • Step 7. When ready, press the button and see the result in the After tab.

    If you are not satisfied with the result, you can go back to the Before tab and edit the shape and color of the strokes.

    The buttons in the Toolbar allow you to:

      - erase strokes with Eraser tool ;
      - draw new strokes with Pencil tool ;
      - re-color separate strokes using Tube tool or re-color all strokes of one color with Magic Tube tool .

    You can save the strokes in a separate file and load previously saved strokes with the button .

  • Step 8. When you are satisfied with the result, press the button to apply the result and close the plug-in's window.
    A cat against a colorful background

As a result we see a green-eyed cat against a fancy background and it all took us only a few minutes! You can play further to get different versions.

Cat against a green backgroundCat against a red background
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Select Colors — Select Colors
   — Colorization Tips — Colorization Tips
   — Save and Load Strokes — Save and Load Strokes
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Adding Color To An Old Postcard — Adding Color To An Old Postcard
   — Changing Color of Your Car — Changing Color of Your Car
   — Selective Desaturation — Selective Desaturation
   — Selective Colorization of B&W Photos — Selective Colorization of B&W Photos
   — Make White Whiter — Make White Whiter
   — Photo Coloring Tricks — Photo Coloring Tricks
   — Colorizing a Black and White Photo — Colorizing a Black and White Photo
   — Colorizing a Portrait of a Gentleman — Colorizing a Portrait of a Gentleman
   — Technique of Reiterative Colorization — Technique of Reiterative Colorization
   — Colorize Your Memories — Colorize Your Memories
   — A Present for the Mother's Day — A Present for the Mother's Day
   — Color Correction of a Portrait — Color Correction of a Portrait
   — Canadian Settlers — Canadian Settlers
   — Add Color to the Photo of a Child — Add Color to the Photo of a Child
   — Color Options for Interior Design — Color Options for Interior Design
   — Colorize a Family Portrait — Colorize a Family Portrait
   — Change the Color of Clothes — Change the Color of Clothes
   — Colorize a Group Photo — Colorize a Group Photo
   — Creating a Colorful Background — Creating a Colorful Background
   — Paint Your House — Paint Your House
   — Raise Spirits — Raise Spirits
   — Expressive Cat Eyes — Expressive Cat Eyes
   — A Portrait of a Geisha — A Portrait of a Geisha
   — Colorize a Bas-Relief — Colorize a Bas-Relief
   — An Old Postcard with a Geisha — An Old Postcard with a Geisha
   — Touching Up a Colorized Photo — Touching Up a Colorized Photo
   — Colorizing an Anime Girl — Colorizing an Anime Girl
   — Colorize a Photo for a Collage — Colorize a Photo for a Collage
   — A Flower Show — A Flower Show
   — A Pencil Sketch: Self-Portrait — A Pencil Sketch: Self-Portrait
   — Creating a Christmas Postcard — Creating a Christmas Postcard
   — Love Story — Love Story
   — Desktop Wallpaper with a Pet — Desktop Wallpaper with a Pet
   — Portrait of William Gladstone — Portrait of William Gladstone
   — How to Get a Nice Sepia Photo — How to Get a Nice Sepia Photo
   — A Castle in Scotland — A Castle in Scotland
   — How to Achieve a Natural Colorization — How to Achieve a Natural Colorization
   — Christmas Card: B&W to Color — Christmas Card: B&W to Color
   — Movie Star Ayshwarya Ray — Movie Star Ayshwarya Ray
   — Adding Detail and Color a Drawing — Adding Detail and Color a Drawing
   — Coloring Old Black-And-White Drawing — Coloring Old Black-And-White Drawing
   — Flower Meadow — Flower Meadow
   — Children's Photo — Children's Photo
   — Medieval Engraving — Medieval Engraving
   — Wedding Album — Wedding Album
   — Full Dress Uniform — Full Dress Uniform
   — A Lovely French Couple — A Lovely French Couple
   — Simple Approach for Coloring Pictures — Simple Approach for Coloring Pictures
   — Multicolor Painting — Multicolor Painting
   — Pop Art Poster — Pop Art Poster


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