Creating a Christmas Postcard in Xara Xtreme using the plug-in AKVIS Coloriage

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Tutorial: AKVIS Coloriage

Creating a Christmas Postcard


This example has been created by Michael Foutty in photo editor Xara Xtreme with help of AKVIS Coloriage plug-in.

Note: The following tutorial assumes that you have a basic understanding of working within Xara Xtreme.

Original image Colorized image

Background creation

From within Xtreme create a rectangle [800x600] and set the fill color to black.

Select the Fill Tool F5.

Choose the elliptical fill from drop down menu. Adjust accordingly.

Create a rectangle elliptical fill

Our examples show a rolling snow covered landscape. This can easily be accomplished.

Just convert the rectangle by selecting Arrange/Convert to Editable Shapes. Next select the Shape Editor Tool and adjust the bottom of the rectangle to give the appearance of a rolling hill.

landscape a snow covered landcape

It's time to put the Coloriage plugin to work and this is done by clicking the Live Effect Tool (Ctrl+F5) found in Xara's tool box. Select the Coloriage plugin from among the list and a new window appears.

Once within the workspace you find a variety of choices and options to choose from as well as flexible edit/undo capabilities.

First, let's protect the intensity of the sunshine. This can be done using the Keep Color Pencil and marking the small circle around the suns center.

Then apply an array of colors using the Pencil tool . Imagine how the colors will be affected by the grayscale transparency.

Draw strokes in the sky

When ready click the run arrow to process the image .

Should the results not be your liking simply hit the Before tab, make any erasures/adjustments then click the run arrow again.

Start the colorization process

When you are satisfied, click the commit arrow and when Coloriage completes the processing you once again find yourself in Xara's workspace.

the colorful sky is ready

The Background is complete.


Now create a snow covered tree

Use the Freehand and Brush Tool and design the shape.

Draw a Christmas tree

Set the background color to black; the line color to white. Select the Fill Tool (F5). This time choose the linear fill from drop down menu. Adjust accordingly.

Change the colors Create a fill

Select the tree shape and access the Coloriage plugin once again.

First, let's protect the white snow cover as we did with the intensity of the sunshine. This again can be done using the Keep Color Pencil and outlining the white line areas to assure they remain pure as new fallen snow.

keep-color strokes

Then apply the greens for the tree using the Pencil. Remember how the colors will be affected by the grayscale transparency.

Now have some fun adding bits of colors to simulate glowing lights on the tree.

Draw green strokes Add colorful lights

When ready, process and commit the image to return to Xara.

paste the Christmas tree  into the image with the colorful sky

Here is the completed image with a bit of text and a snowman to boot!

All success and happy holidays!

Christmas postcard
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
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   — 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
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   — Technique of Reiterative Colorization — Technique of Reiterative Colorization
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   — Colorize a Group Photo — Colorize a Group Photo
   — Creating a Colorful Background — Creating a Colorful Background
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   — 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
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   — Adding Detail and Color a Drawing — Adding Detail and Color a Drawing
   — Coloring Old Black-And-White Drawing — Coloring Old Black-And-White Drawing
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