AKVIS Coloriage can work independently as a standalone program and as a plug-in to a photo editor.
On a Mac computer - launch the app from the Application folder.
To call the plugin, select it from filters of your image editing program.
The AKVIS Coloriage program window looks like this:
Most of the AKVIS Coloriage window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs: Before and After. Under the Before tab you can see the original photo, to which you apply color strokes with the Pencil tool. The After tab shows the resulting image.
In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel with the following buttons:
To the left of the Image Window there is a Toolbar with the following tools:
The properties of the tool vary according to the processing stage: on the first stage (drawing strokes in the Before tab) the Eraser tool can have only a hard edge, on the second stage (applying the Recolor Brush) the hardness of the Eraser brush can be adjusted.
|Attention!||This tool is active only on the After tab and can be applied only on the last stage of work. If you switch to the Before tab and click on the Run button , the changes made with the Recolor Brush will be lost.|
The settings of the active tool are shown in the floating window that appears when you right-click on any part of the Image Window. If you click outside of the floating window, it disappears.
To draw a straight line you should activate the Pencil tool, press the Shift-key and left-click on the start point of the line and then click on the finish point. If you want to continue drawing, just hold down the Shift-key and click to set points for additional segments.
To change the brush size of the Pencil, Keep Color Pencil, Eraser, Recolor Brush, and History Brush tools, move the slider on the scale in the floating window or use hot keys [ (to reduce the brush size) and ] (to increase the brush size).
In the right part of the program window you can see the Navigator and the Color Selection Area.
Navigate and scale the image using the Navigator. In the Navigator you can see the reduced copy of the image. The red frame shows the part of the image that is now visible in the Image Window; the areas outside the frame will be shaded. Drag the frame to make other parts of the image visible. To move the frame, bring the cursor inside the frame, press the left mouse button and, keeping it pressed, move the frame in the Navigator.
To scroll the image in the Image Window you can press the spacebar on the keyboard and drag the image with the left mouse button. Use the scroll wheel of the mouse to move the image up/down, by keeping the Ctrl key pressed (Mac: ⌘) – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt key pressed (Mac: Option) − scale the image. Right-click on the scroll bar to activate the quick navigation menu.
Use the slider or the buttons and , to scale the image in the Image Window. When you click on the button or move the slider to the right, the image scale increases. When you click on the button or move the slider to the left, the image scale decreases.
You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field and pressing the button Enter (Return in Mac). The drop-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.
You can use hot-keys to change the image scale + and Ctrl++ (⌘++ in Mac) to increase the image scale and - and Ctrl+- (⌘+- in Mac) to reduce the scale.
Under the Navigation window you can see the Color Selection Area with the Color Library and the palettes: Color, Swatches, and Multicolor.
The Color Library contains gradations of colors that frequently appear on photos. For example, color patterns of skin, hair, lips, grass, trees, stones. It helps users to select a natural-looking color.
Changes in the Color can be made via a gradient or by entering numerical values for color components and their settings.
The Swatches palette contains a set of frequently used colors and allows you to choose a color simply by clicking on any of the colors in the palette.
The Multicolor palette allows one to work in Multicolor mode — to apply more than one color at once. This mode is only available for advanced licenses (Deluxe, Business).