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AKVIS News 2013

 

December 16, 2013
AKVIS NatureArt v.5.5: Add Nature Effects To Your Images!

AKVIS NatureArt has been updated to version 5.5. It is an efficient software for reproducing natural phenomena on photographs, that runs as a standalone application as well as a Photoshop plugin filter, on Windows and Mac OS X.

The software includes 9 basic effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, Frost, Fire, Ice, Rainbow; from which almost every natural phenomenon can be created: you can make snow from rain, transform the sun into the moon or a star, etc.

AKVIS NatureArt lets you play with seasons changing, make a sparkling snowy Christmas card, enliven a dark landscape, cover your picture with enchanted fog or freeze it, add fire and lightning to your photo, create a fantastically surreal scenery. With NatureArt you can become a wizard! Read more…

In Version 5.5:

  • Added the Share option that lets you post your images from the program to the social services: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+.
  • Added support for RAW images from various cameras. See the full list of the supported cameras.
  • Added compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Changed the installation process for Windows. Now there are two setup files: for Windows 32 bit and for Windows 64 bit.
  • Added compatibility of the plugin with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6.
  • Fixed bugs in both Win and Mac versions.

Download NatureArt v.5.5!

Note that some features are only available under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses. During the trial period you can try all effects and tools and choose the license you like.

Upgrade Information:

Registered users of NatureArt can upgrade to version 5.5 for free! Just download and install the new version.

 

December 10, 2013
Brand NEW Artistic Software - AKVIS OilPaint v.1.0. Oil Painting Effect for Your Photos!

We are happy to announce the release of our new program - AKVIS OilPaint v.1.0!
Please watch the video about the new product.

AKVIS OilPaint creates oil paintings from photographs. The characteristic feature of the program is a unique algorithm of the artistic application of brush strokes that authentically reproduces the technique of the real brush. With this cutting-edge software you can become a painter and turn your photos into paintings in just a few minutes!

The mysterious production of a painting happens right before your eyes. The program creates a work of art that looks like a handmade oil painting. Also, it lets you personalize your picture by adding a signature of an artist, a title, a greeting, or any other text. To make the painting even more realistic you can adjust the canvas. Read more...

Download AKVIS OilPaint v.1.0 and use it during the 10 day trial period free of charge.

The software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.9, both 32 bit and 64 bit. The product is available as a standalone program and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and other image editors.

The functionality of the program depends on the license type. During the trial period you can try all options and choose the license you like. Note that some tools are only available for Home Deluxe and Business licenses. Consult the comparison table for detailed information.

Price: The brand new program sells for $ 49 for Home version (either Plugin or Standalone), for $ 69 for Home Deluxe (Plugin and Standalone, all features included), and for $ 89 for Business (Plugin and Standalone, all features included, for commercial use).
A license includes 1 Year of Free Updates to any new versions of the product!

Special Offer for Our Valued Customers (till February 1, 2014):

  • Those of our registered users who have bought at least one AKVIS program can order the new product with a discount of 20%.
  • The customers who have purchased all 18 AKVIS programs, get a 50% discount on the new 19th product!

    Contact us at support@akvis.com to validate your discount.

AKVIS OilPaint has entered into the Alchemy All-in-One Bundle and is available with other AKVIS products with the 60% discount.

 

November 22, 2013
AKVIS Magnifier v.7.0 Becomes Faster with Support for 64 Bit. Image Resizing Made Easy!

We have released the new version of AKVIS Magnifier - v.7.0!

The software lets you resize images without loss in quality. There are many useful tools to reduce images but it is always hard to obtain a high resolution picture from a small one.

AKVIS Magnifier is an efficient program for increasing image resolution, hence the product's name. It can not only reduce an image, it can also increase it by dozens of times with no artifacts or halos!

The software makes it easy for anyone to produce professional-looking photos with perfect quality. It enlarges digital pictures to super-high resolution for creating stunning poster-size prints. The algorithm keeps edges smooth, sharp and clearly defined, while improving image appearance by removing defects and compression artifacts.

AKVIS Magnifier is available as a standalone application and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, in versions for Windows and Mac OS X.

In Version 7.0:

  • Added native support for 64 bit for Windows. Taking advantage of all of the benefits of the 64-bit processor the program works considerably faster with large images.
  • Added the Crop tool to the standalone version. The new tool lets you trim a part of a picture. It is extremely useful when you want to improve the image composition, straighten a crooked photo, turn a horizontal photo into a vertical one and contrariwise.
  • Added the Share option that lets you post images from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+. Now you can quickly reduce your photo, crop the edges, and share with your friends.
  • Fixed the batch processing bug and other errors.
  • Also, in the new version: compatibility improvements and other changes.

Download AKVIS Magnifier v.7.0! You can evaluate all features of the software during the 10-day trial period!

The new version runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.9, both 32 bit and 64 bit.

The plugin is compatible with all versions of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
You will find the Magnifier plugin in the Automate menu of Photoshop, not in the Filter menu! Select the command: File -> Automate -> AKVIS Magnifier.

Upgrade Information:

Registered users of Magnifier can upgrade to version 7.0 for free.

 

October 31, 2013
AKVIS HDRFactory V.4.0: Create High Dynamic Range Images!

We are glad to announce the update of AKVIS HDRFactory. Now version 4.0 is available!

AKVIS HDRFactory is an efficient program for creating High Dynamic Range pictures.
The name of the program can be taken literally, as HDRFactory is a real workshop for the production of fascinating HDR images.

The software not only creates an HDR image from a series of shots taken with different exposure settings, it can also imitate an HDR effect on any photo. Just load your image into HDRFactory and admire the result! It also makes photo correction by enlivening colors on an image.
The program comes with 47 ready-to-use AKVIS presets.

AKVIS HDRFactory brings life and color to your photos!

The software is available as a standalone program as well as a plugin for Photoshop and other graphics editors, for Windows and Mac OS X.

In Version 4.0:

  • Added the Share option that lets you post your HDR image from the program to the social services: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+.
  • Added support for RAW images from various cameras.
  • Added compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Changed the installation process for Windows. Now there are two setup files: for Windows 32 bit and for Windows 64 bit.
  • Added compatibility of the plugin with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6.
  • Fixed bugs in both Win and Mac versions.

Download AKVIS HDRFactory v.4.0!
You can try all features of the software during the 10-day trial period!

Upgrade Information:

Registered users of HDRFactory can upgrade to version 4.0 for free.

 

October 24, 2013
Happy Halloween! New Frames for Your Photos

Halloween is just around the corner, and we are glad to announce a new set of frames - Halloween Pack for use in ArtSuite.

AKVIS ArtSuite is a rich collection of versatile effects for decorating photos, for Windows and Mac OS X. With ArtSuite you can easily frame your photographs! The software is available as a standalone application and plugin for image editors. In the standalone version, it's possible to extend the features and enrich the collection of frames by adding extra themed frame packs of Hand Painted Frames created by professional artists specifically for use in this program.

We have released a new set of frames for ArtSuite!

    The Halloween Pack includes 50 hand painted frames of excellent quality for only $15.

    Halloween is one of the most mysterious festivals in the world. It is celebrated on October 31, in the eve of All Saints' Day, when the evil spirits are released for a night. It is time for decorating your home with scary things like grave stones, skulls, bones, and spiders; it is time when kids are walking in monster costumes and asking "Trick or Treat?", time of glowing pumpkin heads, caramel apples and horror parties.
    Fall into the world of ancient legends and horror stories with our Halloween frames!

    See the thumbnails of the new exciting Halloween frames!

Now we offer 12 themed packs for use in ArtSuite, for a pretty modest price: Baby Pack, Wedding Pack, Travel Pack, St.Valentine Pack, Sports Pack, Christmas Pack, Winter Pack, Spring Pack, Summer Pack, Autumn Pack, Fantasy Pack, and the new Halloween Pack. They are intended for those who are interested in beautifully designed frames.
Also, the Free Pack, a collection of lovely designs for any occasion, is available for download without charge and registration.

Note: You can use the additional frame packs only in the Standalone version of AKVIS ArtSuite, not in the Plugin. To add the frame packs (zip files) in ArtSuite just copy them into a folder selected in the program's preferences. Read the instructions.

 

October 15, 2013
Update for AKVIS Photo Correction Bundle: Enhancer v.14.0, Noise Buster v.9.0, Refocus v.4.0

We are glad to announce that three AKVIS photo correction programs have been updated!

AKVIS Enhancer improves detail in a picture, fixes a dark photo, adds contrast and brightness, adjusts tones. The software detects detail in underexposed, overexposed and mid tone areas of a photo with uneven exposure. It offers an individual approach to every part of the image!
Download AKVIS Enhancer v.14.0.

AKVIS Noise Buster is noise suppression software. The program reduces both luminance and color noise in digital images without blurring the edges of objects. Now your photos look neat and accomplished!
Download AKVIS Noise Buster v.9.0.

AKVIS Refocus improves sharpness of out of focus images. The program can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background. It's also possible to add bokeh and lens blur effects to your photos.
Download AKVIS Refocus v.4.0.

All of these products are available in two variants: as plug-ins and as standalone applications, in versions for Windows and Mac OS X.
They can be purchased as separate products as well as in the Photo Correction bundle (40% Off).

In the New Versions:

  • New Share feature has been added. Now you can quickly post pictures from the programs to the social services: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+.
  • RAW processing has been improved. The list of supported digital cameras has been extended with new cameras from various manufacturers (FUJIFILM, SONY, NIKON, and many others). See the full list of the supported cameras here.
  • The plug-ins are now fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6.
  • The installation process for Windows has been improved. Now two setup files are available: for 32-bit and for 64-bit Windows operating system.
  • Also, a batch processing error has been fixed in the Noise Buster plugin, as well as other minor bugs and interface glitches in all three programs.

Upgrade Information:

  • Registered users of Enhancer v.10-13.5, Noise Buster v.1-8.5, Refocus v.1-3.5 can upgrade to the newest versions for free. Download the new versions using the links above.
    If the software asks to re-activate just use your license key (serial number).
  • Exception: Only users who own Enhancer in versions 1-9 need to pay $29 for an upgrade to the current version (v.14).
    Other customers can upgrade their programs free of charge.

 

September 26, 2013
AKVIS ArtWork v.8.0: Painting Effects for Your Photos. New Share Feature!

We have released the new version of AKVIS ArtWork - v.8.0!

This photo to painting software lets you create a piece of art from any digital image. The software combines advanced technologies with an artistic approach, it automatically transforms a photo into a painting.
No brushes or paints are required. Just get ArtWork and unleash your creativity!

The software offers 7 painting styles: Oil, Watercolor, Gouache, Comics, Pen & Ink, Linocut, Pastel.

You can create an oil portrait of your friend, a landscape watercolor painting, a funny poster with your dog or an impressive linocut print to decorate your bedroom!
The program also lets changing a canvas and adding a text to the picture. Using the Batch Processing feature you can create comics and cartoons from videos.

The software is available as a standalone program and as plugin to image editors, in versions for Windows and Mac OS X.

In Version 8.0:

  • New Share feature that lets posting pictures from the program to the social services: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+. Now you can quickly publish your newly created work of art!
  • Compatibility of the plugin with Adobe Photoshop CC and Corel PaintShop Pro X6.
  • Improved installation for Windows. 2 setup files are now available: for Win 32-bit and 64-bit.
  • Fixed minor bugs.

Download AKVIS ArtWork 8.0 (for Windows and Mac) and try all features of the software during the 10-day trial period!

Upgrade Information:

Registered users can upgrade to version 8.0 for free. Just download and install the new version of the program.

 

September 18, 2013
New Autumn Frame Pack for AKVIS ArtSuite: 50 Frames for Decorating Your Photos!

We are glad to announce a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite - Autumn Pack with 50 beautiful frames for your photos!

AKVIS ArtSuite, available as a standalone program and plugin for image editors, helps to decorate pictures with frames and effects. The program contains many templates and texture samples: from classic wooden frames to festive decorations. Thanks to the large number of effects and a rich pattern library, the software can generate an endless variety of effect versions. Using ArtSuite you can easily frame your photographs!

In the standalone version of ArtSuite, it's possible to extend the features of the program and enrich the collection of frames by adding extra themed frame packs of Hand Painted Frames created by professional artists specifically for use in ArtSuite.

The brand new Autumn Pack includes 50 hand painted frames of excellent quality for only $12.

Autumn is a really beautiful time, gorgeous and a bit melancholic. Leaves turn yellow and red, purple and brown, come falling down creating a wonderful natural carpet. It is the season of the harvest and Thanksgiving, the time to gather nature’s bounty. With these bright awesome frames you can enjoy the beauty of Autumn over the year! See the thumbnails of the new frames.

With the release of the new product the "four seasons" collection for ArtSuite becomes complete! Besides the Autumn Pack you can buy Winter, Summer, and Spring frame packs, and other themed packages.

Now we offer 11 themed packs for use in ArtSuite, for a pretty modest price. They are intended for those who are interested in beautifully designed frames. Also, the Free Pack, a collection of lovely designs for any occasion, is available for download without charge and registration.

Note: You can use the additional frame packs only in the Standalone version of AKVIS ArtSuite, not in the Plugin. To add the frame packs (zip files) in ArtSuite just copy them into a folder selected in the program's preferences. Read the instructions.

 

September 4, 2013
AKVIS Sketch v.15.0: Pencil Sketches from Photos. New Features!

We are glad to announce AKVIS Sketch v.15.0, the most popular photo-to-sketch software.

The program transforms digital photos into pencil sketches and charcoal drawings; it can also add the watercolor and pastel effects to the picture. The software really competes with hand drawn art! It's a wonderful tool for those who have always wanted to draw but didn't know how.

AKVIS Sketch offers two drawing styles: Classic and Artistic, each with a number of ready-to-use presets, that help you create various pencil sketches. You can also achieve additional effects using the Background, Canvas, and Text tabs. Thanks to the Batch Processing feature it's possible to make comics or cartoons from videos. The transformation of a photo into a sketch happens before your eyes, in real time. The Timeline feature creates the stepwise shots during image processing, from start to finish, from which you can choose the most liking results. The software helps to spur your creativity!

This product is available for everyone on Windows and Mac OS X platforms: the Standalone version is targeted at the customers who prefer regular applications, the Plugin is popular among the users working with photo editors such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and others.

What’s New in Version 15.0:

  • New Pencil Color and Background Color options give you more flexibility and control over the colors in your drawing. Now it is not only possible to create black and white or color drawings. With the new options you can specify colors for the pencil strokes and paper.
    Watch the video that demonstrates the new features.
  • New Presets have been added for both styles. Now the software is equipped with 87 ready-to-use AKVIS presets (35 in Classic style, 52 in Artistic style).
  • New Share option has been added, that lets posting pictures from the program to the social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+. Now you can publish your newly created drawing in your favorite networks and show your work of art to your friends quickly.
  • The plugin version is now fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC.
  • The installation process for Windows has been improved. Now two setup files are available: for Windows 32 bit and 64 bit.
  • Fixed some bugs and interface glitches which occurred when switching Classic/Artistic styles.

You can download AKVIS Sketch v.15.0 and evaluate it during the 10-day trial period!

Upgrade Information:

 

August 19, 2013
AKVIS SmartMask v.4.5: Complex Selections Made Easy!

We have released the new version of AKVIS SmartMask - v.4.5!

It is an efficient selection tool that saves you time and is fun to use. The program makes even a difficult selection incredibly simple.

The software provides powerful tools for masking objects on images and removing backgrounds. It can create various selection types, with both soft and sharp edges. It even lets you select fluff, hair, fur, tree branches, glass, or a transparent veil with just a few mouse clicks!

With SmartMask, you can spend less of your time on selection of objects and more of it on creativity.

The product is available as a standalone program and as a plugin for photo editors.

In Version 4.5:

  • Added compatibility of the plugin with Adobe Photoshop CC.
  • Changed the installation file for Windows. Now two different files are available - for Windows 32 bit and 64 bit.
  • Fixed minor bugs and interface glitches in both Mac and PC versions.

Download AKVIS SmartMask v.4.5 for Windows and Mac OS X!

You can evaluate all features of the software during the 10-day trial period.

Upgrade Information:

Registered users of SmartMask can upgrade to the new version for free!

 

July 29, 2013
AKVIS ArtSuite v.10 & New Summer Frames Give You a Lot of Joy!

We are happy to announce AKVIS ArtSuite v.10 and the new Summer Pack with 50 frames for photographs.

AKVIS ArtSuite, available as a standalone application as well as a plugin for Photoshop and other graphics editors, helps to decorate pictures with frames and effects. The software lets you create personalized greeting cards and posters, prepare a special gift, make your family album. The program contains many templates and texture samples for any goal, from classic wooden frames to festive decorations, fabric, brick, and even animal world patterns. Thanks to the large number of effects and a rich pattern library, the software can generate an endless variety of effect versions. With ArtSuite you can easily frame your photographs!

It's possible to extend the features of the program and enrich the collection of frames by loading your own patterns or (only in the standalone version) by adding extra themed frame packs of Hand Painted Frames created by professional artists specifically for use in this program.

In Version 10.0:

  • The new Summer Pack includes 50 hand painted frames of excellent quality with bright and saturated colors.

    Summer is the favorite season for many kids and adults. Beautiful field and garden flowers, ripe berries, fluttering butterflies, rich grass and leaves, golden sand, shining sun and blue azure sky will serve as a stunning addition to summer photos.
    Take advantage of our gorgeous frames to see the happy faces of your loved ones in a worthwhile design. Make your special memories even more special!

    You can buy the Summer Frames for only $12.

    Now 10 themed packs are available for use in ArtSuite: Baby Pack, Wedding Pack, Travel Pack, St.Valentine Pack, Sports Pack, Christmas Pack, Winter Pack, Spring Pack, Fantasy Pack, and the new Summer Pack. These frames are offered for a pretty modest price and are intended for those who are interested in beautifully designed frames. Also, a Free Set of Frames, a collection of lovely designs for any occasion, is available for download without charge and registration.

Also, in the new version:

  • Added compatibility of the plugin with Adobe Photoshop CC.
  • Changed the setup file for Windows. Now two different files are offered - for Windows 32 bit and 64 bit.
  • Fixed minor bugs.

Download AKVIS ArtSuite v.10.0 for Windows and Mac! You can use it during the 10 day trial period free of charge.

Registered users of the software can upgrade to the new version for free!

Note: You can use the additional frame packs only in the Standalone version of AKVIS ArtSuite, not in the Plugin. To add the frame packs (zip files) in ArtSuite just copy them into a folder selected in the program's preferences. Read the instructions.

 

July 22, 2013
AKVIS AirBrush v.2.0: Airbrush Drawings from Photos! Now in Full Color!

AKVIS AirBrush has been updated to version 2.0!

The program automatically transforms a photograph into your own fine art masterpiece which looks like made with a special airbrush tool. This photo-to-painting conversion software creates stylish airbrush designs from digital images. You do not need to perform complex manual work, drawing lines and details with tools. Just choose one of the AirBrush presets or play with the effect settings. The program does all work like a real artist! The result is impressive and looks great, often reaching photographic quality and incredible realism. The software makes it possible to turn any regular item into a work of art!

AKVIS AirBrush is available as a standalone program and as a plugin for Photoshop and other graphics editors, in versions for Windows and Mac OS X.

In Version 2.0:

  • Multicolored result!

    The new version adds the possibility to process the image using the original color range.

    Now there are two ways to create a color airbrush painting:

    1. using the Original Colors check-box (*New*) or
    2. using color selection for Paint and Background.

    Note that color changing feature is only available for Home Deluxe and Business licenses. Please consult the comparison table for more details about license types and versions of AirBrush.

  • New ready-to-use presets.

    Now the software offers 55 presets which help you start working.

  • Compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC.
  • We have also changed the setup file for Windows. The installation process is now better and easier. Two different files are offered - for Windows 32 bit and for Windows 64 bit.

Download AKVIS AirBrush v.2.0! You can use it during the 10 day trial period free of charge.

Upgrade Information:

Registered users of AirBrush can upgrade to version 2.0 for free! Just download and install the new version.

Attention: We recommend Windows-users to remove the previous version of the program, via the Control Panel, before installing this one.

 

July 12, 2013
AKVIS LightShop v.4.0: New Light and Star Effects for Your Images!

We are pleased to announce that a new version of AKVIS LightShop V.4.0 is now available.

This ingenious software helps you create amazing light effects: flares on the sun, lights from distant planets and stars, alien signs blazing in the night sky, a colorful rainbow over a city, reflections in raindrops, fireworks - wherever your imagination may take you!

Light effects can brighten up any photo: make it look more natural (by adding reflections on shiny objects) or on the contrary - add a bit of magic and fantasy. Just a few clicks and the eyes of your loved one sparkle like diamonds; some simple manipulations and a moonlit road appears in night scenery. LightShop lets you create an infinite number of light effects!

The software is available as a standalone application as well as a plugin for Photoshop and other graphics editors, for Windows and Mac OS X.

Version 4.0 provides significant improvements and numerous innovations:

  • Changed the interface design. Reorganized the workspace and optimized image processing. See the screenshots of the new version.

    There are two workspace modes - Express and Advanced. In Express mode, only the necessary options are shown, so that you will not get lost in the parameters but still will quickly achieve a good result. Switching to Advanced mode opens all tools and parameters, all panels become available, you can drag them in any position, combine with other panels, scale them or minimize; it's possible to customize, save and load the program's workspace.

  • Added the Effects panel with 138 ready-to-use effects (presets) divided in 11 groups. First you can train on available light effects and then make your exclusive ones.
    Each light effect is composed of simple elements. To create a light effect just combine a number of elements and adjust their position and parameters.
  • Added new elements for creating natural-looking light effects; improved those which were available in the previous versions. With the enhanced algorithm in the new version light effects look more realistic.

    Now 12 elements are available in the program: Sphere (was Blob), Ring, Polygon (*New*), Light Stripe, Light Beams (*New*), Particles, Star Burst (was PolySpikeBall), Light Explosion (was PhotonSpikeBall), Rays, Halo (*New*), Light Spots (*New*), Oval Light Spots (*New*).

      Attention: The presets (xml files) created in the previous versions will not work with LightShop v.4.0!

  • Added the Toolbar with new tools: Transform, Star Brush, Exclusion Tool, and others.
    • Transform tool lets you transform and move the light effect by dragging with the mouse.
    • Star Brush lets you add multicolor stardust to the image. Draw with this brush over the image to create impressive scattering stars.

      This brush is a worthy addition to the new version! The tool not only creates stars and fireworks, but can also be used for adding decorative elements or frames and festive inscriptions.

    • Exclusion Tool lets you select the areas that should be excluded from ​​the effect. The tool protects the selected areas keeping their initial state. It helps to remove or reduce the light and star effects on certain parts of the image.

      Note that the Exclusion Tool is only available for the Home Deluxe and Business licenses.
      Please consult the comparison table for more details about license types and features of LightShop.

  • Added compatibility of the plugin with Adobe Photoshop CC.

    and many other changes. See the full list...

Download AKVIS LightShop V.4.0 for Windows and Mac OS X!

You can test the software during the 10-day trial period free of charge.

The software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 and 64 bit.

The program is available in 8 languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Japanese.

Upgrade Information:

Registered users can upgrade to version 4.0 for free!

  • Please remove the previous version of LightShop before installing this one. You can do this using the Windows Control Panel. In Win 7/Win 8/Vista choose Programs and Features, in Win XP — Add/Remove Programs.
  • Download and install version 4.0. If the program asks for re-activation, use your old serial number. Your license is active for the new version.
  • The presets made with the old versions are not compatible with version 4.0!
    To work with them you can use version 3.5. If you need the old version, please write to us.

 

June 13, 2013
Fantasy Frames for Your Photos - Welcome to Fairyland!

We are glad to announce a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite - Fantasy Pack!

AKVIS ArtSuite, available as a standalone program and plugin for image editors, helps to decorate pictures with frames and effects. The software lets you frame your photos, make personalized greeting cards and posters, decorate your family album. The program contains many templates and texture samples for any goal - from classic wooden frames to festive decorations, fabric, brick, and even animal world patterns. You can create a frame with ragged edges, a page curl, etc. It can be a wooden frame with figured carving or a frame with an ornament. Thanks to the large number of effects and a rich pattern library, the software can generate an endless variety of effect versions.

In the standalone version of ArtSuite, it's possible to extend the features of the program and enrich the collection of frames by adding extra themed frame packs of Hand Painted Frames created by professional artists specifically for use in ArtSuite. Using these frames in ArtSuite you can easily frame your photographs. Just place a photo into a frame and press Run; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame, and you will get a stylish and impressive framed picture.

The brand new Fantasy Pack includes 55 hand painted frames of excellent quality. Enjoy our impressive collection of picture frames with fairies and elves, enchanting flowers and magical creations. These admirable designs will take you into the world of magic. See the thumbnails of the new frames.
You can buy 55 fantasy frames for only $15.

Now 9 themed packs are available for use in ArtSuite: Baby Pack, Wedding Pack, Travel Pack, St.Valentine Pack, Sports Pack, Christmas Pack, Winter Pack, Spring Pack, and the new Fantasy Pack. These frames are offered for a pretty modest price and are intended for those who are interested in beautifully designed frames.
Also, a Free Set of Frames, a collection of lovely designs for any occasion, is available for download without charge and registration.

Note: You can use the additional frame packs only in the Standalone version of AKVIS ArtSuite, not in the Plugin. To add the frame packs (zip files) in ArtSuite just copy them into a folder selected in the program's preferences. Read the instructions on how to install and register the frame packs.

 

May 23, 2013
AKVIS Retoucher v.6.0: Automatic Photo Retouching. Now with Batch Processing!

AKVIS Retoucher has been updated to version 6.0!

This efficient program for photo restoration and retouching lets you remove dust, scratches, stains, and other defects, helps to get rid of the irrelevant details (wires, refuse bins, etc) and even of the unwanted objects (people, cars, etc).

The software reconstructs missing parts of a photo using the information of the surrounding areas, it can extend an image's borders and restore torn photos. You can use the software to retouch old black and white scans as well as modern color images.

In Version 6.0:

  • Added the Batch Processing feature that lets you automatically process a series of images. It is extremely useful when retouching a lot of photos with similar defects or with the same date stamp. Read about the new feature.
  • Fixed bugs.

Download AKVIS Retoucher v.6.0 and try all its features during the 10-day trial period!

The software is available as a standalone product and a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and other editors on Windows and Mac OS X.

Upgrade Information:

Registered users of Retoucher Home/Home Deluxe v.1.0-5.5 and Business v.4.0-5.5 can upgrade to v.6.0 for free. Just download the new version and re-activate it using your key. Your license will still be active.

The owners of Retoucher Business v.1.0-3.5 will need to pay $19 for an upgrade to the new version.

 

May 8, 2013
AKVIS Refocus 3.5 Becomes Faster! Improved Image Processing Speed for Blur Effects

AKVIS Refocus has been updated to version 3.5.

The software works in three modes: Refocus, Tilt-Shift, and Iris Blur. In first mode, the program improves sharpness of out of focus images. The program can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background. Two other modes let you add bokeh and lens blur effects to your photos.

Version 3.5 offers an advanced algorithm with the improved image processing speed for Tilt-Shift and Iris Blur modes. The improvement is especially noticeable when using the larger values of the Blur parameter (>30).

Minor bugs have been fixed.

Download AKVIS Refocus v.3.5 for Windows and Mac OS X!

The software is available as a standalone program and as a plug-in to image editors (Photoshop and others).

Registered users of Refocus can upgrade to version 3.5 for free by downloading and installing the new version.

 

April 25, 2013
Spring Frames for Your Photos - 50 New Exciting Designs for AKVIS ArtSuite!

We are glad to announce a new frame pack for AKVIS ArtSuite - Spring Pack!

AKVIS ArtSuite is an impressive collection of versatile frames and effects for photographs. The software lets you frame your photos, make personalized greeting cards and posters, decorate your family album. The program contains many templates and texture samples for any goal - from classic wooden frames to festive decorations, fabric, brick, and even animal world patterns. You can create a frame with ragged edges, a page curl, etc. It can be a wooden frame with figured carving or a frame with an ornament. Thanks to the large number of effects and a rich pattern library, the software can generate an endless variety of effect versions.

You can extend the features of the program and enrich your collection of frames by adding extra themed frame packs of Hand Painted Frames created by professional artists specifically for use in ArtSuite.
Using these frames in ArtSuite you can easily frame your photographs! Just place a photo into a frame, and press the Run button; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame, and you will get a stylish and impressive framed picture.

The brand new Spring Pack includes 50 hand painted frames of excellent quality.
Greeting the Spring season, refreshing and incentive! It means beginning, rebirth and rejuvenation. At this glorious time full of blossoms we celebrate wonderful festivals such as Carnival and Easter. Our frames make you feel nature's great awakening, warm rays of the sun, exciting scent of the spring, and love in the air, and hear songs of birds.
Take a look at the thumbnails of the new frames.
You can buy 50 lovely Spring Frames for only $12!

Now 8 themed packs are available: Baby Pack, Wedding Pack, Travel Pack, St.Valentine Pack, Sports Pack, Christmas Pack, Winter Pack, and the new Spring Pack! These frames are offered for a pretty modest price and are intended for those who are interested in beautifully designed frames.
Also, a Free Set of Frames, a collection of enchanting designs for any occasion, is available for download without charge and registration.

Note: You can use the additional frame packs only in the Standalone version of AKVIS ArtSuite, not in the Plugin. To add the frame packs (zip files) in ArtSuite just copy them into a folder selected in the program's preferences. Read the instructions on how to install and register the frame packs.

 

April 12, 2013
AKVIS AirBrush v.1.0: Incredible Airbrush Drawings from Photos!

We are glad to announce the release of our new (18th) program - AKVIS AirBrush v.1.0!

AKVIS AirBrush is photo to painting software that makes an airbrush drawing from a photo.

Airbrushing is a painting technique based on the use of a special tool called an air brush or spraying gun. Since it’s a touch free technique, it allows the painter to add light strokes, minor details, and blurry edges. The result is impressive and looks great, often reaching photographic quality and incredible realism. The airbrush art is widely used in auto body industry, for adding graphics to cars, motorbikes, and helmets. It can also be used for decorating mobile phones, computers and home electronics, for creating T-shirt designs or fingernail art.

Airbrushing makes it possible to turn any regular item into a work of art. It has already become a new trend in modern art. Airbrush paintings look great and catch the eye with unprecedented clarity and level of detail.

AKVIS AirBrush automatically transforms a photograph into your own fine art masterpiece which looks like made with a special airbrush tool.

The software works as an artistic filter creating stylish colorful airbrush designs from images using chosen settings of photo-to-painting conversion. Now you do not need to perform complex manual work, drawing lines and details with tools. Just choose one of the AirBrush presets or play with the effect settings. The program will do all work like a real artist!

AKVIS AirBrush is equipped with 40 ready-to-use presets which help you start working. They can be applied "as is" or can be modified. The program lets you save your favorite photo-to-painting settings as a preset and use them further. It's possible to import and export your presets. You can share your favorite settings with other fans of this exciting technique.

The software offer Batch Processing feature that lets you automatically process a series of images. It is useful when dealing with a lot of photos or when creating a video (to process all frames automatically).

AKVIS AirBrush can be used as a standalone program and as a plugin to a photo editor. The plug-in is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, etc. Have a look at the compatibility page for more details.

Download AKVIS AirBrush v.1.0! You can use it during the 10 day trial period free of charge.

The software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 bit and 64 bit.

The functionality of the program depends on the license type. Note that color changing feature is only available for Home Deluxe and Business licenses. During the trial period you can try all options and choose the license you like. Please consult the comparison table for more details about license types and versions of AirBrush.

The brand new program sells for 49.00 USD for Home version (either Plugin or Standalone, all features except color changing), for 69.00 USD for Home Deluxe (Plugin and Standalone, all features included), and for 89.00 USD for Business (Plugin and Standalone, all features included, for commercial use).

AKVIS AirBrush is available in the Alchemy All-in-One Bundle.

Attention! Special Offer for Our Valued Customers (till July 15):
Those of our registered users who have bought at least one AKVIS program get a 20% discount on AKVIS AirBrush. The customers who have purchased all 17 AKVIS programs get a 50% discount on the new product! Please write to us to validate your discount.

 

March 12, 2013
AKVIS HDRFactory V.3.5: Fantastic High Dynamic Range Images!

We have released the new version of AKVIS HDRFactory - v.3.5!

AKVIS HDRFactory is an efficient program for creating High Dynamic Range pictures. It also makes photo correction by enlivening colors on an image.

The name of the program can be taken literally, as HDRFactory is a real workshop for the production of fascinating HDR images. With HDRFactory you can come very close to reality and even go beyond it by creating stylized images with fabulous colors and unique effects.

The software can also imitate the HDR effect on any photo that is useful if you don't have a series of images with different exposures. Just load a single image into HDRFactory and admire the result!

The software is available as a standalone application as well as a plugin for Photoshop and other graphics editors, for Windows and Mac.

In Version 3.5:

  • Added Crop tool to the standalone version. The Crop tool allows cutting off unwanted areas in the created HDR image and reducing its size. It lets you improve the composition, align the edges in a crooked photo, make a square from a rectangular or contrariwise.
  • Added support for RAW images from some Canon cameras (CR2): Canon EOS 6D, Canon EOS 600D, Canon EOS 1100D, Canon PowerShot S100.
  • Fixed bugs in both Win and Mac versions.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 8.

Download AKVIS HDRFactory v.3.5 for Mac and Windows.
You can try all features of the software during the 10-day trial period!

Upgrade Information:

Registered users of HDRFactory can upgrade to version 3.5 for free.

 

February 26, 2013
AKVIS Refocus 3.0: New Effects to Blur the Background of a Photo!

AKVIS Refocus v.3.0 has been released! The software improves sharpness of out of focus images. The program can process the entire photo or bring into focus only the selected part to make the subject stand out against the background.

Now it's also possible to add bokeh and lens blur effects to your photos!

The software keeps up-to-date on cutting-edge technologies and offers brand new image processing modes Tilt-Shift and Iris Blur. The features of the previous versions are now available in the Refocus mode.

AKVIS Refocus v.3.0 works in three modes:

  • Refocus mode makes blurred photos sharp and clear. You can re-focus the entire image or only selected parts.
    Even if a photo looks sharp enough, there is always room for improvement. To draw attention to certain details, it's possible to use selective focus. Using special tools you can separate the subject from the background; to achieve a more realistic selective focus effect you can sharpen one part of the photo and blur the rest.
  • Tilt-Shift mode allows leaving a sharp strip in the image, adding gradual blur at the edges, with smooth transitions between the regions and with bokeh effects. This mode gives the objects on the photo a "toy" look. It blurs the outer parts and makes the objects appear as if they are miniature models. In real photography, you can achieve this effect with special tilt-shift camera lenses. Using AKVIS Refocus you can bring any photo into a world of miniatures!
  • Iris Blur mode creates shallow depth-of-field effect, blurring the background while keeping the subject in focus. In contrast to the previous mode, this one lets you specify the shape of the sharp area (ellipse, rectangle). Real photographers can achieve this effect by opening aperture and using different lenses. With this program you can create a blur background in a click.
    Note: This mode is only available under Home Deluxe and Business licenses.
    During the trial period you can try all features of the software free of charges.

Also, in the new version:

  • Added Image View Modes - various options for displaying the original and processed images, Before and After states.
  • Improved RAW processing, added support for images from Canon cameras (CR2): Canon EOS 6D, Canon EOS 600D, Canon EOS 1100D, Canon PowerShot S100.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 8.
  • Fixed bugs.

Download AKVIS Refocus v.3.0 for Windows and Mac OS X!

AKVIS Refocus is available as a standalone program and as a plug-in to image editors (Photoshop and others).

Registered users of Refocus can upgrade to version 3.0 for free by downloading and installing the new version.

 

February 8, 2013
AKVIS ArtSuite 9.5 & New Winter Frames Bring Magic Into Your Life!

We are pleased to announce AKVIS ArtSuite v.9.5 and a new frame pack for this program - Winter Pack!

AKVIS ArtSuite is an impressive collection of versatile frames and effects for photographs. The software makes it easy to give a photo an original look, and to add elegance and style to a portrait. Available as a standalone product and a plugin for Photoshop, ArtSuite lets you apply an endless number of creative effects!

AKVIS ArtSuite lets you frame your photos, make personalized greeting cards and posters, decorate your family album. The program contains many templates and texture samples for any goal - from classic wooden frames to festive decorations, fabric, brick, and even animal world patterns. You can create a frame with ragged edges, a page curl, etc. It can be a wooden frame with figured carving or a frame with an ornament. With ArtSuite you can easily frame your photographs!

You can also apply the artistic effects: convert a photo into a B&W image and add a sepia effect, replace or correct colors on an image, add a texture, turn a photo into a halftone picture giving it a retro comic book look, and much more.

It's possible to extend the features of the program and enrich your collection of frames by adding extra themed frame packs of hand painted frames created by professional artists specifically for use in ArtSuite.

In Version 9.5:

  • The new Winter Pack has been released for the standalone version of ArtSuite.
    The brand new pack includes 50 hand painted high quality frames. Winter is the most wonderful time of the year. These beautiful photo frames will take you into a magical winter dream! Feel the cold and celebratory winter beauty with sparkling snowflakes and snow covered branches, in the company of snowmen and beasts of the forest!

    Take a look at the thumbnails of these new frames.
    You can buy the Winter Frames for only $ 12 USD!

    Now 7 themed packs are available: Baby Pack, Christmas Pack, Wedding Pack, Travel Pack, St.Valentine Pack, Sports Pack, and the new Winter Pack.

  • Fixed bugs in both Win and Mac versions:
    • the bug of incorrect displaying of patterns in the Library;
    • the bug in the plugin that happened after the Crop tool was used in the image editor;
    • the bug on the first use of the program (with "empty textures");
    • the bug when switching from Hand Painted Frames to the Effects.
  • Added the possibility (for Hand Painted Frames) to display the name of the pack and the frame in the program's window title.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 8.

Registered users of ArtSuite can upgrade to version 9.5 for free! Download the new version and install it. Your license will work.

We offer a fully-functional 10 day trial for AKVIS ArtSuite v.9.5.

You can use the Free Pack even during the trial period of ArtSuite, just download the file, it does not require registration. As for the other packages, they will only be available after payment.

Do not forget to pay attention to the St.Valentine Pack. It's just the right time!
There are many ways to show your loved ones that you care. But an image speaks a thousand words. Create a personalized greeting card, decorate your photo! This inspiring pack includes 50 hand painted frames decorated with hearts and flowers! The pack is designed for those in love and for those who want to make an original gift for their family and friends. These frames are sure to bring warmth to your most special photos.
Buy Valentine Frames for $ 12 USD!

Note: You can use the additional frame packs only in the Standalone version of ArtSuite, not in the Plugin. To add the frame packs (zip files) in ArtSuite just copy them into a folder selected in the program's preferences.
Read the instructions on how to install and register the frame packs.

 

January 29, 2013
AKVIS MultiBrush 7.0: Digital Creative Workshop. New Image Editing Tools!

AKVIS MultiBrush is rich in features and easy-to-use image editing software. It is an all-in-one photo enhancement and portrait retouching solution. The software is a real digital creative workshop where you can edit a portrait, restore an old image, draw funny details on a photo or create a painting.

The program offers two sets of tools: Standard (retouching) and Artistic (painting) brushes. It's possible to edit image channels and work with layers, which open up practically unlimited possibilities for editing digital photos. One of the most useful features of MultiBrush is full control of the history of all actions through checkpoints which can be used to quickly return to any state of an image.

AKVIS MultiBrush is available as a standalone program and as a plug-in to image editors, for Windows and Mac.

The new version comes with many improvements, offers more flexibility, awesome new features and tools!

In Version 7.0:

  • Added the selection tools to specify an editing area on an image: Rectangular Selection, Elliptical Selection, Lasso, and Polygonal Lasso.
  • Added the Crop tool that lets you remove unwanted areas and improve the focus and the composition in your photos.
  • Added the Move tool that helps to drag and reposition objects on layers.
  • Added the Text tool that lets adding text to an image, and a special text layer.
  • Added the new option to the Eyedropper tool - a color ring which helps to select colors more precisely.
  • Added the alignment tools (Rulers, Grid, and Guidelines) that help to precisely position objects.
  • Added the selection channel to the Channels palette.
  • Added a new Layer Blend Mode - Linear Dodge.
  • Added the color selection button to the Toolbar. It displays the current color and calls the Select Color dialog box.
  • Added the support for AKVIS format which contains the state of the image at the moment it was saved, all layers (raster, artistic, text) and groups, with their properties, and manually created checkpoints (in History).
  • Added the HotKey Manager that helps to customize keyboard shortcuts for tools and commands. The button that opens the Hot Keys dialog box has been added to the program's Preferences.
  • Reorganized the workspace, added the possibility to minimize the sections in the Settings Panel (Navigator, Tools options, Palettes).
  • Improved compatibility with Mac OS X 8 and Windows 8.
  • Fixed bugs in both Win and Mac versions.

Download AKVIS MultiBrush v.7.0 for Windows and Mac OS X!

Upgrade Information:

Owners of old versions can upgrade to v.7.0 for free! Download the new version and install it.

The users who do not have the registered version yet, can download the software and test it for 10 days free of charge.

 

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