Create Patchwork With AKVIS Decorator

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Tutorial: AKVIS Decorator



The author of this tutorial is Chantal Meus.

Patchwork is one of the oldest forms of needlework. For 3000 years people have been using this technique to decorate their homes. The patchwork technique has become very popular all over the world. Would you like to learn it? Use AKVIS Decorator to create various designs for your future patchwork.

Chantal offered us her choice.

She used Adobe Photoshop, but you can work with any other photo editor, compatible with AKVIS Decorator.

    Original image Result
    Original image Result

  • Step 1. Create a new file with the white background (400*400 px).
  • Step 2. Select a rectangular area using Rectangular Marquee Tool. See the picture below.

    Select a rectangular area
  • Step 3. Paint over the rectangular area with the blue color using Paint Bucket tool that can be activated in the Swatches window.

    Paint over the rectangular area
  • Step 4. Deselect the area with a left-click.

    Rectangular without selection
  • Step 5. Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select a square area.

    Select the square area
  • Step 6. Call the Paint Bucket tool to paint the square area in pink.

    Painting over the square area
  • Step 7. Remove the selection (Ctrl+D).

  • Step 8. Then add other shapes to the canvas. Use any selection tool, for example Elliptical marquee. You 'd better use different colors for painting over the shapes. Here is the result:

    Different figures
  • Step 9. Activate the Magic Wand Tool and select the first rectangular.

    Select the first rectangular
  • Step 10. Call AKVIS Decorator from the main menu of the photo editor: Filter -> AKVIS -> Decorator.

    Choose the Texture tab. A texture is chosen from the Texture Library. To open the Texture Library you should double-click with the left mouse button on the square with a sample texture. Set the values of the parameters.

    The texture of the rectangular
  • Step 11. Press the button , the result will be shown in the After tab.

    If you are satisfied with the result, press the button to apply the result and close the plugin window.

  • Step 12. Select another shape using the Magic Wand Tool.

    Select another figure
  • Step 13. Call AKVIS Decorator again. Select s texture in the Texture Library. To open the Library you should double-click with the left mouse button on the square with a sample texture. Change the values of the parameters.

  • Step 14. Click on the button to start the process, then click on the button to apply the result and close the plugin window.
  • Step 15. Do the same steps for other shapes to decorate them.
  • Step 16. Select the background using the Magic Wand Tool.

    Select the background
  • Step 17. Call AKVIS Decorator. Select a new texture in the Library. Then set the values of the parameters.

    The author used the Metal texture and set the following values:

    Background texture

    Repeat the Step 11.

  • Step 18. You can add a frame to your picture. Increase the canvas size: call the command Image -> Canvas size in the menu of your photo editor and set the necessary value. The author added 40 px.
  • Step 19. Select your frame using the Magic Wand Tool tool and paint it red using the Paint Bucket tool.

    Red frame
  • Step 20. Call AKVIS Decorator. Switch to the Texture tab and choose a texture.

    The author used the Paint texture with default settings:


    Repeat Step 11. Don't deselect.

  • Step 21. Now let's make our frame more realistic.

    Copy the selected frame to a new layer (Layer -> New -> Layer Via Copy). Change the style of the layer: Layer -> Layer Style -> Bevel and Emboss. Set the parameters as you wish.

  • Step 22. Here you have a nice modern framed picture.

    Framed picture
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program  — Using the Program
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Resurfacing — Resurfacing
   — Recoloring — Recoloring
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Color and Texture of Clothes — Color and Texture of Clothes
   — Interior Design — Interior Design
   — Repainting Animals — Repainting Animals
   — Teapots for Every Taste — Teapots for Every Taste
   — A Cambodian Bas-Relief — A Cambodian Bas-Relief
   — Aliens are Coming — Aliens are Coming
   — Fashion Show — Fashion Show
   — Toys on the Grass — Toys on the Grass
   — The Snow Queen — The Snow Queen
   — Patchwork — Patchwork
   — Decorate Your Room — Decorate Your Room
   — Engraved Coin — Engraved Coin
   — Chameleon Tank — Chameleon Tank
   — 3D Interior Coloring — 3D Interior Coloring


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