AKVIS Decorator can work independently as a standalone program or as a plug-in to a photo editor.
On a Windows computer - select it from the Start menu or use the program's shortcut.
On a Mac computer - launch the app from the Application folder.
To call the plugin, select it from filters of your image editing program.
AKVIS Decorator's workspace looks like this:
Most of AKVIS Decorator's workspace is taken by the Image Window with two tabs Original and Processing. All operations are performed in the Processing tab. You can switch between the windows by left-clicking on the tab with the mouse button. To compare the original and the resulting images, click on the image and hold the button pressed - the program will then switch between tabs.
You can select how Image Window and Original/Processing tabs will be shown by adjusting the View Modes in the bottom part of the left panel.
The Control Panel has the following controls:
To the left of the Image Window is the Toolbar.
The tools' parameters are shown in the Settings Panel or in a pop-up box after right-clicking in the image window.
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.
Additionally, you can move the image in the Image Window with the scroll bars or by holding down the space bar, then holding down the left mouse button while moving the mouse. The mouse's scroll wheel can move the image up and down, and holding Ctrl (⌘ in Mac) - while using the scroll wheel will move the image left and right. Holding Alt (Option in Mac) will 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). Frequently used scale coefficients can be found in a drop-down menu.
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 Navigator is the Settings Panel where you can adjust the texture, its color, the overlay parameters, the light source on the image.
The button Reset to Default Settings below the settings restores the default values of the parameters.
Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor. You can choose where the hints will be shown or hide them in the program's Preferences.