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Tutorial: AKVIS Enhancer

Workspace of the Program

 

AKVIS Enhancer can work independently as a standalone program or as a plug-in to a photo editor.

  • Standalone is an independent program; you can open it by clicking on the program's icon.

    To launch the standalone version, run the program directly:

      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.

  • Plugin is an add-on for a photo editor, for example for Photoshop.

    To call the plugin, select it from filters of your image editing program.

 

The AKVIS Enhancer workspace looks like this:

AKVIS Enhancer Workspace
AKVIS Enhancer Workspace, After tab

The left part of the program’s window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs: Before and After. In the Before tab the original image is shown, while in the After tab you can see the processed image. You can switch between the windows by clicking on a tab with the left mouse button.
You can select how Image Window and Before/After tabs will be shown by adjusting the Image View Modes in the bottom part of the left panel.

View Modes

The Control Panel contains the following controls:

  • The button opens the home page of AKVIS Enhancer.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) opens image for processing. The hot-keys are Ctrl+O on Windows, +O on Macintosh.

    Right mouse click on this button displays the list of recent files. You can change the number of recent documents in the program’s Preferences.

  • The button (only in the standalone version) saves image to the disk. The hot-keys are Ctrl+S on Windows, +S on Macintosh.
  • The button (only in the standalone) opens the Print dialog to print the result. The hot-keys are Ctrl+P on Windows, +P on Macintosh.
  • The button lets posting pictures from the program to the social networks: Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Dropbox.
  • The button imports a list of presets (from the .enhancer file).
  • The button exports presets (user settings for the image processing). You can save any number of presets to a separate file with the ending .enhancer.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) opens the Batch Processing dialog to automatically process a series of images.
  • The button starts image processing of the entire image (in the Prepress and Tone Correction modes).
  • The button (only in the plugin version) applies the result to the image and closes the plugin's window.
  • The button calls information about the program and opens the registration window.
  • The button calls the Help files. The hot-key is F1.
  • The button calls the Preferences dialog box for changing the program’s options.

 

Тo the left of the Image Window there is the Toolbar with these tools:

  • The button (in the Prepress and Tone Correction modes) switches on/off the preview window.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) activates the Crop tool which allows cutting off unwanted areas in the image.
  • The button activates the Hand tool which allows you to scroll the image when it does not fit within Image Window at the desired scale. To use it click on the button, bring the cursor over the image, and while keeping the left mouse button pressed move in the desired direction.

    Double-clicking on the tool's icon on the Toolbar makes the image fit the Image Window.

  • The button activates the Zoom tool, which changes the image's scale. To zoom in left click on the image. To zoom out left click with Alt on the image. Press Z to quickly access the tool.

    Double-clicking on the tool's icon on the Toolbar makes the image scale to 100% (actual size).

And below, there are three buttons which control how the Image Window looks like.

 

You can navigate and scale the image using the Navigator. The frame in the Navigator surrounds the area of the image which is visible in the Image Window; the area outside of the frame will be shaded. The frame can be dragged, thereby changing the visible portion of the image. To move the frame, place the cursor within it, left click the mouse, and then drag.

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 – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt key pressed − 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. 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 reduces.

You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field. The fall-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.

You can use hot-keys to change the image scale + and Ctrl++ (++ in Macintosh) to increase the image scale and - and Ctrl+- (+- in Macintosh) to reduce the scale.

 

Below the Navigator is the Settings Panel where you can choose the image enhancement Mode and adjust its settings.

In the Presets field you can save favorite settings as a preset to use them in the future. When you launch the program, it uses the settings of the last used preset.

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.

 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Improve Detail — Improve Detail
   — Prepress Processing — Prepress Processing
   — Tone Correction — Tone Correction
   — Comparison of Modes — Comparison of Modes
   — Post Processing — Post Processing
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Lighten a Dark Street Photo — Lighten a Dark Street Photo
   — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode
   — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction
   — A Child in the Garden — A Child in the Garden
   — Neuschwanstein Castle — Neuschwanstein Castle
   — Ancient Town — Ancient Town
   — Increase Image Clarity — Increase Image Clarity
   — Dark Picture of a Church — Dark Picture of a Church
   — Backlight Photo — Backlight Photo
   — Orange Tree — Orange Tree
   — Technical Illustration — Technical Illustration
   — Remove Smog from the Photo — Remove Smog from the Photo
   — Poet and Doves — Poet and Doves
   — A Black Cat in a Dark Room — A Black Cat in a Dark Room
   — Christmas Market — Christmas Market
   — Exposure Correction — Exposure Correction
   — Correction of a Dark Photo — Correction of a Dark Photo
   — Khan Palace Photo — Khan Palace Photo
   — Lightening a Dark Photo — Lightening a Dark Photo
   — Show Details in Shadows — Show Details in Shadows
   — The Golden Pavilion — The Golden Pavilion
   — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect
   — Perfect Lighting — Perfect Lighting
   — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes

 

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