Adding Light Effects to a Photo with AKVIS LightShop

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Tutorial: AKVIS LightShop

How It Works


AKVIS LightShop can be used as a standalone program and as a plugin to a photo editor.

In order to add a light effect to an image, follow the instructions:

  • Step 1. Load an image into the software.

    - If you work with the standalone version:

    The dialog box Select File to Open appears if you double-click on the empty workspace of the program or if you click on on the Control Panel. The program supports JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF file formats.

    - If you work with the plugin:

    Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the key combination Ctrl+O on Windows, +O on Mac.

    Then call the AKVIS LightShop plugin in the Filter/Effects menu of the photo editor. For example, in Adobe Photoshop select the menu item Filter -> AKVIS -> LightShop; in Corel PaintShop Photo Pro select the menu item Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> LightShop; in Corel Photo-Paint select the menu item Effects -> AKVIS -> LightShop.

  • Step 2. The first time the program starts it will be in Express mode, with a simplified interface and a minimal set of tools designed to quickly achieve a satisfactory result.

    AKVIS LightShop Workspace (Express Mode)
    AKVIS LightShop Workspace (Express)

    Experienced users can work in the advanced editing mode. Switch to this mode by clicking Advanced in the Control Panel: the interface's appearance will change, providing access to the full functionality of the program.

    AKVIS LightShop Workspace (Advanced Mode)
    AKVIS LightShop Workspace (Advanced)
  • Step 3. In the Effects panel, you can choose one of the ready-to-use light effects or create your own effect.
  • Step 4. You can add multicolor particles on the image using the Sparkle Brush .
  • Step 5. In Advanced mode, it's possible to remove or reduce the light and star effects on certain parts of the image using the Exclusion Tool . It is only available for the Home Deluxe and Business licenses.
  • Step 6. Share your image by clicking on . It opens the list of the services where you can publish the image: Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Dropbox.

    In the standalone version, you can also print your result using .

  • Step 7. Save the result:

    - If you work with the standalone program:

    Click on the button to open the Save as dialog box. Enter a name for the file, choose the format (TIFF, BMP, JPEG or PNG) and indicate the target folder.

    - If you work with the plugin:

    Apply the result by pressing . The AKVIS LightShop plugin will close and the image will appear in the workspace of the photo editor.

    Call the Save As dialog box using the command File -> Save As, enter a name for the file, choose the format and indicate the target folder.

    Light Effect
    Light Effect


    Note: To get a light effect on a transparent background, hide the background image , then apply/save the result. In the standalone version use the PNG format.

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Light Effects — Light Effects
   — Creating a New Light Effect — Creating a New Light Effect
   — Effect Parameters — Effect Parameters
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Sparkle Brush — Sparkle Brush
   — Preferences — Preferences
Light Effects Elements Light Effects Elements
   — Sphere — Sphere
   — Ring — Ring
   — Polygon — Polygon
   — Light Stripe — Light Stripe
   — Light Beams — Light Beams
   — Particles — Particles
   — Star Burst — Star Burst
   — Light Explosion — Light Explosion
   — Rays — Rays
   — Halo — Halo
   — Light Spots — Light Spots
   — Oval Light Spots — Oval Light Spots
Examples Examples
   — Fireworks over the City — Fireworks over the City
   — Simple Glow Effects — Simple Glow Effects
   — Glowing Tree: Happy New Year Card — Glowing Tree: Happy New Year Card


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