Light Effect Tools in AKVIS LightShop

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The Toolbar in AKVIS LightShop contains the light effect tools and the additional tools. Their options are shown in the Tool Options panel and in a pop-up box which appears after right-clicking in the image.


Light Effect Tools:

  • Transform tool lets you transform and move the light effect.

    Effect Transformation
    Effect Transformation

    Adjust the effect area with the markers that appear over the image:

      - The center of circle determines the position of the light source. Place the cursor over the circle line, it will look like a double arrow , and drag with the left mouse button. All elements of the effect will be resized.

      - To move the light source, place the cursor inside the circle, it will turn into crossed arrows , and drag with the left mouse button.

      - Use dots over the circle to stretch or compress all elements of the effect.

      - To rotate the effect, place the cursor over a square marker, it will turn into a rounded double-sided arrow , and move with the left mouse button.

      - The straight line defines the direction of appearing halos and glares and moving the elements. Dragging the line you can move the effect as a whole.

      - The end point of the straight line lets you rotate the line around the light source and change its length.

    You can reset the changes and restore the markers to their initial states using the commands in the pop-up menu that appears when right-clicking in the image: Reset Transform, Reset Scale, Reset Position, Reset Aspect, Reset Angle. Also, you can use the Reset Transform button in the Effect Parameters.


  • Sparkle Brush lets you add multicolor particles to the image. Read more about this tool.

    Starry Sky
    Starry Sky
  • Eraser helps to remove the particles drawn with the Sparkle Brush tool.

  • 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 effect.

    You can show/hide the protective areas with the button / in the Control Panel. You can also choose how these areas will look (when visible) using the options:

      Filled with Color. The selections are filled with a color, by default red. To change the color, double-click on the plate and use the Select Color dialog.

      Chess Field. The selected areas are filled with a grid of alternating black and white squares.

      Opacity (10-90). The parameter adjusts the opacity of the selection.

    Light Effect Excluded Area Light Effect Behind the Object
    Light Effect Excluded Area Result

  • Eraser lets you edit the excluded area (protective mask).

    You can adjust these general options available for all tools:

      Brush Size affects the tool's diameter.

      Hardness defines the blurriness of the tool's edges. The less the value the more blurry the tool's edges become.

      Strength adjusts the intensity of the effect of the tool.

      Spacing changes the distribution of the elements which create the line of the brush.

    To draw a straight line with the tools use the Shift-key.


Additional Tools:

  • Hand tool lets you 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.

  • Zoom tool 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 makes the image scale to 100% (actual size).


Also, in the Toolbar, in Express mode, there is the button / that lets you show/hide the Effects panel. In Advanced mode you can drag and minimize all panels with the mouse.

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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