Workspace of AKVIS MultiBrush, Photo Retouching Program


AKVIS MultiBrush can work independently as a standalone program as well as a plug-in to a photo editor.

Under Windows the AKVIS MultiBrush program window looks like this:

Workspace of AKVIS MultiBrush
Workspace of AKVIS MultiBrush


The central part of the AKVIS MultiBrush window is taken by the Image Window. Right-clicking in the Image Window calls the settings of the selected tool.

In the upper part of the program’s window you can see the Control Panel with following buttons:


At the left side of the Image Window there is the Toolbar. Tools are grouped in sets for convenience: Standard (available when working with a raster layer) and Artistic (available when working with an artistic layer). To quickly switch between the tool sets, use the hot key Q.

Parameters for the selected tool will be shown in a floating box over the Image Window (by right-clicking the mouse) and in the Settings Panel.

Under the tools in the Toolbar there is the color square with the current color. Click on it to open the Select Color dialog box and change the color.


On the right side of the program’s window you can see these sections:

  1. Navigator;
  2. Tools options;
  3. Swatches and Color palettes,
  4. Layers and Channels palettes,
  5. History palette;
  6. Hints

You can hide/show a section by clicking on its title.



Navigate and scale the image using the Navigator. With Navigator you can see the reduced copy of the image. The 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 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 ( on Mac) key pressed – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt (Option on Mac) 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 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 reduces.

You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field and pressing the button Enter (Return on Mac). The fall-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.

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


Under the Navigator there is the Settings Panel which offers the options for the selected tool and below the palettes: Color and Swatches (grouped together), Layers and Channels (which are grouped as well), and History. You can change the order of the palettes within a group by dragging them with the left button. History and Channels palettes are available in Home Deluxe and Business versions only.

Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor. You can show/hide the Hints section in Preferences.