How to Add Natural Phenomena to an Image Using AKVIS NatureArt

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Tutorial: AKVIS NatureArt

How It Works


AKVIS NatureArt miraculously adds natural phenomena to your photos. It also lets you create nature scenes from scratch.

Follow these instructions to add a natural effect to an image:

  • Step 1. Run the standalone edition of AKVIS NatureArt or open your photo editor (if you work with the plugin version of AKVIS NatureArt).
  • Step 2. Open an image.

    - If you work with the plug-in:

    Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the key combination Ctrl+O (+O on Macintosh).

    Call the plug-in AKVIS NatureArt. To do this in Adobe Photoshop select the menu item Filter –> AKVIS –> NatureArt, and in Corel Paint Shop Pro select Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> NatureArt.

    - If you work with the standalone edition:

    The dialog box Select File To Open appears if you double-click on the empty workspace of the program or if you click on the button on the Control Panel. You can also drag the required image into the workspace of the program.

    The Standalone edition of AKVIS NatureArt supports JPEG, RAW, PNG, BMP, and TIFF file formats.

    Source Photo
    Original Photo
  • Step 3. Choose an Effect in the Settings Panel.

    The program offers these nature effects: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, Frost, Rainbow, Aurora, Fire, and Ice. From these basic effects you can create an even wider variety of natural phenomena: you can make snow from rain, transform the sun into the moon or a star, and much more.

    Note that Fire and Ice are only available for Home Deluxe and Business licenses.

  • Step 4. Select areas where an effect will be applied. Each effect has its own tools for this task.

    Hint: You can change the tool's size in a pop-up window which opens with a right mouse click in the image. To draw a straight line use the Shift-key.

    Direction Lines
    Direction Lines

    You can choose how the selection looks like in the program Preferences .

    It's possible to change the size and position of the selection with the Transform tool .

    Hold down the Shift key to maintain the object's proportions. Hold down Alt to rotate the object by 5 degrees intervals or to scale it from its center.

    Transforming Selection
    Transforming Selection

    You can save the selection or direction lines to a file *.nature with and load with .

  • Step 5. Start processing with .


    Enable the Autorun Mode in the Preferences to apply any changes automatically. It is helpful when selecting the presets or adjusting the effect parameters.

    The image will be processed, and the result will be shown in the After tab.

    Adding Effect: AKVIS Default Preset
    Default Settings for Lightning Effect
  • Step 6. If you want other results change the effect's parameters in the Settings Panel.

    Adjusting Settings
    Adjusting Settings
  • Step 8. You can also make final touches and correct the result using the post-processing tool which - History Brush on the After tab. This tool is available only under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses! It lets you change the area and the intensity of the applied effect, fade the effect and restore the image to its original state.

      Attention! If you switch to the Before tab and click on the button , the changes made with the History Brush will be lost.

    You can adjust the parameters for the tool in the pop-up box that appears after a right click in the image window:

      - Size (1-500) changes the tool's diameter.

      - Hardness (0-100%) defines the blurriness of the tool's edges. The less the value the more blurry the edges of the brush are.

      - Strength (1-100%) affects the degree of restoration to the original state.

    Lightning Effect Restoration to initial state with the History Brush
    Lightning Effect Using the History Brush

  • Step 8. If you like your new settings of the effect, you can save them as a preset and use them in the future.

    To save a preset, enter its name into the Presets field and press the button Save. Now, as you start the program, it will use the settings of this preset. If you change the values of the parameters, you can always come back to the default settings of the preset by pressing the button Reset. To remove your preset, select it from the list and press Delete.

    To process an image with the settings of a certain preset, select it from the drop-down menu and press if the Autorun Mode is disabled.

  • Step 9. Share your image by clicking on . It opens the list of the services where you can publish the picture: Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Dropbox.

    In the standalone version, you can also print your image with .

  • Step 10. Save the processed image.

    - If you work with the standalone edition:

    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:

    Press the button to apply the result and close the plugin window. The AKVIS NatureArt plugin will close and the resized 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.

    Result: click to open in large size
    Result: click to open in large size
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Presets — Presets
   — Tips & Tricks — Tips & Tricks
   — Preferences — Preferences
Effects Effects
   — Rain — Rain
   — Sun — Sun
   — Water — Water
   — Lightning — Lightning
   — Clouds — Clouds
   — Frost — Frost
   — Rainbow — Rainbow
   — Aurora — Aurora
   — Fire — Fire
   — Ice — Ice
Examples Examples
   — NatureArt Gallery — NatureArt Gallery
   — Torch of Liberty — Torch of Liberty
   — Above the Sea — Above the Sea
   — Day & Night — Day & Night
   — Flaming Text — Flaming Text
   — The Sea on a Midsummer Night — The Sea on a Midsummer Night
   — Playing With Light — Playing With Light
   — Tempest in a Glass — Tempest in a Glass
   — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree — Greeting Card with a Christmas Tree
   — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist — Enchanted Forest: Adding Fog & Mist
   — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects — Smoke & Sandstorm Effects
   — Frosty Window — Frosty Window
   — Planet of Storms — Planet of Storms
   — Frozen River — Frozen River
   — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing — Ice Rose: Art of Freezing
   — Creating an Animated Avatar — Creating an Animated Avatar
   — Sunset Picture — Sunset Picture
   — Fiery Girl:  Drawing with Flame — Fiery Girl: Drawing with Flame
   — Water Effect on Specific Areas — Water Effect on Specific Areas
   — The Cat and the Rain — The Cat and the Rain


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