AKVIS NatureArt 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 NatureArt workspace looks like this:
AKVIS NatureArt Workspace
Most of NatureArt's window is taken up by the Image Window with two tabs, Before and After. The original image is displayed in the Before tab, and in the After tab, the image after processing. You can switch between the windows by clicking on a tab with the left mouse button.
In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel with the following buttons:
- The button opens the home page of AKVIS NatureArt.
- The button (only in the standalone version) open the New Image dialog box. The hot-keys are Ctrl+N on Windows, ⌘+N on Macintosh.
- The button (only in the standalone version) opens an image for processing. The hot-keys for the command are Ctrl+O on Windows, ⌘+O on Macintosh.
It's possible also drag the required image into the workspace of the program. The program supports JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP file formats.
- 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 and services: Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Dropbox.
- The button imports a list of user presets (from the .natureart file).
- The button exports user presets. You can save any presets to a .natureart file.
- The button loads selected areas and direction lines saved to a file *.nature.
- The button saves selected areas and direction lines to a separate file *.nature.
- The button / shows and hides a selection or support lines.
- The button cancels the last operation. It is possible to cancel several operations in a row. The hot-keys are Ctrl+Z, ⌘+Z on Mac.
- The button returns the last cancelled operation. It is possible to return several operations in a row. The hot-keys are Ctrl+Y, ⌘+Y on Mac.
- The button starts processing the image. Use hot-keys: Ctrl+R on Windows, ⌘+R on Mac.
- The button (only in the plugin version) applies the result and closes the plugin.
- The button calls information about the program.
- The button calls the Help files. The hot-key is F1.
- The button calls the Preferences dialog box for changing the program's options.
To the left of the Image Window is the Toolbar. The tools' parameters are shown in a pop-up box after right-clicking in the image window.
Effect Area Tools:
Post-Processing Tools (available for Home Deluxe and Business licenses):
- 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).
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.
In addition, you can move the image in the Image Window using the scroll bar or by holding down the space bar, and then holding down the left mouse button while moving the mouse. The mouse's scroll wheel can move the image up and down, while holding Ctrl (⌘ on Macintosh) – while moving the scroll wheel will move the image left and right. Holding Alt (Option on Macintosh) will 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. 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 Effect and adjust its settings.
In the Presets field you can save the current settings as a preset to use them in the future.
Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor.