AKVIS OilPaint Tutorial: Program Workspace
 

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Tutorial: AKVIS OilPaint

Workspace

 

AKVIS OilPaint can work independently as a standalone program as well as a plugin 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 program's workspace looks like this:

Workspace of AKVIS OilPaint
Workspace of AKVIS OilPaint

 

The left part of the AKVIS OilPaint window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs: Before and After. Under the Before tab you can see the original photo. The After tab shows the resulting image. You can switch between the windows by left-clicking on the tab with mouse button. To compare the original and the resulting images, click on the image and hold the button pressed - the program will currently switch between tabs.

In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel.

  • The button opens the home page of AKVIS OilPaint.
  • The button is used for managing the loading operations.

    Right mouse click on this button displays the list of recent images. You can change their number in the program's preferences.

    Left mouse click shows the list of the commands:

      (available only in the standalone version) - It opens an image.
      The hot-keys are Ctrl+O on Windows, +O on Mac.

      - It loads a list of presets (.oilpaint file).

      - It loads saved guiding lines (.direction file).

  • The button shows the list of the saving commands:

      (available only in the standalone version) - It saves the image in the chosen format.
      The hot-keys are Ctrl+S on Windows, +S on Mac.

      - It saves user presets to a file with the .oilpaint extension.

      - It saves the guiding lines to a .direction file.

  • The button (only in the standalone version) calls the Print dialog box. The hot-keys are Ctrl+P on Windows, +P on Mac.
  • The button lets posting pictures from the program to the social networks: Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+.
  • The button / shows/hides the guiding lines.
  • The button cancels the last operation (with the tools). It is possible to cancel several operations in a row. The hotkeys are Ctrl+Z on Windows, +Z on Mac.
  • The button returns the last cancelled operation. It is possible to return several operations in a row. The hotkeys are Ctrl+Y on Windows, +Y on Mac.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) opens the Batch Processing dialog to automatically process a series of images.
  • The button initiates image processing with the current settings. The resulting image is shown in the After tab.
  • The button (only in the plugin version) applies the result to the image and closes the plugin.
  • The button shows information about the program: version, trial period, license.
  • 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 there is the Toolbar. Different tools appear on the Before/After tabs.

 

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.

Navigator
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 key pressed – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt 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. The fall-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.

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

 

Under the Navigator there is the Settings Panel with the Painting, Abstract Art, and Decoration tabs:

Below, in the Presets field you can save the current settings as a preset to use them in the future. The current settings can be saved, edited, deleted. When you launch the program, it uses the settings of the last used preset.

Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor. You can choose where the hints will be shown or hide them in the program's Preferences.

 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Tools & Brushes — Tools & Brushes
   — Oil Painting Effect — Oil Painting Effect
   — Abstract Art — Abstract Art
   — Canvas — Canvas
   — Frames — Frames
   — Text & Watermark — Text & Watermark
   — Presets — Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Examples Examples
   — Girl on the Sea — Girl on the Sea
   — Road to Horizon — Road to Horizon
   — Autumn Romance — Autumn Romance
   — OilPaint Gallery — OilPaint Gallery
   — Portrait of an African Woman — Portrait of an African Woman
   — Night City: Oil & Pencil — Night City: Oil & Pencil
   — Oil Portrait of a Boy — Oil Portrait of a Boy

 

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