AKVIS Retoucher: How It Works

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Tutorial: AKVIS Retoucher

How It Works


To retouch photos using AKVIS Retoucher, follow these steps:

  • Step 1. Open the image, which needs to be restored or edited, from which unnecessary details and defects need to be removed.

    - If you work with the standalone version:

      Run the standalone program AKVIS Retoucher.

      To open an image in the program, you can double-click in the empty workspace of Retoucher, or drag the image into the workspace, or press on the Control Panel. The program supports RAW, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF file formats.

    - If you work with the plugin:

      Run your photo editor. The Retoucher plugin is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and many other image editors.

      Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O on Windows, +O on Mac.

      Then call the AKVIS Retoucher plugin in the Filter/Effects menu of the photo editor:

      In AliveColors: Effects -> AKVIS -> Retoucher;
      in Adobe Photoshop: AKVIS -> Retoucher;
      in Corel Paint Shop Pro: Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> Retoucher;
      in Corel Photo-Paint: Effects -> AKVIS -> Retoucher.

  • Step 2. The first time the program starts it will be in Express mode, with a simplified interface and a minimal set of tools designed to quickly achieve a satisfactory result.

    AKVIS Retoucher Workspace (Express)
    AKVIS Retoucher Workspace ("Express" Mode)

    Experienced users can work in the advanced editing mode. Switch to this mode by clicking Advanced in the Control Panel: the interface's appearance will change, providing access to the full functionality of the program.

    AKVIS Retoucher Workspace (Advanced)
    AKVIS Retoucher Workspace ("Advanced" Mode)
  • Step 3. Mark the areas of the image which need to be retouched. It might be a scratch, text, or a small object which needs to be removed. Selections made in the graphics editor are transferred to the plug-in.

    Attention! Use the Crop tool before starting the retouching process.

    You can use the following tools to make a selection: Selection Brush , Exclusion Tool , Eraser , Selection Bucket , and Magic Wand .

    The selected areas will be highlighted in red.

    Defects Marked
    Defects Marked

    You can save your work on a selection to a file (in .retouch format) with the button. You can then load this selection at any time by pressing the button.

  • Step 4. When working in Advanced mode, selection areas can be processed further using the tools Linear Retouch and Patch .

    More about using these tools can be learned from these examples.

  • Step 5. In the Settings Panel, select a photo retouching mode: All-Purpose Retouching or Small Defects. Adjust the parameters.

      The All-Purpose Retouching mode can be used to process any type of defects but is particularly suitable for large and medium-sized imperfections.

      The Small Defects mode is specially designed for enhanced removal of small imperfections like scratches, dust, specks, etc. The innovative algorithm allows more accurate and detailed image restoration.

    If necessary, adjust the brightness and contrast of the image using the Color Correction settings.

    Press to start reconstructing the image. The hot key for this operation is Ctrl+R (+R on Mac).

    If you are not satisfied with the result, you can make correct the selection areas or adjust the algorithm's parameters in the Settings Panel and start processing the image again.

    The result will immediately begin to appear after processing has started. If you are sure that the result will not turn out as you would like, you can interrupt processing by clicking on the Cancel button, which is located to the right of the progress bar, then make changes to the parameters and start processing again by pressing .

      Note: In Advanced mode you can use Local Run to focus more clearly on individual selections in the image. Press L to quickly access this tool. Processing begins after you click on an individual selected area. You can work step by step, selection by selection, fine-tuning the parameters to restore each selection more effectively. This is useful when you want to remove a large, complex object. If the processing result is not entirely successful, it is possible to undo the change with the / buttons and make a correction (for example, remove unnecessary fragments, change the selection or the algorithm's parameters, apply a patch, etc.)

    Result of Automatic Processing
    Result of Automatic Processing
  • Step 6. Those using the Home Deluxe and Business have the opportunity to perform post-processing with the tools Clone Stamp , Chameleon Brush , History Brush , and Spot Remover .

    Post-Processing with the Clone Stamp
    Post-Processing with the Clone Stamp

    Also, for Home Deluxe and Business licenses, the Vignette effect is available.

  • Step 7. Share your work by clicking on . It opens the list of the services where you can publish the image: Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Google+.

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

  • Step 8. Save the resulting image.

    - When using the standalone:

      Press the button and in the Save Image dialog window, type a name for the file, select a format (TIFF, BMP, JPEG or PNG), and choose a folder in which to save the file.

    - When using the plug-in:

      Press the button to apply the result (in the plug-in only). The AKVIS Retoucher plug-in's window closes, and the image is returned to the graphic editor's window.

      Open the save file dialog File -> Save As in the graphics editor, type a file name, specify a file format and choose a folder, in which to save the file.

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Parameters — Parameters
   — Vignette — Vignette
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Examples Examples
   — Removing Large Objects — Removing Large Objects
   — Restoration of an Old Family Photo — Restoration of an Old Family Photo
   — Lioness in a Cage: Removing Rods — Lioness in a Cage: Removing Rods
   — Restoring a Picture of a Boy — Restoring a Picture of a Boy
   — Prepress Processing — Prepress Processing
   — Daguerreotype Portrait of 1893 — Daguerreotype Portrait of 1893
   — Portrait of a Child — Portrait of a Child
   — Historical Photo: a Gypsy Band — Historical Photo: a Gypsy Band
   — Badly Damaged Photo — Badly Damaged Photo
   — Remove Stains from Grandpa Photo — Remove Stains from Grandpa Photo
   — For the Mother's Day — For the Mother's Day
   — Restoration of a Boy's Photo — Restoration of a Boy's Photo
   — Retouching Photos in 7 Steps — Retouching Photos in 7 Steps
   — Old Photo from Photoshop Samples — Old Photo from Photoshop Samples
   — Ukrainian Family — Ukrainian Family
   — Baby Photo Restoration — Baby Photo Restoration
   — Black and White Photo Restoration — Black and White Photo Restoration
   — Removing Unwanted Details — Removing Unwanted Details
   — Removing Tattoos — Removing Tattoos
   — Building Up Images' Borders — Building Up Images' Borders
   — Repairing An Old Torn Illustration — Repairing An Old Torn Illustration
   — Ladies' Man: Removing Lipstick Stains — Ladies' Man: Removing Lipstick Stains
   — Improvisation: Dance of the Little Swans — Improvisation: Dance of the Little Swans
   — Moments of the Past — Moments of the Past


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