Selection and Retouching Tools in AKVIS Retoucher
 

  Customer Room  
   Photo Processing    Video Processing  Download   Purchase   Tutorial   Support   Company  
en  fr  de  es  pt  it  jp  ru  
 

Tutorial: AKVIS Retoucher

Toolbar

 

The Toolbar in AKVIS Retoucher contains groups of tools used to select defects and retouch images.
The tools parameters can be adjusted in the Settings Panel, or in a pop up window which appears after right-clicking in the image.

You can quickly change the brush size with the [ and ] keys.

To draw a straight line, select a starting point by clicking the left mouse button, then, while holding down Shift, drag the cursor with the mouse to a new location on the image, click the left mouse button again and release Shift. If Shift is not released, a new line will be drawn to each point where the left mouse button is clicked.

The tools are divided into four sets. Different tools are visible, depending on the workspace mode Express/Advanced chosen.

 

Selection Tools:

  • The Selection Brush is used to highlight areas and details that need to be retouched. The transparency of lines made with the brush can be changed in the Preferences dialog. Press B to quickly access this tool.

    If the Keep Exclusion Area is activated, the brush can not draw in excluded areas.

  • The Exclusion Tool is used to protect areas. Parts of the image marked by this tool will be excluded from the area used for calculation. You can use this tool to mark areas adjacent to a selection to prevent them from being cloned.

    If the Keep Selection check box is activated, the tool can not draw in selected areas.

      Note: The Exclusion Tool is available only in the All-Purpose Retouching mode.

    Original Image Selection
    Original Image Selection
    Exlusion area is marked Area excluded from reconstruction
    Area to be excluded is marked Area is excluded from reconstruction
    Result without using exclusion tool Result with exclusion tool
    Result without using the exclusion tool Result when exclusion tool is used

  • The Eraser erases lines. Press E to quickly access this tool. The following modes can be selected:

    - erase all lines;
    - erase only selection area;
    - erase only exclusion area.

  • The Selection Bucket fills an area outlined with the Selection Brush (useful for selecting large areas).
  • The Magic Wand selects all pixels of the same color. When the value of Tolerance is increased, more colors are included in the selected area.

    If the Contiguous Mode check box is activated, only adjacent pixels of the same color are selected. If it is deactivated, all pixels the same color throughout the image will be selected. This tool is useful for selecting one color objects, text, etc.

 

Manual Processing Tools:

  • Linear Retouch allows you to restore the background in a specified direction: for example, to align the junction of areas or preserve the smooth edges of an object. Lines should be drawn as long as possible, into the red zone or across it.

    Parameters:

      Gradient. If this check-box is activated, areas between the beginning and the end of the line will be restored evenly, with a smooth transition between one part of the image and another. If this is not the result you want, deactivate the check box.

      Original Image Linear Retouch (Smooth Transition)
      Original Image Linear Retouch
      (Smooth Transition)
      Restoration from left to right ('Gradient' Check Box Not Activated) Restoration from right to left ('Gradient' Check Box Not Activated)
      Restoration from left to right
      ('Gradient' Check Box Not Activated)
      Restoration from right to left
      ('Gradient' Check Box Not Activated)

      Zone of Influence affects the width of the area which is restored. The higher the value, the wider the restored area will be.

      Original Image Selection Result without using Linear Retouch
      Original Image Selection Result without
      Linear Retouch
      Narrow Area Wide Area Result using Linear Retouch
      Zone of Influence = 2 Zone of Influence = 8 Result using
      Linear Retouch

      Search Distance affects the size of the area from which fragments are taken, which are used to restore along a line. A large value increases processing time and may lead to the capture of unwanted fragments.

      Original Image Selection
      Original Image Selection
      Small Search Distance Large Search Distance
      Search Distance = 1 Search Distance = 5

      Result Without Linear Retouch Result with Linear Retouch
      Result without
      Linear Retouch
      Result with
      Linear Retouch

  • Patch restores by copying similar square fragments from other parts of the image. To apply a patch, bring the cursor over the appropriate area, hold down the left mouse button, then drag the clone into the red area.

    Parameters:

      Patch Size affects the size of the patch used in restoration.

      Small Patch Large Patch
      Patch Size = 15 Patch Size = 50

      Flip Horizontal. This option allows a fragment to be mirrored along the standing axis, i.e. interchanging the left and right sides.

      Flip Vertical. This option mirrors a fragment by turning the image upside down.

  • Local Run is used to process selected areas of the image individually. Processing begins by clicking on a selected area. You can focus more clearly on individual selections, fine-tuning the parameters to restore each selection more effectively. Press L to quickly access this tool.

 

Post-Processing Tools (available for Home Deluxe and Business licenses):

  • Spot Remover removes small imperfections on an image: stains, dust, etc. You can also use it to retouch portraits, it looks like it "heals" skin problems. Just click with the tool on the defect. Press O to quickly access this tool.
  • History Brush lets you restore the image to its original state.

    The tool's parameters:

      Size. The maximum width of a line made by the brush.

      Hardness. The blurriness of the tool's edges. The less the value the more blurry the tool's edges become. At value 100% the border between the brush's edges and the background is very distinct; at lower values the transition between these areas is smoother.

      Strength. The degree of restoration to the original state. At lower values there will be less restoration and more blending with the effect; at value 100% the original image will be restored more completely.

    After Retouching Using History Brush
    After Retouching Using History Brush

  • Clone Stamp copies parts of an image from one area to another while preserving the cloned area's original color palette, shadows, textures, lighting, and other characteristics. The hot-key for the tool is S.
  • Chameleon Brush copies parts of an image from one area to another, while taking into account the color palette, shadows, textures, lighting, and other characteristics of the background, onto which the clone is placed. Unlike the Clone Stamp, this tool preserves the texture of the image. The hot-key is H.

    To duplicate an object, select an area to be cloned by holding down Alt on Windows or Option on Macintosh.

    To remove a part of the clone, press the Ctrl-key on Windows / on Macintosh, and keeping it pressed draw over the area.

    Tools' options:

      Size - diameter of the brush.

      Hardness defines blurriness of the fragment's edges. At values near 100% the border between the fragment and the image is very distinct; at lower values the border between these areas will be smoother.

      Opacity. The opacity of the fragment in relation to the background. This parameter affects the opacity of the fragment where it is stamped: at lower values, the fragment is paler and its interaction with the background is greater.

      Aligned check-box. You can select the cloning method using the Aligned option. When the check-box is activated, a single clone will be created using information from around the selected source: in this case each time the left mouse button is pressed a clone will be selected from the relevant area. When the check-box is disabled, each time the mouse button is released the cursor returns to the source area, and new clone fragments are created from the same area.

      Aligned Option
      Left: Aligned check-box is disabled     Right: Aligned check-box is enabled
       

      It's also possible to mirror a clone horizontally and/or vertically:

      Flip Horizontal. This option allows a clone to be mirrored along the standing axis, i.e. interchanging the left and right sides.

      Flip Vertical. This option mirrors a clone by turning the image upside down.

      Mirror Image
      Mirror Image

      Scaling. The size of the clone relative to the original fragment.

 

Additional Tools:

  • Hand lets you 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 window.

  • Zoom lets you change the image's scale. To zoom in left click on the image. To zoom out left click with Alt on the image. The hot-key is Z.

    Double-clicking on the tool's icon makes the image scale to 100% (actual size).

 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Parameters — Parameters
   — 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

 

Retoucher v. 8.1 - Free 10-day Trial    Download

 

back to top

 

Send Request | Sign In
Subscribe to News
Tutorial | Search | Contact Us
 
| English  | Français  | Deutsch  | Español  | Português(Br)  | Italiano  | 日本語  | Pусский  | © 2004-2017 AKVIS. All Rights Reserved.