The Toolbar in AKVIS Retoucher contains groups of tools used to select defects and retouch images.
The tools parameters can be adjusted 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.
If the Keep Exclusion Area is activated, the brush can not draw in excluded areas.
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.
- erase all lines;
- erase only selection area;
- erase only exclusion 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.
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.
Zone of Influence affects the width of the area which is restored. The higher the value, the wider the restored area will be.
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.
Patch Size affects the size of the patch used in restoration.
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.
Post-Processing Tools (available for Home Deluxe and Business licenses):
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.
To duplicate an object, select an area to be cloned by holding down Alt on Windows or Option on Mac.
To remove a part of the clone, press the Ctrl-key on Windows / on Mac, and keeping it pressed draw over the area.
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.
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.
Scaling. The size of the clone relative to the original fragment.
Change the crop area by dragging the sides and the angles of the bounding frame.
To apply the result and remove the areas outside the frame, press OK or use Enter. To cancel the operation and exit the tool, press Cancel or use the Esc-key. To restore the original area keeping the tool active, press Reset button.
Attention! It is recommended to crop the image before starting the actual processing. After applying the Crop tool, the selection disappears, and the History Brush ignores the previous state of the document.
At any stage of processing, you can revert the changes using and .
Adjust the crop options:
You can choose the size of the crop rectangle from the Ratio drop-down list or enter your custom aspect ratio.
If the External Area check-box is enabled, you can change the color and opacity of the outer parts.
Double-clicking on the tool's icon on the Toolbar makes the image fit the window.
Double-clicking on the tool's icon makes the image scale to 100% (actual size).