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.
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.
- 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.
Patch Size affects the size of the patch used in restoration.
|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.
||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 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.
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.
Scaling. The size of the clone relative to the original fragment.
- Crop (in the standalone version) lets you cut off unwanted areas in the image. The tool is useful when you want to improve the image composition, straighten a crooked photo, turn a horizontal photo into a vertical one and contrariwise. The tool settings are shown in the Settings Panel.
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.
- 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).