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Tutorial: AKVIS Retoucher



AKVIS Retoucher is available as a standalone program as well as a plug-in for graphics editors.

  • 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.

    To call the plugin, select it from filters of your image editing program.

The workspace view depends on which editing mode is chosen in the Control Panel: Express or Advanced.

In Express mode, the program's interface is extremely simplified, with a minimal set of tools designed to quickly achieve a satisfactory result.

AKVIS Retoucher Workspace (Express)
AKVIS Retoucher Workspace (Express)

In Advanced mode, all options and tools are available.

AKVIS Retoucher Workspace (Advanced)
AKVIS Retoucher Workspace (Advanced)

Most of the program's workspace is taken up by the Image Window, above which is the Control Panel with the following controls:

  • The button opens the home page of AKVIS Retoucher.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) opens the image which will be edited. The hot-keys are Ctrl+O on Windows, +O on Mac.
    Right mouse click on this button displays the list of recent files. You can change the number of recent documents in the program's Preferences.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) saves the edited image to a file. The hot-keys are Ctrl+S on Windows, +S on Mac.
  • The button (only in the standalone version) is used to print an image. 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 loads selected areas that have been saved to a file (.retouch).
  • The button saves selected areas to a separate file in the .retouch format.
  • The buttons / show/hide selected areas.
  • The button opens the Batch Processing dialog to automatically process a series of images.
  • The button cancels the last action. If it is pressed multiple times, it will cancel several previous actions. This can also be activated with the keyboard, by pressing Ctrl+Z on Windows, +Z on Mac.
  • The button restores an action cancelled by .
    An action can also be restored with the keyboard, by pressing Ctrl+Y on Windows, +Y on Mac.
  • The button begins the restoration process. The hot-keys are Ctrl+R on Windows, +R on Mac.
  • The button (only in the plug-in) applies the processing result and then closes AKVIS Retoucher.
  • The button shows information about the program.
  • The button opens the program's help files. The hot-key is F1.
  • The button opens the Preferences dialog box.


To the left of the Image Window there is the Toolbar. Different tools will appear, depending on the workspace mode Express/Advanced chosen. The tools' parameters are shown in the Settings Panel or in a pop-up box after right-clicking in the image window.


Navigate and scale the image using the Navigator. In the Navigator you can see the reduced copy of the image. The frame shows the part of the image that is now visible in the Image Window; the areas outside the frame will be shaded. Drag the frame to make other parts of the image visible. To move the frame, bring the cursor inside the frame, press the left mouse button and, keeping it pressed, move the frame in the 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 on Windows, on Mac key pressed – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt on Windows, Option on Mac 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++ on Windows, ++ on Mac to increase the image scale and - and Ctrl+- on Windows, +- on Mac to reduce the scale.


Under Navigator is the Settings Panel with parameters for the algorithm and tools.

Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor.

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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