Snow Paradise: A New Year's Card

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Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Snow Paradise


With AKVIS you can make a New Year’s greeting card with your own hands that will please friends and family.

Since it is a winter holiday, there should be some snow on the card, but in this particular harsh winter environment there will be a little tropical paradise. Two completely incompatible things will be combined in one image: a palm tree and snow.

Original Image Original Image Result
Source Images Result

AliveColors will be used for this tutorial but any graphics editor which is compatible with AKVIS plug-ins could be used.

  • Step 1. First we need a tree. Open an image containing a palm tree in AliveColors.

    Original Image
  • Step 2. Copy the layer by selecting Layers -> Duplicate from the main menu.

    Making a Copy of the Layer
  • Step 3. Choose the AKVIS SmartMask plug-in (Effects -> AKVIS -> SmartMask).

    AKVIS SmartMask Plug-in Workspace
  • Step 4. Lets start working in Auto mode. Choose this tool and draw a green line around the tree.

    Working on a Complex Edge
  • Step 5. Next use the and tools. Draw blue lines inside (this area will be kept), red - outside (this area will be removed).

    Working in Auto Mode

    Press to begin processing the image.

    Result After Processing in Auto Mode

    The background was removed, but not completely. Some fragments of the sky remain between the leaves, so continue processing.

  • Step 6. Switch to Manual mode. Choose the Magic Brush and check the Drop mode. Use the eyedropper under the Drop Colors list and select colors which need to be removed (fragments of the sky). The selected colors will be added to the list.

    Selected Colors
  • Step 7. Change the brush size and work around the palm tree’s leaves. After processing all that will remain is the tree. Everything else will be removed.

    Using the Magic Brush Tool

    Press to close the plug-in and apply the result.

  • Step 8. Now the tree can be placed on a winter background. Copy the tree and paste it to the chosen background. Change the palms’s size (Edit -> Free Transform) and move it to the right place.

    Creating a Collage

    Merge the layers by holding down Ctrl, selecting the desired layers in the Layers palette, and then choosing the command Layers -> Merge Layers from the main menu.

  • Step 9. For more of a winter mood add some falling snow. Start the AKVIS NatureArt plug-in. Choose Rain from the list of effects. Use the to select the entire image. Change the settings so that the rain will appear as snow or use the AKVIS Snow preset. Press to process the image.

    Adding Snow

    Press to accept the result.

  • Step 10. The result is a very nice card. Now add an effect to make it appear as if it were painted in oil. Start the AKVIS OilPaint plugin.

    AKVIS OilPaint Plug-in Workspace

    Use the tool to draw guiding lines. Adjust the parameters in the Settings Panel to your liking. Press to start processing the image.

    Result With Oil Effect
  • Step 11. And now the final touch - a frame. Start the AKVIS ArtSuite plug-in. Select Frames from the drop-down list and Frost from the list of frames, then adjust the parameters and press .
    AKVIS ArtSuite Plug-in Workspace

    Press to apply the result and close the plug-in.

  • Step 12. Now that our image has finally become a greeting card, it's time to add a festive inscription. Click on the Text tool, and write a congratulation. Adjust the font settings and the location of the text as you wish.

    Adding an Inscription


The greeting card is ready!


All that remains is to save and print the card.

How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Mask View Modes — Mask View Modes
   — Custom Background — Custom Background
   — History Palette — History Palette
   — Save and Load Projects — Save and Load Projects
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Hot Keys — Hot Keys
Making Selections Making Selections
   — Automatic Selection Tools — Automatic Selection Tools
   — Manual Selection Tools — Manual Selection Tools
   — Quick Selection — Quick Selection
   — Standard Selection Tools — Standard Selection Tools
   — Magic Brush — Magic Brush
   — Chroma Key — Chroma Key
   — Refine Edges — Refine Edges
   — Post-Processing Tools — Post-Processing Tools
   — Additional Tools — Additional Tools
Video Lessons Video Lessons
   — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes — Quick Selection & Mask View Modes
   — Auto Selection of Similar Objects — Auto Selection of Similar Objects
   — Auto Tools & Edge Priority — Auto Tools & Edge Priority
   — Smart Color Picker — Smart Color Picker
   — Selecting Hair: Auto & Brushes — Selecting Hair: Auto & Brushes
   — Magic Brush for Transparent Objects — Magic Brush for Transparent Objects
   — Automatic Recognition of Areas — Automatic Recognition of Areas
   — Quick Selection & Background Eraser — Quick Selection & Background Eraser
   — Extract a Person from a Photo — Extract a Person from a Photo
   — Selecting Water Splashes — Selecting Water Splashes
   — Improve Selections with Refine Edges — Improve Selections with Refine Edges
   — Removing Green Screen Background — Removing Green Screen Background
   — Adding a New Background — Adding a New Background
Examples Examples
   — Separate a Person from a Photo — Separate a Person from a Photo
   — Around the World in One Day — Around the World in One Day
   — Magic Window — Magic Window
   — Little Princess — Little Princess
   — Changeable Landscape — Changeable Landscape
   — Golden Colors of Fall — Golden Colors of Fall
   — Snow Paradise — Snow Paradise
   — Cat and Dog: a Fantasy Collage — Cat and Dog: a Fantasy Collage
   — Breaking the Fourth Wall — Breaking the Fourth Wall
   — Flight under the Moonlight — Flight under the Moonlight


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