Working with Projects in AKVIS SmartMask

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Tutorial: AKVIS SmartMask

Working with Projects


In AKVIS SmartMask you can save a working draft of your project into a file with the .akvis extension. This file contains the original image, the state of the image at the moment it was saved, and manually created checkpoints added during your work. It will also contain the most recently used color sets and parameters.

How to work with a project in AKVIS SmartMask:

  • Step 1. Use the program’s tools and periodically save the result of your work with checkpoints by pressing the Create Checkpoint button in the History palette.

    These control points (snapshots) lets you preserve the current state of the image with color strokes and selections.

    Creating Checkpoints

      Note: The History panel is only available under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses, therefore only users with these licenses can create checkpoints.

      With Home licenses you can save the project to the AKVIS file with the state at the moment of saving, with all parameters and settings, and with the original image, but without the checkpoints.

  • Step 2. Save the result into a file with the .akvis extension.

    To do this press , then choose a name for the file and press Save.

    Save Dialog Window

    Alternatively, in the standalone version you can save the project by pressing . Just choose the AKVIS format.

  • Step 3. Open the saved project (*.akvis) by pressing . This file can also be opened by pressing (only in the standalone version).

    The History palette shows the saved checkpoints and the result. The original image is shown in the Original tab and the Processing tab shows the last saved state.

    Loading AKVIS File

    You can switch between checkpoints in the History palette by clicking on the desired checkpoint with the left mouse button. The corresponding image will be shown in the Processing tab.

    Checkpoints in Deluxe and Business versions

    Users of the Home version can only see the original file and the result, in the Original and Processing tabs, respectively.

    Home Version Workspace


You can work on a project in the AKVIS SmartMask plugin in the same way as in the standalone edition.

    Loading a File in the Plugin
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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