Photo to Watercolor Painting with AKVIS Watercolor: How It Works

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Tutorial: AKVIS Watercolor

How To Use The Program


AKVIS Watercolor lets you transform a photograph into a watercolor painting. The software can be used independently as a standalone program or as a plugin filter in a photo editor.

To create a watercolor painting from your photo, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1. Open an image.

    - If you work with the standalone edition:

    The dialog box Select File to Open appears if you double-click on the empty workspace of the program or if you click on then on . Use the hot-keys: Ctrl+O on Windows, +O on Mac. You can also drag the required image into the workspace of the program.
    The standalone program supports JPEG, RAW, PNG, BMP, and TIFF file formats.

    - If you work with the plugin:

    Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open.

    Call the plugin from the menu of the editor:

    in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements - Filter -> AKVIS -> Watercolor;
    in Corel PaintShop Pro - Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> Watercolor;
    in Corel Photo-Paint - Effects -> AKVIS -> Watercolor.

    Photo to Painting Software AKVIS Watercolor
    AKVIS Watercolor Window

  • Step 2. In the standalone version, before applying the watercolor effect, you can cut off unwanted areas of the picture and improve its composition with the Crop tool .
    If you use the plugin, you can do this in your image editor.
  • Step 3. Adjust the watercolor effect settings in the Painting tab. You can choose one of the Presets or set the parameters to your liking.

    The result will be immediately shown in the quick preview window which is visible in the Before tab if the button in the Toolbar is pressed.

    Watercolor Painting Effect in Preview Window
    Preview Window
  • Step 4. Press the button to convert the entire image into a watercolor painting with the selected settings. To interrupt the process, click on the Stop button right to the progress bar.
  • Step 5. For the advanced licenses (Home Deluxe/Business), it is possible to improve the result of the automatic conversion using the Stroke Direction tool that helps to change the direction of the strokes.

    Draw guiding lines and click on to re-process the image.

    Automatic Strokes Reoriented Strokes
    Automatic Strokes Reoriented Strokes

  • Step 6. To make your work of art even more realistic and truly impressive, you can use the Decoration options: Canvas, Frame, and Text.

      Hint: The order of the application of the decoration effects depends on the position of the tabs. Drag the tabs to change the order.

    Watercolor Painting on Canvas
    Watercolor Painting + Canvas
  • Step 7. If you like your new settings, you can save them as a preset and use them later. Type a name for the preset into the Presets field and press Save. When a new preset is created, it will be available in all three tabs and will contain their settings.
  • Step 8. You can put the finishing touches to your watercolor painting with the Post-Processing Tools , , , available under the Home Deluxe/Business licenses, in the After tab.

      Attention! Use these tools at the final step. If you run the processing again, the changes made with the tools will be lost!

  • Step 9. Share your work of art by clicking on . It opens the list of the services where you can publish the image: Twitter, Flickr, Google+, Dropbox.

    In the standalone version, you can also print your watercolor painting with .

  • Step 10. Save the processed image.

    - If you work with the standalone edition:

    Click on then on to open the Save As dialog box. You can use the hot-keys: Ctrl+S on Windows, +S on Mac. Enter a name for the file, choose the format (TIFF, BMP, JPEG or PNG) and indicate the target folder.

    - If you work with the plugin:

    Press the button to apply the result and close the plugin window. The AKVIS Watercolor plugin will close and the picture will appear in the workspace of the photo editor.

    Call the Save As dialog box using the command File -> Save As, enter a name for the file, choose the format and indicate the target folder.

    Watercolor Painting from Photo
    Watercolor from Photo
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Effect Parameters — Effect Parameters
   — Toolbar — Toolbar
   — Canvas — Canvas
   — Frames — Frames
   — Text — Text
   — Presets — Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Examples Examples
   — Sailing Ship — Sailing Ship


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