Snow Paradise: A New Year's Card

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Snow Paradise


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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 Result

Adobe Photoshop 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 Adobe Photoshop.

    Adobe Photoshop Workspace
  • Step 2. Copy the layer by selecting Layer -> Duplicate Layer from the main menu.

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

    AKVIS Smart Mask 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). Next flip it (Edit -> Transform -> Flip Horizontal) 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 Layer -> 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 ArtWork plugin. Choose Oil from the list of styles.

    AKVIS ArtWork 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. Now that our image has finally become a greeting card, it's time to add a festive inscription. Click on the Text tab, and in the window which opens write a congratulation. Adjust the font settings and the location of the text as you wish.

    Adding an Inscription

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

  • Step 12. 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

    Apply the result.

    The greeting card is ready!


All that remains is to save and print the card.

操作方法 操作方法
   — ワークスペース — ワークスペース
   — 操作方法 — 操作方法
   — マスク表示モード — マスク表示モード
   — カスタム背景 — カスタム背景
   — ヒストリーパレット — ヒストリーパレット
   — AKVIS ファイル — AKVIS ファイル
   — 環境設定 — 環境設定
   — ホットキー — ホットキー
選択範囲の作成 選択範囲の作成
   — 自動モード — 自動モード
   — 手動モード — 手動モード
   — クイック選択ツール — クイック選択ツール
   — 標準選択ツール — 標準選択ツール
   — マジックブラシ — マジックブラシ
   — クロマキー — クロマキー
   — エッジの調整 — エッジの調整
   — 後処理ツール — 後処理ツール
   — その他のツール — その他のツール
操作例 操作例
   — 写真から人物を切り取る — 写真から人物を切り取る


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