November 18, 2008 — AKVIS Software, Inc. announces the release of AKVIS ArtWork, a special effect tool that applies different painting techniques to common digital pictures. Available in Mac and PC versions stand-alone or as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, ArtWork makes digital photos them look as if they were real oil paintings, helping users create a piece of art out of any picture. ArtWork allows creating an oil portrait, a landscape painting or a still life picture in a fully automatic or assisted mode in a matter of minutes.
About AKVIS ArtWork
AKVIS ArtWork is an ideal solution for creative expression. Combining advanced technologies with an artistic approach, the new AKVIS creative suite is a perfect virtual artist for Mac and PC. The transformation of a picture into a painting happens before your one’s eyes – one can follow the birth of a work of art in real time! The virtual artist lays brush strokes naturally using the original photo as a reference.
ArtWork creates realistic paintings out of pictures taken with any kind of digital cameras, including digital SLRs and compacts. Unlike many other products that just adds twisted geometric lines to make pictures look like more or less like paintings, ArtWork applies sophisticated image transformation algorithms to produce realistic results coming very close to hand-painted works. Tweaking the options unleashes access to a variety of oil painting styles.
For those in need of more flexibility and having ideas on how the final panting should look, there is a tool called Stroke Direction. This semi-automatic and highly intelligent tool gives users full control over the strokes, allowing using a special brush to define the guiding lines. The virtual painter then converts the image into a painting directing the strokes to follow the drawn guiding lines. This technique allows achieving truly realistic paintings with human hair, patterns and textures going in the right direction.
The initial release of ArtWork converts photographs into oil paintings. In the future, the virtual artist will learn additional painting techniques.
ArtWork offers a wide selection of canvas and artist's signatures to make virtual oil paintings a finished product. AKVIS ArtWork offers the choice between a flat background and a rough surface (canvas, paper, etc.) that makes the impression even more stunning. It is easy add a signature or an inscription to the picture with custom font and color.
About AKVIS Software, Inc.
Founded in 2004, AKVIS Software Inc. specializes in development of image processing software and Photoshop plug-ins. The company has released a number of successful products. The AKVIS team is enthusiastic about graphics and image processing issues. The company sponsors web-design and digital photography contests. The company offers free licenses to non-profit organizations (heritage foundations and historical societies) involved in conservation and restoration of photographic archives having cultural value.
A fully featured free evaluation download of AKVIS ArtWork is available at akvis.com.
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