September 15, 2008 — AKVIS Software Inc. announces the update of AKVIS LightShop for Windows and Macintosh to version v. 2.5. AKVIS LightShop lets you create an infinite number of amazing light effects that draw attention and animate any photo. Version 2.5 introduces new ready-to-use light effects for a quick start. The version improves compatibility with Vista SP1 and adds a new interface language (Portuguese). Now there are three download files for Macintosh: standalone application, a plugin version for Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Elements 6, and a plugin for earlier versions of these programs.
People by their nature are attracted by things that shine, sparkle, glow and glitter. A light effect draws attention and animates any photo.
AKVIS LightShop helps you create impressive light effects: lightning in a stormy sky, a colorful rainbow over a city, a reflection on a raindrop, the glow on smoldering wood in a fire-place, alien signs blazing in the night sky, flares on the sun, the lights of distant planets, fireworks - wherever your imagination may take you!
Light effects can brighten up any photo: make it look more natural (by adding reflections on shiny objects) or on the contrary - add a bit of magic and fantasy. Just a few clicks and the eyes of your loved one sparkle like diamonds; some simple manipulations - and a moonlit road appears in night scenery.
For quick start the program offers a large number of ready-to-use light effects (presets) that can be applied in their initial version or can be modified. First you can train on available light effects and than create your exclusive ones. It is possible to save your own presets to use them in the future or share with others. See some examples here.
Professional designers will find many uses for light effects. They may apply reflections and glows to glamour photography - to make jewelry and precious stones sparkle on the images of celebrities; or use effects in advertisement catalogues to draw attention to exclusive articles. Christmas postcards can not do without magic lights and glows. Dull landscape shots can be saved by the sun rays or reflections on water.
Light effects often have a complex structure and many parameters and modifiers. However, thanks to the Hints to every parameter and the preview window, users will not get lost in the interface. A bit of practice and you can create the most extraordinary effects. Moreover, an infinite number of them.
Version 2.5 of AKVIS LightShop introduces new ready-to-use light effects. The version improves compatibility with Vista SP1 and adds a new interface language (Portuguese). Now there are three download files for Macintosh: standalone application, a plugin version for Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Elements 6, and a plugin for earlier versions of these programs.
The plugin version of AKVIS LightShop is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Corel Photo-Paint, Paint Shop Pro Photo and Ulead PhotoImpact. AKVIS LightShop runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista; and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.5.
AKVIS LightShop sells for $117 USD, downloadble from AKVIS.com. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Decorator, Enhancer, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch, LightShop, ArtSuite and SmartMask) for USD $325 USD, a savings of $387 over purchasing each separately. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Just download and use the program.
About the program: akvis.com/en/lightshop/index.php
AKVIS Community: forum.akvis.com