January 30, 2012 — AKVIS is happy to announce the release of Version 13 of AKVIS Sketch for Windows and Macintosh. AKVIS Sketch converts digital photos into amazing pencil sketches and watercolor, charcoal, and pastel drawings. It's a wonderful tool for those who have always wanted to draw but didn't know how. Version 13 introduces the new Artistic style of photo-to-sketch conversion and other important improvements!
AKVIS Sketch is an award-winning program for conversion of photos into pencil sketches and watercolor paintings. The program has already won the recognition of professionals and delighted home users with its neat results.
However, there is no end to perfection and the company released a new version of AKVIS Sketch with many improvements.
With AKVIS Sketch you do not need to handle a pencil to feel like an artist. All you need to create your original work of art is good taste and AKVIS Sketch. Make any photo look like a B&W or color drawing, imitate the technique of graphite or color pencil, charcoal or watercolor painting!
The program works in an entertaining way. You can observe the conversion of a photo into a drawing in real time and even interrupt the process when the required result is achieved.
Once you have converted your photo into a drawing, you can add some special effects: a blend of a drawing and a photo, blurring and swirling the background. The program lets you add a texture effect to your image, making it appear to be drawn on canvas, corrugated paper, brick wall, etc. It is also possible to add a signature or a greeting to your pencil drawings to personalize the work of art.
AKVIS Sketch can be useful on many occasions. Surprise your friends and relatives by presenting them with their pencil portraits. Make a watercolor drawing out of a photo from your last nature shooting to decorate your room. Convert your own photo into a color sketch to print on a T-shirt. You can even make your own comic strip or cartoons from your videos using the batch processing feature of Sketch.
The program can be helpful to designers who need to quickly bring images to one style for a web-site or an advertisement brochure. It can also be used to make an embroidery pattern from a photo, which can then be used with photostitching software.
Many photo editing enthusiasts have already appreciated the Sketch’ s features. Take a look at the Examples gallery (many created by users).
Now the software can create an even more stunning result! The new version competes with hand drawn art in flexibility and will spur your creative thought.
Version 13 introduces a new photo-to-sketch conversion style - "Artistic"!
The software now lets you choose between two styles: Classic (standard processing from the previous versions) and Artistic.
The new Artistic style is designed to create expressive drawings that look like the handmade work of a real artist. In this style, it is easy to create both a quick sketch and a carefully drawn and shaded pencil drawing. The main advantage of this style is the ability to play with hatching and to vary the number of shadings and shadows to get natural tonal transitions.
The new style comes with 27 ready-to-use presets which will help you create various pencil drawings.
Also in the new version: fixed bugs; improved image processing when loading RAW files, improved support for RAW files from Sony cameras, added support for DNG files, and other changes.
AKVIS Sketch runs on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win 7 and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.7.
The software is available as a standalone application, as well as a plugin to a photo editor. The plugin version of AKVIS Sketch is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Photo-Paint, and Paint Shop Pro.
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Details are available at akvis.com.
Users of versions 9 through 12 of Sketch can upgrade to version 13 for free.
Those who have an older version (v.1-8) will need to pay for an upgrade to the current version.
AKVIS Sketch Home License (Plugin or Standalone) sells for $72 USD or € 55 EUR, downloadable from akvis.com.
In Home Deluxe and Business variants both Plugin and Standalone versions are available as well as the additional highly intelligent tool that gives you full control over the strokes - the Stroke Direction Tool.
Both Home and Business users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS programs in the AKVIS Alchemy Bundle (all 17 products) with the discount of 60%, a huge savings over purchasing each separately. The software is also part of the AKVIS Artistic Bundle (Sketch, ArtWork, and ArtSuite), which goes with a savings of 30%. Visit the official website to see prices for alternate versions of the bundles.
AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released a number of successful programs.
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