July 15, 2010 — AKVIS is glad to announce the update of two plug-ins. AKVIS Decorator 2.0 and SmartMask 3.0 now have improved compatibility with the latest versions of Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6, as well as 64-bit support.
AKVIS is glad to announce the update of two plug-ins: Decorator 2.0 and SmartMask 3.0.
These plug-ins were designed with both the amateur and professional in mind.
AKVIS Decorator has been updated to version 2.0. The Decorator plug-in allows you to apply a different texture to an object in a photo with a realistic appearance. It does this by following the underlying features of the object as a guide for applying a new color or texture. Decorator can be used to change the pattern of a girl's dress, a car's paint job, or a chair's upholstery. It is very useful for design purposes. You could use it to try out different wallpaper patterns for your apartment simply by changing them in a photo. Decorator includes a wide variety of built-in textures from which to choose: from fabrics to stones and metal, from food to nature elements. You can also apply your own textures – just save a square pattern as a jpg file and load it into the library.
AKVIS SmartMask has been updated to version 3.0. The SmartMask plug-in is an efficient selection tool. It makes it easy to select an object in a photo, even if it does not have clearly defined edges. Just select use SmartMask's pencils (red and blue) to select an object and the area around that should be removed. SmartMask has three modes: Sharp, Soft, and Complex, for dealing with objects with various kinds of edges. In Soft mode you can use the green pencil to select difficult parts, such as hair, fluff, and fur. Complex mode provides a touch-up brush for areas with colors similar to the background or with uneven edges. SmartMask even allows you to remove the color tint left around a cut out object (such as the blue tint of the sky), so the object will blend more convincingly with the colors of a new background.
Both Decorator 2.0 and SmartMask 3.0 have improved compatibility with the latest versions of Windows 7 and Macintosh OS X 10.6. Both also now have 64-bit support: they are compatibile with Adobe Photoshop CS4/CS5 64-bit in Windows and Macintosh. Also a new installation program for Windows is included for both plug-ins. The old version should be removed before the new version is installed!
Registered users can upgrade for free!
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. A fully featured free evaluation download of all AKVIS programs are available at akvis.com.
Both the AKVIS Decorator and SmartMask plug-ins are included in the Alchemy Bundle. The Alchemy Bundle includes 13 of our plug-ins (Decorator, SmartMask, Retoucher, Chameleon, MultiBrush, Enhancer, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch, LightShop, ArtSuite, Magnifier, and ArtWork). Purchasing these plug-ins as a bundle results in significant savings over buying each individually.
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. AKVIS works constantly to upgrade its software in order to remain on the cutting edge of technology.