Airbrush Painting Effect

AKVIS AirBrush lets you create stunning airbrush pictures from photographs.

Airbrushing is a painting technique based on the use of a special airbrush tool. Since it’s a touch free technique, it allows an artist to add light strokes, minor details, and blurry edges. The result is impressive and looks great, often reaching photographic quality and incredible realism.

This technique is widely used for adding graphics to cars, motorbikes, and helmets, for decorating mobile phones, computers and home electronics, for creating T-shirt designs or fingernail art. Airbrushing makes it possible to turn any regular item into a work of art. It has already become a new trend in modern art. Airbrush paintings look great and catch the eye with unprecedented clarity and level of detail.

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Airbrush Effect

In the Painting tab of the Settings Panel you can adjust the parameters for the photo-to-painting conversion.


Effect Parameters:

Blend with Original (0-100). The airbrush effect can be merged with the original image by changing the transparency of the result. With a value of 0, no blending occurs. The higher the parameter, the more the original colors are mixed with the result.

Blend with Original = 0
Blend with Original = 0
Blend with Original = 50
Blend with Original = 50

In the Mode drop-down list, you can set the blending method.

Linear Burn
Linear Burn

Detail (0-100) defines the level of detail in a painting. Decreasing the parameter creates the blurring effect.

Blurring effect
Detail = 10
More details
Detail = 90

Sharpness (1-50) changes the color contrast between adjacent pixels. The higher the value, the brighter lines and boundaries are.

Small value of Sharpness
Sharpness = 5
Intensive sharpening
Sharpness = 40

Smudging (30-200) adjusts the intensity of how the paint is smearing. Increasing the value you can change the effect from a photo realistic picture to a simplified drawing.

Slight smearing
Smudging = 40
Intensive smudging
Smudging = 160

The parameters in the Shading group make areas in a picture darker, as if dark paint was added. Depending on the selected range, the changes will affect only certain colors.

Choose which areas will be processed:

Darkening an Image in Different Ranges:

Lightness (-50..100) adds lighter shades of paint to an image.

Without lightening
Lightness = -30
Maximum Lightness
Lightness = 70

Contrast (-25 to 25) increases (at values greater than 0) or decreases (at values less than 0) the difference between light and dark areas of the image.

Low Contrast
Contrast = -20
High Contrast
Contrast = +15

The Spray group imitates the paint dispersion by adding tiny droplets and slanting lines.

Weak Noise
Intensity = 35
Intense Noise
Intensity = 80
Weak Smoothing
Smoothing = 30
Intense Smoothing
Smoothing = 100
Lean Left
Angle = 30
Lean Right
Angle = 115

Smart Contrast. The check-box adds shadows and highlights to the image and redistributes the colors so that the image appears more prominent and expressive.

Check-box is disabled
Check-box Smart Contrast is disabled
Check-box is enabled
Check-box Smart Contrast is enabled


The Colors group lets you adjust colors for the picture. There are three color modes: Original Colors, Monochrome, and Multicolor.

Color Options:


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