AKVIS Artifact Remover AI can work independently as a standalone program as well as a plug-in to a photo editor.
Standalone is an independent program; you can open it by clicking on the program's icon.
On a Windows computer - select it from the Start menu or use the program's shortcut.
On a Mac computer - launch the app from the Application folder.
Plugin is an add-on for a photo editor, for example for Photoshop.
To call the plugin, select AKVIS –> Artifact Remover AI from the filters of your image editing program.
The AKVIS Artifact Remover AI workspace looks like this:
The left part of the program's window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs - Before and After. The Before tab shows the original image, the After tab shows the result.
To switch between the tabs and compare the original and the resulting images, just left-click on any point of the image.
You can select how Image Window and Before/After tabs will be shown by adjusting the Image View Modes in the bottom part of the left panel.
In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel and the following controls:
Right mouse click on this button displays the list of recent files. You can change the number of recent documents in the program's Preferences.
To the left of the main window there is the Toolbar.
The button switches on/off the Preview Window.
The button (only in the standalone version) activates the Crop tool which allows cutting off unwanted areas in the image and reducing its size.
The button activates the Hand tool which allows you scroll the image when it does not fit within the window at the desired scale. Bring the cursor over the image, and while keeping the left mouse button pressed move in the desired direction.
Double-clicking on the tool's icon makes the image fit the window.
The button activates the Zoom tool which changes the image's scale. To zoom in left click on the image. To zoom out left click with Alt on the image. Press Z to quickly access the tool.
Double-clicking on the tool's icon makes the image scale to 100% (actual size).
Navigate and scale the image using the Navigator. The frame in the Navigator surrounds the area of the image which is visible in the Image Window; the area outside of the frame will be shaded. The frame can be dragged, thereby changing the visible portion of the image. To move the frame, place the cursor within it, left click the mouse, and then drag.
Use the slider to scale the image in the Image Window. When you move the slider to the right, the image scale increases. When you move the slider to the left, the image scale decreases.
To scroll the image in the Image Window you can press the spacebar on the keyboard and drag the image with the left mouse button. Use the scroll wheel of the mouse to move the image up/down, by keeping the Ctrl key pressed (Mac: ⌘) – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt key pressed (Mac: Option) − scale the image. Right-click on the scroll bar to activate the quick navigation menu.
You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field and pressing the button Enter (Return in Mac). The drop-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.
You can use hot-keys to change the image scale + and Ctrl++ (⌘++ in Mac) to increase the image scale and - and Ctrl+- (⌘+- in Mac) to reduce the scale.
Below the Navigator is the Settings Panel where you can adjust settings.
Under the Settings Panel you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor. You can choose where the hints will be shown or hide them in the program's Preferences.