To make a collage or a composition using AKVIS Chameleon, do the following:
- If you work with the standalone edition (with file in BMP, JPEG, PNG, WEBP, RAW or TIFF format):
Click on to open an image for the background (1), then click on to open an image from which a fragment (2) will be taken. You can swap images with .
You can also drag the required image into the workspace of the program (just the background image - 1).
- If you work with the plugin:
Open images in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the key combination Ctrl+O on Windows, ⌘+O on Mac.
Select the desired fragment using any of the graphic editor's selection tools.
Call AKVIS -> Chameleon – Grab Fragment from the Filter menu of the photo editor.
AliveColors: Effects -> AKVIS -> Chameleon - Grab Fragment;
Adobe Photoshop: Filter –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Grab Fragment;
Corel PaintShop Pro: Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Grab Fragment;
Corel Photo-Paint: Effects –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Grab Fragment.
If everything is done correctly you’ll see a message that the selected object is saved into the clipboard.
Switch to the image which will be used as the collage's background and call the command AKVIS –> Сhameleon – Make Collage from the menu Filters.
AliveColors: Effects -> AKVIS -> Chameleon - Make Collage;
Adobe Photoshop: Filter –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Make Collage;
Corel PaintShop Pro: Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Make Collage;
Corel Photo-Paint: Effects –> AKVIS –> Chameleon – Make Collage.
Hint. Selection made in the graphics editor and transferred to the plug-in can be edited with the Chameleon's tools.
Montage Mode. In Montage mode the program combines images to create a seamless photo montage. It transfers selected objects to a new background and makes the irrelevant parts of the pasted fragment fade away. The object does not change its color range or opacity. This mode is good to use for creating photo collages with people (pasting a person into a new background).
Chameleon Mode. In Chameleon mode the program adjusts the inserted object to the target image color range and smoothes the object's borders. It looks similar to the way a chameleon adapts to the environment.
Blend Mode. In Blend mode, the program not only smoothes the borders of the inserted object and adjusts its color range, but it also makes the object semi-transparent, so that the texture and the relief of the primary image can be seen through. Use this mode if you want to “dissolve” the inserted image in the background.
Emersion Mode. In Emersion mode, like in Montage mode, the program combines images to create a seamless photo montage. The difference between the two is that in Emersion Mode the pasted fragment does not overlay the background, but embeds into the background so that only certain parts of the fragment are visible. This mode allows making montages with difficult objects (trees, etc).
Attention! In Emersion mode it is critical to make a precise selection. If needed, process the edges of the fragment.
Double Exposure (for Home Deluxe and Business licenses). The Double Exposure mode is based on the real-world technique used by photographers. Two images are superimposed into a single photo using different blend modes and taking into account the luminance values. The most popular is combining landscape scenes with human portraiture where a silhouette darkens an overlay photo or appears isolated on a blank background with an overlay image showing through it.
To create a guideline, click the button on the Control Panel to show the rulers along the edges of the Image window. Hover your mouse over one of the rulers, press the left mouse button and drag the cursor to the center of the image. You will see a blue line moving with the cursor. Release the mouse button in the desired location.
To move the created guideline, hover your mouse over it (the cursor will turn into ), press the left mouse button and move the line to the proper place. To remove the guideline, drag it outside of the Image window.
Note: You can move the guidelines only in the Before tab with the activated Transform tool.
Click the right mouse button on to call the Guidelines Menu and set the visualization parameters:
Attention! If you change the settings and re-run the image processing, the changes made with these tools will be lost!
Press the button on the Control Panel, enter a name for the file and indicate a folder to which you want to save the file.
The fragment will be saved with the .chameleonFragment extension. The file will contain information about the fragment's location, the settings and the drawn contours.
You can open the saved fragment with the button .
- If you work with the standalone edition:
Click on the button to open the Save as dialog box. Enter a name for the file, choose the format (TIFF, BMP, JPEG, WEBP or PNG) and indicate the target folder.
- If you work with the plugin:
Press the button to apply the result and close the plugin window. The AKVIS Chameleon plugin will close and the resized image will appear in the workspace of the photo editor.
Call the Save As dialog box using the command File -> Save As, enter a name for the file, choose the format and indicate the target folder.