The left panel in AKVIS Chameleon (Toolbar) contains three groups of tools: preprocessing (selection and positioning), post-processing (adjustment and refinement), and additional (auxiliary) tools. Different tools are visible depending on the active tab - Before or After.
Use the buttons and to undo/redo the operations made with the tools: , , , , , , .
Preprocessing Tools (on the Before tab):
The standard selection tools let you quickly create geometric and free-form selections. They are especially useful in order to obtain a precise selection shape.
Attention! When using selection tools all the changes made with other tools will be canceled. Therefore it is recommended to use the selection tools first!
Hold Shift to make a square or a circle and to draw a straight line.
Use the following tools options to adjust the selection:
Selection Mode defines the result of the interaction of selections:
Inverse. The option inverts the selection.
Deselect. The option clears the selection.
Apply. Press the button to exit the selection mode and place the selected fragment on the top of the background image.
The automatic selection tools allow to select a fragment for the collage by creating a rough outline.
To create a straight line, draw a line while holding down Shift.
If you press the button (T) a frame for the inserted fragment will appear in the Image Window and the Settings Panel will show the transformation parameters.
To change the size of the object, bring the cursor to the dotted frame. The cursor will turn into a two-sided arrow . Keeping the left mouse button pressed, increase or reduce the size of the fragment. You can also scale the image by changing the parameters W (width) and H (height).
There is a proportion / sign between the parameters W and H. If this option is enabled the image will be scaled proportionally, if it is disabled you can set your own parameters. When negative values are entered for W and H the image is mirrored horizontally and vertically, respectively.
To rotate an object, bring the cursor to one of the angle markers to get a rounded two-arrows pointer , move the pointer keeping the left mouse button pressed. You can rotate an object by setting the parameter A (Angle) to a value between -180 to 180 in the Settings Panel.
To move an object bring the cursor inside the object, the cursor will turn into a cross . Move the object keeping the left mouse pressed.
Flip Horizontal allows you to flip the inserted fragment horizontally (interchanging the left and right sides).
Flip Vertical allows you to flip the inserted fragment vertically (by turning the image upside down).
Attention! The tools , , are only available under the Home Deluxe/Business licenses, on the After tab. Use them at the final step. If you re-run the image processing , the changes made with the post-processing tools will be lost!
The options of these tools are shown in a pop-up box which appears after right-clicking in the image.
The tool’s parameters:
Size (1-300). The maximum width of a line drawn with the tool.
Hardness (0-100). The amount of blurriness of the outer edge. The higher the value, the harder the brush edge is.
Strength (1-100). The intensity of smearing the paint in the brush stroke. The higher the value, the more color is smeared.
The tool’s parameters:
Size (1-200). Blur brush size (in pixels).
Hardness (0-100). The width of the tool’s outer edge, where the image is partially blurred. The higher the value, the larger the area within the brush where blur is applied completely.
Radius (0,1-10,0). Intensity of the effect on an image. This parameter specifies the area where points are searched for blurring: at higher values the blurring radius is larger.
The tool’s parameters:
Size (1-1000). The maximum width of a line made by the brush.
Hardness (0-100). The blurriness of the tool's edges. The less the value the more blurry the tool's edges become. At value 100% the border between the brush’s edges and the background is very distinct; at lower values the transition between these areas is smoother.
Strength (1-100). The degree of restoration to the original state. At lower values there will be less restoration and more blending with the effect; at value 100% the original image will be restored more completely.
In the Restore drop-down list, you can choose what the tool will restore: Fragment Image, Background Image or Processing Result.
Additional Tools (available on both tabs, for all licenses):