AKVIS Chameleon can work independently as a standalone program and 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 AKVIS Chameleon plug-in do the following:
Open an image with the object that you want to use for creating a collage.
Use any selection tool to select a fragment and choose Chameleon - Grab Fragment from the Filter/Effects menu of the photo editor.
Open an image that will be used as a background for the future collage and choose Chameleon - Make Collage from the menu Filter/Effects.
The workspace of AKVIS Chameleon looks like this:
It consists of the following elements:
The left part of the program's window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs: Before and After. The background image will be displayed in the Before tab, and above this the image, from which the desired fragment will be taken. This will be an entire image in the standalone version. In the plug-in this will be a selection made in a graphics editor, which can be adjusted within the Before tab. The resulting collage will be displayed in the After tab.
In the upper part of the program’s window, you can see the Control Panel with the following buttons:
At the left side of the Image Window is the Toolbar. Parameters for the chosen tool are shown in the Settings Panel.
A description of each tool can be read here.
Navigate and scale the image using the navigation window — Navigator. In the Navigation Window you can see the reduced copy of the image. The frame shows the part of the image that is now visible in the Image Window; the areas outside the frame will be shaded. Drag the frame to make other parts of the image visible. To move the frame, bring the cursor inside the frame, press the left mouse button and, keeping it pressed, move the frame in the Navigator.
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 on Mac). The drop-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.
You can use hot-keys to change the image scale + and Ctrl++ (⌘++ on Mac) to increase the image scale and - and Ctrl+- (⌘+- on Mac) to reduce the scale.
Under the Navigator there is a Settings Panel where you can choose the Mode to create the collage and settings to the selected mode.
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.