In AKVIS Charcoal you can observe the conversion of your photo into a charcoal and chalk drawing in real time. During the process, the program creates a list of intermediate shots which represent different stages of conversion — from a semi-processed sketch to a practically finished work. Without changing the settings you can create variations of drawings and choose any of them.

The Timeline is displayed at the bottom of the main window.

AKVIS Charcoal
AKVIS Charcoal

Attention: The Timeline feature can only be used by owners of Home Deluxe and Business licenses. Note that everyone, even with a Home license, can get a semi-processed image using the Stop button in the progress bar.


Start conversion of your photo into a drawing by pressing the button . You will see shots appearing at the bottom of the window in the course of processing.

You can also take snapshots of your favorite moments with the button right of the progress bar. When you press it the drawing in its current state will be added to the list; such manual shots are selected with the blue frame.

Image Processing
Image Processing

If you press the Stop button in the progress bar, image processing will be interrupted.

Browse the shots in the Timeline to find the image you like most. If you want to get back to your final result, click on the last shot in the list.

Variants of Drawing
Variants of Drawing

When you re-run image processing with new parameters, the Timeline will be cleaned up and will start being filled up with new shots. You can save the variants you like by pinning them with a double click. In the upper corner of such shots appears the icon .

Pinned Shot

You can switch between the shots, change the settings and re-start processing - the pinned result will remain in the list. It’s possible to unpin it with a double click.

To delete a snapshot, select it in the Timeline and click on .

Attention! Pinned shots can't be removed with this button!
Loading a new image into the program removes all shots, including pinned ones.



After using the post-processing tools , , , , switching to another image in Timeline will result in the loss of changes made with the tools. You can save the result under a new name and continue working.


You can hide/show the Timeline in the program's preferences . If the Timeline Shots option is enabled, you can set the number of the shots created during image processing.

Program's Preferences


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