AKVIS Explosion adds destruction and explosion effects to images. The software explodes the selected part of a photo and splits it up into a flying cloud of particles: sand, smoke, smithereens, splinters, etc.
Follow these instructions to add an effect to an image:
- If you work with the standalone version:
The dialog box Select File to Open appears if you double-click on the empty workspace of the program or if you click on the button on the Control Panel. You can also drag the required image into the workspace of the program.
The standalone edition of AKVIS Explosion supports JPEG, RAW, PNG, BMP, and TIFF file formats.
- If you work with the plug-in:
Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the key combination Ctrl+O on Windows, ⌘+O on Mac.
Then call the AKVIS Explosion plugin in the Filter/Effects menu of the photo editor:
in AliveColors: Effects -> AKVIS -> Explosion;
in Adobe Photoshop: Filter –> AKVIS –> Explosion;
in Corel PaintShop Pro: Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> Explosion.
The Explosion workspace depends on the interface mode chosen in the Control Panel: Express or Advanced. The first time the program is opened it will be in Express mode, with a simplified interface and a minimal set of sliders, which help to quickly obtain a satisfactory result. Experienced users can switch to Advanced mode, the interface will change, granting access to the full functionality of the program.
Adjust the tool's parameters in a pop-up window which opens with a right mouse click in the image. To draw a straight line use the Shift key.
It's possible to change the size and position of the selection with the Transform tool . Hold down the Shift key to maintain the object's proportions. Hold down Alt to rotate the object by 5 degrees intervals or to scale it from its center.
You can save the selection to a .stroke file with and load with .
Attention! Each time you start image processing , the result of using the tool is canceled. To avoid losing changes made with the brush, apply it at the final step.
Adjust the tool's parameters in the pop-up box that appears after a right click in the image window:
- Size (1-1000) changes the tool's diameter.
- Hardness (0-100%) defines the blurriness of the tool's edges. The less the value the more blurry the edges of the brush are.
- Strength (1-100%) affects the degree of restoration to the original state.
To save a preset, enter its name into the Presets field and press the button Save. Now, as you start the program, it will use the settings of this preset. If you change the values of the parameters, you can always come back to the default settings of the preset by pressing the button Reset. To remove your preset, select it from the list and press Delete.
To process an image with the settings of a certain preset, select it from the drop-down menu and press if the Autorun Mode is disabled.
In the standalone version, you can also print your image with .
- 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 or PNG) and indicate the target folder.
You can save only the effect on a transparency: hide the background and save the image as PNG.
- If you work with the plugin:
Press the button to apply the result and close the plugin window. The AKVIS Explosion 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.