AKVIS LightShop can work independently as a standalone program as well as a plug-in to a photo editor.


The workspace view depends on which editing mode is chosen in the Control Panel: Express or Advanced.

In Express mode, the program's interface is extremely simplified, with a minimal set of parameters needed to quickly achieve a satisfactory result.

AKVIS LightShop Workspace (Express)
AKVIS LightShop Workspace (Express)

In Advanced mode, all panels, options, and tools are available; it's possible to drag the floating panels and customize the workspace.

AKVIS LightShop Workspace (Advanced)
AKVIS LightShop Workspace (Advanced)


Most of the program's workspace is taken up by the Image Window, above which is the Control Panel with the following controls:


There are these floating panels in the program: Navigator, Toolbar, Effects, Effect Parameters, Elements, Element Properties, Tool Options, and Hints. In Advanced mode, all these panels are available, you can drag them in any position, combine with other panels, scale them or minimize. In Express mode, some of the panels are hidden.


Navigate and scale the image using the Navigator. The frame in the Navigator surrounds the area of the image which is visible in the Image Window; the area outside of the frame will be shaded. The frame can be dragged, thereby changing the visible portion of the image. To move the frame, place the cursor within it, left click the mouse, and then drag.


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 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 in Mac). The drop-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.

You can use hot-keys to change the image scale + and Ctrl++ (++ in Mac) to increase the image scale and - and Ctrl+- (+- in Mac) to reduce the scale.


The Hints panel displays the descriptions of the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor.


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