AKVIS MakeUp can work independently as a standalone program as well as a plugin to a photo editor.
To launch the standalone version, run the program directly:
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.
To call the plugin, select it from filters of your image editing program.
The first time you run the program, it is displayed in Express mode, with a simplified interface and a minimal set of sliders, which help to quickly obtain a satisfactory result.
Experienced users who are familiar with the capabilities of AKVIS MakeUp can switch to Advanced mode: the interface's appearance will change, granting access to the full functionality of the program.
Note: All features and parameters work in Express mode as well; some are hidden and the program uses values of a chosen preset.
The Presets button in the top panel allows you to switch to the visual display mode of presets (Presets Gallery).
The left part of the program's window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs - Before and After. The Before tab shows the original image, the After tab shows the result. To switch between the tabs and compare the original and the resulting images, just left-click on any point of the image.
Keep in mind that once the After tab is pressed, the entire image will be processed automatically.
You can select how Image Window and Before/After tabs will be shown by adjusting the View Modes in the bottom part of the left panel.
In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel with the following buttons:
The hot-keys are Ctrl+O on Windows, ⌘+O on Mac.
Тo the left of the Image Window there is the Toolbar. Different tools will appear, depending on the workspace mode Express/Advanced chosen. The tools' parameters are shown in the Settings Panel and in a pop-up box after right-clicking in the image window.
Pre-Processing Tools (in the Before tab):
Mask Correction Tools (available for Home Deluxe and Business licenses):
Retouching (Post-Processing) Tools (available in the After tab):
On the right side of the program's window you can see these sections: Navigator; Parameters; Hints.
You can hide/show a section by clicking on its title.
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.
Additionally, you can move the image in the Image Window with the scroll bars or by holding down the space bar, then holding down the left mouse button while moving the mouse. The mouse's scroll wheel can move the image up and down, and holding Ctrl (⌘ in Mac) – while using the scroll wheel will move the image left and right. Holding Alt (Option in Mac) will scale the image. Right-click on the scroll bar to activate the quick navigation menu.
Use the slider or the buttons and to scale the image in the Image Window. When you click on the button or move the slider to the right, the image scale increases. When you click on the button or move the slider to the left, the image scale reduces.
You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field. Frequently used scale coefficients can be found in a drop-down menu.
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.
On the right side, there is the Settings Panel with the image processing parameters grouped into three tabs: Smoothing, Correction, and Effects; and the list of the Presets for these settings. Below there are the options for the selected tool.
In the bottom part you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor.