AKVIS NatureArt can work independently as a standalone program or as a plugin to a photo editor.
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 AKVIS NatureArt workspace looks like this:
Most of NatureArt's window is taken up by the Image Window with two tabs, Before and After. The original image is displayed in the Before tab, and in the After tab, the image after processing. You can switch between the windows by clicking on a tab with the left mouse button.
In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel with the following buttons:
It's possible also drag the required image into the workspace of the program. The program supports RAW, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP file formats.
To the left of the Image Window is the Toolbar. The tools' parameters are shown in a pop-up box after right-clicking in the image window.
Effect Area Tools:
Different tools appear depending on the Effect chosen.
Post-Processing Tools (available for Home Deluxe and Business licenses):
Attention! The tool works in the After tab. If you switch to the Before tab and run the image processing again , the changes made with this tool will be lost.
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.
In addition, you can move the image in the Image Window using the scroll bar or by holding down the space bar, and then holding down the left mouse button while moving the mouse. The mouse's scroll wheel can move the image up and down, while holding Ctrl on Windows, ⌘ on Mac – while moving the scroll wheel will move the image left and right. Holding Alt on Windows, Option on Mac will scale the image. Right-click the scroll bar to activate the quick navigation menu.
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 reduces.
You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field. The fall-down menu shows some frequently used coefficients.
You can use hot-keys to change the image scale + and Ctrl++ on Windows, ⌘++ on Mac to increase the image scale and - and Ctrl+- on Windows, ⌘+- on Mac to reduce the scale.
Below the Navigator is the Settings Panel where you can choose the Effect. Each effect contains its list of Presets and customizable parameters.
Under the settings, you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor.