AKVIS Neon lets you transform a photograph into a neon drawing. The software can be used independently as a standalone program or in a photo editor as a plugin filter.
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 Neon 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 AKVIS Neon window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs: Before and After. In the Before tab you can see the original photo. The After tab shows the resulting image. You can switch between them by left-clicking on the tab with mouse button. To compare the original and the resulting images, click on the image and hold the button pressed - the program will currently switch between the tabs.
In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel with these buttons:
Right mouse click on this button displays the list of recent files. You can change the number of recent documents in the program's preferences.
On the left side there is the Toolbar with different tools appearing in the Before/After tabs.
Pre-Processing Tools (in the Before tab):
Post-Processing Tools (for Home Deluxe and Business licenses in the After tab):
Navigate and scale the image using the Navigator. The frame in the Navigator surrounds the area of the image which is visible in the main 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.
To scroll the image in the 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 – to the left/to the right, by keeping the Alt key pressed − scale the image. Right-click on 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.
Under the Navigator there is the Settings Panel with the Image and Decoration tabs:
Image: Here you can adjust the parameters of the neon effect.
Below, in the Presets field you can save the current settings as a preset to use them in the future. The current settings can be saved, edited, deleted. When you launch the program, it opens with the last applied parameters.
Under the settings you can see Hints for the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor. You can choose where the hints will be shown or hide them in the program's Preferences.