Pastel Effect

AKVIS Pastel turns your photograph into a work of art imitating one of the most popular artistic techniques - pastel.

Pastel bridges the gap between painting and drawing. The pastel sticks consisting of powdered pigment generate soft velvety strokes with subtle edges which can be smeared with your fingers. To paint in pastels, you need a rough textured surface which holds the pigment. A distinctive feature of the pastel technique is the vibrant shimmering colors.

Look at the pastel painting created in AKVIS Pastel:

Original Image Photograph Converted to Pastel
Pastel Painting


To create a pastel from a photo adjust the effect settings in the Painting tab:

Paper Color. You can change the color of the pastel paper by clicking on the color plate.

White Paper
White Paper
Blue Paper
Blue Paper

Stroke Thickness (0-100). The parameter affects the width of the strokes and gaps. Thick strokes are applied more tightly than thin.

Thin Pastel Strokes
Stroke Thickness = 5
Thick Pastel Strokes
Stroke Thickness = 70

Min/Max Stroke Length (1-100). The parameter covers the full range of possible stroke lengths. Stroke Length is controlled by the position of two sliders on the same scale: the left slider sets the minimum stroke length while the right slider controls the maximum stroke length. You will see only the strokes greater than the minimum and shorter than the maximum settings.

Short Pastel Strokes
Min/Max Stroke Length = 5/15
Long Pastel Strokes
Min/Max Stroke Length = 90/100

Stroke Intensity (0-100). The parameter makes the strokes more distinct and perceptible. Lower values will result in paler, weaker, and softer strokes. At higher values more pigments are concentrated into each stroke, so the lines become darker, larger, and more noticeable.

Low Stroke Intensity
Stroke Intensity = 20
High Stroke Intensity
Stroke Intensity = 80

Stroke Density (0-200). The parameter affects the number of the strokes. The higher the value, the fewer areas will remain unpainted.

Attention: High values of this parameter will significantly increase processing time.

Fewer Strokes
Stroke Density = 10
More Strokes
Stroke Density = 80

Lightening (0-100). The parameter emphasizes and increases light areas in the image. The higher the value, the stronger the effect is, and the more light tones are used.

Darker Tones
Lightening = 10
Light Tones
Lightening = 90

Smoothing (1-10). The parameter lets tightening and smearing the strokes.

Weak Smoothing
Smoothing = 2
Strong Smoothing
Smoothing = 10

Small Details. The check-box allows you to emphasize fine details and patterns in the image.

Large Strokes. The check-box increases the size of the strokes in uniform areas.

Both check-boxes are disabled
Both check-boxes are disabled
Small Details
Small Details check-box is enabled

Large Strokes check-box is enabled
Large Strokes check-box is enabled
Both check-boxes are enabled
Both check-boxes are enabled


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