In AKVIS Pastel Toolbar different tools become visible depending on the active tab, Before or After.
|Toolbar, Before tab||Toolbar, After tab|
You can use the buttons and to undo/redo the operations made with the tools: , , , , .
Pre-Processing Tools (on the Before tab):
You can drag the preview square to any position with the left mouse button or with the double click. This lets you quickly preview the effect in different areas of the image. To compare the result of automatic conversion with the original picture, click and keep mouse pressed within the preview area.
You can adjust the preview window size in the program's preferences .
Note: This tool is applied to the original image! Use it before the pastel effect.
You can change the crop area by dragging the sides and the angles of the bounding frame.
To apply the result and remove the areas outside the frame, press OK or use Enter. To cancel the operation and exit the tool, press Cancel or use the Esc-key. To restore the original area keeping the tool active, press Reset button.
Adjust the crop options:
You can choose the size of the crop rectangle from the Ratio drop-down list or enter your custom aspect ratio.
If the External Area check-box is enabled, you can change the color and opacity of the outer parts.
Note: This feature is only available for the advanced licenses (Home Deluxe, Business).
Add the guiding lines with this tool, and the program will re-make the painting following the new direction. The changes will be shown in the preview window. To re-start the image processing, click on the button .
Hint: You can save and load the guiding lines created with this tool.
Loaded lines automatically adapt to the image size.
Post-Processing Tools (on the After tab, for Deluxe/Business):
Attention! The tools , , are only available under the Home Deluxe/Business licenses, on the After tab. Use them at the final step. If you re-run the image processing , the changes made with the post-processing tools will be lost!
The tools' options are shown in a pop-up box which appears after right-clicking in the image.
The tool's parameters:
Size (1-300). The maximum width of a line drawn with the tool.
Hardness (0-100). The amount of blurriness of the outer edge. The higher the value, the harder the brush edge is.
Strength (1-100). The intensity of smearing the paint in the stroke. The higher the value, the more color is smeared.
|Pastel Painting Effect||Using Smudge|
The tool's parameters:
Restore to Original. If the check-box is enabled, the tool lets weakening the pastel effect, as well as the result of the post-processing brushes. If the check-box is disabled, the tool edits only these brushes but does not affect the pastel effect.
Size (1-1000). The maximum width of a line made by the brush.
Hardness (0-100). The blurriness of the tool's edges. The less the value the more blurry the tool's edges become. At value 100% the border between the brush's edges and the background is very distinct; at lower values the transition between these areas is smoother.
Strength (1-100). The degree of restoration to the original state. At lower values there will be less restoration and more blending with the effect; at value 100% the original image will be restored more completely.
|Pastel Effect||Using History Brush|
Size (1-200). The maximum line width which can be drawn with the tool.
Strength (0-100). The impact of the tool. At higher values, the line drawn by the chalk will be more thick and dense.
|Pastel Effect||Using Pastel Chalk|
Color. Click on the button to activate the Eyedropper tool that allows you to pick a color from the image. You can also use the I-key.
Around the eyedropper's tip over the image you will see a color ring with the adjacent tints:
The color ring helps you to select colors more precisely. If it's hard to catch a certain color, you can select a tint on the ring with the Ctrl-key.
Double click on the square button lets you choose a color from the Select Color dialog.
Additional Tools (available on both tabs, for all licenses):
Double-clicking on the tool's icon on the Toolbar makes the image fit the window.
Double-clicking on the tool's icon makes the image scale to 100% (actual size).