To retouch photos using AKVIS Retoucher, follow these steps:
- If you work with the standalone version:
To open an image in the program, you can double-click in the empty workspace of Retoucher, or drag the image into the workspace, or press on the Control Panel. The program supports RAW, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF file formats.
- If you work with the plugin:
Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O on Windows, ⌘+O on Mac.
Then call the AKVIS Retoucher plugin in the Filter/Effects menu of the photo editor:
In AliveColors: Effects -> AKVIS -> Retoucher;
in Adobe Photoshop: Filter -> AKVIS -> Retoucher;
in Corel Paint Shop Pro: Effects -> Plugins -> AKVIS -> Retoucher;
in Corel Photo-Paint: Effects -> AKVIS -> Retoucher.
Experienced users can work in the advanced editing mode. Switch to this mode by clicking Advanced in the Control Panel: the interface's appearance will change, providing access to the full functionality of the program.
Attention! Use the Crop tool before starting the retouching process.
You can use the following tools to make a selection: Selection Brush , Exclusion Tool , Eraser , Selection Bucket , and Magic Wand .
The selected areas will be highlighted in red.
You can save your work on a selection to a file (in .retouch format) with the button. You can then load this selection at any time by pressing the button.
More about using these tools can be learned from these examples.
The All-Purpose Retouching mode can be used to process any type of defects but is particularly suitable for large and medium-sized imperfections.
The Small Defects mode is specially designed for enhanced removal of small imperfections like scratches, dust, specks, etc. The innovative algorithm allows more accurate and detailed image restoration.
If necessary, adjust the brightness and contrast of the image using the Color Correction settings.
Press to start reconstructing the image. The hot key for this operation is Ctrl+R on Windows, ⌘+R on Mac.
If you are not satisfied with the result, you can make correct the selection areas or adjust the algorithm's parameters in the Settings Panel and start processing the image again.
The result will immediately begin to appear after processing has started. If you are sure that the result will not turn out as you would like, you can interrupt processing by clicking on the Cancel button, which is located to the right of the progress bar, then make changes to the parameters and start processing again by pressing .
Also, for Home Deluxe and Business licenses, the Vignette effect is available.
- When using the standalone:
Press the button and in the Save Image dialog window, type a name for the file, select a format (TIFF, BMP, JPEG or PNG), and choose a folder in which to save the file.
- When using the plug-in:
Press the button to apply the result (in the plug-in only). The AKVIS Retoucher plug-in's window closes, and the image is returned to the graphic editor's window.
Open the save file dialog File -> Save As in the graphics editor, type a file name, specify a file format and choose a folder, in which to save the file.