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AKVIS Watercolor — Reviews:
AKVIS Watercolor v.2.0, available both as a standalone application and a Photoshop-compatible plug-in, enables the user to experiment with a variety of watercolor effects, both pre-defined and original.
There is no easier method that we have seen to create beautiful watercolor masterpieces without any artistic training.
AKVIS Watercolor V.1.0, available both a plug-in and standalone, produces incredibly vivid and appealing image transformations of watercolor painting techniques. Even using the default settings, the software elegantly converts a standard digital image into a sophisticated watercolor rendering, with appropriate levels of detail and color.
The software, available as a standalone application or Photoshop plug-in, is designed to be easy to use. You simply select your desired settings and then run the processing. You can select from a range of painting genres and styles, including styles well-suited for landscapes or portraits. You can select different presets for the painting style and paper color, although you can also make in-depth selections to sliders such as stroke thickness, dispersion, stroke density and much more.
There are basically two ways to use the program. One way is to launch the program and import an image (Open from the File menu). The image will open in the application window with default values already applied. <...> The default values are just starting points. Using the nine sliders provided the user can then fine tune the image by altering the colour behind the image, by using the Decoration tab to change the texture of the background medium, by adding text to the image, or by making global adjustments to the image watercolor process. <...> The type of brush strokes, colour saturation, lighting and edges can be heavily modified to give different effects in order to achieve desired results. The Decoration tab has a library of over 30 possible canvas and paper backgrounds that can be customized and used to create the illusion that the original image was painted by hand on textured cloth.
The other way to use the Watercolor program is to start with one of the 22 Presets that AKVIS has built into Watercolor 1.0. With the Presets tab selected the user can slide the cursor over each possible image treatment to get a quick idea of how the image would look with that specific Preset used as the starting point.