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Akvis Sketch

Type of Program: Photo to Sketch
Supported Platforms: Windows 2000/XP/NT/2003/Vista - Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.5
Company Name: Akvis
Version: 6.5
Price: $72.00 (Home License)

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If you want a plugin for conversion of photos into realistic pencil sketches, watercolor paintings, graphite color pencil and charcoal, then Akvis Sketch is the answer. It is, in my opinion, the very best of all the photo to sketch programs that are currently on offer and produces the most accurate results, it is very difficult to distinguish between a human version and the Akvis Sketch result.

A very easy to use plugin which when called presents you with a window with the image ready to be converted to a sketch at the click of a mouse at default settings which in itself is pretty impressive piece of artwork. Where Akvis sets itself above others is the adjustable parameters which are laid out as a bank of sliders for you to fine tune or completely change the way the image looks as a piece of art. Each slider has a clear description of its function when you hover the cursor over it and each adjustment can be viewed as soon as you have made it. Not only that but Akvis Sketch now has real time processing which allows the user to watch the transformation process in real time and you can stop the process at any time and use that as the final image. There are also one or two minor tweaks to the program.

You don't need expertise in image editing and extensive manipulation with layers, masks, brushes and applying filters etc especially as there are some excellent easy to follow tutorials. If you want to know if Akvis Sketch will work with your image editor then visit http://akvis.com/en/compatibility-software.php to see the comprehensive list.

Akvis offer a 10 day trial for you to see the excellent results you will be able to obtain, it's well worth it believe me.
The program is available as a stand-alone application and as a Photoshop plug-in. Upgrade for registered users is Free

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie


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