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
Price: $72.00 (Home License)
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
Ease of Installation:
Reviewed by Simon Baillie