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Akvis Artwork

Type of Program: Photo to Art
Supported Platforms: Win/Mac
Company Name: Akvis
Version: 3
Price: $72

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Once again Akvis Software has come up with an absolute winner. Akvis Artwork converts your digital images into very realistic art.

AKVIS ArtWork is an ideal solution for your creative expression. Combining advanced technologies with an artistic approach, the new AKVIS creative suite is a perfect virtual artist.

Now AKVIS ArtWork offers three painting styles - Oil Painting, Comics, and Pen & Ink. In the future, the program will learn additional painting techniques.

The Oil Painting effect converts your photographs into oil paintings. The program lays brush strokes naturally using the original photo as a reference.

Unlike many other programs and Photoshop plug-ins, ArtWork creates a real painting out of a photo, not just adds twisted geometric lines to make it look like one. Even with the default settings you can achieve a realistic result coming very close to hand-painted works. Tweak the options, and you can research a variety of oil painting styles.

For those in need of more flexibility and having ideas on how the final panting should look, there is a tool called Stroke Direction. This semi-automatic and highly intelligent tool is a real godsend as it gives you full control over the strokes. Use a special brush to define the guiding lines, and the virtual painter will convert the image into a painting directing the strokes to follow the drawn guiding lines. With this technique you can achieve truly realistic paintings with human hair, patterns and textures going in the right direction.

The Oil style now includes ready-to-use presets.

The Comics effect allows ArtWork users to replicate works of famous comics artists with just a few clicks. This effect reduces the tones of the photo to create an image similar to a poster or a cartoon. Make a comic strip from your party photos or create an original poster.

NEW! The Pen & Ink effect creates drawings that appear to be made with ink on paper. The ink color as well as the color of the background can be changed.

It's now possible to import and export your own presets

The virtual painter will take care of converting a digital picture into an oil painting, but what else makes a painting look like a work of art? Canvas and the artist's signature! AKVIS ArtWork offers the choice between a flat background and a rough surface (canvas, paper, etc.) that makes the impression even more stunning. You can add a signature or an inscription to the picture with your own font and color.

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie


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