Vancouver, BC Canada (PressExposure) December 16, 2008 -- AKVIS Sketch is an award-winning program for conversion of photos into pencil sketches and watercolor paintings. Make any photo look like a B&W or color drawing, imitate the technique of graphite or color pencil, charcoal or watercolor painting.
The program works in an entertaining way. It allows observing the conversion of a photo into a drawing/watercolor in real time and even interrupting the process when the required result is achieved.
Artists always put a signature to their works. Version 8.5 gives you also this possibility. Add a signature or a greeting to your pencil drawings to personalize your work of art. Also version 8.5 improves the Print dialog and corrects some minor bugs.
Once you have converted your photo into a drawing, you can add some special effects (the Background tab). Create a blend of a drawing and a photo; imitate motion or add "time machine effect" by swirling the background. Put an accent to certain parts of the image by blurring the rest of it in an artistic way. It proves especially useful when the final drawing contains too many details on the background that divert attention.
These manipulations are easy to perform thanks to the Keep/Drop pencils. For example, to single out one person at a party, you can draw a rough outline within the figure with the blue pencil, and cut off the background with the green (blur) pencil. When the image is processed, the background will be blurred in a special way - it may look like a slight haze; or be in motion, as if everything around is passing by like on a highway; or the background can swirl like in a sci-fi film. It all depends on the effect settings.
Besides, the parameters on the Canvas <http://akvis.com/en/sketch-tutorial/howwork/canvas.php> tab allow adding a rough surface to your image, as if it has been drawn on canvas, corrugated paper, brick wall, etc. Many photo editing enthusiasts have already appreciated the Sketch' s features. Take a look at the examples gallery (many created by users) at <http://akvis.com/en/sketch/examples-pencil-drawing.php>
Sketch can be useful on many occasions. Surprise your friends and relatives by presenting them their pencil portraits. Make a watercolor drawing out of a photo from your last nature shooting to decorate your room. Convert your own photo into a color sketch to print on a T-shirt. Create a comic out of your party videos.
The program can be helpful to designers who need to quickly bring images to one style for a web-site or an advertisement booklet.
Using batch processing in Photoshop or Paint Shop pro (only for the plug-in version) you can even convert a film into a cartoon. Like here: <http://akvis.com/en/sketch-tutorial/cartoon-film.php>
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Details are available at <http://akvis.com/en/sketch/index.php>