Vancouver, Canada (PressExposure) November 23, 2009 -- AKVIS Sketch is an award-winning program for conversion of photos into pencil sketches and watercolor paintings. The program has already won the recognition of professionals and delighted home users with its neat results. However, there is no end to perfection and the company released a new version of AKVIS Sketch with many improvements.
With AKVIS Sketch you do not need to handle a pencil to feel like an artist. All you need to create your original work of art is good taste and AKVIS Sketch. Make any photo look like a B&W or color drawing, imitate the technique of graphite or color pencil, charcoal or watercolor painting.
Version 10 presents a new tool - Stroke Direction, which makes the effect of a hand-drawn sketch yet more realistic thanks to the ultimate control over the hatch direction. Draw guiding lines to set the hatching, for example, for round objects (like apples, the moon, etc) and the hatching will follow the curves of the object, as if it was drawn by a human artist.
Also new to v.10.0 : a new parameter in the Edges tab called Edge Strength, which controls how edges are drawn by affecting the intensity of lines and details. The Preview Window has been improved. Due to popular demand, the Preview Window now not only displays how the photo will appear as a drawing, it also shows the effect of applying a canvas, making the selection of just the right texture faster and more efficient.
The new version offers three new AKVIS presets and is now compatible with Windows 7 and Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6). The plug-in version is now compatible with Photoshop CS 4 64 bit and PhotoShop Elements v. 8.
As the program offers a new installer, it is important to deinstall the previous version before installing the new one.
The program works in an entertaining way. You can observe the conversion of a photo into a drawing or watercolor painting in real time and even interrupt the process (Esc button) when the required result is achieved.
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 a âtime machine effectâ by swirling the background. Put an accent to certain parts of the image by blurring the rest of it in an artistic way. It is especially useful when the final drawing contains too many details in the background that divert attention.
Many photo editing enthusiasts have already appreciated the Sketch's features. Take a look at the examples gallery 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 with 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.