Vancouver, BC Canada (PressExposure) April 20, 2011 -- 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 some new features.
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, pastel, or watercolor painting.
Version 12.5 introduces batch processing for standalone mode. Batch processing previously was only available using the plug-in as a Photoshop action. Now you can quickly and easily add the same drawing effect to a series of photos. It's great for making a cartoon from a movie, or creating comics from a home video.
Also new to Sketch in Version 12.5 is RAW format support.
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 "time machine effect" by swirling the background. Bring attention to something in an 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.
Also, the parameters on the Canvas tab let you add a rough surface to your image, as if it has been drawn on canvas, corrugated paper, brick wall, etc.
It is also possible to add a signature or a greeting to your pencil drawings to personalize the work of art.
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.
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. You can even make your own comic strip.
The program can be helpful to designers who need to quickly bring images to one style for a web-site or an advertisement brochure. It can also be used to make an embroidery pattern from a photo, which can then be used with photo stitching software.
AKVIS Sketch runs on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Window7 and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.6.
The software is available as a standalone application, as well as a plugin to a photo editor.
AKVIS Sketch Home License (Plugin or Standalone) sells for $72 USD or 55 EUR, downloadable from http://akvis.com.
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use.