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AKVIS Decorator

AKVIS Decorator, a Photoshop plug-in allows you to change the surface of a selected object.


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It's certainly possible to change the color or texture of a surface in Photoshop using the available tools. For instance you can change the color of a car, or the pattern in a dress or wallpaper within a picture. Not surprisingly, this process can be painstakingly slow, and is not very intuitive.

AKVIS Decorator, a Photoshop plug-in from AKVIS allows you to change the surface of a selected object easily with results that look very real. A self-contained library includes a plethora of patterns that you can apply. From fabrics to stones to metal and food—as also natural elements. Decorator follows the underlying features such as the highlight, shadows, and texture of the original, selected object to make the applied color or texture look natural.

Decorator is from AKVIS, a company based in Russia that specializes in graphics programs and scientific research. Apart from Coloriage, AKVIS also creates other Photoshop-compatible programs like Retoucher, Chameleon, Stamp, Sketch, and Enhancer.

You can download a free 10-day trial version of Decorator from the AKVIS site.


How To Use

Here’s how you can use AKVIS Decorator to apply a new texture:

  1. Open any image in an image editor such as Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Make the selections as required, and choose the Filter | AKVIS | Decorator, as shown in Figure 1, below.
  3. AKVIS Decorator
    Figure 1: AKVIS Decorator
  4. This will open the Decorator interface that you can see in the Figure 2, below. As you can see, the selection made in Photoshop is visible in the Decorator interface.
  5. AKVIS Decorator Interface
    Figure 2: AKVIS Decorator Interface
  6. The interface is explained below:
  7. A. Preview

  8. Preview has two tabs: Before and After, which show the original and changed images.
  9. B. Navigator

  10. On the top right, you'll find the Navigator.
  11. C. Color and Texture Library

  12. Color and Texture Library (see detail in Figure 3) provides color shades and the built-in Texture Library, including the ability to change textures and tweak parameters.
  13. Color and Texture Library
    Figure 3: Color and Texture Library
  14. The built-in Texture Library has huge collection of patterns, as shown in Figure 4, below. To access the library, double click the thumbnail of the active texture, as shown in Figure 4, below.
  15. Texture Library
    Figure 4: Texture Library
  16. After selecting the texture or color, click the Run icon (see icon below).
  17. Run icon
  18. This applies and creates a preview of the image. If you want to make more changes, you can select another texture as required. You can preview the changed image in the After tab, as shown in Figure 5, below.
  19. The textured Image
    Figure 5: The textured Image
  20. Once you’re done with the colorization and texturization, apply the result to the image by pressing the Apply icon (see icon below) to return to Photoshop, or another image editor.
  21. Apply icon



Photoshop Versions: 5+
Platforms: Windows, Mac
Price: US$54 and above
Trial Version: 10 days


Photoshop: AKVIS Plug-ins (Glossary Page)

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