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AKVIS Sketch

AKVIS Sketch converts the selected image into a realistic black & white or color sketch, or even a watercolor painting.


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Introduction

AKVIS Sketch is a plug-in for Photoshop or any image editor from Akvis. The plug-in converts the selected image into a realistic black & white or color sketch or even a watercolor painting.

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

You can learn more about AKVIS and Sketch at their site, and also download a 10-day trial version of the plug-in.

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How To Use

Here's how you can use Sketch:

  1. Open an image in an program like Adobe Photoshop.
  2. In Photoshop, choose the Filter | AKVIS | Sketch option. Doing so opens the Sketch interface, as shown see in Figure 1, below.
  3. The AKVIS Sketch interface
    Figure 1: The AKVIS Sketch interface
  4. The Sketch interface is divided into four areas:

    1. Navigator

  5. Navigator to adjust views.
  6. 2. Effects

  7. Effects has watercolor, charcoal and coloration. Use these options to create a sketch or a watercolor painting of the original image.
  8. 3. Strokes

  9. Strokes provides more advanced parameters to manipulate the angle, size, intensity etc. of the strokes.
  10. At the bottom right, there is a button Reset to Default Settings, which reverts all the tweaks you have done on the sliders.
  11. 4. Preview

  12. Preview has two tabs Before and After to compare the image. It also shows a large preview of the image.
  13. Use Run button to apply the sketch effect with the adjusted parameter settings.
  14. Run button
  15. And to apply the conversion to the entire picture within Photoshop (or another photo editor), click the OK button.
  16. OK button

Here are some Before and After samples:

  • Before    After
  • Before    After

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    Specifications

    Photoshop Versions: Photoshop CS2, CS, 7, Elements, and compatible host applications.
    Platforms: Windows, Mac
    Site: AKVIS
    Price: Home: US$72
    Business: US$94
    Trial Version: Download 10 days trial version of Sketch.

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