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AKVIS Sketch 6.5

Conversion of photos to pencil and watercolor drawings, B&W and color sketches.
Publisher: AKVIS LLC
Category: Editors
Version: 6.5
License: shareware
Cost: 72$
Size: 17.40 MB
Updated: 04 Jul 2007
Review
AKVIS Sketch is software for conversion of photos into pencil sketches and watercolor drawings. Surprise your friends with realistic color and B&W drawings that imitate the technique of graphite and color pencil, charcoal and watercolor.

Now 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.

AKVIS Sketch provides a convincing result and comes very close to hand-drawn works of a human artist. Getting a similar result with the standard tools would require expertise in image editing and extensive manipulation with layers, masks, brushes and applying filters.
AKVIS Sketch has a neat interface with a few sliders. At first you can process the image with the default settings and then touch up the photo adding color, or trying different techniques - from pencil to charcoal or watercolor. You can make the hatching denser or finer and change the pitch angle of strokes. It is possible to save settings as presets for future use.

Home users will be delighted by the neat result of the photo-to-sketch conversion. AKVIS Sketch can bring much fun: a pencil portrait can be a good present for your relatives and friends, a watercolor drawing obtained from your last nature shooting can decorate your room.

The program can be helpful to designers who need to quickly bring images to one style for a web-site or an advertisement booklet.

The program is available in two versions - as a standalone application and as a plug-in to a photo editor.

The batch mode support (only for the plug-in version) allows you to automatically convert a series of images. Just create an Action in Photoshop or Script in paint Shop rpo and apply the plug-in with the same settings to a folder full of images. You can even create comics from home videos in this way!


Changelog:
Version: 6.5(13 Mar 2008)
Real-time drawing. Possibility to interrupt the processing by pressing Escape. Improved Color Strokes algorithm.
Version: 4.0(18 May 2007)
Image processing speed increased approximately on 25-40%. Sketch is now Universal Binary! It runs on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers. Compatibility with Photoshop CS3 on Intel Mac.
Version: 3.0(12 Feb 2007) - akvis-sketch-setup.exe
1. Added option to save/edit Presets. 2. Fixed bug that caused false display and processing of an image in the plug-in's window after layer transformation/movement. 3. Compatibility with Windows Vista. 4. New installation method on Macintosh.
Version: 2.1(24 Nov 2006)
1. Added batch processing support that allows applying the same settings to a series of images.
2. Added interface languages: Italian, Japanese.
3. Added support of Photoshop Elements v.5
Version: 1.1

download (akvis-sketch-setup.exe - 17.40 MB)