AKVIS Sketch 8.6: Photo-to-Sketch Conversion - Improved Watercolor Technique

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AKVIS Software Inc. announces the release of AKVIS Sketch v.8.6 for Windows and Macintosh. The software converts photos to pencil drawings and watercolor paintings. Version 8.6 improves the way a photo is converted into a watercolor painting and fixes the compatibility bug that caused the Sketch plugin to crash on Macintosh computers + Photoshop CS3,CS4. It also improves plugin compatibility on Windows and adds support of 32 bit images to the plugin (earlier available only in the standalone version).

AKVIS Software Inc. announces the release of AKVIS Sketch v.8.6 for Windows and Macintosh. The software converts photos to pencil drawings and watercolor paintings. Version 8.6 improves the way a photo is converted into a watercolor painting and fixes the compatibility bug that caused the Sketch plugin to crash on Macintosh computers + Photoshop CS3, CS4. It also improves plugin compatibility on Windows and adds support of 32 bit images to the plugin (earlier available only in the standalone version).

About AKVIS Sketch:
AKVIS Sketch is an award-winning program for conversion of photos into pencil sketches and watercolor paintings. Make any photo look like a B&W or color drawing, imitate the technique of graphite or color pencil, charcoal or watercolor painting.

The program works in an entertaining way. It allows observing the conversion of a photo into a drawing/watercolor in real time and even interrupting the process when the required result is achieved.

Once a user has converted a photo into a drawing, he or she can add some special effects (the Background tab). Create a blend of a drawing and a photo; imitate motion or add "time machine effect" by swirling the background. Put an accent to certain parts of the image by blurring the rest of it in an artistic way. It proves especially useful when the final drawing contains too many details on the background that divert attention.

Besides, the parameters on the Canvas tab allow adding 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.

Version 8.6. of AKVIS Sketch improves the way a photo is converted into a watercolor painting and fixes the compatibility bug that caused the Sketch plugin to crash on Macintosh computers with Photoshop CS3,CS4. It also improves plugin compatibility on Windows and adds support of 32 bit images to the plugin (earlier available only in the standalone version).

Many photo editing enthusiasts have already appreciated the Sketch' s features. Take a look at the examples gallery (many created by users): http://akvis.com/en/sketch/examples-pencil-drawing.php

Sketch can be useful on many occasions. Surprise friends and relatives by presenting them their pencil portraits. Make a watercolor drawing out of a photo from last nature shooting to decorate a room. Convert a portrait into a color sketch to print on a T-shirt. Create a comic out of party videos.

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

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Upgrade for registered users is free.

AKVIS Sketch is available as a stand-alone application, as well as a plugin to a photo editor. The plugin version of AKVIS Sketch is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Corel Photo-Paint, and Paint Shop Pro, ACD FotoCanvas, and Ulead PhotoImpact. AKVIS Sketch runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.5, PowerPC/Intel.

About the Company:
AKVIS Software Inc. specializes in image processing software development and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released a number of successful programs that assist in photo editing tasks such as scratch removal, fixing problems with underexposed or overexposed photos, removing digital noise, adding creative effects, etc.: AKVIS Retoucher, AKVIS Chameleon, AKVIS Stamp, AKVIS Enhancer, AKVIS Coloriage, AKVIS Noise Buster, AKVIS Sketch, AKVIS Decorator, AKVIS LightShop, AKVIS ArtSuite, AKVIS SmartMask, AKVIS Magnifier, and AKVIS ArtWork. Their latest, ArtWork, can transform a photograph to appear like an oil painting or comics style painting.

This year AKVIS is 5 years old. In celebration of this milestone, AKVIS has organized its traditional Birthday raffle. 5 winners will be chosen in a drawing on May 29. The prize is free license keys to a package of any 5 AKVIS programs.

Everyone who enters the raffle at the Raffle page before May 29, 2009 will receive a coupon for 15% off of an AKVIS software title of their choice. In addition to the raffle, AKVIS has also organized a Creative Contest. More: http://akvis.com/en/birthday-2009.php

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