Convert Photos to Pencil Drawings with AKVIS Sketch, Plus New Canvas Effect

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AKVIS LLC announces the release of AKVIS Sketch v.6.0 for Windows and Macintosh. Now the software does not only convert photos to realistic pencil and watercolor drawings, but also allows adding a canvas or any other textured surface to your picture. The new version is available as a stand-alone application, as well as a plugin to a photo editor. Upgrade for registered users is free.

AKVIS LLC announces the release of AKVIS Sketch v.6.0 for Windows and Macintosh. Now the software does not only convert photos to realistic pencil and watercolor drawings, but also allows adding a canvas, or any other textured surface to your picture. The new version is available as a stand-alone application, as well as a plugin to a photo editor. Upgrade for registered users is free.

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

Version 6.0 offers a new Canvas effect that makes the software the ultimate tool in creation of artistic works out of a photo. This effect allows adding a textured surface to a picture imitating a drawing on a canvas, corrugated paper, brick wall or anything else. The program comes with a built-in Texture Library that contains a great variety of samples. If it is not enough, you can load your own texture. It can be any rectangular pattern saved as a graphic file.

Have a look how it works: http://akvis.com/en/sketch-tutorial/howwork/canvas.php

Besides, in version 6.0 added compatibility with Photoshop Elements v.6.0. Also added compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

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

AKVIS Sketch also enjoys attention of professional designers. The program was awarded "Best Image Editing Software 2006" by "DT&G Magazine".

You can use Sketch in many ways. Surprise your friends and relatives by presenting them 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. Create a comic out of your 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.

AKVIS Sketch has a simple 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. After that, you can apply a texture to imitate a painting on a canvas.

Using batch processing in Photoshop or Paint Shop pro (only for the plug-in version) you can even convert a film into a cartoon. Like here: http://akvis.com/en/sketch-tutorial/cartoon-film.php

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Details are available at http://akvis.com/en/sketch/index.php

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, PowerPC G3 and above.

AKVIS Sketch Home License (plug-in or standalone) sells for $72 USD or 55 Euro, downloadable from http://www.akvis.com . Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Enhancer, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Sketch, LightShop and Frame Suite) for USD $325 USD, a savings of $387 over purchasing each separately. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.

More information about AKVIS Sketch:
http://akvis.com/en/sketch/index.php

Direct evaluation download URL:
Windows: http://akvis.com/download/akvis-sketch-setup.exe
Macintosh (mit Photoshop CS3): http://download.akvis.com/akvis-sketch-setup.dmg
Macintosh (Photoshop 6-CS2, Photoshop Elements, etc): http://download.akvis.com/akvis-sketch-legacy.dmg

Screenshot URL: http://akvis.com/en/sketch/screenshots-pencil-drawing.php

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