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Akvis release Sketch v6.0 - Akvis have announced the release of Akvis Sketch v.6.0 for Windows and Macintosh.
Now the software does not only convert photos to realistic pencil and watercolour 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 plug-in 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 watercolour drawings. Make any photo look like a B&W or colour drawing, imitate the technique of graphite or colour pencil, charcoal or watercolour 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.
Besides, in version 6.0 added compatibility with Photoshop Elements v.6.0. Also added compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
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.
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) is availabe at a RRP of for $72 (around £36) from the Akvis website. . A fully functional 10 day free trial is also available here.