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Akvis has updated its ArtSuite to version 9.0. ArtSuite is a collection of versatile effects for decorating photos. The effects are grouped in two categories - Frames and Artistic Effects. Version 9.0 adds a new Halftone effect which turns a photo into a halftone picture giving it a retro comic book look. Also, in the new version the list of the ready-to-use Presets has been added to the Effects. Additionally, in both groups, Frames and Effects, it’s possible to save a preset to a file and load it from the file using the buttons in the top panel.
Akvis Press Release
Decorate Your Photos with AKVIS ArtSuite v.9.0! New Halftone Effect
October 3, 2012—AKVIS announces the update of AKVIS ArtSuite to version 9.0. ArtSuite is an impressive collection of versatile effects for decorating photos. The software is available for both Windows and Macintosh as a standalone program and as a plugin for image editors. Version 9.0 adds the new Halftone effect, new ready-to-use presets, compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8.
Would you like to make your special memories even more special? Would you like to add a festive frame to your photograph or to create your own custom greeting card?
AKVIS ArtSuite offers an impressive collection of versatile frames and effects for decorating photos.
The software makes it easy to give a photo an original look, and to add elegance and style to a portrait. Available as a standalone product and a plugin for Photoshop, ArtSuite lets you apply an endless number of creative effects!
AKVIS ArtSuite helps to frame your photos, create personalized greeting cards and posters, and decorate your family album. The program contains many templates and texture samples for any goal (Halloween, Wedding, Christmas, Birthday, etc) that can be used to create a virtually limitless variety of options for generating frames. You can also apply the artistic effects: convert a photo into a B&W image and add a sepia effect, replace or correct colors on an image, or add a texture, and much more.
Let ArtSuite bring your creative imagination to life!
Version 9.0 adds the new Halftone effect which turns a photo into a halftone picture giving it a retro comic book look. The image is represented with dots in a specific pattern. This technique is widely used for creating outstanding designs and stylish posters and for screenprinting. You can adjust the pattern, the grid type, and other settings. The effect can use colors of the original image or “draw” the dots in the picture with a selected color.
Also, in the new version the list of the ready-to-use Presets has been added to the Effects. First you can try AKVIS presets and then create your own exclusive variations. Additionally, in both groups, Frames and Effects, it’s possible to save a preset to a file and load it from the file using the buttons in the top panel.
AKVIS ArtSuite v.9.0 runs on Windows 7/Vista/XP and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32- and 64-bit.
Registered users of ArtSuite can upgrade to version 9.0 for free.
A fully featured free evaluation download of AKVIS ArtSuite is available at http://akvis.com.
The Plugin version of ArtSuite sells for $ 49 USD; its Standalone edition sells for $ 69 USD.
Also, the product is available in the software bundles: Artistic, Wedding, and Alchemy, which offer to buy several programs with a great discount.
AKVIS (http://akvis.com) specializes in development of image processing software 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.
About the program: http://akvis.com/en/artsuite/index.php