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Akvis has released version 14 of Akvis Sketch, a program that digital photos into pencil sketches and watercolour, charcoal, and pastel drawings. This update introduces a new Timeline feature to the Business and Deluxe editions, adds compatiblity with MacOS X 10.8, and fixes bugs.
Akvis Press Release
AKVIS Sketch v.14: Photo to Sketch Conversion. Now With New Timeline Feature!
August 24, 2012—AKVIS is happy to announce the release of AKVIS Sketch V.14 for Windows and Macintosh. The software converts digital photos into amazing pencil sketches and watercolor, charcoal, and pastel drawings. It’s a wonderful tool for those who have always wanted to draw but didn’t know how. Version 14 introduces the new Timeline feature which creates stepwise shots during image processing.
AKVIS Sketch is an award-winning program for conversion of photos into pencil sketches, charcoal and watercolor paintings. The program has already won the recognition of professionals and delighted home users with its neat results.
With this software 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.
The program competes with hand drawn art in flexibility and will spur your creative thought!
It lets you choose between two styles of photo to sketch conversion: Classic and Artistic, and offers a number of ready-to-use presets which help you create various pencil drawings.
Many photo editing enthusiasts have already appreciated the Sketch’ s features. Take a look at the Sketch Gallery.
Surprise your friends and relatives by presenting them with 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.
Once you have converted your photo into a drawing, you can add some special background and canvas effects.
You can even make your own comic strip or cartoons from your videos using the Batch Processing feature of Sketch.
The program works in an entertaining way. You can observe the conversion of a photo into a drawing in real time and interrupt the process when the required result is achieved.
Version 14 introduces the new Timeline feature which creates the stepwise shots during image processing (from start to finish). You can choose any or all of them and save as a result.
Note that this feature is available only for the advanced types of the licenses (Deluxe, Business).
For all licenses, the program keeps the possibility to interrupt image processing by clicking on the Stop button on the progress bar.
Also the new version fixes some errors and adds the compatibility with Mac OS X 10.8.
AKVIS Sketch is available as a standalone 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, Photo-Paint, and PaintShop Pro.
The software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win 7 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8.
For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Details are available at http://akvis.com.
Users of versions 9 through 13 of Sketch can upgrade to the new version for free.
Those who have an older version (v.1-8) will need to pay for an upgrade to the current version.
AKVIS Sketch Home License (Plugin or Standalone) sells for $72 USD or € 55 EUR, downloadable from http://akvis.com.
The software is offered in the AKVIS Alchemy Bundle (all 17 AKVIS programs) with the discount of 60%, a huge savings over purchasing each separately. Also, Sketch is available as a part of the AKVIS Artistic Bundle (Sketch, ArtWork, and ArtSuite), which goes with the discount of 30%. Visit the official website to see prices for alternate versions of the bundles.