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AKVIS Sketch converts photos into pencil sketches and watercolor paintings. Now 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. Our efficient method creates realistic color and B&W drawings that imitate the technique of graphite and color pencil, charcoal and watercolor painting. In contrast to standard filters (like the built-in filters in Photoshop or PSP) that offer an approximate sketch, AKVIS Sketch comes very close to the hand-drawn works of a human artist. Getting a similar result with the standard tools would require expertise in image editing and extensive manipulation with layers, masks, brushes and applying filters. AKVIS Sketch can add background effects to the resulting pencil drawing. Create a blend of a drawing and a photo; imitate motion or add a “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. You can personalize your work of art by adding an inscription (a signature or a greeting) to your pencil drawing. Also, the parameters on the Canvas let you add a rough surface to your image, as if it had been drawn on canvas, corrugated paper, brick wall, etc. AKVIS Sketch has a neat 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, or add/remove the original colors. Home users will be delighted by the neat result of the photo-to-sketch conversion. Using AKVIS Sketch can be a lot of fun. Make a pencil portrait as a gift for your relatives and friends, a watercolor drawing obtained from your last nature shooting can decorate your room, or you can convert any photo to an original drawing to print on a T-Shirt. The program can be helpful to designers who need to quickly bring images to one style for a web-site or an advertisement booklet. On the whole it's a wonderful tool for those who have always wanted to draw but didn't know how. This photo to sketch software is available in two versions – as an independent program (standalone) and as a plugin to a photo editor. The plugin version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro etc. Refer to Check the compatibility page for more details. The plug-in version of Sketch offers Batch Processing support that allows you to automatically convert a series of images. Just create an Action in Photoshop or a Script in Corel Paint Shop Pro and apply the plug-in with the same settings to a folder full of images. You can even create comics from home videos in this way!
Convert a Photo to a Pencil Sketch
Convert a Photo to a Pencil Sketch
Before installing AKVIS Sketch Plug-in, please make sure that the photo editor, where you want to install the plug-in, is closed. AKVIS Sketch converts photos into pencil sketches and watercolor paintings. Now 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. Our efficient method creates realistic color and B&W drawings that imitate the technique of graphite and color pencil, charcoal and watercolor painting. In contrast to standard filters (like the built-in filters in Photoshop or PSP) that offer an approximate sketch, AKVIS Sketch comes very close to the hand-drawn works of a human artist. Getting a similar result with the standard tools would require expertise in image editing and extensive manipulation with layers, masks, brushes and applying filters. AKVIS Sketch can add background effects to the resulting pencil drawing. Create a blend of a drawing and a photo; imitate motion or add a “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. You can personalize your work of art by adding an inscription (a signature or a greeting) to your pencil drawing. Also, the parameters on the Canvas let you add a rough surface to your image, as if it had been drawn on canvas, corrugated paper, brick wall, etc. AKVIS Sketch has a neat 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, or add/remove the original colors. Home users will be delighted by the neat result of the photo-to-sketch conversion. Using AKVIS Sketch can be a lot of fun. Make a pencil portrait as a gift for your relatives and friends, a watercolor drawing obtained from your last nature shooting can decorate your room, or you can convert any photo to an original drawing to print on a T-Shirt. The program can be helpful to designers who need to quickly bring images to one style for a web-site or an advertisement booklet. On the whole it's a wonderful tool for those who have always wanted to draw but didn't know how. This photo to sketch software is available in two versions – as an independent program (standalone) and as a plugin to a photo editor. The plugin version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro etc. Refer to Check the compatibility page for more details. The plug-in version of Sketch offers Batch Processing support that allows you to automatically convert a series of images. Just create an Action in Photoshop or a Script in Corel Paint Shop Pro and apply the plug-in with the same settings to a folder full of images. You can even create comics from home videos in this way!
Installation under Windows
Installation under Windows
Attention! You must have administrator rights to install the program on your computer. Please follow the instructions to install the software: • • • • Start the setup file akvis-sketch-setup.exe. Select your language and press the OK button to launch the installation process. To continue the installation process you have to read and accept the License Agreement. Activate the check box "I accept the terms in the license agreement", and press Next (Pic. 1). To install the Plugin version you should select your photo editor(s) from the list. Custom If your photo editor is not in the list, activate the component Plugins Directory and choose the folder where you keep all plugins and filters, for example, C:\My Plugins. In this case you should set this folder as the plugins folder in the settings of your photo editor. To install the Standalone version, make sure that the check-box Standalone is activated. To create a shortcut for the program on desktop, activate the component Shortcut on Desktop. Press the button Next (Pic. 2).
Pic. 3. or PhotoImpact. 4). Enter your e-mail address. you will see a new line in the Start menu: AKVIS . Read how to work with our plugins in GIMP or Xara Xtreme. 4. The installation is completed. 5). Consult the tips on how to install plugins into Photoshop (read the installation troubleshooting guide). please write to our support team. Press Finish to exit Setup (Pic. Please use this command to launch the plugin in the editor.8bf) into the Plugins folder of your image editor. if during installation the component Shortcut on Desktop was enabled.Installation under Windows • • • Press the button Install (Pic. You can subscribe to the AKVIS Newsletter.Sketch and a shortcut on desktop. copy the 8bf file from the AKVIS folder (C:\Program Files\AKVIS\Sketch\Sketch. The installation is in progress (Pic. After installation of the plugin version Sketch you will see a new item in the Filters (Effects) menu of your photo editor. 3). Pic. or into Paint Shop Pro Photo. After installation of the standalone version of Sketch. . If you still have problems. 5. For example in Photoshop: Filter > AKVIS –> Sketch. Attention! If the plugin does not appear in the Filters. 4 Pic.
where you want to install the plug-in.dmg to install the standalone version of AKVIS Sketch. if you agree with the conditions. Please follow the instructions to install the software: • Open the virtual disk dmg: . 1). 1.Installation under Macintosh Installation under Macintosh Attention! You must have administrator rights to install the program on your computer. . • Pic.akvis-sketch-plugin.akvis-sketch-legacy. . you should re-launch it. You will see a dialog box with the License Agreement (Pic. please make sure that the photo editor.dmg for older versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements or other compatible image editors.dmg if you use Photoshop CS3-CS4 or Photoshop Elements 6-8. Read the License Agreement and press Agree.akvis-sketch-app. 5 . Before installing AKVIS Sketch Plug-in. is closed. If the photo editor was open during the installation.
The standalone version is run by double-click on the application. 2. To install the standalone version just drag the AKVIS Sketch application into the folder Applications (or any other place you like). Pic. Pic. 3). 2. 6 . 4. if you use Photoshop CS3 you should move the folder AKVIS Sketch Plugin into: Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS3/Plug-Ins (Pic.Installation under Macintosh • • Finder will open with AKVIS Sketch application or the folder AKVIS Sketch PlugIn inside (Pic. Pic. you will see a new tab in the Filters (Effects) menu of your photo editor: AKVIS –> Sketch. 4). To install the plugin version drag the entire AKVIS Sketch PlugIn folder into the Plug-Ins folder of your graphic editor. 3. After installation of the Sketch plugin. For example. Pic.
If you have a license you can improve it (for example. we offer you an alternative way (see below for Offline Activation). During the test period you can try all options and choose the license you like. For this select in the window About the program one of the offered functionality types: Home. Note that the functionality of the program depends on the license type. bank transfer. etc). Also. You can also see this window by pressing the in the program. The process is begun by pressing the Upgrade button (it appears instead of Buy if the program is registered). 1. Open the window About the program of AKVIS Sketch (Pic. Attention! During the activation process your computer must be connected to Internet. If it is not possible. Your choice of license will affect which features are available in AKVIS Sketch. the serial number will be sent to you within minutes. upgrade Home to Business) any time by paying the price difference.Program registration Program registration To buy a license you should fill in the form on the product buy-page and order the software using a secure payment system. This window appears when you launch AKVIS Sketch. Deluxe or Business (below these is a brief descripton of the features of the license types). Pic. We offer a number of payment options (credit card. 1). The button Buy redirects you to the order page. 7 . where one can continue to choose a program or proceed to registration. Follow the steps below to register the program: 1. Adobe Photoshop lets button you call the About the program window right from its menu Help -> About Plug-In -> Sketch (Photoshop -> About Plug-In -> Sketch in Macintosh). When the form is filled in and the payment is made. Please consult the comparison table for more details about license types and versions of the program. Having received the serial number you can proceed to the program registration.
Pic. 8 . The registration is completed (Pic. 2). We recommend activating the program using direct connection. 3. Pic. Choose the method of activation — either direct connection to the activation server or by mail. If you choose activation via email please put the .lic-file into the folder AKVIS in Users' Shared (Public) Documents.Program registration 2. 3. 4. 5. 3). Click on Activate in the window About the program to start the process of activation. as it is the easiest way. You can start working with the photo editing software and building your unique photo collection. At this step your computer must be connected to Internet. and the program will be registered. Enter your name (the program will be registered to this name) and your serial number (Pic. Press the button Activate. 2.
lic). Save the file to a USB stick and move it to your computer.Program registration Note: In case you have chosen activation by mail.with your username) If your computer can not be connected to Internet. Windows 7: Users\Public\Documents\AKVIS For Mac OS X: Users/Shared/AKVIS or your Home Directory (user's folder . Save the message to a USB stick and transfer to the computer connected to Internet. Your mailing program will create an activation letter with all necessary information. You will receive a reply with a . Send the letter without changes.lic (that you will receive enclosed in the e-mail) into the folder "AKVIS" in Users' Shared (Public) Documents: • • • For Windows XP. you should put the file Sketch. follow the instruction below: • • • • • Choose the option Send a request via e-mail as a method of activation. Put the file in the corresponding folder (see above). Windows 2000: Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\AKVIS For Windows Vista.lic-file attached (Sketch. 9 .
Using Finder: select the folder Applications on the side bar of the Finder window.In the main menu: press the button Start and select from the pop-up menu the command AKVIS – Sketch. 10 . To launch the standalone version of AKVIS Sketch follow the instructions: • On a Windows computer: .Using the program's shortcut on the Desktop: put the cursor on the icon of the program AKVIS Sketch and double-click it with the left mouse button. select the application AKVIS Sketch and double-click it. To call the AKVIS Sketch plugin you should open an image in your photo editor and select the plug-in from the list of effects. . Pic. or Effects –> AKVIS –> Sketch if you use Corel PHOTO-PAINT. Pic. 1.Workspace Workspace AKVIS Sketch can work independently as a standalone program as well as a plug-in to a photo editor. 1 shows the interface of AKVIS Sketch under Windows. • On a Macintosh computer: . the menu item Effects –> Plugins –> AKVIS –> Sketch if you work with Paint Shop Pro. For this purpose use the command Filter –> AKVIS –> Sketch in Adobe Photoshop.
11 . The hotkey for the command is Ctrl+Y ( +Y on Macintosh). The button The button imports a list of presets (from the . To switch between the tabs and compare the original and the resulting images.Before and After. (only in the standalone version) prints the image.sketch. just leftclick on any point of the image. The button returns the last cancelled operation. calls information about the program. It is possible to return several operations in a row. calls the Preferences dialog box for changing the program's options. (only in the plugin version) applies the result to the image and closes the program window of AKVIS Sketch.Workspace Parts of the program’s window: The left part of the program's window is taken by the Image Window with two tabs . calls the Help files of the program. exports presets (user settings for the image processing). The button The button The button The button The button starts conversion of the original image into a pencil sketch with the current parameter settings. In the upper part of the program's window you can see the Control Panel and the following controls: • • • • The button The button The button (only in the standalone version) opens an image for processing. / shows/hides the guiding lines and the effect area outlines drawn with the tools. You can save any number of presets to a separate file with The button the ending . (only in the standalone version) saves image to the disk.sketch file). • • • • • • • • • The button cancels the last operation made with lines (guiding lines and background outlines). The Before tab shows the original image. the After tab shows the resulting pencil sketch. It is possible to cancel several operations in a row. The hotkey for the command is Ctrl+Z ( +Z on Macintosh).
The button activates the Eraser tool used to erase the guiding lines and the effect areas outlines. press the left mouse button and. and tools are used to outline areas for background effects.( +.in Macintosh) to reduce the scale. You can use hot-keys to change the image scale + and Ctrl++ ( ++ in Macintosh) to increase the image scale and . and to scale the image in the Image Window. move the frame in the Navigation window. keeping it pressed. the image scale increases. Drag the frame to make other parts of the image visible. You can also change the image scale by entering a new coefficient into the scale field and pressing the button Enter (Return in Macintosh). . Pic. 12 . then holding down the left mouse button while moving the mouse. Navigate and scale the image using the Navigation window (Pic. The red frame shows the part of the image that is now visible in the Image Window. you can move the image in the Image Window with the scroll bars or by holding down the space bar. Additionally. and holding Ctrl ( in Macintosh) – while using the scroll wheel will move the image left and right. The mouse's scroll wheel can move the image up and down. activates the guiding lines drawing tool Stroke Direction (available in Home Deluxe and Business versions only). the image scale reduces. bring the cursor inside the frame. Holding Alt (Option in Macintosh) will scale the image. 2). 2. When one of these tools is selected its parameters will appear in the Settings Panel or in a window that pops up after right clicking on the tool.and Ctrl+. In the Navigation window you can see the reduced copy of the image. Right-click on the scroll bar to activate the quick navigation menu. the areas outside the frame will be shaded. When you click Use the slider or the buttons button or move the slider to the right.Workspace Тo the left of the Image Window there is a Toolbar with the following buttons: • • • • The button The button switches on/off the Preview Window. To move the frame. The tools are visible and active only when using either The Sketch&Photo or Sketch&Blur mode. Frequently used scale coefficients can be found in a drop-down menu. When you click on the on the button or move the slider to the left.
deleted. it uses the settings of the last used preset. edited. In the Presets field you can save the current settings as a preset to use them in the future.Workspace Under the Navigation window there is a Settings Panel with tabs: Sketch. When you launch the program. or the areas that should remain in their original state. On the Background tab you can define the area of the picture that should be blurred. On the Sketch tab you can adjust the settings for photo-to-sketch conversion. to which the resulting sketch is applied. On the Canvas tab you can adjust the settings for the canvas. Text and Canvas tabs. The current settings can be saved. On the Text tab you can add an inscription to your painting. 13 . Under the Settings Panel you can see hints: a brief description of AKVIS Sketch (the first time you launch it) or the description of the parameter that was used last. Text and Canvas. Attention! The presets save only information about the settings in the Sketch. Background.
You can also drag the required image into the workspace of the program. 1. In order to turn a photo into a pencil sketch with AKVIS Sketch follow the instructions: 1. JPEG. Pic.If you work with the standalone edition: The dialog box Select file to open appears if you double-click on the empty workspace of the on the program or if you click on the button Control Panel. PNG and TIFF file formats. Run the standalone edition of AKVIS Sketch or open your photo editor (if you work with the plugin version of AKVIS Sketch). The Standalone edition of AKVIS Sketch supports BMP. 2. 1). .How It Works How It Works AKVIS Sketch can work independently as a standalone program and as a plug-in to a photo editor. Open an image (Pic.If you work with the plugin: Open an image in your photo editor by calling the command File -> Open or using the key combination Ctrl+О (or +O on Macintosh). . 14 .
The Preview Window is a square frame outlined with a dotted line ("marching ants"). left-click on the image in the preview area. the part of the image will be automatically converted to a pencil drawing with the last used settings or with the settings of the AKVIS Default preset (depending on the program preferences). 15 Pic. To compare the converted sample with the original photo. The quick preview area takes settings only of the Sketch and Canvas tabs. . in Paint Shop Pro select the menu item Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> Sketch. or on To convert the whole image. In plug-in version only: call the AKVIS Sketch plugin select the menu item Filter -> AKVIS –> Sketch in Adobe Photoshop. 4. Once the program is open. click on the After tab. After processing it is possible to switch between tabs by pressing the left mouse button on any point of the image (Pic. The preview window disappears after image processing starts and appears again when a parameter in the Settings panel is changed (Pic. 2). Pic. 3. The conversion result will be shown in the Before tab in the Preview Window. in Corel PHOTO-PAINT select the menu item Effects –> AKVIS –> Sketch.How It Works 3. Drag the square to the required position or draw it anew on any part of the image (double click with the left mouse) to analyse the corresponding area. 3). 2.
Adjust the settings and start the processing again. Now. Adjust the parameters for the photo-to-sketch conversion. To process an image with the settings of a certain preset. select it from the list and press Delete. Use this tool to erase the lines. Enter a name for the file. 16 . Save the processed image. BMP. • . If you change the values of the parameters. To save a preset.If you work with the plugin: Call the Save As dialog box using the command File -> Save As. it will use the settings of this preset. to start processing the image. Click on the button Note: Only Canvas as well as the Sketch tab lets you see the quick result in the Preview Window. 6. . For Background and Text you need to process the whole image to see the effect. press the Esc key or click on the button Stop right to the Progress bar. . choose the format (TIFF. changes will be shown in the Preview Window. enter a name for the file. A preset is shared by three tabs (except the Background tab). you can always come back to the default settings of the preset by pressing the button Reset. choose the format and indicate the target folder.How It Works 5. The size of the tool can be adjusted with the parameter Brush Size (1-300) on the Eraser Settings Panel. enter a name for the preset into the Presets field and press the button Save. In Home Deluxe and Business versions of Sketch there is a function that defines the direction of the applied strokes. as you start the program.If you work with the standalone edition: to open the Save as dialog box. 7. To delete a preset. To interrupt the process. To edit the "guiding lines" use the buttons • Stroke Direction and (remove/restore the last drawn line) and the following tools: . If needed. Canvas or Text tabs. 9. to apply the result and close the plugin window. 11. adjust the settings on the Background. you should select it from the drop-down menu and press the button . to convert the original photo into a pencil drawing with the new settings. click on the button Parameters of the tool can be ajusted on the Settings Panel in the Direction tab. 8. Draw with the tool over the image to define the "guiding lines". along which the strokes will be drawn. In plug-in version only: press the button the picture will appear in the workspace of the photo editor. The . The AKVIS Sketch plugin will close and 10. JPEG or PNG) and Click on the button indicate the target folder. To process the whole image. Press the button You can observe the processing in real-time. It is possible to save the settings you like as a preset and use them in the future.
For this purpose press the button Print dialog box (Pic. You can change the size of the printed image by entering any value in % (any value less than 100% will result in a smaller print size. . The size of the printed image and its orientation can also be selected manually. then just select Fit to Page. press the Print button. 4. • Print Size. Choose the desired print resolution from the Print Resolution drop-down list. and move the cursor. . Choose the position of the image on the page by clicking on one of the nine green arrows. Album corresponds to the horizontal page orientation (width is greater than height). A frame with markers is displayed around the image in the preview window. as well as the print margins. To print an image with the chosen parameters. • Orientation of the printed image. The standalone edition of AKVIS Sketch allows printing the image. The available choices will be based on those available for the printer you have chosen. On the right side of the dialog window the following print settings can be adjusted: • Printer. To cancel and close the printing dialog window press the Cancel button. If you want the size of the image to be adjusted to the paper size. If your computer is connected to a local network with many printers or if it is connected to many output devices itself. • Move To. These parameters have no effect on the image itself. adjust the parameters Scale. bring the cursor over the image. adjust print settings in the The left part of the Print dialog box is the preview area where the current position of the image on the page is shown. 4) and press the button Print.will result in a larger print size). To change the size of the printed image.Album and Portrait. press the left mouse button. Height and Fit to Page. 17 Pic.corresponds to the vertical orientation of the paper. Clicking the Page Setup button opens a dialog window in which you can choose the size of the paper and its orientation. Close the program AKVIS. while Portrait . just on the printed version. and any value larger than 100% . To change the position of the image on the page.How It Works 12. Width. To change the size of the image move the cursor to one of the corner markers or to a side (the cursor changes in shape to a double sided arrow) and drag the marker or side. There are two types of orientation available . 13. or by entering new values in Width and Height. you will need to choose one of the available printers to print your image.
contrast and detail get weaker. The parameter accepts values between 0 and 50.Make a Sketch from a Photo Make a Sketch from a Photo In the Sketch tab you can adjust the parameters for the photo-to-sketch conversion. increase the value of the parameter) the strokes get blurred. As you move the slider to the right (that is. Direction. To convert the whole image. Note: You can see the conversion result immediately. or Watercolor = 10 18 . By default it is set to 0 which corresponds to a pencil drawing. Strokes. Edges. as you move the slider. There are four parameter fields: Effects. the stronger the effect. The higher the value of the parameter. as if the strokes were drawn on wet paper. The Watercolor effect allows creating watercolor drawings. only in the Quick Preview window. press the button click on the After tab. Effects: Watercolor.
The parameter Coloration accepts values between 0 and 100. The effect allows adding color to a drawing provided the original image contained color information. which corresponds to a graphite pencil sketch. The higher the value of the parameter. Charcoal = 7 Coloration = 40 19 . By default the value is set to 0. it means that the pencil sketch is not mixed with the original image.Make a Sketch from a Photo Charcoal. Coloration. the drawing gets colors from the original image. the sketch looks like a water color drawing. the more it looks like the charcoal technique. The parameter changes the drawing technique from a fine pencil drawing to charcoal. If at the same time the parameter Watercolor has a value higher than 0. The default value is 0. As you move the slider to the right. As you move the slider to the right the drawing acquires colors from the original image.
the strokes are black. When the check-box is disabled.Make a Sketch from a Photo Strokes tab (including hatching parameters): Color Pencil. Saturation = 0 Saturation = 100 20 . The check-box Color Pencil is enabled The check-box Color Pencil is disabled When the check-box Color Pencil is enabled. you can change the Saturation of the image by moving the slider to the right of the check-box. and colors of the strokes become more "bright". the intensity of colors in the image become more intense. As the value of this parameter is increased. the program imitates a color pencil drawing. When the check-box is enabled.
Make a Sketch from a Photo Angle. If you reduce the value of the parameter the strokes on the picture get thinner and harder. if you increase the value the strokes get wider and blurred on edges. The parameter sets the stroke size. Angle = 45 Angle = 135 Angle = 90 Size. Size = 5 Size = 9 21 . By default the strokes in such areas are drawn at a 45 degree angle. the step is 5 degrees. The parameter has values between 0 and 180 degrees. The parameter Angle sets the pitch angle of the strokes when hatching a uniform area (an area that does not contain edges and intensity swings).
Visually the image gets lighter and neater. Min Length/Max Length = 1/4 Min Length/Max Length = 8/16 Midtones Intensity. The higher the value of the parameter. the midtone strokes fade . However. the number of strokes and the detail of the image increase. There are two sliders to define the range borders: the left slider sets the minimum length. the longer strokes can be drawn on the picture.get dim and blurred. If you increase the value of the minimum length. As you move the slider to the right the midtone strokes get thicker and more intensive. the number of strokes reduces (the strokes shorter than the set minimum do not get drawn). As you move the slider to the left. Visually the drawing gets darker.Make a Sketch from a Photo Min Length/Max Length. as if drawn with different pressure. If you increase the maximum length. Midtones Intensity = 1 Midtones Intensity = 10 22 . a too high value may worsen the precision of the hatching. the right slider sets the maximum length. If you reduce the minimum length. The parameter sets a range within which the stroke length can vary. the hatching gets less uniform. The resulting sketch will be made up of strokes that fall within this range. The parameter defines the intensity of the midtone strokes.
The parameter defines the level of hatching in the midtone areas.Make a Sketch from a Photo Midtones Hatching. The parameter regulates the sharpness of the objects' edges on an image. If you want to emphasize the edges. If you want to reduce hatching move the slider to the left. Midtones Hatching = 1 Midtones Hatching = 100 Sharpen. increase the value of the parameter. Sharpen = 0 Sharpen = 100 23 . The lower the parameter. the more edges are defined by hatching rather than by lines.
This is the main parameter used to control edges. Edge Strength (0-100). while at higher values more edges are drawn and more detail is present. Edge Strength = 0 24 Edge Strength = 50 . At lower levels there are fewer edges and the level of detail decreases. by adjusting the intensity of lines and details.Make a Sketch from a Photo Edges tab: This tab contains parameters that affect how edges are drawn.
increase the value of this parameter. The higher the value of this parameter the more transitions between colors will be retrieved and the more edges will be defined by lines instead of hatching. No Edge Tracing (Edge Strength = 30) Sensitivity = 10 (Edge Width = 30) Sensitivity = 80 (Edge Width = 30) 25 . If you want to emphasize the edges. Its affect can be adjusted further by these two parameters: Sensitivity.Make a Sketch from a Photo Edge Strength = 100 The Edge Tracing check-box is used to detect the additional edges between areas that don't have well-defined transitions in brightness.
The tool is not available for the basic Home license. No Edge Tracing (Edge Strength = 30) Edge Width = 10 (Sensitivity = 70) Edge Width = 60 (Sensitivity = 70) Direction tab: The parameters under this tab affect hatching when the Stroke Direction tool is used . Business. This parameter defines the thickness of the outlines. Use this special tool to define the guiding lines. The Stroke Direction tool gives you full control over how hatching is drawn on an image. it is active only for advanced licenses like Home Deluxe. With this technique you can achieve a truly realistic drawing with patterns and textures going in the right direction. directing the hatching to follow them. 26 .Make a Sketch from a Photo Edge Width. At higher values of this parameter the edges will be drawn by thicker lines. and the program will convert the image into a sketch.
When this check-box is deselected. Zone of Influence = 0 Preserve Edges check-box.Make a Sketch from a Photo You can use it more effectively by adjusting these parameters: Zone of Influence . The higher the value.the width of the area affected by stroke guide lines. hatching will be drawn past edges. Zone of Influence = 35 Check-Box Activated Check-Box Deactivated 27 . the more hatching will follow the direction of stroke guide lines.
it is disabled. This tab can be used to put an accent on a certain fragment of the image or to enliven a picture by adding it motion. the most beautiful flower on a garden image.) or to single out one object among several equivalent objects (one person on a group photo.Background Tab Background Tab Use the Background tab to process the converted image further.) and many other things. The result of processing in the Sketch tab 28 . The Background tab offers three modes: Sketch In this mode the Background tab has no influence on the image. In other words. etc. it is possible to separate the background from the object (a plane or a bird in the sky. a vase with fruit. It is possible to imitate a blend of the original photo and the drawing or to blur some parts of the image. For example. etc. a soft toy on a sofa.
29 Drawn strokes The result of processing in the Sketch&Photo tab . and which not: • • • . . When this mode is enabled. on the left of the Image Window.only the defined parts of the image will be converted into a drawing. Use the red pencil to outline the parts of the image that will remain in their original state. Use the blue pencil to draw an outline within the areas that will be converted to a drawing in accordance with The Effect Area tool the parameters of the Sketch tab. o Erase only guiding lines (direction of the strokes). the following tools appear on the Toolbar. Adjust the size of the pencils and of the Eraser tool using the Brush Size parameter in the Settings Panel. These tools define. Use this tool to edit the outlines drawn by the pencils.Background Tab Sketch & Photo In this mode you can get a blend of a drawing and a picture . which areas will be converted to a drawing. the tool The Eraser tool can operate in three different modes: o Erase all lines (both guiding lines and zone lines of the background effects). When Sketch&Photo (or Sketch&Blur) is active. o Erase only zone lines (background effects). The No Effect Area tool .
Don't worry.Background Tab Note: If only blue strokes or no strokes are drawn. the part of the image. not an error. Attention! During the processing you will see that the whole image (regardless of the drawn strokes) will be converting into a drawing. the image will be restored to its original state (the input image). It's only one of the processing steps. The Grayscale check-box is disabled The Grayscale check-box is enabled 30 . the image remains a drawing. When the check-box is enabled. In the next step the program will take into consideration the settings of the Background tab. If only red strokes are drawn. The check-box does not work. The Grayscale check-box. if the Color Pencil check-box is enabled in the Sketch tab. that has been restored to the original state. is converted to grayscale.
The latter is used to define the areas that must be Select a Blur Method that will be used in image processing and adjust the parameters: • Gaussian Blur. . The higher the value of the parameter. Gaussian Blur Radius = 3 Radius = 8 31 . the program recalculates the color components (red. blue. The sharp borders are blurred without general lightening or darkening. In the Toolbar you will find the following tools: Effect Area the Blur Area tool blurred. as a result the points change their colors. and . The Radius parameter allows adjusting the strength of the effect application. Every point will undergo a slight change. Eraser . At low values only the adjacent points will be changed. The calculation is based on the Gaussian distribution and is named after it. The image gets dim. It defines to what extent a point influences on the neighbouring points when its color components are being recalculated. the wider is the influence area of every point. When this method is selected. «cloudy».Background Tab Sketch & Blur In this mode it is possible to blur the defined parts of the image. The image will get more blurred till it becomes completely indiscernible and looks like one stain (at high values of the parameter). but the blurring will be visible. and green) for every point of the image. taking into account the corresponding values of the neighbouring points. In this way the values of the color components are averaged and the contrast between them weakens.
Motion Blur Angle = 45. The parameter sets the inclination angle of the line. Parameters: Angle. Angle = 135 32 . Reach = 20 Reach = 10. along which the effect will expand to the image. Reach = 20 Angle = 135. This blur method imitates the straight line motion of a camera. At exactly these values the blurring will be horizontal. Reach. Angle = 135 Reach = 30. At value = 90 the blurring will be vertical. The values of the parameter vary between 0 and 180 degrees.Background Tab • The Motion method. The parameter defines the zone of effect application in pixels (relative to every point of the image).
This method imitates motion.Background Tab • Radial Blur. This mode imitates the effect of a camera rotating around the central point of the image. which results in circular blurring. too. This mode creates blurring directed away from the center. There are two kinds of motion: Spin. Zoom. Radial Spin Blur Radial Zoom Blur 33 .
Spin Blur Amount = 40. Spin Blur Amount = 20. Amount = 20. Zoom Blur 34 .Background Tab The rotation angle in Spin mode and the effect application area in Zoom mode are adjusted with the Amount parameter. Zoom Blur Amount = 50.
Gaussian Blur Motion Blur Radial Spin Blur Radial Zoom Blur 35 . In this mode the blue areas are converted to a drawing in accordance with the settings in the Sketch tab. while the green areas are first blurred in accordance with the settings of the selected Blur Method and only than are converted to a drawing.Background Tab In the Sketch & Blur mode you can choose one of the following methods of the result image generation (Blur Order). • Drawing on Blur.
In this mode the Grayscale check-box can be applied. while the green areas are only blurred. In this mode the blue areas are converted to a drawing. Gaussian Blur Motion Blur Radial Spin Blur Radial Zoom Blur 36 . but the "original" parts are blurred.Background Tab • Blur Photo. The result image is a blend of the original photo and a drawing. not converted.
Gaussian Blur Motion Blur Radial Spin Blur Radial Zoom Blur 37 .Background Tab • Blur Sketch. In this mode the whole image is converted to a drawing. but the green areas are also blurred.
click on the plate and select a new color from the Select Color dialog box. To delete a color and clear the color plate. you should enable the check-box Use Text. o o The current color is shown on the color plate Text. 1). click on the plate and select a new color from the Select Color dialog box. The Glow (0-10) parameter sets the glow strength that is the width and the brightness of the outline. o Pic. The Size parameter (10-100) sets the size of the characters. To change the color.Text Text Use the Text tab to add an inscription or a signature to your pencil sketch (Pic. right-click on it. The outer color of the characters is shown on the Outline color plate. The fall-down list Family contains a set of system fonts that can be used when typing the text. To change the color. The buttons I and B apply the italic and bold fonts accordingly. o o o o • Color. The Stretch parameter (50%-200%) allows tightening or stretching the text by changing the character interval. By default the parameters of the tab are disabled. for the inscription to appear on the image. 1. Without Glow Glow = 10 38 . There are three groups of parameters: • Font. Type the text into the field (max 250 characters).
Text • Location. 39 . Pic. 2). You can move the text to any side and align it with the diagonal arrows (Pic. 2. An example of inscription. o Use the 8 green arrows to define the position of the inscription.
metallic or ceramic coating. adjust the settings in the Canvas tab. The check-box "Use Canvas" is disabled The check-box "Use Canvas" is enabled 40 . brick wall.Imitate Sketch Drawing on a Canvas Imitate Sketch Drawing on a Canvas AKVIS Sketch does not only offer photo-to-sketch conversion. etc. To use this option. but it also allows imitatating a drawing on a canvas or any other uneven surface. To activate the parameters of the Canvas tab. By default the parameters of the tab are disabled and the sketch comes out as drawn on plain paper. select the check-box Use Canvas. such as corrugated paper.
For this purpose create and save a pattern into a folder on your computer. Scale = 70% Scale = 150% 41 . To open the Texture Library. There are the following parameters of texture generation and application: Adjustment of Texture Properties: • Texture (Pic. open the Texture Library. 1. To return to the Settings Panel without selecting any texture click on (Pic. 2. The parameter sets the size of the repetitive pattern. To load a texture into AKVIS Sketch.Imitate Sketch Drawing on a Canvas The canvas is generated by reproduction of the chosen texture. The pattern can be square or rectangular and must be saved as a JPEG. double click with the left mouse button on the square box with a sample texture. 1). BMP. Select a texture with a double-click of the mouse. TIFF or PNG file. Pic. Select a texture from the Texture Library. It is possible to use your own texture. and Pic. 2). By default the Scale is set to 100%. the larger is the pattern. The higher the value of the parameter. click on select a texture in the Select user texture dialog box. • Scale.
The difference from the Repetition mode is that the ends of the patterns are joined at mirror reflection. Reflection. the canvas is generated by simple repetition of the given pattern. When this option is selected. the canvas is generated by repetition of the given pattern. When this option is selected.Imitate Sketch Drawing on a Canvas • There are the following options that define the way the canvas is generated: Repetition. Repetition Reflection 42 .
Imitate Sketch Drawing on a Canvas The check-box Alignment helps when the initial texture has an uneven pattern. we should activate the option Alignment. To avoid it. 2). Use the dagger on the ball to set the probable light source during the shooting. left-click on the required point of the ball. we will see texture joins. 43 . The position of the light source influences the texture wrapping. Alignment Other option Adjust the parameters of texture application: • Light Source (Pic. 2. If we apply the texture as it is. To change the position of the light source. Pic.
As you increase the value of the parameter. The parameter allows changing the texture brightness. The higher the value of the parameter. The parameter allows embossing the texture. the lighter is the texture. The brightness of the original texture is 90. 44 Embossment = 25 Embossment = 150 .Imitate Sketch Drawing on a Canvas • Brightness. Brightness = 10 • Brightness = 90 Embossment. The values of the parameter vary between 0 and 150. As a result. the texture is flat. At 0. the output image gets lighter. the texture gets more prominent. The values of the parameter vary between 0 and 150.
The higher the value of the parameter. The parameter defines the clearness of the resulting image. The values of the parameter vary between 0 and 50.Imitate Sketch Drawing on a Canvas • Reveal Texture. The values of the parameter vary between 0 and 40. the more distinct is the texture and the less visible is the original image. The higher the value. The parameter defines to what extent the texture is shown through the image. The higher value of the parameter also increases the influence of the Brightness parameter and the texture contrast. the more distorted and blurred is the image. Reveal Texture = 20 • Reveal Texture = 35 Distortion. 45 Distortion = 0 Distortion = 30 .
You can export/import preset by pressing the Panel. the settings of preset can be changed after it is chosen. If you wish to return to the default settings press the Reset button. 1. 3. choose a preset from the list and press . To delete a preset. and buttons in the Control button exports presets a file with the . Attention! The AKVIS presets cannot be saved to a file. In the Export Presets dialog window. Press the Export button. and press the Save button. go to the Presets list (Pic. To save your settings as a preset. 2) choose the presets you want to export. which is stored within the program. can be used. The next time you start the program it will use the settings of this preset. 2. to achieve the desired result. 1). enter a name for the file. choose it from the drop-down list and press the Delete button. Also. Unchecking it will deselect all presets in the list. or a ready preset from AKVIS. To process an image using a preset.sketch extension. 2. Pic. Checking Select All will select all the presets in the list. Canvas and Text tabs. and press the Save button. Settings can be changed individually. In the User Presets dialog window (Pic. To export presets follow these steps: 1. Press the Export Presets button in the Control Panel.Working With Presets Working With Presets AKVIS Sketch lets you save your favorite settings as a preset and use them in the future. Any number of The presets can be saved to one file. Pic. Attention! The presets save settings only in the Sketch. enter a name for your preset. choose a target folder. 4. 46 .
When these older presets are imported the program automatically switches to the algorithm.6) presets saved under that version will appear in the list when the old algorithm is selected.when this option is selected. Checking Select All will select all presets in a list. If you use and older version of AKVIS Sketch (up to and including Version 8.when this option is selected. choose one of the following methods for importing presets: Replace . If Delete All Before Import is not checked. Rename And Add . 3) select the desired presets from the list.sketch extension and press the Open button. Presets whose names do not match any presets in the program's list will be added to the bottom of the list. Unchecking it will deselect all the presets in the list. then it will be replaced by the preset from the file. if you want to clear the list of presets in the program before importing others from a file. Check Delete All Before Import. Attention! AKVIS presets cannot be deleted from a list. To import presets from a file follow these 1. Presets used with the older algorithm can be exported and imported. presets from a file with matching names are automatically renamed and added to the list of presets in the program. The old algorithm can be selected in the Preferences window. 3. In the Import Presets dialog window choose a file with the . Pic. In the User Presets dialog window (Pic.Working With Presets The steps: button imports presets from a file. 5. Press the Import Presets button in the Control Panel. if the name of a preset in the list matches the name of a preset in the file. 4. 6. 47 . Press the Import button. 2. 3.
The Preview Window size. Change the language by selecting another from the drop-down list. If the loaded file is larger. Choose the desired value of the parameter.Program Preferences Program Preferences The Preferences dialog box looks like this (Pic. the image is processed in a usual way. The size of Preview Window can have values from 200х200 to 700х700 pixels. 48 . Pic. The image processing is a very time-consuming operation. Program Language. 1). When the file size (in megapixels) does not exceed the defined value. the program will reduce the image. Processing Size Limit. process it and enlarge again to the initial size. 1. Parameter accelerates image processing by temporary reducing the size of the image to be processed.
If you need. image doesn’t scale. The parameter can take one of two values: • • image scaling Fit to view.Program Preferences Use old Sketch Algorithm.6). New Algorithm (processing at the default settings) To save changes made in the Preferences window press OK. When the check-box is enabled. Old Algorithm (processing at the default settings) Remember Parameters. Selecting the check-box preserves the changes made to the settings every time the program is launched. the image in the Sketch is processed using the algorithm from the early versions of the program (including version 8. Initial Scale. 49 . This parameter defines the way the image is scaled in the Image Window after opening. only part of the image will be visible. The scale adjusts so that the image will be completely visible in the Image Window. when the scale = 100%. click on the button Default to come back the default settings. Generally. if the option 100% is checked.
.Pencil Sketch Pencil Sketch For the first illustration of how AKVIS Sketch works we have chosen a simple picture: a flower in the foreground and a blurred background without any clear details (Pic. 1). Original photo Result 50 Pic. 1.
2. The image will turn the button into a pencil sketch (Pic. Pic. Reduce the value of the parameter Size to make the strokes thinner and harder (Pic. 3).Pencil Sketch 1. 2). 3. 2. Open the image with your photo editor and call the plug-in AKVIS Sketch. Pic. Press to process the photo with the default settings. 51 . to process the photo As you change the value of a parameter press the button with the new settings and see what influence the adjusted parameter has on the drawing.
Now reduce the value of the parameter Midtones Intensity to 1 to make the background less bright (Pic. Pic. On this picture the background is uniform and we can notice that the strokes are drawn 45 degree to the right. Press the button program.Pencil Sketch 3. 4. 4). Let's change the pitch angle in such a way that the strokes in the background had the same angle as the tulip. 5. The parameter Angle sets the pitch angle of the strokes when hatching a uniform area. We set the parameter Angle to 135 (Pic. 4. 52 . 5). 5. to apply the conversion result to the image and close the Pic.
in Corel PHOTO-PAINT select the menu item Effects –> AKVIS –> Sketch. it is possible to add color from the original image to the pencil drawing.Color Sketch Color Sketch By default AKVIS Sketch converts any image into a black and white pencil sketch. Open a color photo in your photo editor (Pic. 1. 53 Pic. 1). For this purpose in Adobe Photoshop select the menu item Filter –> AKVIS –> Sketch. in Paint Shop Pro select the menu item Effects –> Plugins -> AKVIS –> Sketch. . 2. Call the plug-in AKVIS Sketch. But if the original photo is colored. Original photo Result 1.
to convert the photo into a pencil sketch with the default 3. Press the button settings (Pic. 2). 4. Reduce the value of the parameter Size to make the lines thinner and harder. Reduce the value of the parameter Midtones Intensity to reduce the intensity of hatching in the uniform light areas of the picture (i. e. the sky) (Pic. 3).
5. Let's add color to our pencil drawing by increasing the value of the parameter Coloration to 70 (Pic. 4). 6. Press the button to apply the result to the image and close the program.
Transformation of a Video into a Cartoon
Transformation of a Video into a Cartoon
Batch processing option in AKVIS Sketch Plugin allows automatic applying of the plugin to a group of files. For this purpose you will need to create an action with the help of Automate -> Batch command first, and then apply the action to a folder with images. An action can contain more than one command (AKVIS Sketch) so that you can process a large number of images in one way. You are asking where this can be needed. How about transforming a video or digital camera film into a cartoon? Further on we'll show an approximate succession of transformations of a short video into a black and white cartoon. It's possible to make a color cartoon, it's depends on what you want. We used an AVI video file taken with a digital Canon PowerShot A410 camera as an example.
1. In your hard disk, create two folders: 'frames-original' and 'frames-sketch'. 2. Convert video files to frames and put these frames into 'frames-original' folder. We use the VirtualDub program. 3. After your video is converted into frames, you can edit the succession and delete the redundant frames. We decided to delete the first 149 (0-148) frames out of the video and the resulting file had 740-149=591 frames. 4. Choose one of the frames out of 'frames-original' folder and open it in Adobe Photoshop. We chose the 151 frame (Pic. 1). Pic. 1.
we deleted noise from the image with AKVIS Noise Buster. In the appeared window set a name for the new set of actions. 7. 3). the recording of the action will start (Pic. for example. 3. Let us press the Create New Action button in the bottom of the palette. Pic. In the appearing window set the action name. for example Sketch film (Pic. 4). 4. Before calling the AKVIS Sketch plug-in. Press Record button. 6. 2). 2. Film (Pic. The video is taken with the photo camera and the quality is much to be desired. Pic. Open Actions palette and click the Create New Set button. 57 .Transformation of a Video into a Cartoon 5. Call the plug-in and set the noise-reduction settings. Let us apply filtration results with the chosen settings by pressing . Pic.
6). Apply results by pressing . 5. Pic.Transformation of a Video into a Cartoon 8. 12. Stop action recording by pressing Stop playing/recording button in the bottom of the Actions palette (Pic. Call AKVIS Sketch and select image settings for a pencil drawing conversion (Pic. 58 . 11. The action is created. In the File menu of the editor choose Automate -> Batch command. Close the image and delete the file we have just saved into 'frames-sketch' folder. Pic. 5). 9. 6. In the File menu choose Save As and save the image into 'frames-sketch' folder. 10. we can proceed to batch processing of the video frames.
The Source field is used to select the sourse of the image. 15. • • In the Set field choose "Film". Press OK button in the Batch window and Photoshop will start processing one frame after another out of the 'framesoriginal' folder and save them into 'frames-sketch' folder. 7). In the Destination field choose Folder entry. the Override Action "Open" Commands option should be disabled. Press Choose folder and choose 'frames-original' folder. and select 'frames-sketch' folder. 59 . In the appearing Batch folder assign all the data and settings (Pic. • • • • 14. In the File Naming section. You can load and watch the resulted black and white cartoon now. Enable Override Action "Save as" Commands option. it depends on the parameters of AKVIS Sketch! Pic. As far as we have not recorded the 'file open' command into the action. 7. the file naming structure for processed images is set. and in the Action field . In order not to change the names choose Document Name in the first field and extension in the second. All we have to do now is to assemble separate cartoon frames back into a video. Choose Folder entry that allows to point a specific folder as a sourse."Sketch film". press Choose. The processing of one file takes about 18 seconds and the processing of the whole video of 591 frames should take about 3 hours. You can make a color cartoon.Transformation of a Video into a Cartoon 13.
Open the photo in AKVIS Sketch. or at a train station one will often see people with a distinctive style. in a cafe. Sometimes a special style of dress is not simply a fad. 1. imagination can not only be shown through appearance. but an expression of individuality or a sign of belonging to a particular subculture. 1. In the following tutorial a photo of anime girls was transformed into an original color drawing in less than a minute. All that is needed is a little imagination and AKVIS Sketch. but also through creativity. Original photo Result 60 Pic. Often on the street. . Soon afterward the Preview Window will display the result based on the program's default settings (AKVIS Default Preset) (Pic.Self-Expression: Sketch In A Minute Self-Expression: Sketch In A Minute The author of this tutorial is Valentina Aynagos (Germany). 1). Nevertheless.
3). and the Drawing on Blur processing method.Self-Expression: Sketch In A Minute 2. Pencil in the Settings Panel. 3. Pic. Leave the preset's settings unchanged and click on the check box next to Color button to process the image (Pic. Use the Green pencil (Blur Area Tool) to be blurred (Pic. click on the Background tab. To use a Gaussian blur effect. Pic. choose Sketch & Blur mode from the drop-down menu. Use the blue pencil (Effect Area Tool) to mark areas in the image that will to indicate the area remain unchanged. 2). 61 . 2. Press the 3.
4).Self-Expression: Sketch In A Minute button. Processing can be stopped at any time by pressing Esc . The sketch begins to be 4. 5. Pic. 5. 62 . Press the button and save the result (Pic.this will prevent undesired details from being added to the image (Pic. Pic. 4. Process the image again by pressing the revealed. 5).
63 . but also to how textures are represented. 1). Original photo Result Pic.Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch When creating a high-quality drawing. The Stroke Direction tool and other features of AKVIS Sketch can convey the structure of an object as if it were drawn by a real artist. 1. it is necessary not only to pay attention to lines and details. 1. Open the image in the graphics editor with the menu command File -> Open (Pic.
button (Pic. 64 . Min Length/Max Length = 5/13. 2. In the preview window you can see how a part of the photo would be processed with the AKVIS Default preset. 3. Pic. 2). Call the plugin Filter -> AKVIS -> Sketch. To process the entire image press the Charcoal = 2. 3. Process the image again (Pic. Adjust the settings to make strokes clearer and more expressive: Pic.Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch 2. Midtones Intensity = 6. 3).
The result differs from the one received in Step 3: Pic. 65 . 4. activate the guiding lines. 5.Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch 4. Press the button. so that more strokes will follow the guiding lines. Change the parameter Zone of Influence to 76. Pic. The uniform strokes across the image do not look very realistic. To make the tool and draw a few strokes follow the contours of the object.
but now the image's borders are weaker (Pic.Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch 5. Before After It's possible to make these defects less noticeable using the features of the program. The strokes reorient themselves in a general direction. Pic. The first method: deactivate the Preserve Edges check-box. 66 . Note that small defects were formed over the smooth surface of the apple where there were spots. 6. 6).
and the Gaussian blurring method. 8). Use the blue pencil (Effect Area Tool) to indicate the area that will not to mark the area with be blurred. Pic. 7). Usually these are used to create an effect.Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch The second method: use the blur tools. Use the green pencil (Blur Area Tool) defects . Pic. the processing method Drawing on Blur. Start processing by pressing the button (Pic. but here they can be used to correct a defect. 7. 67 .they will be blurred before the photo is converted into a drawing (Pic. Switch to the Background tab and choose Sketch & Blur from the dropdown menu. 8.
Result is here (Pic. Pic. set the Opacity to 30% and choose the command Layer -> Flatten Image. to apply the changes to the image. The plugin's window 6. 9. and the processed image will appear in the graphics editor. Finally. To do this.Shiny Apple: An Artist's Touch button. 9). 68 . make a copy of the image by choosing Layer -> Duplicate Layer. Apply the Linear Burn blend mode to the top layer in the Layers palette. the image needs to be brighter. Press the closes.
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