AKVIS ArtSuite v. 10 - review

AKVIS ArtSuite is an impressing collection of versatile effects for decorating photos. You may need it on many occasions: when creating a postcard for your friends, making a holiday album, a personalized desktop wallpaper, or just playing with your images "for art's sake".AKVIS ArtSuite offers several basic effects that allow creating an endless number of effect versions.
The software is ease to use and to learn, and has a simple and intuitive interface. The program's window displays Before and After images for comparison. You can switch between them with a click on the image.The Hints panel shows the description of the parameters and buttons when you hover over them with the cursor.The software lets you save your favorite settings (with a texture pattern) as a preset (into a file .arts) and use them in the future. AKVIS ArtSuite is available in two versions – as a standalone program and as plug-in to a photo editor. The plug-in version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, etc. Refer to Check the compatibility page for more details. The comparison of versions is here: http://akvis.com/en/artsuite/comparison.php.
The effects are grouped as Frames and Effects.
Photo frames (edge effects) let you generate a photo frame for your photo. Add elegance and style to your image by putting it into a classic frame with wood carving or create a funny picture by adding some cheerful frogs. The frames samples that come with ArtSuite can be easily tailored to your particular photo. Select a color for the frame; choose its form, its style, brightness, and the intensity of the applied edge effect. You can create a frame with ragged edges, scratched surface, a page curl, etc. It can be a wooden frame with figured carving or a frame with an ornament. If you enjoy working with layers, you will appreciate the possibility to apply a transparent frame, so that the lower layer(s) could serve as a background.
Artistic effects allow experimenting with photosconvert a photo into a B&W image and consequently add a color shade to it (for example, a sepia effect); replace colors on an image, add a texture (chosen from the built-in Texture Library or one created by the user) so that the image looks like drawn on a canvas, brick wall, corrugated paper, turn a photo into a halftone picture giving it a retro comic book look, etc. Screenshots are here: http://akvis.com/en/artsuite/screenshots-artistic-effects.php
Large set of exaamples is here: http://akvis.com/en/artsuite/examples-artistic-effects.php
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