AKVIS Charcoal - review

AKVIS Charcoal is an artistic tool for conversion of photos into charcoal and chalk drawings.It lets you create a preliminary sketch as well as a finished work of art. - It combines the advantages of different materials and can be used together with different drawing tools
- Using the sharpened charcoal you can make thin clear lines, but if you put it on the edge you'll get a wide loose stroke. 
- Charcoal creates rich and easy picturesque strokes, both delicate and bold.
- It allows you create drawings with each material or combine them using dramatic contrast between black and white. 
- Playing with colors and options, you can get a lot of variants of photo to drawing conversion and achieve outstanding artistic effects such as sanguine.
- You can observe the conversion of your photo into a charcoal and chalk drawing in real time. 
- The program makes snapshots during processing and lets you choose between them. Thanks to this feature it's possible to create variations of drawings without adjusting the settings.
- Changing the color of the background paper gives even more variants of the final result. 
- Adding your signature to an image you can feel like a real artist, the author of a work of art.
- The program offers a list of presets, ready-to-use settings combinations which make it easier to work with the software and save you time. 
AKVIS Charcoal is available as a standalone program and as a plugin to a photo editor, for Windows and Macintosh. The plug-in is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, etc. Consult the compatibility page for more details.
More information in Akvis Charcoal Tutorial: 
Short slideshow-review: www.akamonitor.cz/product-reviews/charcoal/
( comming soon ) 


Zoner Photo Suite - proč ho koupit nyni?

Nové Zoner Photo Studio 17 vyzkoušelo už přes 150 000 uživatelů
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Pořídit ho nyní lze za cenu 1 499 Kč. Program můžete po stažení  první měsíc testovat zdarma,
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Topaz Clarity

Sometimes, you photo is not as vivid, as punchy, or as real as real life! You see the world in much better contrast and detail than your camera. After all, it's difficult to express the beauty of the real world in a two-dimensional image.
Topaz solves this problem by the product called "Clarity".
Clarity's micro-contrast technology helps you add punch to your photos while still keeping them natural. Instead of spending a lot of time manually brightening and darkening selective parts of your image, Clarity can do it all in a few clicks:

Clarity fundamentally improves your image by enhancing contrast and color in an almost undetectable way. Your photo will look how it should have looked straight out of the camera.
- Clarity's microcontrast technology emulates a skilled retoucher's method of selectively brightening and darkening parts of your image. 
- You can apply contrast exactly where you want it and nowhere that you don't. 
- Clarity includes advanced masking module optimized for ease of use
- Clarity includes a large variety of preset effects that we've curated for many different kinds of images. 
- Topaz Clarity plugs directly into your existing editing software to minimize disruption to your workflow. Clarity is compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom, iPhoto, and more
More information: http://www.topazlabs.com/clarity


Československá FOTOgrafie 25/14

Portrétní fotografie - oči
Soumrakové světlo se záblesky
Barevná fotografie - opravdu ji potřebujete?
Petr Halbich - fotograf ticha
Subjektivní realita
(Bonus aka) Hloubka ostrosti
Příští číslo vyjde: 5.12.2014