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PRESS RELEASE: AKVIS ArtSuite v.3.0: Artistic Effects for Photo Frames Creation and Photo Decoration

March, 2008 - AKVIS LLC announces the update of AKVIS ArtSuite (earlier known as Frame Suite) to version v.3.0. The name change reflects the new approach to the

From now on the software will be enriched with new effects that does not necessarily fall
into the Photo Frames category. This version offers three new effects: Black&White, Shift Colors, and Channel Mixer. Also new to this version: button Autorun added, new interface language - Spanish.

Whether you plan to upload holiday photos on a web-site to share with your friends or you wish to decorate a personalized greeting card, you can rely on AKVIS ArtSuite - it will add elegance and style to any photo.

Now AKVIS ArtSuite does not only offer edge effects for adding photo frames to digital photos, but some other artistic effects as well. Thanks to its 15 effects and a rich Pattern Library, the software can generate an endless number of effect versions.

The effects are grouped as follows:

Edge Effects (Photo Frames) allow generating a photo frame for a digital photo. It can be a classic frame with wood carving or a funny frame with some cheerful frogs along the border. Photo frames samples that come with ArtSuite can be easily tailored to any photo. Select a color for the frame; choose its form, its style, brightness, and the intensity of the applied edge effect. It is possible to 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. It is also possible to load the user patterns and textures to create a unique photo frame. 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 background.

Artistic Effects allow experimenting with photos – convert a photo into a B&W image and consequently add a color shade to it; 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, etc.

The new version offers three new artistic effects: Black&White, Shift Colors, and Channel Mixer. By user request, button Autorun has been added. Now one does not need to click on the button Run, every time the settings are changed. New interface language (Spanish) made available.

The program can be used as an independent application (standalone) and as a plug-in to a photo editor.

AKVIS ArtSuite Plugin is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Corel Photo-Paint, and Paint Shop Pro, ACD FotoCanvas, and Ulead PhotoImpact.

AKVIS ArtSuite runs on Microsoft Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.5, PowerPC G3 / Intel and above.

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use. Details are available at http://akvis.com/en/artsuite/download-artistic-effects.php

AKVIS ArtSuite sells for $49 USD, downloadable from http://akvis.com . Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Enhancer, Chameleon, Stamp, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Sketch, LightShop, SmartMask and ArtSuite) for USD $325 a savings of $513 over purchasing each separately. For business licenses consult the official web-site. One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.

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More information about the program: http://akvis.com/en/artsuite/index.php

Direct evaluation download URL:
Windows: http://download.akvis.com/akvis-artsuite-setup.exe
Macintosh (Photoshop CS3): http://download.akvis.com/akvis-artsuite-setup.dmg
Macintosh (Photoshop 6-CS2, Photoshop Elements, GraphicConverter, etc):

Screenshots: http://akvis.com/en/artsuite/screenshots-artistic-effects.php

(First posted on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 21:03 EST)

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