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Akvis Artsuite's logo. Click here to visit the Akvis website! PRESS RELEASE: Akvis ArtSuite V.6.0 Supports Frame Packs

AKVIS announces the update of AKVIS ArtSuite to version v.6.0. ArtSuite is a collection of versatile effects for decorating photos. The Standalone version now supports Frame Packs of Hand Painted Photo Frames. Two new themed frame packs are also available. These frame packs contain frames which have been designed by artists specially for ArtSuite. Also new to version 6.0: support for 64 bit in the plugin version, bug fixes, and a new installation program. A free frame pack containing 30 hand painted frames is also available as a separate download. Upgrade for registered users is free.

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.

AKVIS ArtSuite not only offers edge effects for adding photo frames to digital photos, but also is constantly enriched with new artistic effects as well. Thanks to the large number of effects and a rich Pattern Library, the software can generate an endless variety 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.

Artistic Effects allow one to experiment with photos – convert a photo into a B&W image and then add a color shade to it; replace colors in an image, add a texture (chosen from the built-in Texture Library or one created by the user) so that the image looks like it has been drawn on a canvas, brick wall, corrugated paper, etc.

Version 6.0 offers support for themed frame packs. These frame packs contain frames which have been designed by artists specially for ArtSuite. Please note that these frames are only available in the standalone version for technical reasons.

Also new to Version 6.0: support for 64 bit in the plugin version, bug fixes, and a new installation program. Upgrade for registered users is free.

AKVIS offers a new frame pack for free. A delightful collection of 30 hand painted frames for any occasion! Everyone who uses ArtSuite standalone can download this frame pack as a free gift after upgrading to version 6 of the standalone.

Also, two new themed frame packs are available - Wedding and Travel Frame Packs. The Wedding Pack is ideal for framing the memories of your special day, while the Travel Pack is a great way to present your travel adventures and photos of tours to famous places. Both packs contain 50 high quality hand painted frames. These frame packs are offered at a price and are intended for for professionals, as well as those who are interested in quality design photo frames.

The Wedding Frame Pack is available for 15 USD and the Travel Pack for 12 USD. They require registration before they can be used with ArtSuite.

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 Corel PhotoImpact.

AKVIS ArtSuite runs on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win 7 and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.6.

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use.

AKVIS ArtSuite Plugin sells for $49; AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone for $ 69. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Retoucher, Chameleon, MultiBrush, Enhancer, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch, Decorator, LightShop, ArtSuite, SmartMask, Magnifier, and ArtWork) for USD $325, a considerable savings over purchasing each separately. For business licenses consult the official web-site.

AKVIS ArtSuite is also part of the AKVIS Artistic Bundle (Sketch, ArtWork, and ArtSuite), which sells for $149 for the plug-in version or $169 for the standalone version. This is a savings of $44 when compared to the price of these three programs purchased separately. Visit the official website to see prices for alternate versions of this bundle.

One license key allows activating the software on two computers, for example, on a desktop and a laptop.

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About the program: http://akvis.com/en/artsuite/index.php

Download: http://akvis.com/en/artsuite/download-artistic-effects.php

Tutorial: http://akvis.com/en/artsuite-tutorial/howwork/index.php

Twitter: http://twitter.com/akvis

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RSS Feed: http://akvis.com/akvis-rss.xml

(First posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 18:25 EDT)

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