PRESS RELEASE: AKVIS Retoucher v.4.5. Photo Retouching and Restoration
September 2010 - AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS Retoucher 4.5 for Windows and Macintosh. The program allows restoring damaged photos by removing dust, scratches, stains, and by reconstructing the missing parts of a photo automatically. The new version adds a new features to the Stamp tool. Now it's possible to mirror a clone horizontally and vertically. It can be helpful, for example, when you need to add a mirror of the restored object to water, glass, etc. Fixed a bug that occasionally occurred when loading images.
For registered users of the previous version the upgrade is free.
AKVIS Retoucher is a multifunctional tool. It can be used for restoring old damaged photographs from family archives by removing dust, scratches, stains, and by reconstructing the missing parts of a photo automatically. It can also be used to improve composition of a photo by removing irrelevant details and even large objects that spoil the impression from the photo.
The defects and details are removed automatically, just select them and run the program. The wide variety of capabilities are demonstrated at akvis.com/en/retoucher/examples-image-restoration.php
The software can also reconstruct the missing parts of a photo using information from the surrounding areas. So you can restore a photo that has been torn or has some missing parts.
AKVIS Retoucher is a handy tool for improving the composition of your photos. You can remove date stamps, logos, small irrelevant details (wires, refuse bins, etc). If you need to increase the canvas size (from one side or proportionally) to bring the main object into focus, AKVIS Retoucher will help you to fill the blank areas of the canvas with appropriate image textures.
Retoucher offers tools to remove even large objects. If for smaller details, it is enough to select the object you want to remove and run the program, for larger and complex objects (people, cars, buildings) you may need to give the program a hint where it should take textures from to fill in the area. It can be made with the new Linear Retouch and Patch tools.
First time you open the program it works in the Express mode. In this mode only the necessary tools are shown, so that one does not get lost in the parameters and still can get a good result. It is possible to switch to the Advanced mode anytime to have all available parameters at hand.
Those using the Home Deluxe and Business have the opportunity to perform post-processing with the tools Clone Stamp and Chameleon Brush.
Version 4.5 adds a new features to the Clone Stamp tool. Now it's possible to mirror a clone horizontally and vertically. It can be helpful, for example, when you need to add a mirror of the restored object to water, glass, etc.
The program is available in plugin and standalone versions.
The plugin version is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 64 bit. Read more about compatibility here: akvis.com/en/compatibility-software.php
The software runs on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win7 and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.6.
The full functional trial version of AKVIS Retoucher is available at akvis.com/en/retoucher/index.php
AKVIS Retoucher sells for $87 USD, downloadable from akvis.com.
Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS plugins in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle for USD $325 USD. Retoucher is also available in the Restoration bundle which has been expanded and now includes Retoucher, MultiBrush, and Coloriage with the discount of 83 USD. 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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(First posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 09:06 EDT)