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AKVIS' logo. Click here to visit the AKVIS website! PRESS RELEASE: AKVIS ArtWork 5.0. Now With Watercolor Effect!

February 21, 2011 - AKVIS announces the release of ArtWork version 5.0. AKVIS ArtWork transforms photos into paintings using various techniques. An ordinary photo can be turned into a work of art. ArtWork is available in plug-in and standalone versions for Windows and Mac. Version 5.0 introduces the Watercolor style. Photos can now be converted to an image in the beautiful, airy, and light style of watercolor paintings.

Would you like to become an artist for a few minutes, without the years of training or natural skill of a master? Want to turn your photos into works of art? Try AKVIS ArtWork.

AKVIS ArtWork is the perfect tool for expressing your artistic imagination. With ArtWork you can transform a photo into an oil painting, create an image in the style of comics, make a pen and ink drawing, or even a linocut. You can use it to create a unique avatar, or make original gifts such as postcards, posters or greeting cards. Amaze your friends and family with a portrait, landscape, or still life painting from your own photos.

Version 5.0 of ArtWork introduces the Watercolor style, which allows you to convert any image in a watercolor painting. Watercolor is one of the most difficult painting techniques. It is very difficult to achieve a realistic simulation of a watercolor painting, but ArtWork does this well! It helps you to create beautiful, airy, light watercolor paintings that look just like the real thing, as if created by the artist's hand.

The most popular of the styles offered by ArtWork, Oil, has earned the praise of professionals, and in Version 5 it has been made even better. A photo is processed into an oil painting more quicky, and the resulting image is even closer to oil painting than in previous versions. Strokes are applied more precisely, following the lines of objects and shadows, giving a more realistic result.

Also new to Version 5.0 are the Post Processing Tools (Smudge and Blur), which are available under the Business and Deluxe licenses. These tools help to improve the results made in the Oil and Watercolor styles.

Thanks to the new Animated Processsing feature, you can observe the photo-to-painting conversion in real time. Now the transformation takes place right before your eyes. Watch your work of art being born!

Each painting style in ArtWork includes presets which make it even easier to work with your photos and save time. Verson 5.0 adds new presets for the Oil, Comics, and Pen & Ink styles. The new Watercolor style comes with 6 presets.

Many photo editing enthusiasts have already expressed themselves using ArtWork’ s features. Take a look at these Examples: http://akvis.com/en/artwork-tutorial/examples/index.php

AKVIS ArtWork is available as a stand-alone application, as well as a plug-in to a photo editor.

ArtWork runs on Windows 7/Vista/XP and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.6.

AKVIS ArtWork Home License (plug-in or standalone) sells for $72 USD, downloadable from http://akvis.com . Registered users can upgrade to Version 5.0 for free! Just download the program and reinstall it.

Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS programs in the AKVIS Alchemy Bundle (Retoucher, Chameleon, Multibrush, Enhancer, Refocus, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch, Decorator, LightShop, ArtSuite, SmartMask, Magnifier, ArtWork, and NatureArt) for USD $325 USD, a huge savings over purchasing each separately.

AKVIS ArtWork 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.

AKVIS specializes in development of image processing software and scientific research. The company was founded in 2004 by IT professionals having considerable experience in programming and software development. Since then the company has released a number of successful programs.

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Company Website: http://akvis.com

Product Page: http://akvis.com/en/artwork/index.php

Download: http://akvis.com/en/artwork/download-painting-effects.php

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

Graphic press kits: http://akvis.com/en/company/graphics.php

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AKVIS-Software

Twitter: http://twitter.com/akvis

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(First posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 16:18 EST)

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