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AKVIS' logo. Click here to visit the AKVIS website! PRESS RELEASE: AKVIS ArtSuite V.6.6: New Christmas Frames

AKVIS announces the update of AKVIS ArtSuite to version v.6.6. ArtSuite is an impressive collection of versatile effects for decorating photos. Version 6.6 includes some bug fixes and a new themed frame pack is available - the Christmas Pack. Whether you celebrate the festive occasion with your family or have a party with your friends - keep the memories alive!

Whether you plan to upload vacation photos to a web-site to share with your friends or wish to make your own personalized greeting cards, you can rely on AKVIS ArtSuite to add elegance and style to any photo.

AKVIS ArtSuite not only offers edge effects for adding frames to your 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 in two categories:

Edge Effects (Photo Frames) can be used to create a photo frame for a digital photo. It can be a classic frame with wood carving or a light-hearted frame with some cheerful frogs along the border. The photo frame 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, a scratched surface, a page curl, ice crystals, etc. It can be a wooden frame with figured carving or a frame with an ornament. It is also possible to load user created patterns and textures to create a unique photo frame.

Use Artistic Effects to experiment with photos. Convert a photo into a B&W image and then add a shade of color to it. Replace colors in an image, add a texture (chosen from the built-in Texture Library or one created by the user) to make the image appear as if it has been drawn on a canvas, brick wall, corrugated paper, etc.

Version 6.6 fixes some bugs and offers a new themed frame pack - the Christmas Pack. This pack includes 50 hand painted frames perfect for your holiday photos. Whether you celebrate the festive occasion with your family or have a party with your friends - keep the memories alive! Make your own Christmas cards! The Christmas Pack is available for 15 USD. Take a look at thumbnails of the new frames here.

In addition to the new Christmas Pack, AKVIS already offers a free frame pack of 30 enchanting designs for any occasion, as well as Wedding and Travel Frame Packs, both of which contain 50 high quality hand painted frames. These frame packs are offered at a price and are intended for professionals, as well as those who are interested in quality design photo frames. Please note that these frames are only available in the standalone version for technical reasons.

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. The free frame pack, which does not require registration, can be used with ArtSuite even during the evaluation period.

Registered users of AKVIS Artsuite can upgrade to version 6.6 for free.

AKVIS ArtSuite Plugin sells for $49; AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone for $ 69. Home users can enjoy the full line of AKVIS products in the AKVIS Alchemy bundle (Retoucher, Chameleon, MultiBrush, Enhancer, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Sketch, Decorator, LightShop, ArtSuite, SmartMask, Magnifier, ArtWork, and NatureArt) 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.

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

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

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

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

Graphics: akvis.com/en/company/graphics.php

Website: akvis.com

(First posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 16:42 EST)

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