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AKVIS' logo. Click here to visit the AKVIS website! PRESS RELEASE: Akvis NatureArt V.3.0: Cool Down This Summer With The New Ice Effect!

AKVIS announces the upgrade of its program, AKVIS NatureArt, to Version 3.0. AKVIS NatureArt is an excellent tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos. In addition to 7 nature effects offered by NatureArt: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, Frost, and Fire, Version 3.0 offers a new nature effect - Ice. The Ice effect allows you to cover any surface with ice. Seven new presets have also been added to the Clouds effect in the new version, as well as RAW file support, an OS File Dialog, and other improvements.

AKVIS is excited to announce an upgrade of its program NatureArt to Version 3.0.

AKVIS NatureArt is an excellent tool for imitating the majesty and grandeur of natural phenomena on your digital photos.

Give a lifeless or dull photo an entirely new look simply by changing the scene's weather. Its spirit will change dramatically, from a crackling thunderstorm to a peaceful morning, from a forest in flames to a dreary rainy thicket, from a parched desert to a cool lakeside scene. Nature effects have an impact on our mood and can be used to strengthen the impression made by a picture.

In addition to seven nature effects offered by NatureArt: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds,Frost and Fire, Version 3.0 introduces a new nature effect - Ice.

Now the list of possibilities is even greater than before. You can create a wide array of effect versions. Change the weather on a photo, make the night sky sparkle with glistening stars, enliven a dark, gloomy landscape by adding sources of light, create a flaming text effect, stir up a sandstorm, or even your own little tempest in a teapot.

The Ice effect (only available under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses) covers any surface in a layer of ice. The effect is applied to a selected area on the image. You can use it to freeze a lake or pond in a summer scene, decorate your Christmas photos, or make snow sculptures. This effect includes a variety of settings for changing the appearance of the ice to suit your taste. The texture of the ice's surface can be changed, as well as its color and transparency.

The Rain effect adds precipitation to an image. You can add various kinds of rain (from drizzle to downpour) by adjusting the parameters. You can even create snow from this effect using the AKVIS Snow preset.

The Sun effect adds the most important celestial body to an image - The Sun - in all of its glory, depending on the time of day, the changing seasons, and the weather: bright, dim, summer, winter, rising, setting, etc. By changing settings or using one of the presets from AKVIS, it's possible to transform the sun into the moon (AKVIS Moon preset) or into one of its more distant neighbors in the cosmos (AKVIS Star preset).

The Water effect adds a body of water to an image. The horizon of the body of water can be adjusted vertically up and down. The water's characteristics as color, depth, and the appearance can be adjusted, as well as the direction of waves. You can change an existing body of water's appearance or add a river to a forest background.

The Lightning effect adds lightning bolts of any shape and number to an image. The lightning bolt’s attributes, such as its glow, thickness, number of branches, and color can be adjusted via various parameters. Add some excitement to a stormy scene or electrify a peaceful background.

The Clouds effect adds clouds to an image. They can be applied anywhere on an image using the program's selection tools. Their density, size, transparency, and color can be adjusted using the effect's parameters. Use it to fill a vague, blank sky or to add an air of enchantment to a forest. Version 3.0 offers more choices for adjusting the appearance of clouds by including 7 new ready-to-use presets for the Clouds effect.

The Frost effect adorns an image with an openwork of ice crystals. In nature frost appears on long thin objects during freezing weather. The icy crystals give even ordinary objects a fantastic and almost surreal appearance. Now you can add this beauty to your digital photos easily. Just use your imagination and add frost crystals on places you would not expect, such as on someone's eyelashes, or enhance an already wintry scene.

The Fire effect (only available under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses) adds tongues of flame to an image. You can change their color and other characteristics by adjusting various parameters. Illuminate a scene with bright flames or even make flaming text.

Also, in Version 3.0, support for RAW files has been added, as well as a list of Recent Files and an OS File Dialog for loading and saving files.

AKVIS NatureArt is available in two editions, as an independent program (standalone) and as a plugin to a photo editor.

The plugin edition is compatible with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, etc. Check the compatibility page for more details.

AKVIS NatureArt runs on Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Win7 and on Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4-10.6, both 32 bit and 64 bit.

Test the software for 10 days free of charge!

Download AKVIS NatureArt v.3.0 for Macintosh and Windows here.

Users who own previous versions of AKVIS NatureArt can upgrade to Version 3.0 for free.

AKVIS NatureArt sells for $72 USD for Home version (either Plugin or Standalone, 6 effects), $129 USD for Home Deluxe (Plugin and Standalone, 8 effects), $189 USD for Business (Plugin and Standalone, 8 effects, for commercial use).

AKVIS NatureArt is available in the Alchemy bundle which includes all AKVIS software at a discounted price.

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.

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

Screenshot: akvis.com/en/natureart/screenshots-nature-effects.php

Download: akvis.com/en/natureart/download-nature-effects.php

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

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

Website: akvis.com

(First posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 15:06 EDT)

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