Exploring Photoshop, Photoshop plugins and other companion products.
Creating slide backgrounds for use in PowerPoint is something that can use a little help from Photoshop. That’s because Photoshop has an amazing repertoire of tricks that makes creating backgrounds easy. One of the effects in Photoshop called Reticulation lets you achieve all these objectives. In olden days, Reticulation was the process of crafting metal by inducing heat through a torch – ending up with metal which is patterned into ridges, textures and emboss effects. Nowadays, of course only artists and craftsmen use the Reticulation process as most metal is machine made. Photoshop’s Reticulation filter tries to emulate this amazing effect.
AKVIS Pastel is an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in that converts your pictures into pastel art. Once you apply the effect, you can adjust the effect parameters to control the output as desired. Additionally, the advanced brush tools help you to refine the result and you can also apply the pastel painting to any surface such as: sanded paper, MDF board, brick wall, etc. Add a signature, a title, or a greeting to personalize your artwork. The add-in provides the batch processing option which saves lot of time if working on multiple pictures.
AKVIS NatureArt 5.5 in an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in that contains 9 nature-specific visual effects. It is the newest version of the AKVIS NatureArt 1.0 plug-in that we reviewed earlier. This plug-in allows you to add create natural phenomena on your pictures. You can also add effects directly on a blank background, such as converting a blank background into a sea view, lightning bolt, rain, sun, and snow. Finally, save your effects as presets for future use.
OilPaint is an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in that creates oil painting effects from any photograph. AKVIS OilPaint works as an artistic filter creating stylish paintings from images using its preset or tweaked algorithms. These cause a photo to painting conversion. What sets this plug-in apart is that you can choose one of OilPaint’s 22 ready-to-use presets or play with the effect settings to create your own presets.
AirBrush is an Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-in that creates an airbrush-style drawing from any photograph. AKVIS AirBrush works as an artistic filter creating stylish colorful airbrush designs from images using its preset or tweaked algorithms to cause a photo to painting conversion. Best of all, you don’t need to perform complex calculations or draw lines and details with tools. Just choose one of AirBrush’s 40 ready-to-use presets or play with the effect settings to create your own presets.
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