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Akvis Sketch 9 - Thoughts, vs. 8, examples, etc.

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Old 09-05-2009, 04:23 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

Here are a couple of examples done with Version 9. Source photos are from stock.xchng

Keep in mind that these are raw results. I did not additional work in Photoshop.
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:12 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

Hi Andrew,
Very nice results!
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:27 AM
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I like the improvement in the color pencil feature.

The original photo turned out kind of blurry but there was enough detail to get a nice sketch out of it.
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:48 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

If I down load the new version will it mess up the old version if I decide not to purchase?

I agree with you Steve. I realize these guys need to make some profit for their efforts, but the discount should be greater.

I'm still have issues with there 10 day evaluation policy and this is not the norm...most companies provide 30 day evaluation.

A good customer model at the moment is Topaz...great products, great prices, great support...my 2 cents.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:57 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

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FWIW, you can win a free copy of Akvis Sketch. The contest ends Sept. 13, 2009.

Yes, it is a Lottery, and you have a change to win Business license of AKVIS Sketch (plugin + standalone)
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:11 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

I just want to say that they offer many ways to get free keys at their site, i don't know a company who has such nice politic. My friend got several programs for translation their Helps to italian. or you can make tutorial and send them.
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:20 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

Upgraded...
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:20 AM
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re: Akvis Sketch 9 - Thoughts, vs. 8, examples, etc.

IMPORTANT:

I moved comments about Akvis upgrade policy here:

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...y-options.html
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:21 AM
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re: Akvis Sketch 9 - Thoughts, vs. 8, examples, etc.

I have found 9.0 to have the following benefits:
* New edges tab for controlling edge characteristics
* Improved sketch fine detail over 8.x (see attachment for 8 vs. 9 closeup). Subtle, but noticeable in areas of detail, like eyelashes.
* Faster-to-Much faster rendering times (9%-88%, depending on image characteristics [detail, dimensions, resolution])
* A preview window size preferences setting
* Ability to export/import settings from/into 9
* Ability to run 9 in "prior version" mode, which enables one to
.....Easily compare output from 9 to output from prior versions without having to uninstall 9 (use the 9 preferences setting to revert to the prior rendering engine)
.....Get results from prior versions after 9 is installed (if you prefer 8 over 9 for some 8 setting combination), in other words there s no loss of settings created under previous versions

Final thoughts:
* If you are like me, a frequent Akvis Sketch user who likes the output of earlier versions, but wishes fine detail was cleaner, you will REALLY like 9.
* If you are new to photo-art and are looking for a really good pencil sketch, but are not at all satisfied with Photoshop/PS Elements filters like Colored Pencil, Find Edges or Smart Blur [option: edge only], or any of the many free "edge finding" plugins or "sketch actions" on the net, I encourage you to download Sketch 9 and test it for yourself. It is without peer.
* If you need only line or edge rendering, and no continuous tone rendering, then take a look at Topaz Simplify

Attachment note: "Default" setting used for test sketches.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:02 PM
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re: Akvis Sketch 9 - Thoughts, vs. 8, examples, etc.

Source image - see: http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/photo-based-art/27454-curtis-jenny.html

Method (see first attachment for screenshot of layer palette):
1. Applied Curves adjustment layer and dragged curve down from center a bit to darken midtones. Levels would have worked as well.
2. Created Layer A by merging the levels below.
3. Duplicated A and applied some Surface Blur to get Layer B. Doing so reduces unsightly noise.
4. Layer C: Duplicated layer B and applied a Sketch 9 preset I created ("sasha" - uploaded below. Download, unzip, import file "djr-sasha.sketch" into Sketch 9)
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