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

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:26 AM
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Akvis Sketch 9 - Thoughts, vs. 8, examples, etc.

What do you think about Version 9?
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:33 PM
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What do you think about Version 9?
Hi Estrella,

Funny you should ask...

I tried to install it yesterday, but ran into a snag. I am working with Akvis tech support to sort it out. (My self-inflicted problem, not theirs.) I'll report back when I've got it working -- hopefully in just a few days.

A nice 9.0 feature is its ability to use custom sketch presets defined in earlier versions, plus the ability (now) to export/import presets created under 9.0. This will encourage sharing of custom presets among 9.0 (and later) users -- a very cool thing IMO.
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:18 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

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What do you think about Version 9?
Interesting. I guess I'm subscribed to this thread.

Anyway, I just gave version 9 a quick test. It is the best so far. The algorithm is better, and you can use the old one if you want. The supplied presets are helpful for quickly finding a ballpark.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:35 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

So Danny...what do you think?
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:42 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

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A nice 9.0 feature is its ability to use custom sketch presets defined in earlier versions, plus the ability (now) to export/import presets created under 9.0. This will encourage sharing of custom presets among 9.0 (and later) users -- a very cool thing IMO.
Hello Danny!
Thank you for your good opinion!

I just want to add that you can now export even the presets made in the old version of AKVIS Sketch!

Just select the option "Use old Sketch algorithm" (in the program preferences), and use the button Export presets at the top menu to save these old presets into a file.

If you have questions please feel free to ask us.

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Old 09-02-2009, 10:44 PM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

P.S. then you will be able to load these presets,
but into version 9 and later, the earlier versions can not import the presets files.

But the feature is helpful anyway, you can share your old presets.
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:44 AM
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So Danny...what do you think?
I agree with Andrew's assessment.

In 2 words: VERY impressive.

Download/install 9.0 and see for yourself. No need to uninstall prior version.
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:12 AM
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Re: REVIEW: Akvis Sketch plugin

Danny...pls show some comparisons.
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:13 AM
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Danny...pls show some comparisons.
I will do a 8 vs 9 soon; it will probably next week before I get to it.

In the mean time here are a couple samples of Akvis Sketch 9.0 applied to a low and high resolution image:
* 100 ppi (bridge)
* 300 ppi (Ali)
Attached Images
File Type: jpg before-after bridge A whole bridge.jpg (195.6 KB, 44 views)
File Type: jpg before-after bridge B closeup.jpg (158.1 KB, 44 views)
File Type: jpg before-after ali flat narrow.jpg (198.3 KB, 50 views)

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Old 09-03-2009, 12:03 PM
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In 2 words: VERY impressive.
Given a good candidate photo, I think the new algorithm is capable of making a much cleaner sketch.

Also, I'm not sure which was the last version I tested, so I don't know if that quick sampling preview was there before. But it is extremely helpful. One way it might be improved is if moving the small preview area didn't make the first preview area revert to original. That way the user could hit a few key spots and really get a good view of what's going to happen.

With regard to presets, I found B&W sketch and High Charcoal to be helpful. I found that doing both, and then blending them on layers in Photoshop worked out well.

Anyway, I've been so ill for so many years now I'm lucky to even be able to do this brief work yesterday. I wish I could test more.

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