AKVIS Chameleon Photoshop Plugin and Application Enhanced for Photo Collage Creation

Adding a copied object to an existing photo or illustration in an image editing application is simple enough, but to have the object integrate convincingly with the base image typically requires a significant amount of time and technical expertise. Chameleon attempts to perform this integration automatically, by adjusting the copied object's overall color range to match the background, as well as smoothing its edges.

Four modes of collage creation are provided, with the Montage mode attempting to create a seamless photo montage by transferring selected objects to a new background and removing the unneeded parts of the pasted image, which retains its color range and opacity. In Chameleon mode the plugin adjusts the pasted fragment to the target image color range and smoothes the object's borders. Emersion mode, which differs from the other modes in that the pasted image fragment does not overlay the background, but instead is embedded into it, such that only certain parts of the fragment are visible. AKVIS indicates this mode is appropriate for use with difficult subjects, such as trees or graffiti. Finally, in Blend Mode the plugin smooths the borders of the inserted object, adjusts its color range and also makes it semi-transparent.

New in version 8 is an enhanced Montage mode, which is said to better process the edges of image fragments. Also new are additional Selection tools: Rectangular, Elliptical, Lasso and Selection Brush. Speaking of tools, say hello to three new Post-Processing tools: Smudge, Blur and History Brush. Finally, the new version adds interface support for 4K and 5K video displays.

AKVIS Chameleon for Mac and Windows can be purchased on the AKVIS site for $54. A trial version is also available for download.

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