Thu, 13 Dec 2012 Akvis Chameleon 8 review
Simplify the cutting out of objects to paste in Photoshop layers
- Manufacturer: Akvis
- Pros: Excellent edge detection, multiple compositing modes, a quick and easy way of compositing elements, save parts of images as fragments for later, fast processing
- Cons: Can’t switch images around once selected, blending option is much like what you can do in Photoshop anyway, not cheap, adding another foreground image removes the previous one
- Price: €57 (£46)
- Star rating:
If there’s one thing that’s a pain in the backside to do in Photoshop it’s cutting things out to add to other layers. There have been a few different plug-ins that aim to make this easier, and that’s the job of Chameleon, though it’s styled slightly differently.
Instead of just being about cutting out, this is about compositing, so you need foreground and target background photos.
With the background image selected in Photoshop, activate the filter then load the foreground image. Use the blue pen to mark what part to keep and the red pen to mark what area to lose. The idea is to do these on either side of a clearly distinguishable border, like of a person. Click on Run and the cutout will be processed.
While you can then load another foreground image, if you run that as well it replaces the existing one, so for multiple composition you need to either perform the process completely each time, or select the foreground images, grab the parts you want, save them out, then load them in as image fragments. There are four blend modes to integrate the cutout into the background image, from plain over the top to smoothed edges, partial blends and the Chameleon mode that uses the underlying colours.