AKVIS Chameleon is a handy tool that offers 4 distinct methods (modes) of morphing and blending photos in order to create impressive collages and seamless photo montages. The first one, called “Montage Mode”, lets you combine photos and create seamless montages by transferring selected objects from a photo to the background of the other photo. This mode is especially suitable for pasting people or faces to a new photo (to a new background). The second and the third mode are meant to paste fragments to a target image in an automatic manner, without asking the user to pre-select the fragments. Though these modes smooth the objects’ borders and can save a lot more time than the other modes, inaccuracies can appear more often when using these modes. The last one, called “Emersion Mode”, is an enhancement of the “Montage Mode”, as it also allows for pasting more complicated objects.
Regardless of the mode selected, the program doesn’t make you select accurate areas of the objects to be pasted. It’s really easy-to-use and perfect for casual users, as its interface is also quite simple, straightforward and self-explanatory. It’s also suitable for experienced people that usually prefer using sophisticated graphic suites like Adobe Photoshop in order to complete their image manipulation tasks.
AKVIS Chameleon supports all the popular raster graphic formats, including BMP, JPEG and TIFF. Though it sounds like a great tool, I have my reservations recommending it because, though it’s much easier to use, it still lacks the accuracy level that only powerful tools like Photoshop or Gimp can offer. Anyway, you can test it for free and check for yourself if AKVIS Chameleon is good enough for your needs.
- Comes with 4 distinct working modes
- Good for creating customized postcards
- Comes as a standalone tool and as a plugin for Photoshop
- Quite pricey
- No offline help file
- Sometimes lacks accuracy in object selection