Using the Program

AliveColors is the all-in-one graphics software for detailed image editing and retouching, high-quality photo enhancement, creating stylization effects as well as professional painting and drawing.

The functionality of the program depends on the license type. Some features are not available in the Free version. During the test period you can try all options and choose the license you like.


Follow the basic processing steps:

    Step 1. Run the AliveColors image editor.

    Step 2. Open a file (supported formats: TIFF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, RAW, SVG, PSD, WEBP, and AKVIS) or create a new image.

    To open an image, click the Open File button in the start screen window, select the File -> Open command in the menu, or press Ctrl+O on Windows, +O on Mac.

    Alternatively, you can drag an image shortcut directly to the program workspace. When dragging into an opened file, the image will be added as a new layer.

    You can view the recently opened files on the start screen. You can also select in the menu: File -> Recent Files.

    Program Window of AliveColors AliveColors Window

    It is possible to open multiple images at once.

    Step 3. You can adjust the color and hue of an image by selecting Image -> Adjustment.

    Step 4. To edit the image, use appropriate tools from the Toolbar.

    Step 5. Apply effects and filters to the image by using the Effects menu in the Control Panel.

    Image Editing in AliveColors Image Editing in AliveColors

    Step 6. To save the result, use the command File -> Save As or the key combination Ctrl+Shift+S on Windows, ++S on Mac.

    In the Save As dialog box, enter a name for the file, select a format (TIFF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, SVG, PSD, WEBP, or AKVIS) and indicate a target folder.

      Note: If your image has multiple layers, you can use the AKVIS format to save all checkpoints, all types of layers, selections, and masks. The end result can be saved in any supported format.

    Use the command File -> Save or the key combination Ctrl+S on Windows, +S on Mac to replace the original image with the edited one.

    Step 7. To print the image, select File -> Print or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P on Windows, +P on Mac.

    Step 8. Use one of the options to close the active image:

      - press the button in the image tab;

      - press the button on the right of the image tabs;

      - select the command File -> Close in the Control Panel;

      - use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+W on Windows, +W on Mac.

    Step 9. Use one of the options to exit the program:

      - press the X symbol in the top right corner of the program window;

      - select File -> Exit from the Control Panel;

      - use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Q on Windows, +Q on Mac.