Review of Alien Skin's Snap Art filter
December 18, 2006 12:39 am
Snap Art by Alien Skin Software L.L.C. is a set of 10 filters; these filters are really fun to use and allow for a great deal of creativity, as well as allowing the novice user to create effects such as oil painting, watercolor, etc. The filter set works with:
While I said Snap Art is a set of 10 filters, in actuality there are almost an infinite number that can be created. The Snap Art filters are used to take an image and change its style. Thus, a regular image can be changed to one that has the look of an oil painting or one that has the look of a pastel work on thick paper.
The key settings are: Factory Setting, Basic, Tone, Canvas, and Lighting. There is also the ability to save ones own settings in addition to the Factory Settings.
Each one of the settings will change the feel and look of the image, so the same image can look unique by just using different settings.
Lighting seemed to change the final image the least.
I took a number of images that I had created in the past to illustrate the various filters. As I have already stated, each final image could have looked differently than what I created for this review.
Oil and Impasto Filters
Pen and Ink and Pencil Filters
Colored Pencil and Watercolor Filters
One does not have to work with the same image. I broke one image down into layers and used the Impasto filter on each layer using a different setting. I, also, can then use other filters to soften, exaggerate, smooth, etc. these same layers.
The image was layered in the following manner:
The requirements for Snap Art are:
The cost of Snap Art is $149. If one owns another Alien Skin product and orders directly from Alien Skin, the cost is $99. For more information about this product and Alien Skins other great filters, go to their web site at: http://www.alienskin.com
Also, for reviews of their other great filters, go to the index page of my web site of perpetualvisions.com.
I really enjoyed using this set of filters and found, as I stated in the beginning of the review, that one could use them to just mimic a type of artistic effect or use them creatively through working with layers and other filters as well.
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December 18, 2006
Wow, I really like this filter. The pen and ink filter is something I have been looking for. Just one question ... how do the other filters differ from the basic filters in Photoshop? Right now I am running Photoshop 7. Not sure how the special effects of the newer Photoshop version compare. Thanks again for another great product review. Dee-Marie
I've downloaded the 30 day demo of the filter and it's my new favourite toy/tool. I say toy since it's just so much fun! I'm not sure what free filters newangels has, but I'd like to see if they can produce brush strokes, canvas texture and highlights that Alien Skin can. Check out my website gallery for my playings.