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Software: Alien Skin Snap Art

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Old 12-11-2006, 09:08 AM
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Re: Alien Skin "Snap Art": Anybody tried it? What do you think?

Hi Guys, I started reading the questions you posted and was about to answer them but as I finished reading the thread it seems as if you have all figured out the answers!

In summary...

The pencil sketch and pen and ink filters are both well served by some careful experimentation with the tone tab (see my forum post here).
I do turn the automatic conversion off for most photos because I personally like having the control (the automatic is for those who are not interesting in spending the time learning how it works). For those interested, our version of the "channel mixer" equalizes the percentages for RGB to add up to 100% so you don't have to do it in your head (does that answer your questions Danny?).

Yes, I agree I should have put more high detail settings in the factory default settings (especially for pencil sketch). That was mainly due to time contraints when putting out the product. As was mentioned, there are lots more free ones (better for portraits) that you can just click to import/download here.

Also, you can trade settings very easily (email or post). We will probably put more out later too.

Yes, the key insight for getting photorealistic portrait shots is to lower the brush size and set "preserve details" to 100.

Let me know if you have any more questions...

Tom
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Old 12-11-2006, 09:29 AM
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Re: Alien Skin "Snap Art": Anybody tried it? What do you think?

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I do turn the automatic conversion off for most photos because I personally like having the control (the automatic is for those who are not interesting in spending the time learning how it works). For those interested, our version of the "channel mixer" equalizes the percentages for RGB to add up to 100% so you don't have to do it in your head (does that answer your questions Danny?).
Hi Tom. Yes, this [and the info you posted on the AS forum page] fills in the gaps.

Thanks much for checking back in and for the additional info.

~Danny~
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Old 12-11-2006, 01:41 PM
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Re: Alien Skin "Snap Art": Anybody tried it? What do you think?

Really starting to get some good stuff on SA here now.

F.Y.I. I have found that after using the oil painting filter on an image, if I run USM on the image it really brings out the brushstrokes.

Might work on others as well.

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Old 12-12-2006, 02:50 AM
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Re: Software: Alien Skin Snap Art

Original: Click here.

Setting: Comics > Black and white, lattice shading

I painted white over a couple errant spots and added the edge frame, too.
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File Type: jpg SA comics Black and white lattice shading.jpg (97.3 KB, 61 views)
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:39 AM
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Software: Alien Skin Snap Art

Original: Same as previous.

Attachment 1:
* Snap Art > Stylize > Assorted, Desaturated (Seed = 3715**) applied to a copy of the Background
* Although the results are similar to what one gets applying Photoshop Artistic > Cutout or Image > Adjustments > Posterize, one has more control over the outcome in Snap Art.

Attachment 2:
* Snap Art > Stylize > Stylize > LIne Art, small features (downloaded from Alien Skin forum - see first post in this thread for link). Number of lines = 100, seed = 9999. Applied to a copy of Background. This layer was then moved to the top layer.
* Blend mode = Darken makes the 'white' disappear.
* The result is interesting, but a little too abstract for me: not enough detail in the face.

Attachment 3: Used an old Photoshop trick to dig out more detail.
* Photoshop > Blur > Smart Blur > Edge only (3, 20), Normal applied to a copy of Background. This layer was then moved to the top layer.
* Ctrl + I (to invert)
* Photoshop > Stylize > Anisotropic (to soften lines)
* Sharpen > Unsharp Mask (85, 7.0) to give lines a little more definition.
* Blend mode = Darken makes the 'white' disappear.
* Added Hide All layer mask
* Painted white on the layer mask to reveal additional detail where needed
* Added frame edges

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** Important: The results of applying any given Snap Art setting are a function of the "Seed" value. In other words the outcome is affected by changes in the seed setting even though all other control settings are the same.

I'm not used to recording this value yet, so in some cases your results will look different than mine.
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Old 12-12-2006, 05:08 AM
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Re: Software: Alien Skin Snap Art

OK... how about an oil painting?
* Duplicate Background
* Snap Art > Oil Painting > oil paint > brush, rough and dry
* Duplicate Background again; drag copy to top of layer stack
* Snap Art > Oil Painting > oil paint > brush, long strokes
* Add Photoshop Hide All layer mask
* Paint white on layer mask where needed to reveal detail, e.g., eyes, lips
* Select > All
* Edit > Copy merged
* Add a new layer
* Edit > Paste
* Sharpen to taste
* Optional (not shown in the attachment): Photoshop > Brush Strokes > Spatter (4,5). Add another Hide All layer mask and paint white wherever you want to "rough up" the paint edges a bit.
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:29 AM
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Re: Software: Alien Skin Snap Art

Ok, here are my renderings of the redhead portrait using Snap Art (no further manipulation).

I had to shrink them down to meet the 100k limit so a lot of detail was lost in the highlights (esp for impasto).

On the left is Impasto. This is one of my favorite filters because it can be used for portraits or really dramatic painterly effects. I tried making some prints on canvas paper of some of my own photos and they turned out really nice.

The middle is Pastel. This filter is usually good for portraits.

The right is Watercolor. I usually like to use this filter for colorful landscapes, but this image works for me.

Hey this is fun!
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File Type: jpg portrait-redhead-impasto.jpg (90.2 KB, 62 views)
File Type: jpg portrait-redhead-pastel.jpg (96.4 KB, 60 views)
File Type: jpg portrait-redhead-watercolor.jpg (85.5 KB, 77 views)
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:25 AM
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Skin Snap Impasto

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Originally Posted by borderline
Hey this is fun!
Indeed it is, Tom.

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Mine is a combination of two layers manipulated with the Snap Art > Impasto > Abstract, Rough setting.

See the Layers Palette snapshot attachment for a visual version of the following:
* Duplicate Background
* Impasto > Abstract, Rough
* Duplicate Background again and drag to top of layer stack
* Apply Impasto > Abstract, Rough again, but this time with Brush Size control lowered to 9 to render more detail.
* A Hide All layer mask was added to the detail layer and white painted to reveal detail in her face.
* Select > All
* Edit > Copy Merged
* Add a new layer
* Edit > Paste
* Optional: Sharpen this layer a bit and selectively apply the effect with a Hide All layer mask

Attachment 1:
* Impasto > Abstract, Rough applied to duplicate of the Background. Note the absence of facial detail

Attachment 2:
* Final result with a little sharpening applied to her face.

Attachment 3:
* Snapshot of the Layers Palette
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File Type: jpg SA Impasto bottom layer.jpg (98.3 KB, 44 views)
File Type: jpg SA Impasto.jpg (98.9 KB, 67 views)
File Type: jpg SA Impasto LP.jpg (31.6 KB, 12 views)
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Old 12-15-2006, 03:24 PM
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Re: Software: Alien Skin Snap Art

I spent about a week trying this filter out. Personally I am sold to the many possibilities this will provide for.

Although it's difficult to post a low resolution photo showing results, I'll give it a shot. This Original picture was taken with my Canon 20D and reduced to 150 dpi at 8X10. The only filter used was SnapArt, although I did not just use a preset, I created my own. Of course using this in conjuction with other filters could create much better results.
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File Type: jpg Original.jpg (50.1 KB, 37 views)
File Type: jpg Snap.jpg (99.7 KB, 71 views)
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Old 12-23-2006, 11:01 PM
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Re: Software: Alien Skin Snap Art

The original image for this interpretation can be found here.

See the Layer's palette snapshot for the Snap Art settings used. One of these was a Pencil Sketch custom preset I uploaded below.

To import this setting into your Snap Art plugin:
* Download and unzip the .zip file
* Open the Snap Art dialog
* Choose the Pencil Sketch filter
* Click the Manage button on the Settings panel
* Click the Import button and navigate to the location of the unzipped setting file...

or (alt method):
* Download and unzip the .zip file
* Double-click on the unzipped setting file

Merry Christmas!

~Danny~
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File Type: jpg Barent Pencil sketch.jpg (98.5 KB, 71 views)
File Type: jpg Barent Pencil sketch LP.jpg (88.5 KB, 20 views)
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File Type: zip #djr Pencil Sketch, hard pencil rough and loose.zip (988 Bytes, 26 views)
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