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Software: Alien Skin Snap Art

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Old 12-06-2006, 08:20 PM
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Software: Alien Skin Snap Art

Press release:
http://www.creativepro.com/story/news/24973.html?cprose=7-50

Reviews:
http://www.alienskin.com/snapart/snapart_reviews.html
Kevin L. Kitchens - http://photographyvoice.com/pv/revie...e/snapart.aspx

Take these as a grain of salt. Download and try the demo yourself.

For product information, system requirements, pricing, etc:
http://www.alienskin.com/snapart/index.html

Compatibility note:

Despite what it says regarding "system requirements," so far it has been reported that Snap Art works fine with Photoshop 7, PaintShop Pro 9 and Painter 8.

It probably works with PSP 10, Elements 2, 3 and 4, too. If in doubt it doesn't hurt to try the demo.

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Free goodies and tech Q/A

* Alien Skin's support forum for free Snap Art preset downloads, tech Q/A, printing tips, etc:
http://www.alienskin.com/forum/forum...sp?FID=31&PN=1

Galleries, Examples:
* Snap Art Example Book created by David Janik-Jones:
http://www.alienskin.com/snapart/snapart_downloads.html


* http://www.alienskin.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=668

* http://web.mac.com/orrail/iWeb/ORRAIL%27S/Photo%20Paintings.html

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Have you tried Alien Skin's Snap Art?

I don't think I care for this plugin. Results I get are not so great.

I do better with Impressionist, and Paint Engine.

~Diane

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DIDN'T LIKE IT AT FIRST...THEN CHANGED MY MIND
January, 2007

For what it's worth my first impressions of Snap Art were quite negative. This initial reaction was based on the gallery of examples in the at the Alien Skin website and my personal experiences applying the presets that came installed with the program (demo download). In most cases I felt the results rendered by the factory settings were not useful in terms of the types of digital artwork I like to do.

But after using SA for nearly every day of the allotted 30-day trial period I changed my mind and purchased this plugin. Why? With use I liked it more and more.

I went through each filter, thoroughly exercising the installed presets and experimenting with individual control combinations. For nearly every Snap Art filter I discovered setting combinations that yielded results I liked, in some cases a whole lot. (As time goes along I will upload some of my custom preset "discoveries" to share.)

Like some exotic foods I found Snap Art to be an acquired taste: I had to try it several times before I began to understood how to use it to achieve results I liked.

So, don't let negative reports disuade you from trying it out.

~Danny~

Last edited by DannyRaphael; 05-17-2007 at 01:35 PM. Reason: Highlighed product info link; add ref to Kevin L. Kitchens review.
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Old 12-06-2006, 10:27 PM
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Re: SnapArt

Have to agree there the sketch effect is awful...

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Old 12-07-2006, 10:15 AM
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Re: SnapArt

Have seen some things done with it that I like. Some of the oil painting is very good.

It has two drawbacks. It is VERY expensive, about $145 U.S. And it only works on the lastest versions of PS and Paint Shop Pro, neither of which I have.

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Old 12-07-2006, 01:38 PM
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Re: SnapArt

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Have seen some things done with it that I like. Some of the oil painting is very good.

It has two drawbacks. It is VERY expensive, about $145 U.S. And it only works on the lastest versions of PS and Paint Shop Pro, neither of which I have.

Steve
Take a look at ALL the examples in the sample gallery http://www.alienskin.com/snapart/snapart_examples.html.

Note: The same "before" image is used for several effects, so cycle through the entire gallery to get the full picture of SA's capabilities.

Those who download/install the plugin for evaluation, post some example results, including the "before" for comparison purposes.

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FYI: Those who already have an Alien Skin product installed qualify for the $99 (US) "upgrade" price.

~Danny~

Last edited by DannyRaphael; 12-10-2006 at 09:02 PM. Reason: Content clarification on upgrade discount
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:15 PM
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Re: SnapArt

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Originally Posted by DannyRaphael
Take a look at ALL the examples in the sample gallery http://www.alienskin.com/snapart/snapart_examples.html.

Note: The same "before" image is used for several effects, so cycle through the entire gallery to get the full picture of SA's capabilities.

Those who download/install the plugin for evaluation, post some example results, including the "before" for comparison purposes.

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FYI: Those who already have an Alien Skin product installed qualify for the $99 (US) "upgrade" price.

~Danny~

Ok everybody, a slight change in my last post re. Snap Art. I have it working now in PSP 9. It does not state anywhere that I could find, that you have to install it directly into the plugin folder of every program you want to use it in. When I finally found this out, I re-installed it and it works fine.

Only tried the oil paint effect so far. Here is before and after on a barn image.

Steve
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Last edited by DannyRaphael; 12-10-2006 at 09:06 PM. Reason: replaced DannyRaphael quoted content with up-to-date information
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:03 PM
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Re: Alien Skin "Snap Art" More examples

Some more examples of the barn in Snap Art.

Keep in mind each of these effects have hundreds of settings, I have only picked one for each example.

color pencil...comics....impasto & pastel landscape sketch

Steve
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Old 12-07-2006, 04:09 PM
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Re: Alien Skin "Snap Art"

More barn images.

Pen & ink...pencil sketch...pointillism...stylize...& watercolor.

Steve
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:06 PM
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Re: Alien Skin "Snap Art": Anybody tried it? What do you think?

These examples are great, Steve... They sure help one visualize the possibilities.

Many thanks... ~Danny~
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:48 PM
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Re: Alien Skin "Snap Art": Anybody tried it? What do you think?

It’s very flexible, awesome plugin
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:22 AM
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Re: Alien Skin "Snap Art": Anybody tried it? What do you think?

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These examples are great, Steve... They sure help one visualize the possibilities.

Many thanks... ~Danny~
My pleasure. The problem I see is the price. Otherwise it has some good features for getting the exact look you are after.

Still have about 28 days left on the demo.

Maybe I'll get a cup and sit on a street corner.

Steve
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