Alien Skin Snaps up Art


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Painting a picture is slow and hard. Adjusting a photo to look like Art should be easy and fast. Now Alien Skin Software says its Snap Art application for photographers “simply requires a creative idea, not hand-eye coordination or technical training… to transform a photo into a beautiful work of art that looks completely handcrafted.”

Snap Art renders styles such as oil paint, pencil sketch, watercolor, and crayon. It mimics the techniques of human artists, such as layered brush strokes and enhancement of important edges. Snap Art takes care of all the tedious work of drawing brush strokes.

The new version features a redesigned user interface and improved speed. “Across the board, everything in Snap Art is faster and more responsive,” the company says. Also, the new visual preset browser shows how each preset will look when applied to an image.

The $99 Snap Art 4 can be used as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture, or as a standalone program.