How to Create Art from Digital Photos

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Someone decided to print a digital photo, and then turn it into a work of art by placing it on canvas. They also applied styles to it to make it look as though it had been painted. If you look at it from a distance, it truly does look like it was painted by hand! Did you know there is software that you can use to make your digital photos look like works of art? It’s easy to do, using Snap Art 2.

Quickly start by choosing from hundreds of new styles and ten natural media, such as oil paint, watercolor, and pencil sketch. Then customize anything from brush size to paint thickness to make your signature look. Snap Art’s wide range of control lets you make your work completely unique.

The folks at AlienSkin have long been the leader when it comes to PhotoShop plugins – and this is definitely not an exception. Snap Art is an amazing little plugin! There’s a color pencil effect, as well as an oil painting one. You can choose to apply pen-and-ink or pencil sketch to your photo, or even make it look like it is a comic strip!

You may think you already have these things built into PhotoShop. But, you can’t tweak it to make it perfect. It’s just too difficult and limited. AlienSkin makes it simple. You just click the different templates and styles, and let it apply them for you. If you hate it – revert back and do something different.

You won’t get as much detail and perfection by using PhotoShop alone. You definitely want to check out Snap Art if you love to mess with photos. What 3rd party filters do you use? I want to see what our audience is into at this point in time. If you use coupon code: CHP0900, you can save 10% off your order through the end of June!

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4 thoughts on “How to Create Art from Digital Photos”

  1. Snap Art 2 looks like “fun” but our “fun” budget is a bit anemic since the world-wide financial debacle has knocked on our door. I enjoy your articles and someday hope to be among those who are, once again, able to “spread the wealth around”.


  2. Hi Chris –

    Some of your viewers/readers might like to know that the gorgeous canvas reproduction of the Snap Art 2 artwork featured on your show was created by the canvas experts at APC.

    And yes, our archival canvases are not only gorgeous, but also so well protected — and stretched so tight — you really can bang ’em like a drum! So to those looking for the perfect instrument for one-upmanship at the local drum circle — have at!!!

    BTW, Snap Art users (and other well-informed netizens, like those who watch your show) can snag a sweet discount on APC canvas prints featuring their own photo art creations by visiting the “Printing Tips” page in the Snap Art section of the Alien Skin Software website (

  3. Snap art 2 is superb. I’m a photographer, and i also make signs. i use it alot for photography, but also find it very useful forsignmaking. We frequently get clients supplying us with teeny, tiny images at 72 ppi, and asking us to use them for a 10 foot long banner. Snap art completely resamples the image while filtering it, so we get a lovely watercolour wash (for example) of the image, at 300 ppi, that we can print 10 feet long with no loss of quality.

    Super stuff indeed!

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