Writing a review about Plugins from Alien
Skin such as Snap Art 3 is really not easy, because you can learn
everything you want to know on their website alienskin.com. There
you will find extensive and easy instructions that let no question
unanswered. The good thing is that you even do not have to be able
to read, you will find perfectly designed videos. My opinion: absolutely
So I will nevertheless write something about Snap Art 3 that will
arise your interest.
Create Cliparts individually
Sometime you will probably have the idea to use a clipart for a
certain project. Great idea, just bad that every spectator will
identify such a drawing as a clipart and rather tend to judge it
(looks nice, but it is just a clipart)
Would be marvellous if you could make an ?individual artwork? of it.
It works, Snap Art 3 is excellently suited for that.
(work surface of Snap Art 3)
The clipart was saved in Photoshop as a *psd file, afterwards I started
Snap Art 3. The canvas is neatly arranged and can be used intuitively.
Should you nevertheless do not know how to proceed, don?t forget that
you will find help on the Alienskin website.
With this example I have chosen an easy one. On the left hand side
you will find various settings of all drawing styles on the menu item
Favourites. From there I chose Impasto (dicker Malstrich) and then
I modified several parameters on the right hand side. With this quite
simple workflow you will get the desired result in most cases.
(No spectator will notice that this was once a clipart)
Note: Snap Art 3 works in an own window, just when you start the plugin,
you get the corresponding information. Thus after clicking OK the
settings are assigned and you get back to the canvas of Photoshop
or the host application of your choice.
Because it was so nice and easy, just one more example without many
words. Firstly you see the original clipart.
(The original clipart is meant to get an individual look)
(choose a preset on the left hand side and if necessary, adjust
Here I also chose a preset in the left area of the canvas and I accepted
without any further changes, because the result overwhelmed me instantly.
(An artwork ?of mine? ? was this once a clipart?
Enough with the cliparts, you should try it yourself, how easy it
is to make an individual artwork out of that. Without a hint, no spectator
will strike on the idea, what the original image was.
Modern art with Snap Art 3 and drawing style: Stylize
Art, that means works which are created with the most diverse drawing
styles, will be judged even faster by the spectator as positive or
just negative than any unprocessed photo. May there in fact be helpful
hints for optimal results with photography, with drawn images this
is not very reasonable.
If you like making artworks out of photos, here is my tip: do exclusively
observe your own taste and do not give a damn about the opinion of
other people. Only if you try to earn money with that, it may probably
be helpful to take other spectators` judgements somewhat more serious.
If you like a bit the abstract style of art, then the drawing style
Stylize of Snap Art 3 is the right choice.
Tip: before working with the drawing style Stylize, the original image
gets a blurring with the Gaussian blur at a strength between 15 and
20 pixel. Just experimentalize, maybe you like the particular result
With the drawing style Stylize you can change the colour of the drawing
At the example mentioned above I set the colour for ?pen color? to
white in the tab sheet. All other changed values depend on the original
image, so a listing here is not very useful.
(This is an intermediate result for Stylize with white lines)
As far as working with plugins is concerned, I do normally not only
rely on the programīs functions, but I additionally like to experimentalize
with the general features of Photoshop.
There was the notion to process the original image again with Snap
Art 3, but this time with a black pen color. This works very easily,
because Snap Art 3 provides the result on a new layer at the corresponding
settings. That is why the original layer is always remained.
(Stylize result with thin black lines)
(Changing the filling method)
For the image shown at the beginning I set the filling method for
the layer with the black lines on linear burn. That actually was it,
Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull racing car as an abstract artwork
This drawing style is also excellently suitable for really abstract
works. The original image is ideally a texture in the colours you
(original image for the abstract artwork)
(the canvas for the abstract style of art)
This time I firstly applied the drawing style Stylize and the Factory
Default setting. Afterwards I changed the parameters on the right
tab sheets until the result was in accordance with my ideas.
(This is impressive, printed on canvas an ideal, completely individual
Probably my examples arose somewhat your interest in Snap Art 3 and
you develop into a digital artist. Now you know where you can find
a perfect tool for that.
STOP: Snap Art 3 has a whole range of new features, such as the possibility
of working with masks to weaken drawing lines in image areas or to
display them stronger. To work more accurately and more precisely
you can also create new layers and control the result with them.
If you ask yourself at this point, why I have not delivered detailed
descriptions here, please go back to the beginning of the review and
read. Alien Skin offer such a sharp description on their website concerning
all these options, so that only a repetition of the facts would have
been possible. That would not really have been very helpful for you.
My conclusion: Alien Skin Snap Art 3 is absolutely recommendable without
any limitation for users who work with the motto photo-photographic
art-art. May yo do well!
Kay Michael Kuhnlein