Sometimes a photograph is better looking as a painting. But instead of busting out a brush and palette, let Alien Skin Software’s Snap Art 2 do the work for you. Using sophisticated algorithms, the program is able to simulate brush strokes and canvas textures that transform your stills into unique works of art.
It’s compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Elements. If you have CS4, you can download a panel from the Alien Skin website that can be docked with other panels and stay hidden or visible. This saves you from having to launch the plug-in from the Filter menu every time you want to try a new effect.
Version 2 has been optimized for multi-processors and multi-core CPUs, making it significantly faster than version 1 on most computers. The app now can work on images of any size, so it’s suitable for extremely large prints. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Alien Skin Software, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.