Alien Skin News: April 2009

Snap Art 2 Sneak Preview

Colored Pencil
Colored Pencil: Click to view larger.

Snap Art 2 will be available on May 4th and frankly it is going to blow your pants off. In case you havenít seen it before, Snap Art turns photographs into beautiful works of art with a single click. The results are detailed, natural looking, and appear handmade, unlike the computery effects built into Photoshop. Snap Art is like Corel Painter. The difference is that you just hit OK in Snap Art, instead of taking classes and spending hours scribbling on an expensive Wacom tablet.

Version 2 of Snap Art lets you control where to apply more detail, making it easy to create clear portraits. Just drag one of the new focus regions over the eyes to make them crisp while the rest of the scene remains more abstract. You maintain creative control in Snap Art 2 while the tedious work of drawing thousands of brush strokes is handled for you.

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 Artís wide range of control lets you make your work completely unique.

When Snap Art 2 is available on May 4th, we will have plenty of examples and tutorial videos. We are not taking pre-orders. I promise we will make an announcement as soon as Snap Art 2 is for sale.

I CAN'T WAIT!
Snap Art 2 will be $199 for new users and $99 for owners of Snap Art 1. If you donít already own Snap Art 1, here is a trick for getting Snap Art 2 for just $149. Whenever we release a new version of a product, we send it for free to people who purchased the old version within 30 days of the release. So, buy Snap Art 1 now for $149 and Snap Art 2 will automatically arrive in early May.

Snap Art 2 kicks butt, but Snap Art 1 will keep you entertained while you wait. You can read about Snap Art 1 in a recent review from Joyce Ling in her Macerella blog. Joyce says, "Snap Art is one of the best Photoshop plug-ins available for anyone who wants to bring out their artistic side, literally in a snap! This plug-in is so simple to use, and with literally a push of a button, it does all the work for you. Cons: Really, there are none."

Oil Paint
Oil Paint: click to view larger

Bokeh Bliss

Rik Fairlie wrote about Bokeh in The New York Times. Yes, the New York we are famous now Times. The article is aimed at hobbyist point-and-shooters and does a good job of explaining Bokeh in simple terms to a broad audience.

Martin Bailey made an entertaining and informative podcast on how to pronounce Bokeh. Everything sounds wise when presented in a charming British accent.

I wonít bore you with more gushing quotes from reviews. Let me just mention that Dan Havlik put Bokeh in "5 Plug-Ins We Canít Live Without" in PDN Photo Source and Daniel M. East gave Bokeh 4 out of 5 stars in Photoshop User.

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Deke McClelland Seminar

The wise and talented Deke McClelland is teaching a seminar on masking, selections, and channels in Toronto on June 25th. Deke has been a master of Photoshop since I was a wee lad and anything he has to say is worth listening to. Because you are in the super secret Alien Skin club, you can attend his seminar for 20% off by using discount code ALIEN09. That is case sensitive, so donít forget to capitalize as if you are screaming.

Deke McClelland Seminar

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above: Impasto example made using the new Snap Art 2. Click here to view larger.

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