Alien Skin News: May 2009

Snap Art Panels for Photoshop CS4

We have started to take advantage of a cool new way to enhance Photoshop CS4 through custom panels. These panels can be docked with other panels and hidden, just like the built-in panels such as Layers and Channels. Our first two panels enhance the use of Snap Art 2. One of them lets you start any of the Snap Art filters with a single button press. No more navigating deep into the Filter menu! The other panel uses the Snap Art Pencil Sketch filter to make even more photorealistic portraits.

Start-Up Panel
Snap Art 2 Start-Up Panel

You can learn more about the panels and get them for free here. Just remember that you have to have Photoshop CS4 and Snap Art 2 (demo or full version) installed. After installing, you can make new panels visible by going to the Window->Extensions menu. Expect panels for some of our other plug-ins in the coming months.

Sketch Panel Screenshot
Sketch Panel Screenshot

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20% Off APC Canvas Prints

APC LogoIf you are using Snap Art 2, you are probably dying to put the results on a wall. Our friends at APC are here to help. From now until the end of June, you can use promo code ALIENSKIN0905 for 20% off of orders at the APC web site. We did anonymous tests with multiple printing companies before choosing to recommend APC. They only print on canvas and have it down to a science. Before you print, you might want to read Tom Welsh’s advice here. Our printing page has a 10% off promo code. Be sure to use ALIENSKIN0905 for 20% off if you order before the end of June.

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New Snap Art Case Studies

Sandra Selle-Rodriguez has added some beautiful new pictures created with Snap Art to her case study. You can mouse over them to see the original photos of these Southwest scenes. Sandra’s six canvas panel project is particularly impressive. It used both Snap Art and Blow Up.

Sandra Selle-Rodriguez Impasto
one of Sandra Selle-Rodriguez's Impasto examples

Ted Byrne has done some great portraits using Snap Art, particularly in his Race Against Racism series on his blog. In this series you can see a wide range of looks, from detailed photorealism to large strokes and colorful abstraction.

Ted Byrne
from Ted Byrne's Race Against Racism series

Stephen Issell, a friend of Ted, has also done some wonderful work with Snap Art. His case study on our web site and his blog are worth exploring.

Ted Byrne
portrait by Stephen Issell

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Bokeh Reviews

Here are a few highlights from the flood of recent Bokeh reviews and blog articles. Dan Havlik of Photo District News listed Bokeh in his “5 Plug-ins We Can’t Live Without” article. Dan Rapoport of the International Press Association wrote an extremely detailed review, including tons of pictures and screen shots. For the rest of the flood, see the Bokeh reviews page.

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above: War plane image made by Stephen Issell using Snap Art 2.

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Seiji
Enough pictures of me.  Here is Seiji, Tom Welsh’s son, run through the new Snap Art sketch panel.

– Jeff Butterworth
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