Tony Sweet’s watercolor

Take a look at this shot from Tony Sweet. He used Snap Art 3 for the painterly effects. Tony is a photography and Photoshop guru. He knows all of the tricks to achieve the specific look he’s after. Here’s what he said about this shot:

“I like to blur the line between painting and photography in certain types of images. When I use Snap Art I prefer to render the effects on separate layers in Photoshop. Adjusting the opacity between paint effect layers gives me more precision. I paint what I want, where I want.

For this image I used the Watercolor – Fine Brush setting. I masked out elements like the tree trunk in the foreground inside of Snap Art. I optimized the final look with a few tweaks in Photoshop.”

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Jimmy is the marketing nerd at Alien Skin. He makes workflow training tutorials, handles affiliates, writes for the blog, manages our contributing authors, governs our social media, and he is the king of swag orders. He also makes a mean cup of espresso, so if you stop by the office, remember to give him cash tips for his efforts.


  1. Dustin Abbott May 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

    This is gorgeous. Excellent work, Tony!

  2. JB Haber May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm
  3. tony sweet May 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks much, Dustin!!

  4. wjp May 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    What an awesome piece of art. Thank you Tony.

  5. C Rogers May 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Very cool fantasy like effect. I work a lot with Snap – 3 and find the water color effects to be most challenging and least realistic. This is a nice piece. I am looking for specific techniques to get closer to a “real” water color look… any resources to share?

    Thanks for sharing, keep up the great work.

    • Tom May 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      I think Watercolor can be tricky to work with because it is a very abstract look. It works best with landscapes for that reason. You might try using the layer tools in Snap Art (on the “layers” tab) to bring out details in important parts of the image.

  6. Frank Villafane August 17, 2012 at 10:04 am


    Love your book and your work. Excellent image…

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