Snap Art: Getting Started

Snap Art: Getting Started

Demonstrates the basics of using Snap Art, including how to launch it from Photoshop and Lightroom.

Photo: Jeff Butterworth

In Photoshop, go to the filter menu–>Alien Skin–>and Snap Art 4. If you’re using Lightroom, Aperture, or you’re using Snap Art as a standalone application, there are videos specific to each of these host applications on our website.

Let’s take a general tour through the new interface. Begin on the left-hand pane by choosing a preset. The effects are organized into categories by artistic style. Disclose any of the folders to view the different factory presets. The thumbnails display a quick preview of what each preset does to your photo. You can display these thumbnails in 2 or 3 groups with the button at the top. I’ll stretch out the pane to make the thumbnails a little larger. All I need to do is click on the edge of the pane and drag out to the new size.

If you know what look you’re after, use the search. For example I’ll type ‘OIL’ into the search bar to display all of the presets that match this description. The buttons at the top refine the search. When you have a bunch of folders open, use the collapse all button–it’s right here next to the search bar. The X button removes your search terms.

If you aren’t sure of what look you’re after. Start with the Effects Tour folder. It contains a sample of presets from each of the artistic styles. Once you make a selection, the chosen effect will show in the preview, here in the middle. Now I’ll hide the left pane with the arrow button on the side. This will give me a little more screen-real estate to work with.

The pane on the right is home to the effect parameters. Adjustments made here will render in the preview image. For example, I’ll make some customizations on the Background panel. I think a more abstract painterly look will work best. I’ll decrease the Stroke Curvature and the Stroke Length, which will give the brushing a little more energy. I’ll decrease the Paint Thickness, too. As a final step, i’ll increase the brush size a bit.

Each of the panels house related effect controls. We have other videos that cover these controls on our website and our YouTube Channel.

Let’s save the entire look as a custom user preset. To do so, press the plus button at the top of the presets pane on the left or press CTRL+S or ⌘+S. Saving it will record all of the parameter adjustments and any masks that we’ve set to achieve this look. Give it a title, category, and description so you can remember what you did. From now on, this new preset will be available in the list of presets. You can use the user button, at the top, to display any setting that you’ve customized and saved.