A tour of Snap Art’s range of effects and a quick look at controls for perfecting your image.

Photo: Tyson Robichaud


After launching Snap Art, open the Presets panel. The Effects Tour folder contains a sampling of each of the different artistic styles available. It’s a great first step to creating the perfect look. If you find something you like, you can open the corresponding folder for variations of that medium.

Artistic Styles

Oil Paint looks have a lot of variations. They range from highly detailed looks that read almost like a photograph to abstract options with visible brush strokes. On the right side, the controls in the Background panel can be used to customize whichever preset you chose.

Pencil Sketch emulates graphite or charcoal drawings. These effects are strongly affected by the amount of coverage. Lowering the coverage slider will create a more abstract look.

Crayon emulates the build-up of these iconic, wax-based or grease, pencils. They produce a highly diverse appearance and character. If you prefer a cleaner look, adjust the color variation slider to simplify wild color palettes.

Impasto imitates the signature thick buildup of multiple layers of paint. The amount of highlights and shadows can lend the painting a sculptural quality, which can give expressiveness to the piece. The Paint Thickness slider controls this behavior.

Watercolor effects emulate overlaying semi transparent strokes of water-based paint. This technique plays up the energy in a shot. Use a combination of the Photorealism slider along with the Overall Brush size to control the look. Small brush size with high levels of photorealism will bring out the details in the image.

Pastel emulates strokes of colorful powder-based pigments. The stroke color varies more subtly than in the Crayon presets, which makes these a good choice for shots of people. Using longer stroke lengths can blend the brush effects together which can soften the effect; shorter strokes create more energy.