The third filter in Snap Art's collection, is Impasto. Impasto is a special technique where the artist lays paint on the canvas (usually very thickly), and uses a strong enough brush to move the paint across the canvass. In addition, mixing different paints can be done on the canvas. Impasto paintings have a unique quality in that the image takes on a 3rd dimension, notably reaching out to the viewer. In the example provided below, you can see the three-dimensional effects of the brush strokes, and when printed, looks much more realistic. I happened to print out this particular image with my new Canon iP1700 and it looks convincing (which should make an impression on you because this is a $40 printer--just imagine what a higher-end printer could do with 8 or 10 colors). If I wanted to add more dimensional realism to the image, I would increase the brush size by a factor of probably 10, and reduce the paint coverage by 20%.
Host Requirements: Adobe PS CS or later, Adobe PS Elements 4 or later, or Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI or later
System Requirements For Mac G4 or G5 processor, 512MB RAM, MAC OS X 10.3.9 or later
System Requirements For Windows: 2 GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512MB RAM, Windows XP or later
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Impasto Basic Settings
A total of 34 different filter settings (including the default filter) are available to you for immediate viewing and comparison.
Below you can see the new image. In this particular case, I chose to reduce the brush size and increase the paint coverage which results in a less "plastic" look and retains more detail of the image. Of course, the adjustments I made are for this particular image only and would probably be different from another.
Using Comics Filter At Default Settings, but adjusting a few sliders