Snap ArtSnap Art 3 can make a photo look like a painting. It’s a snap to use. Just choose it from the “Filters” menu in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements. (We downloaded the 30-day free trial version of Photoshop Elements to try it out.) Check out the photo gallery at AlienSkin.com to see what can be done using the filters. There’s a free trial of the $199 Snap Art program at AlienSkin.com.

Another way to go, free but with far fewer features, is Instagram, a popular photo-sharing and editing app for the iPad and iPhone. How popular? It recently hit five million users. You can use filters to change the look of a picture and then share it through email or a social networking site. If you don’t have an Apple device, use Web.stagram.com to do the same thing with any computer.

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