Snap Art 4 watercolor filter, PhotoShop, etc. Photomanip by Ian McIntosh.
This was a Christmas gift for my wife. She had snapped this picture of our daughter on a rainy day at the Getty Museum. It was one of our favorite photos, even though it was really just a snap shot. That's one of the magical side-effects of using Snap Art. You can take a pretty ordinary photo taken with a very ordinary device and turn it into art.
In addition to the Snap Art 4 watercolor filter, I also created water marks as if an artist had been painting in the rain and a few drops fell on the paper. This was done by using a clip art of ink drops to create a mask for a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (increasing saturation). I painted out the mask in the middle of each drop so that the effect only affected the edge of each drop. Then I used another Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (decreasing saturation). The mask for this layer starts out as a simple soft circle on which I used the smudge tool to streak it outward from the center. The goal being to make it look as though paint flowed from the center of each drop to deposit at the edge.
I also like to create a vignette effect *prior* to running Snap Art on the image. That way the filter makes it appear that the paint was built up less at the edges and more in the center.
I think I could have used a little less saturation throughout, but it's printed on paper now... My version of "set in stone".