Programs to convert your photos into art
Well, not so straight forward, but still cool. I've been doing photo-artography (a term I thought I concocted on my own but others have tried to prove me wrong at other forums; lol) for over a decade now. Not going to tut my horn though; just going to share some cool programs for those that are interested.
The grand-daddy is actually a Microsoft created Photoshop plugin called Impressionist (that use to be shipped with Office 2000 Premium). Microsoft long ago abandoned this cool plugin. It even works in GIMP if you know the secret. Use to be able to get it at Trimoon's site (Asnailspace) but the site's been down for quite a while now; thanks to the wayback machine, the link to the file itself still apparently works:
Before DAP, there was Arcimbolder. The creator of Arcimbolder sold rights to Mediachance and Oscar created DAP. I just purchased the 64-bit DAP 4 upgrade (again, been using DAP for years to create paintings out of photos; my main push has been with creating object art using DAP (see this thread for details). :)
Postwork Shop Pro:
I still use this one often enough; great for certain effects but I'll let the website share those effects; yes, I still have the latest version:
David's done a wonderful job with this gem; it's still free too.
Yet another free gem for packing anything. Johnny's going to do some fantastic things with his program soon too (keep in touch by email with him):
Of course, I use many other programs/plugins and I would be admiss if I did not mention G'MIC. Another David (lol) created this gem and it's my main engine of inspiration. I use the GIMP plugin for this one.
I know I missed a lot of other gems/honorable mentions, but I've probably have forgotten more things as related to creating art from photos then most people would like to know anyway. lol
Had forgotten about Buzz; Fo2pix also went out of business years ago; the plugin's too good to give up too so Asnailspace also hosts this one (again, thanks for the Wayback machine).