Rebelle 2: The Revolution in Digital Art Continues!

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:07:38


We are very excited and grateful to announce that Rebelle 2 is released today and integrates groundbreaking improvements including stencils, masking tools, PSD support, new brush system and more. The time has come to deliver this new version of the revolutionary paint software from the hands of the developers and beta testers to you, our dear artists, to create breathtaking artworks.

Rebelle 2 brings extraordinary improvements, watercolor and acrylic brushes got an unprecedented realistic look and together with watercolor masking fluid give an exceptional traditional feel to the digital painting. Completely new brush engine allows users to create custom brushes - round, flat, bamboo, various wet splatters, sponges and many others. New stencils and selection tools together with wet paint diffusion open new creative results yet not possible to achieve in digital art. This new super charged version comes with full multi-touch support and layered PSD support. All these convenient features are wrapped in an agreeable and easy to use interface with a tiny learning curve.


The Key Features of Rebelle 2

• New brush engine - Newly implemented brush engine allows users to create unlimited brush variations. Users are able to create their own custom brushes or enjoy by default implemented shapes - round, flat, bamboo, various splatters, sponges and many others. With option to use GPU acceleration (yet experimental), brushes can have bigger size and faster response.

• Creative Stencils and Masking Fluid -  Stencils in combination with watercolor diffusion opens new possibilities for budding artists. Users can mask out painting areas, wet the paper and let the watercolor simulation create its magic.

• Selection Tools - Create quick masks and define shapes that block off the areas you do not wish to change. Classic freehand, polygonal, elliptical and rectangular selections got a new meaning when used in combination with traditional wet media.

• Layered PSD Support - An implemented layered PSD import & export is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and other applications and enables to transfer works smoothly also into other 3rd party graphic applications.

• Faster Performance - Undo/redo and file management are optimized so the whole painting process including opening and saving big artworks is much more fluent.

• Multi-touch Experience - Rebelle has a complete support for multitouch gestures for Wacom, Microsoft, Apple and alternative tablet and trackpad devices including Astropad application.

• User Interface - Interface is intuitive and easy to use, ideal for beginners or traditional professionals which may find that creative process can be very fluent also in a digital art. Simplicity and every important feature in reach is the first thing you find when using Rebelle. 

“I am absolutely blown away by the update - I feel like this is some great dream I don’t want to wake up from! I’m raising my recommendation from being a tool you "should” buy to a tool you “MUST” buy.“ Junkyard Sam, artist and beta tester

How to Upgrade

Users users can upgrade directly through Rebelle 1 menu: "Help” –> “Upgrade to Rebelle 2” or via our Upgrade page. Today we sent out newsletters as well - check your Inbox (possibly Spam) to find it. 

All existing owners of Rebelle are eligible for more than 50% discount - regular upgrade price is $39.99. Users who purchased Rebelle within last month, from March 25th 2017 upgrade for the price difference between versions, which is $29.99

Upgrading is optional and the upgrade discount will always be available. You can continue using your Rebelle 1 for as long as you like.

System Requirements:

Minimum: Intel i3 or equivalent AMD processor, 4GB RAM, 100MB hard disk space, Open GL graphics card with 1GB RAM, Windows Vista (64-bit or 32-bit*) or Mac OS X 10.9. *32-bit version coming soon.

Recommended: Intel i7 or equivalent AMD processor, 16GB RAM, 100MB hard disk space, Open GL graphics card with 4GB RAM, 64-bit system Windows 7, 8, 10 or Mac OS X 10.10 and newer, Wacom or Surface compatible tablet.

Bugs are always a part of developer’s life. We did our best to polish every little detail in Rebelle 2, but if you experience anything unusual, please send the problem’s description along with your system specification at our support email: support[at] We’ll get back to you in a timely manner.

Happy Painting!

We at Escape Motions are very excited to bring you the brand new Rebelle 2 version. We wish you many creative moments with it and hope you will share your beautiful works with us through our Gallery. Let us know how you like Rebelle 2, what is the top feature of this upgrade for you and what features you’d like to see next. After such long development we are very much looking forward to your feedback and hope you’ll enjoy Rebelle 2 and all new possibilities that it brings.

Your Escape Motions Team: Peter, Michal, Lubo, Miro, Tono, Jarko, Veronika and Andrea :)

Image Courtesy: Will von Dehl |, Kamila Stankiewicz |


Rebelle 2: New Redesigned Brush Engine!

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:05:18


From our previous blog posts you already know  that upcoming Rebelle 2 will feature many useful additions such as stencils, masking tools, selections, PSD support, faster save & undo functions and more. Today we’d like to introduce other improvements that you can expect in the upcoming version - completely redesigned brush engine.

What you (and we) missed in the first Rebelle version were without a doubt more brush options - shapes, pressure settings, textures, ability to create custom brushes and so on. These possibilities are available in every good painting software and we absolutely understood your desire for more control over the brushes. However because of Rebelle’s sophisticated watercolor simulation this was a huge and quite a complicated task - for this purpose we have been redesigning the whole brush system for the past year and are proud to announce that Rebelle 2 will feature new brush engine that will push your painting process to new creative heights.

Custom brushes

From Rebelle 2 users will be able to create custom brushes via Brush Creator panel where you can choose from various brush shapes and grains. Amazing addition that will help you create unforgettable artworks are many new brush shapes - flat, bamboo, triangle, hexagon, square, star, sponge… you name it! There are many default brush shapes and grains implemented directly to Rebelle but you can easily add your own.


Many of you asked us to implement pressure support that influences the size of the brush. Drumroll, please - your prayers have been heard! In Brush Creator panel you can set the influence of the pen pressure on brush size and opacity and create nice tapered brush strokes.


Brush creator enables you to set many different shape and grain settings including spacing, jitter, scatter, angle or scale. You can also set whether the brush should follow the rotation on canvas or not - this is especially handy when working with flat brushes. 

In the first Rebelle version our main focus was to create the most natural watercolors. It is a real challenge to simulate watercolor behaviour in a digital form, because it has many nouances and subtle details which makes it so specific. In the second Rebelle version we made watercolors even more creative, but also focused on other tools, especially acrylics which got an extraordinary realistic look.


Basic settings for brushes in the Brush panel are coupled with other new improvements - you can name your brushes by double-clicking on the brush name or change the order of brushes as well as duplicate, remove and reset the brush preset to default values. Rebelle 2 also comes with the possibility to import, export and share your own brush presets directly from the user interface.


What’s more is that now every brush can be used as an eraser. Such brush works as an eraser but a bit differently - it removes the paint from the canvas based on the brush settings just like in the world of traditional art when a clean brush is used for removing abundant mass.

Change Brush Size on Canvas

In this new version it will be possible to change the size of the brush directly on the canvas with quick shortcuts. Use Ctrl or Cmd + left mouse button and drag to the right to increase, to the left to decrease the brush size.

Experimental GPU Engine

In Rebelle 2 we included a setting to switch to -yet- experimental version where brushes run on our new GPU engine. The main reason we are developing such engine is to secure that Rebelle 2 will handle large resolution with larger brushes. It is still in development, but if you have a dedicated graphic card you can set Rebelle to run on GPU from Preferences Panel. This engine is still unstable and may crash unexpectedly, because it is for now only experimental. We would like to release fully featured GPU engine in one of the next Rebelle 2 free updates.

New Possibilities for Water and Dry Tools

The new Rebelle version brings new possibilities for Water and Dry tools - you can create nice splatters and wet effects, since these brushes can have various shapes and textures. 


Pricing & Availability

Rebelle 2 will be available on our website from April 25th 2017 for the full price $89.99. All existing owners of Rebelle are eligible for more than 50% discount - regular upgrade price will be $39.99. Users who purchased Rebelle within last month, from March 25th 2017 will pay only the price difference between versions, which is $29.99

Upgrading is optional and the upgrade discount will always be available. You can continue using your Rebelle 1 for as long as you like. 

On April 25th, we will send out newsletters with more information on how to upgrade - definitely check your Inbox and Spam folder, so you won’t miss it!

System Requirements:

Minimum: Intel i3 or equivalent AMD processor, 4GB RAM, 100MB hard disk space, graphics card with 1GB RAM, Windows Vista (64-bit or 32-bit) or Mac OS X 10.8.

Recommended: Intel i7 or equivalent AMD processor, 16GB RAM, 100MB hard disk space, graphics card with 4GB RAM, 64-bit system Windows 7, 8, 10 or Mac OS X 10.9 and newer, Wacom or Surface compatible tablet.

With Rebelle 2 the revolution in digital painting continues. We believe it is a huge step forward to a new way of enjoying traditional methods in the world of digital art. We are now preparing even more features for the upcoming 2.x updates, which all will be free for Rebelle 2 users. 

The countdown begins! Are you ready? :)

Your Escape Motions Team

Image Courtesy: Tim Shelbourne |


Further Improvements in the Upcoming Rebelle 2

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:20:19


In our last blog we announced new Rebelle 2 with Stencil & Masking tools. Today we’ll talk about other changes and additions you can expect in the new upgrade: Selections, PSD support, Faster Save & Undo and more.


Selections will be a part of Rebelle 2, you hear well! :) Selections serve as a masking tool that block off the areas of the canvas you do not wish to change. We understood how essential these tools are for digital artists and decided to add selections to this new version. From Rebelle 2 you will be able to select a specific area of the canvas and perform operations only on this area. There will be four types of selection tool available: rectangular, elliptical, polygonal and freehand selection.


With three different modes you’ll decide how multiple selections should behave - you can choose between New Selection, Add to Selection or Subtract from Selection. ‘New selection’ will replace the current selection with a new one, ‘Add’ will add a new selection to your already created selection and ‘Subtract’ will remove the area of the new selection from your current one. You can easily switch between these modes using keyboard shortcuts - Shift for adding and Alt for subtracting from selection.

You will also be able to transform selections and move, rotate or scale the selected area. You can also cut, copy and paste the selected area of the canvas either via Edit menu or with standard Ctrl + X, Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V keyboard shortcuts. 

The most important is that the watercolor diffusion interacts with the mask, select the part of the canvas where you want to paint or invert the selection to make sure no paint is added to this area - just like you would with a simple masking tool. This is not the end - you can create a stencil from your selection as well! We’ve managed to get the stencil and selection modes to work together and from Rebelle 2 it will be possible to easily select an area of the canvas and save it as a stencil for future reference.

Lock Transparency

One handy feature in digital painting very similar to stencils is Lock Transparency or Lock Alpha. When pixels’ alpha is locked no changes can be made on transparent pixels. Locking alpha channel is a way of helping you not to paint outside the lines. It is a great feature when you work close to the boundary of an opaque object, for instance if you wish to color borders of the painted object but you don’t want to paint outside its lines.


Layered PSD Support for Open and Save

Other great news is that with Rebelle 2 you will be able to import and export layered PSD files for Photoshop, Gimp or other bitmap editors supporting PSD file format - with all layer settings, blending modes and opacity.

Paint Structure Visibility Slider

From Rebelle 2 you can set how much the paint structure should be visible on canvas. The structure or bump map (normal map) is visible mostly on Acrylic brush, now you can set it to even 0:


Faster Save & Undo

In the previous version large canvases tend to get saved after few seconds which is actually quite a long time when working with larger canvases. :) We dug into the code, did a little magic and made undo/redo and saving of .reb files a lot faster!

Create Color Set from Last Used Colors

Very handy features for those who use many colors during their painting - in Rebelle 2 it will be possible to create color set from colors you used in the current session. Of course, you will be able to rename this color set or set it to desired order.

What features are you looking forward to trying the most? Let us know in the comments! This Thursday we’ll be talking about new brush engine and other features that are planned for the major upgrade, make sure you don’t miss it. :)

Your Escape Motions Team

Image Courtesy: Martin Hanschild |


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