Further Improvements in the Upcoming Rebelle 2

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:20:19

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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

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.

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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.

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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:

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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 | matohanschild.tumblr.com





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Time to Get Excited, Folks: Rebelle 2 is Coming!

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:04:36

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It has been two years since we released Rebelle’s first version. Time flies so fast, don’t you think? After we released version 1.5 back in September with more than 40 features the time has come to start developing a new, better, faster Rebelle. ‘What features should we include to the next upgrade?’ - well, that was the question we never had to ask!

From the beginning we know which path should Rebelle follow, our vision is always the same - to make the creative process as fluent as possible. Since the initial release we have gathered hundreds of user-suggested features, changes and improvements that were such a massive inspiration for us! Some suggestions were very unique, many of them were similar. We reviewed every idea and chose the most essential to implement.

Essential does not mean quick, unfortunately. Some features took more time than expected, but that did not stop us from thinking positively. Right now we’re proud to announce that new Rebelle is about to be born soon with many powerful features and changes. In this blog we’d like to introduce the first of them: 

Stencils & Masking Tools

One of the most user-suggested features were without a doubt watercolor masking fluid and stencils. Masking fluid (also known as liquid frisket) is a very handy technique used by fine art watercolorists to preserve white areas that would be too tiny or complex to paint around. The idea is to put a special pigmented liquid composed of rubber latex on areas of work to protect them when color is applied in broad washes.

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We tried to think of the best way to implement masking fluid - should we develop a new tool or not? We decided not to because, in fact, it is absolutely unnecessary in the world of digital painting compared to traditional technique. We made it possible to use every tool as a masking fluid instead, so in Rebelle 2 you will be able to use your favorite tool and brush to paint a mask and change it into masking fluid. 

For masking purposes you can also use stencils - just grab ink, pencil or any other tool, paint a mask on the canvas and create stencil from it. You can create the stencil either from the current layer or from selected area. Manipulation with stencils is very easy - you can resize, rotate and move them and if you have tablet with multi-touch features, simply use your fingers for manipulation. Rebelle 2 comes with default stencils but you can import any image file or paint your own very quickly.

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Because Rebelle is well-known for its watercolors we did not stop here and pushed stencils’ behavior even further -  not only the paint is prevented from the place where the stencil is placed but also water and wet painting take stencils into consideration. For example, if you wet a layer where stencil is placed the whole layer will get wet except the area covered by the stencil. This works the other way around too - if a stencil is placed on the wet layer and you hit the ‘Dry the layer’ button - voila! - all is dry except the stencil area. You can combine stencils with dry and wet areas, let the water flow and create unique beautiful watercolor effects.

Watch the video below previewing the new Stencils tool:

Stay tuned for another feature announcement coming next Tuesday! By the time let us know in the comments how excited you are to play with the new version, we’ll pick one lucky winner who’ll get a free copy of Rebelle 2 :)

Your Escape Motions Team





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15 Qualities of Creative People

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:03:35

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Creative people may be defined from the scientific point of view by a whole host of intellectual, emotional, motivational and moral characteristics. The common belief is that creative individuals are daydreamers with a very well developed imagination, playful introverts with a great deal of physical energy and a tendency to rebel against boring stereotypes. If you can identify yourself in the points below it is highly probable you belong to those who can call themselves ‘creative’:

1. When inspiration strikes you fully concentrate on your work and often lose track of time. You forget to eat or sleep and cannot break away from your creative process until the work is done.

2. You love challenges. No problem is so big that you can’t find a solution to it. You’re sometimes even glad when a difficulty occurs because it makes you think harder and challenge your inner artist.

3. Sometimes you daydream. It’s your escape from a boring reality to your own world. You often wonder out loud and might be heard saying ‘I wonder what would happen if…’. This makes it easier for you to change, adapt or modify original ideas.

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4. You avoid routine as it is something that dries out your creative juices. You’re still in the hunt for new experience and adventures that stimulates your creativity.

5. You are not comfortable with rules or anyone telling you how to do your work. Freedom in thinking and creating is your priority and you hate to follow any conform, exerted practice.

6. You are persistent. If you have a vision you never give up and always try to achieve your goal. This sometimes makes you stubborn in the public eye but you don’t care - you always try to prove you’re right about your views.

7. You are an art lover, you always enjoy a good book, film or a theatre performance - all forms of art hold a huge mass of inspiration that you can use further in your work. You know that inspiration strikes you at the least expected time on the least expected places.

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8. Your opinion on your work changes very often. It’s not unusual for you to be satisfied with the final result before going to bed, yet the first thing you do in the morning is re-creating the whole work. You always follow your inner feelings about everything.

9. You are a great observer - no detail, even the smallest one will not escape your eye. Your surrounding is your inspiration and you know every single piece of it. You also often tend to observe human nature and use much of that material for your creative work.

10. You have little tolerance for boredom and hate boring things. You always try to keep your mind uplifted and creative and boredom destroys this. No matter where you are you are ready to leave the first second you feel bored.

11. Some people may see you as childish or immature. That is because you like to get silly and playful from time to time because you still carry that inner child within you. Little do they know you have a playful mindset even when being serious which helps you bounce back from setbacks.

12. You are willing to take risks. You may be considered as an adventurous person but you have a good reason for it - you don’t like to play safe games. Instead you look for new unconventional ideas and methods and try to make them a reality. It may not work out well but you always believe it could.

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13. You know procrastination well and tend to do things at the last minute. This is probably not because you would lack inspiration or be lazy, you believe that the most original ideas come after you procrastinate.

14. You are a sensitive person open to new experiences, emotions, sensations and ideas. Sensitivity can be both a blessing and a curse for you - leading to a greater intensity of experience as well as emotional overwhelm.

15. Your daily routine is upside down. You like to rest during the day and get creative during the night. It is usually in this night time you come up the best ideas.

Have you found yourself in the above points? What do you think describes a creative personality the best? What is your real life experience as a creative individual? Let us know your thoughts!


Image courtesy: Unsplash.com (Tim Arterbury, Alice Achterhof, Lacie Slezak, Matthew Sleeper).





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