1. Straight line, Ruler & Perspective tools - The next Flame Painter version brings new possibilities for drawing straight lines and perspectives.
The fastest way to paint a straight line now is to press a [Shift] key, set the starting point, press the mouse button or a pen to set the ending point and naturally draw the line between the points.
You can paint the straight lines also with the new Ruler tool. You can lock the control points if you don’t wish to move the ruler, or paint with a freehand, so the lines will not be so strict and artificial when painting.
In addition, the new Perspective tool acts as an assistant for drawing perspectives. You are able to select from one point, two or three-point perspective. You can also lock vanishing control points, lock the horizon or also paint with a freehand.
You can find the new Ruler and Perspective tools under the “Edit menu” in Flame Painter 4.1. You can activate them via shortcuts as well - use Shift+R for Ruler and Shift+P for Perspective.
2. Import Brushes via the “File” Menu - This option has been added under the “File menu” in 4.1 version. It allows you to select multiple PNG brushes from your computer which you previously downloaded from the online Brushes library and import them to Flame Painter 4 quickly and easily. The brushes will be installed to the Brushes folder as well as the Brushes panel to their particular particle system.
3. Filter brushes via “Brushes” panel - Select if Paint, Graphic, Effect or All brushes should be displayed in the Brushes panel using the new icons we’ve added. Here you can also select to use palette and blend mode from the currently selected brush:
In the previous versions, these options were buried under the panel’s menu.
4. Quickly increase or reduce the number of vertices of a vector path - Double or reduce the number of vertices on the vector path by half in “Edit Vector Layer” Properties panel. You may find these new buttons very useful especially when you have a vector stroke with a lot of vertices. Reducing them by half with each click will help you edit the path hassle-free.
If you’re not satisfied with the result, you can use the Undo feature.
5. “Spacing” and “Spacing Jitter” added in ‘Shape Profile' - There is quite an arsenal of parameters you can adjust to create the perfect brushstroke. The 4.1 update lets you do even more - we’ve added “Spacing” and “Spacing Jitter” for a sequence. This way you can set the spacing and its jitter between the individual sequences of the shape profile. Here you can also use the new button “Influenced by speed” which will help you create various spacing results based on the speed you paint with:
( A ) - Spacing = 200, no Jitter, ( B ) - Spacing = 200, Spacing Jitter = 90, ( C ) - Spacing Influenced by Speed
6. UI Translations - Version 4.1 is available in English and three additional languages: German, Spanish, and Slovak. If you’d like to help us with the translations of Flame Painter 4 into your native language, be sure to send us an email at info [at] escapemotions.com.
- Fixed: After PSD export layers were locked after opening the file in Photoshop;
- Fixed: In Vector Layer Editor, when changing Particles parameter in Elastic/Ribbon Particle System, Init Curve could break;
- Fixed: In Vector Layer Editor, sometimes after transforming the vector layer, Init Curve Transform could be incorrect;
- Fixed: In Vector Layer Editor, undo for Edit Tool was not always working;
- Fixed: Sometimes the drawing with Brush tool did not work after switching from Transform tool;
- Other minor bug fixes.
You can download the Flame Painter 4.1. update the following ways:
- from your Community account (go to ‘My profile’ > ‘Purchases’ tab),
- from Flame Painter’s Download page, or
- directly from Flame Painter 4 menu: Help > Update to 4.1.
Definitely let us know how you like working with the update via Flame Painter’s menu: Help > Send Feeback.
Your Escape Motions Team
Even after our purchase, we may bring it home and wonder why we don’t like that color with the room paint or we aren’t quite feeling right about that bright shirt with our skin complexion. Since colors are all around us, it can be difficult to step away and realize how color can be consciously used when you’re going through a rebrand or an important project.
That’s why Bold Web Design made the Color Palette tool that takes a look at the color palettes for the Fortune 500. It was made for inspiration and education when designers are stuck on color choices in their next project.
When talking about color, it’s natural to attach them to emotions. In fact, in marketing colors are used all the time to evoke a certain feeling. Think about when painting a new room in a house, you choose the color carefully. Light greens are associated with calming, so you may paint your master bedroom that color. Other colors like purple or red are extremely daring - you tend to not see these as much, except for maybe a feature wall.
Yet, you may see purple in a daycare as it sparks playfulness. Think: Barnie is purple! Black and white is a classic color combination that can be seen as sleek or powerful, especially if it’s opposed to the use of color.
For example, companies tend to have a colorful color palette, but brands like Apple stray away from this, showing their power in the industry. Speaking of brands, let’s take a look at a few color palettes below.
Ally has a pretty creative color palette for being a financial services company, as their main color is purple. Let’s dive deeper.
Purple can be associated with luxury, a term that many would like to hear when dealing with their finances. On the color wheel, purple, blue and orange are all next to each other. These colors subtly complement each other without making a harsh contrast.
You may need your sunglasses for this one. Chemours chose an extremely bright color palette composed of oranges, peaches, pinks, and reds. Similar to Ally, this brand is choosing colors that are very similar to each other.
Oranges project warmth and optimism - a tactic the company could be using to associate positive feelings with their company. This overall color palette brings an air of optimism to their company perception.
When you have a large consumer pool like Newell, you need to appeal to a lot of different people. Newell’s color palette does just that. This is a great mix of many different colors and spans all over the color wheel.
With a few complementary colors, these colors create much more of a statement against each other. These colors also seem to have a cool tone, which could be compared to the sophistication they have within the consumer industry and their ability to stay on top of trends.
When thinking of your credit card, the last thing you’re paying attention to is the company colors. Yet, Mastercard seems to have a different approach.
While they do have green in their color palette which is commonly associated with health and wealth, they also have a bright orlay of oranges that represent warmth and optimism. While that may not be what most think of when diving into their finances, it’s a good reassures. This considered, Mastercard chose to only stay on one half of the color wheel.
Utilities are the last thing you’d think of when looking at the color wheel. In fact, you may not think of any colors but the basic neutrals like grey and black. Edison International took a different approach though. They seemed to replicate nature in their color palette.
Dark green with the contrast of yellow could easily represent the sun and grass. Purple is definitely the pop of color, a complementary color from yellow on the color wheel.
When it comes to colors, we all may have a bit of a blind spot. We grow up with colors all around us, and although we learn colors in school, generally it’s just to remember the names and maybe the color wheel basics.
Yet, try changing the colors you generally wear for a day. Wear a yellow top if you normally wear black and see if it brightens your mood a bit. Paint your room and see if it changes how other colors look next to your walls. The options with colors are endless. Use them to their full potential.
This blog is a guest post written by Debbie Morgan.
About the author: Debbie Morgan is a writer that loves adding a witty analogy to any concept. With experience in the design and marketing industry, she’s seen her fair share of designing do’s and don’ts but loves to bring color to her explanations of these helpful concepts.
1. Use artificial pressure of mouse - If you don’t own a graphics tablet with a pressure-sensitive pen, don’t worry! You can still achieve similar results of stroke fading with your mouse thanks to the feature we’ve implemented to Flame Painter. Set the ‘Fade’ value for Mouse pressure in the Brush Creator panel for each brush. Open the panel via Window menu or with the button at the bottom of the Properties panel. Go to the ‘Shape’ section of the panel, then select ‘Stroke’. Here you can set the Fade value for Mouse pressure from 0 to 10. Zero means no pressure, while 10 is the highest artificial mouse pressure possible.
If you would like to use you can use artificial pressure even when Fade is set to ‘0’, just enable ‘Always use minimal pressure for stroke fading’ option under Preferences > Tools:
This is especially handy when you use a custom brush that has a Fade value set to 0. This way you will still be able to achieve results with a mouse as if they were painted with a pressure-sensitive pen.
2. Set ‘Smoothing’ options - Various smoothing options for your brush strokes are at your disposal in Flame Painter 4. The Position Smoothing lets you set the smoothing of cursor position for both mouse and pen. When set to ‘Max’ value, the cursor will follow more smoothly and you can paint beautiful calligraphic lines.
The Pen Pressure Smoothing enables you to set the smoothing of pressure for tablet pen. When set to ‘Max’ value, the pressure transitions in the stroke will be smoother.
And finally, the Pen Sensitivity Smoothing gives you the option to set the smoothing of pressure sensitivity curve for tablet pen. When set to ‘Soft’ less pressure is required, when set to ‘Firm’ more pressure is required.
Each of these settings can be found in a separate pop-up panel of Properties panel or directly in the Preferences.
3. Explore ‘White’ or ‘Black to Alpha’ Filters - These two features are quite hidden in the Filter menu. Have you ever wondered what they are good for? Just like in Rebelle, these two “filters” remove black or white background from the current layer. Meaning, if you have a design or a photograph with a white or black you can easily remove it with one click in Flame Painter and add your own creative background layer:
4. Have fun with tiling on a vector layer - Tiling has been part of Flame Painter for some time, but to version 4 we even made it possible to tile the vector layers. You are able to create some fantastic designs with this option and if you’re not 100% satisfied with any of the brush settings, easily change it and the vector paths will adjust:
Enable tiling from within the ‘Filters’ top menu in Flame Painter 4.
5. Experiment with ‘Lock Transparency’ - Lock all transparent pixels of a layer with this simple function. This way, you can re-design your already painted strokes or import custom shapes and designs and overlay them with Flame Painter’s brushes loaded with a texture:
Lock Transparency is available in the Layers panel, next to Lock Layer button.
6. Import custom images to Brush Creator panel - Brush Creator panel in Flame Painter gives you immerse possibilities for your brush creations. One of them is the import of custom shapes. You can either create the shapes in a third-party program or download some from the internet. Another option is to create them directly in Flame Painter 4. With the function ‘Set Image from Layer/Selection’, you are able to quickly load the image to your currently selected brush, just like on the video below:
7. Raise the quality of your strokes - There are many ways of improving the quality of painted strokes. For bitmap layers, set the Detail of the brush to higher values in Brush Creator panel. In addition, turn on the Antialiasing (AA) to diminish jagged lines and smooth the painted lines. For vector layers, use the HiRes Renderer via Layer menu. This is a polygonal renderer which fills the space between dots and makes the picture smoother without the appearance of Moire artifacts. Also, if you save your work in JPGs, don’t forget to turn the JPEG quality to the maximum in the Preferences panel.
( A ) - Detail 1, no AA | ( B ) - Detail 1, with AA | ( C ) - Detail 4, with AA
8. Extend canvas with ‘Safe Boundary’ - If you’re new to Flame Painter you can easily overlook this simple yet effective feature. Safe boundary creates a boundary around your file’s borders which serves as an extended canvas. If you need to move your design a little to the left, right, up or down, you can! Because your design is already being painted on the safe boundary. Just go to Preferences and set the ‘Safe Boundary’ option to visible. Here you can also set its size and opacity which will be applied to the next new file you’ll create.
9. Use palette from brush | Use blending from brush - These two options are accessible from the Properties panel menu. When active, the palette - either color, gradient or an image, and the blending mode is used from the brush currently selected in Brushes panel. If you would like to use the palette you created in the Palette panel and the blending mode in Properties, just uncheck both options. Afterward, all brushes will use the same palette and blending mode. This can be useful when you need a particular color but you’re not sure which brush to use:
10. Pick colors outside Flame Painter - To be fair, this is not Flame Painter’s feature but it may be very useful for all of you who follow a specific color manual. You can pick color also outside of Flame Painter - via the System color palette. Just click on the actual color in Palette panel of the software to open the system color palette. Window users can select “Pick Screen Color” while macOS users can select the pick color tool here.
Have you found these tips useful? What other features you like to use in Flame Painter that other users may not know about? Do you have any tips or tricks for other users for working with the software? Let us know in the comments.
Your Escape Motions Team