For the past few decades, the virtual environment and use of technological elements have become a very advantageous instrument for anyone working in the creative field. Having a productive workflow is crucial for artist’s creative process in today’s saturated market. We all know these approaching deadlines when the time seems to evaporate before our eyes.
With Flame Painter 4’s particle multi-brushes, creating and perfecting your digital work has never been more effective. This unique feature nowhere to be found in other software allows for a great variety in a single stroke without having to draw all the individual elements each time. This can save you hours of time doing it another way!
Although the possibilities of how brushes can look and behave are endless, we’ve divided them into 3 categories based on what results you can expect:
Draw & Paint Brushes – fundamentals of your paintings
Flame Painter’s Draw and Paint Brushes mimic similar visual effects of real-world brushes but give your art something extra. Such a magical brush can imitate various painting and graphic techniques. Calligraphy brushes, pencil, ink, airbrush or various pen variations are here for your creative outbursts. Just soak them in different colors or shapes and the wild painting process can start.
Photo Effects Brushes – a magical touch to your photographs
Are you a photographer or a graphic designer and spend a lot of time combining different tools to achieve the desired photographic effect in your work? Struggle no more! Just use one of the Flame Painter’s Photo Effects Brushes and start creating. With only a few moves you will get a cloudy sky, campfire, forest stand, snow, rain, various plants, and much more. At your fingertips, you have a variety of lighting and optical effects ideal for changing the atmosphere of your photos. You can be sure that the inspiration will strike, just create!
Graphic Brushes – catchy effects on your graphic designs
Would you like your graphics to be less technical work and more creative visual discovery? Reach for Flame Painter’s Graphic Brushes! Experiment with surfaces, lines, patterns by combining different shapes or even paint with whole images. Different particle systems with numerous variables, such as gradients, textures, shapes, strokes, or stroke sequences are at your disposal to play with. However, you don’t need to examine all of this! Just choose the right graphic brush and you’ll have your designs, presentations, backgrounds, flyers or posters ready in no time.
At last, here’s our advice for busy artists: Get inspired by the brushes that are added by your fellow Flame Painter artists to online Brush Library every day!
What brush do you enjoy the most in the latest Flame Painter 4 version? What do you miss? We’d love to hear from you!
Your EM team
You will find both JPGs and FPAs files in the download package, so if you own Flame Painter 4 you can edit the files according to your needs. Most of the designs have been created in vector layers so you are able to edit color or paths of the vector strokes. The backgrounds are royalty-free, available for commercial use and with no attribution required. However, if you use them in your project, you are very welcome to credit Flame Painter 4 and thus help us spread the word about this powerful software.
1. Behind the Scenes - Download
2. Stars Collide - Download
3. The Vessel - Download
4. Swirl - Download
5. Luminous - Download
6. The Roots - Download
7. Trinity - Download
8. Energizer - Download
Download all eight backgrounds in JPG and FPA file formats from this link.
We hope you enjoy the backgrounds as much as possible :)
Your Escape Motions Team
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