Last year, Rebelle 2 introduced various tools for creating mask on canvas including selections and stencils. With stencils you could simply grab ink, pencil or any other tool, paint a mask on the canvas and create a stencil from it. Or you could create a selection and turn it into stencil with just one click. Rebelle 3 will go even further and feature a ‘Masking Fluid’ layer which locks non-transparent pixels of the layer. When painting on ‘Influenced layer’, all pixels will be masked by the ‘Masking Fluid Layer’. This is a quick and easy way of coloring sketches and images.
The next Rebelle version will bring new possibilities for drawing straight lines and perspectives.
Fastest way to paint a straight line in Rebelle 3 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. It is beautiful and simple tool probably available only in Rebelle.
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.
New Perspective tool will act as an assistant for drawing perspectives. You will be able to select from one point, two or three point perspective. You can lock vanishing control points, lock the horizon or also paint with a freehand.
Reference image panel was one of the most demanded features from Rebelle users. This panel will serve as a visual guide while you paint. You will be able to place the panel anywhere on the screen, docked or floating, and open a reference image, sketch or photo into it. You can Zoom in/out the image or desaturate the image with ‘Greyscale’ button.
In addition, Rebelle 3 will feature another new panel which is very useful for all artists no matter their style. Preview panel is very practical when you work on detail but you don’t want to zoom in & out all the time to see the whole picture. This panel can be set to fullscreen mode and placed on a secondary monitor, so you have a nice large preview of your painting.
Other great news is the implementation of ‘Canvas Size’ - a new tool that will serve for cropping, scaling and resizing your work. Resize the canvas interactively by using the control points, or by entering the desired size of a new canvas in the edit-boxes. You will be also able to resize the image and change its DPI. When cropping a paper with the deckled edges, the newly created canvas edges will nicely adjust so you don’t lose the edges on any side.
Rebelle 3 will be available on our website from April 30th 2018 for the full price $89.99. All existing owners of Rebelle 1 or 2 are eligible for more than 50% discount - regular upgrade price will be $39.99. Users who purchased Rebelle within last two month, from March 1st 2018 will be eligible for a free upgrade.
Upgrading is optional and the upgrade discount will always be available. You can continue using your Rebelle 1 or Rebelle 2 for as long as you like.
On April 30th, 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! Meanwhile, let us know in the comments below what new features you like the most and we’ll pick another winner who’ll get a free copy of Rebelle 3!
Based on the months of studying the watercolors, testing hundreds of various papers, techniques and brushes we are assured that the possibility of uniting the tradition and technology is absolutely amazing. The development team has packed a wide range of features and innovations into Rebelle 3 such as ultra realistic papers, new visual settings of watercolor behavior, amazingly realistic drips, ability to control them as well as many other new additions which we are going to present step by step in the upcoming blog posts. Here are the first unveiled features of the anticipated Rebelle 3:
Watercolour is quite an ‘alive’ medium. It can behave in many different ways according to how it is used. One of the biggest alternation in behavior of watercolor is due to the surface on which it is applied - the watercolor paper. We tested various real life papers in order to embrace their common characteristics and differences and figured out how to include such support for various behavior. In the new version you can use not only textured paper backgrounds, but also an imitation of professional watercolor papers, some of them with deckled - rough and irregular edges, including: Hot press, Cold press, Rough, Japan, Canvases and others.
Hot-pressed paper has a smooth, hard surface and an even texture. It offers a sleek finish and it’s great for mixed media work. One step up is cold-pressed paper - is the most versatile and popular texture, it’s semi-rough surface is suitable for both detailed work and smooth washes. When you glide your brush over it, some of the paint settles on it while skipping the indentations of the grainy texture, leaving them blank. This creates a beautifully textured brush strokes. Rough paper has a pronounced texture that’s good for washes and creates expressive brush strokes that can provide a lot of character and emotion to a painting. You can use traditional Washi - japan paper, canvases and other materials too. No type of paper is inherently better than the other. It all depends on your needs, your preferred techniques and what look you are going for in your painting. You can get various professional papers on Rebelle website soon.
Because Rebelle’s papers imitate these characteristic in a digital world, new version will feature various presets for watercolor behavior based on the underlying paper, so the paper you choose can have a huge bearing on the quality of your work.
To adapt to the new papers, we had to rewrite a watercolor simulation code to be even more realistic than before. In Rebelle 3 you will be able to change the watercolor behavior and other settings via Visual Settings panel - new panel with the following possibilities:
- Ability to customize the watercolor behavior - users will be able to manipulate the „Absorbency“ slider which basically represents how fast your watercolor washes dry out. Another setting is „Edge Darkening“ - users can influence how dark the edges of their washes will be. Also there is a „Canvas Influence“ setting with which you’ll influence the watercolor diffusion.
- Ability to customize acrylics - The „Impasto Depth” available from Rebelle 2 will now be placed in this new Visual settings panel.
- Ability to customize canvas settings - The canvas „Texture Visibility“ setting and „Always show texture on paint“ switch will now be featured in this panel.
Many users appealed to the need of a better control over drips. You asked, we listened - in Rebelle 3 we implemented a new “DropEngine” especially to simulate drips and connected it with our watercolor simulation. Drips behave more naturally now - their appearance is influenced by paper structure, water, stencils and selections. Their movement on paper can be adjusted via Visual settings panel which will give you more controls over the length and size of the drips.
What is more, the drips are now DPI-aware so Rebelle now creates same size drips on a canvas of 300 dpi like those of a canvas that is 72 dpi.
Blow tool in Rebelle 3 realistically blows drips from wet painting just like in real life by using a straw. Use this blowing technique to make an interesting watercolor effects, an abstract background, explosions, trees, grass or flowers for your paintings. You can now hold the blow tool above the area you want to create drips from and control the directions it goes by blowing from different angles. The tool blows wet painting on wet areas, on dry areas it creates nice dripping effects. And if you put drops of different colors next to each other, you can make the colors mix together on the canvas making beautiful splatters. This is probably one of the most fun activities you can do. :)
Stay tuned for another feature announcement coming next Thursday! 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 3!
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This year we’ve partnered again with CGTrader, one of the leading 3D stock model marketplaces. After last year’s huge success of CGTrader’s Digital Art Awards, there’s no doubt we’ll witness once again many great digital works of art. All CG artists are invited to participate for a chance to win prizes worth a total of $60,000 and expose their work to an audience of over 1.2 million users.
You can submit your art to six categories:
Character Illustration, Character Concept Design, Environment Illustration, Environment Concept, Design, Object Design, and Object Concept Design.
The works of art do not have to be created specifically for the competition, therefore you can submit your best paintings, even if they were created some time ago.
It takes only three simple steps to enter:
Check out for more info: https://www.cgtrader.com/digital-art-competition
We at Escape Motions wish a good luck to all the Digital Art Competition participants!