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Today we are proud to announce the release of Flame Painter 4, a new edition of a standalone paint and particle effects package for Windows and macOS. This game-changing version charges up the possibilities of digital painting while allowing artists to enhance designs and photographs with captivating life-like organic brushes.

It’s an incredible journey! Despite seeing it grow from the first line of code, this new version of Flame Painter surpassed even my own expectations of what it is capable of. Your imagination is the only limit while exploring its possibilities.” says the founder and head behind Flame Painter, Peter Blaškovič. “With Flame Painter 4, a new version of this successful art package, creating and perfecting your digital work has never been more effective.

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Flame Painter 4 Key Features

 Particle Systems - The software supports a range of simulation types - Flame, Follow, Ribbon, Liner, Elastic and Fuzzy. The package comes with 3 default systems (Flame, Follow, Ribbon) users know from previous versions. Additionally, the new specially designed systems (Liner, Elastic and Fuzzy) are introduced as add-ons to match your specific workflow needs. 
We prepared more than 250 brush presets for you to experiment with. 

 Particle Brushes - Flame Painter’s organic brushes are a unique solution nowhere to be found in other software on the market. Flowing, lashing, neon, dots, or even tentacle-like brushstrokes create attention-grabbing effects on your designs. Flame Painter 4 is shipped with hundreds of new brushes.

 Brush Creator - Ideal for creating and customizing the brush designs, the advanced Brush Creator with a wealth of adjustable parameters is at your disposal. With newly introduced variables, the range of possibilities of how the brush can look and behave is really limitless.

 Import of Vector Paths -  Import an SVG file - either to one layer as a bitmap or to multiple layers as a vector which can be further edited according to your needs. Switch between brushes, edit the brush in Brush Creator or select different colors or gradients to match your specific design.

 Editable Vector Layers - Within a click, the vector brush strokes can be modified to achieve desired results. Flame Painter 4 also lets you import your own vector paths and have the particle brush effects follow them. 

 Symmetry Tool - Create beautiful symmetrical artwork with any brush using only a few paint strokes with your mouse or tablet pen. Follow your artistic intuition and choose different colors or gradients to produce a fascinating scene. 

Watch the preview of main Flame Painter 4 features 

 Advanced Palette Panel - The improved Palette panel gives you many new options for your work. You are able to choose any Color from the Palette which can be displayed as RGB, HSL, HSV, or HSLuv - a special mode which preserves color brightness. Moreover, you can choose from the default list or create own beautiful Gradient transitions for your brush preset and apply them on the stroke, lines or dots. Lastly, you can apply the palette from an Image - this option lets you import your own images.

 Canvas Size - Flame Painter 4 includes new tools to accelerate your creative workflow. Resize of the canvas has been designed to be very easy and interactive - resize by using the control points, or by entering the desired size of a new canvas in the edit boxes.

 Advanced Pick Color Tool - You are able to pick colors from the current layer or all layers with the new Pick Color tool. You can see in detail the previous color, color under your cursor and the newly selected color.  

 Selections - Other new tools shipped with Flame Painter 4 include a Selection tool for selecting a specific area of the canvas and performing operations on this selected area. There are various types of selection tool available: rectangular, elliptical, polygonal, freehand and Magic wand. 

 Improved Fill Tool - Fill tool enables you to fill not only the whole layer with the selected color or gradient but also the already painted strokes with alpha channel. 

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 New Filters - Professional color filters under the Filter menu allow you to make desired adjustments to your painting or design, with a help of Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation, Lightness, Color Balance and other color filters. Moreover, ‘Black to alpha’ and’ White to alpha’ are very useful, especially when you import a picture with a background you want to get rid of.

 Photoshop Plug-in - Although Flame Painter works as a standalone application, a complimentary Photoshop plug-in ‘Flame Painter Connect’ is available. This handy tool gives you the possibility of exchanging layers between Flame Painter and Photoshop, making your creative process seamless and easy. Flame Painter Connect for Flame Painter 4 is compatible with Photoshop CC 2015 and higher.

 Extensive Brush Library - Browse hundreds of free brushes in the online brush library created by the developers as well as users and choose the ones which fit your design.

 Multi-touch Support - Flame Painter has complete support for multitouch gestures for Wacom, Microsoft or alternative tablet and trackpad devices, including Astropad application.

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How to Buy

As of today, Flame Painter 4 is available from our website for the full price of $89.99 USDwww.escapemotions.com/shop/
Flame Painter 4 comes in one edition only. It is a follow-up of Flame Painter 3 Professional edition and there will be no Personal edition available.

How to Upgrade

All existing owners of older Flame Painter desktop versions are eligible for more than 50% discount - the upgrade price is $39.99 USD

Users can upgrade their Flame Painter license directly through the application’s menu: Help > Upgrade to Flame Painter 4 or from our Upgrade page or from our shop www.escapemotions.com/shop/. We’ve also sent out newsletters to our subscribers - check your Inbox to find yours.

Upgrading is optional and the upgrade discount will always be available. You can continue using your older Flame Painter version for as long as you like.

Users who purchased Flame Painter 3 within the last three months, i.e. from March 1st, 2019 are eligible for a free upgrade. Log in to your Community profile to download the latest version.

Additional Particle Systems with 120 brush presets + more free brushes available for download on online Brush library.

We’ve also released three particle systems Liner, Fuzzy and Elastic on our website as add-ons for Flame Painter 4. They can be purchased for $19.99 USD each. All three particle systems are bundled together for an introductory price of $39.99 USD.

Get the particle systems from www.escapemotions.com/shop/ 

Altogether they include 120 brush presets for immediate use, but this is not a final number. We prepared for you even more free brushes available as an instant download from the online Brush library. Particle systems allow you to further create an unlimited spectrum of new brushes in the Brush Creator.

These particle systems are also a part of the new Flame Painter in a special preview mode and you will be able to test all their controls and visual options on a special “preview” layer.

Make sure you purchase the particle system from the same email address you are registered for Flame Painter 4 with. To load them, just restart the software.

New Registration System

Please note Flame Painter 4 no longer supports registration keys. After you purchase you will be asked to create a Community profile - unique username and password. After you confirm your email address by clicking on the link you receive, you will be able to register your Flame Painter 4 with your email address or username and password. If you own Rebelle 3, you already have a Community account - all you need to do is log in to Flame Painter 4 with your details.

We’ve been working on this Flame Painter version for over 18 months. We’ve put everything into it, so sweat and tears of momentary misery and happiness are included. :-) We truly hope you enjoy this new version and all the possibilities it gives you. Let us know how you like it by dropping us an email or via Send feedback option in the Help menu

…and most importantly - have fun and stay creative! :-)
Your Escape Motions Team

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Soon to be released Flame Painter 4, a new edition of a standalone paint and particle effects package will include amazing new brushes, particle systems, and advanced Brush Creator panel. In today’s blog, we’d like to introduce the next big improvements that will make you enjoy working with Flame Painter more than before, including Import of vector paths, Symmetry tool, Canvas Size & Transform tool, Navigator panel, Filters menu and more.

Import Vector Paths

Groundbreaking feature for the next Flame Painter release is the import of an SVG file - either to one layer as a bitmap or to multiple layers as a vector which can be further edited according to your needs. Switch between brushes, edit the brush in Brush Creator or select different colors or gradients to match your specific design. The brush strokes will be applied to the imported vector paths automatically. This will make designing your project extra fun and speed your workflow up. Well, as long as you don’t lose track of time while trying all the amazing possibilities that exist :-)

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Symmetry Tool

Flame Painter 4 will feature a new tool for creating symmetrical designs. It will be super easy to create beautiful symmetrical artwork with any brush using only a few paint strokes with your mouse or tablet pen. Follow your artistic intuition and choose different colors or gradients to produce a fascinating scene. And to enjoy this tool more, paint the shapes on a vector layer and watch the design update while switching between various brush presets, particle systems, colors or gradients.

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Advanced Palette Panel

The advanced Palette panel in Flame Painter 4 will give you many new options for your work. You will be able to choose any Color from the Palette which can be displayed as RGB, HSL, HSV, or HSLuv. Moreover, you can choose from default list or create own beautiful Gradient transitions for your brush preset and apply them on the stroke, lines or dots, based on what engine your brush preset was created with. Finally, set how many times the gradient should repeat on the stroke and in what direction - either on length (horizontally) or width (vertically).

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( A ) - Single Color, ( B ) - Gradient on Length, ( C ) - Gradient on Width, ( D ) - Gradient on Dots

Lastly, you can choose to apply the palette from an Image - this option lets you import your own images. The image will be mapped on the stroke, lines or dots and can also be repeated on both length and width of your strokes.

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Canvas Size Tool

Previous Flame Painter versions were missing a few tools which forced artists to switch to Photoshop repeatedly in order to get things done. One of these was a tool for resizing the image. Luckily, Flame Painter 4 will introduce Canvas size - a new tool that will serve for cropping, scaling and resizing your work. Resize of the canvas in Flame Painter 4 has been designed to be very easy and interactive - resize by using the control points, or by entering the desired size of a new canvas in the edit boxes. You will also be able to resize the image and change its DPI accordingly. Size of your canvas in Flame Painter depends only on your computer’s memory.

Pick Color Tool

Another new tool we’ve implemented to Flame Painter is the Pick Color tool. Now you can pick colors either from your photograph to match a specific palette or from your current layer or all layers. You will also be able to set a sample size here.

Selection Tool

The next convenient feature in Flame Painter 4 that will make your switch to PS less regularly will be Selections. These are going to help you select a specific area of the canvas and perform operations on this selected area. There will be various types of selection tool available: rectangular, elliptical, polygonal and freehand. 

We’re also adding the Magic Wand that will create selections based on the tone and color of the pixels. You can specify the Tolerance, Antialiasing, Contiguous selection, or Use Alpha channel. Tolerance determines the color range of selected pixels, Antialiasing creates a smoother-edged selection, Contiguous selects only adjacent areas using the same colors and Use Alpha determines the alpha channel of selected pixels from the background.

Filter Menu

Besides Tile, Glow, and Blur, our development team has implemented standard color adjustments settings to Flame Painter 4 under the Filter menu. The new filters include:

- Brightness / Contrast, Hue / Saturation / Lightness
- Color Balance, Color Filter, Colorize
- Desaturate, Invert
- Black to Alpha, White to Alpha

You will find the last set of filters ‘Black to alpha’ and’ White to alpha’ very useful, especially when you import a picture with a background you want to get rid of.

Improved Fill Tool

The improved Fill tool in Flame Painter 4 will be able to fill not only the whole layer with the selected color or gradient but also the already painted strokes. Internally the stroke will be selected with a magic wand tool according to its color, then chosen palette will be applied on this stroke with one click.

Improved Transform Tool

We’ve improved the Flame Painter 3′s Transform tool to the new version - it now enables you to move, scale and resize the selected layer or layers. We’ve also added the possibility to rotate layers or selections and flip them horizontally or vertically using one single click or shortcut.

Photoshop Plugin 

Flame Painter 4 will feature an updated Photoshop plugin - Flame Painter Connect - for exchanging layers. Export layers back-and-forth between Flame Painter and Photoshop quickly and easily. 

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Other New Features

• Navigator panel to quickly change the view of your artwork using a thumbnail display.

• Drag & drop to easily drag & drop brushes, gradients, images or files directly from the web browser or file manager.

• “New Artwork” window with multiple default size presets available and the possibility to save custom presets in centimeters, inches or pixels with custom DPI.

• Lock in Layers panel in order to lock a layer to prevent it from any unwanted changes, and lock transparent pixels of a layer.

• Preferences panel to set the General, Tools, Tablet and custom Keyboard shortcuts preferences.

Pricing & Availability

Flame Painter 4 will be available on our website next week for the full price of $89.99 USD. All existing owners of Flame Painter are eligible for more than 50% discount - regular upgrade price will be $39.99 USD
Users who purchased Flame Painter 3 within the last three months, i.e. from March 1st, 2019 will be eligible for a free upgrade.

Moreover, with the release of Flame Painter 4, we’ll also release three particle systems Liner, Fuzzy and Elastic as add-ons on our website. The particle systems can be purchased for $19.99 USD each. All three particle systems will be bundled together for an introductory price of $39.99 USD.

We will send out newsletters with the great news soon - definitely subscribe to our newsletter so you won’t miss it! 

Your Escape Motions Team

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Our last blog post announced the upcoming release of Flame Painter 4, a new edition of a standalone paint and particle effects package which will feature fantastic innovations including new particle systems, fresh sets of amazingly creative brushes and unlimited brush customization possibilities. In today’s blog, we are going to talk about the particle systems in more detail and introduce their benefits for the usability in the new version.


A particle system is like the backbone of Flame Painter - a simulation type that defines the brush stroke appearance, its behavior, the way the brush moves as well as many other important parameters. The upcoming Flame Painter 4 will support a range of these particle simulations. The package will come with three different systems that users know from previous versions: FlameFollow and Ribbon. Additionally, the new specially designed systems will be introduced as add-ons to match your specific workflow needs: LinerFuzzy and Elastic.


Flame | Follow | Ribbon

Despite being part of Flame Painter for a long time, the already known Flame, Follow and Ribbon particle systems are coming to version 4 in a completely different way of implementation. We’ve effectively rewritten their code to make them more versatile and complex.

As you already know, the new version will feature a Brush Creator which now includes many more new controls and sliders. Some controls like Noise, Chaos, Focus, Center or Speed are known from the older Flame versions. We added other new useful sliders as well as a separate ‘Shape’ option which will serve for defining the shape of the stroke as a FillLine or Dotted Line.

• Fill evenly stretches the structure throughout the entire stroke. It also lets you use an image texture that will be repeated on the stroke.

• Line consists of multiple lines which create a complex stroke. You can define the shape profile of lines, their width, width jitter or length to achieve a perfect preset for your design. Line Shape also lets you use an image texture.

• Dotted Line allows you to create strokes consisting of dots - set spacing, scatter or opacity jitter of the dots to create perfect bokeh effects, raindrops, snowflakes or flare effect.

Flame Particle System

This is the classic flame particle system for creating diverse effects from realistic fire to random arrangements of particles, light streaks, sparkles and much more.

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Follow Particle System

In Follow Particle system the stroke follows the cursor more precisely and is suitable for more detailed paint strokes as well as lines of abstract flares, bokeh effects, orbits or textured brush presets.

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Ribbon Particle System

The elegant particle system for creating beautiful design effects. Ribbon’s stroke spreads a bit wider creating flowing, tamed strokes perfect for designing abstract waves, ribbon-like effects that flow with the direction of your stroke.

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Liner | Fuzzy | Elastic

The other three particle systems are Liner, Fuzzy and Elastic, which are going to be released as add-ons for download on our website. They will be part of the new Flame Painter version in a special preview mode and users will be able to test all their controls and visual options on a special “preview” layer. 

Liner Particle System

The liner particle system has a thin flat brush profile with a defined width. You can draw precise lines which may consist of different shapes. It’s a perfect brush particle system for creating defined lines, trails, streaks, and line surfaces. You are also able to create amazing painting brushes, classic lines or different-shaped brushes.

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Fuzzy Particle System

A string-based, winding particle system that can stretch its particles along the path perfect for creating effortlessly-looking brushes for painting clusters of abstract as well as specific particles.

Elastic Particle System

Versatile particle system with an elastic brush cursor perfect for adding depth to your presets, creating soft-body effects with various elastic behavior. 

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The rewritten Flame, Follow and Ribbon as well as the new particle systems Liner, Fuzzy and Elastic will broaden the horizon of possibilities for your images projects and enable you to create much more various results with the life-like Flame Painter brushes. Such a variety of particle systems is a unique solution nowhere to be found in other software on the market. Flowing, lashing, neon, dots, or even tentacle-like brush strokes will create attention-grabbing effects on your designs. The particle systems of Flame Painter 4 will surely become useful tools to your arsenal of the creative bag of tricks.

What brushes and particle systems are you looking forward to making in the new Flame Painter? Let us know in the comments!

Your Escape Motions Team


Believe it or not, it has been ten years since the first line of Flame Painter’s code was written! It was in 2009 when the founder of Escape Motions, Peter Blaškovič, created the original flame algorithm within his ‘I am an Artist’ experimental project. He believed that “Everyone can be an artist, we just need the tools which become the inspiration for creativity”. Today we still follow this vision and are proud to announce that we are about to enter a brand new stage of Flame Painter’s story.


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Pioneer in procedural art: Flame Painter’s very first version in 2009 (top) vs. Flame Painter 4 (bottom).

It is with great pleasure to share with you all, that after long months of development we present Flame Painter 4 - the new game-changing software which allows you to paint and design with real organic brushes. The new version puts an incredibly broad range of creative tools at your fingertips while making adding special effects to your designs a breeze. Flame Painter 4 will feature new Particle Systems, the state-of-the-art technology which allows creating an unlimited spectrum of particle brushes, ranging from classic light effects to structured patterns, textured shapes or even natural painting brushes. Particle systems will open a whole new world of possibilities nowhere to be found in other software. The upcoming version will also bring fresh sets of brushes which will give you the power to customize every parameter via the new Brush Creator panel. Each and every one of the brush presets in Flame Painter is a piece of art and you are the creator invited to play your own game with custom artistic brushes.

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New Particle Systems

Particle systems are the foundation of Flame Painter and define the main characteristic and behavior of the individual brushes. Each system consists of an effective set of settings and sliders to help enhance your stroke to perfection. Choose from various particle systems to paint an original piece of artwork, or generate abstract imagery within a design project. A great variety of particle systems is a unique solution nowhere to be found in other software on the market. With this incredibly broad range of organic tools, you are the creator.

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There will be six particle systems available:
Flame, Follow and Ribbon are systems well-known from the previous Flame Painter version;
Liner, Elastic and Fuzzy are new systems, which will be released as add-on’s available from our website.

New Brushes

Flame Painter’s brushes are truly alive; when you paint with the mouse or pressure pen, you can feel the natural behavior of each brush shape.


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While Flame Painter 4 will come with a default set of brushes, they only scratch the surface of what’s possible. If you would like to use ready-made brushes, just easily browse hundreds of free presets in the online Brush library and choose the ones which fit your need. The particle brushes in Flame Painter can be divided into three categories:

• Draw & Paint Brushes – Perfect for the fundamentals of your painting, the standard drawing, and painting tools are always on hand for your creative workflow. 

• Graphic Brushes – Within only a few brushstrokes, you can achieve interesting effects for posters, backgrounds or create original patterns on your graphic designs.

• Photo Effect Brushes – Varied effects, ranging from lightning strikes to fire, smoke, bokeh, and sparkles are ready to enhance your next digital masterpiece. Take advantage of what’s possible only in the digital world - paint your art with another painting or photograph. 

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Never mind the basic colors. You can use included gradients, create your own color transitions from the scratch, or generate one from an image. You can even import a colored texture and use it as a particle brush. In the end, you can share your brush with other users and make the world a more creative place. Brushes will be added with a tag so anyone in need for a perfect graphic brush will search within the respective brush library.

If you love to experiment and have extra fun with brushes, with included Brush Creator you can create an unlimited number of brush styles by adjusting various options and parameters. For example, add a little noisiness. Modify jitter, add softness, chaos or other known and unknown parameters from the previous Flame Painter versions. Set any of the parameters to adjust to pressure sensitivity of your pen. This all is a great way to create amazing effects and add instant sparkle, depth, and richness to your paintings, designs or photographs. 

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Unlimited Brush Customization

We’ve simplified the Properties panel where some of the most useful settings remain, like the brush size, blending mode or opacity. The rest of the settings have been moved to a new fully-equipped Brush Creator panel.

Here you can choose your Particle System, where you set the brush behavior and Shape, which includes visual settings concerning the stroke texture, pattern, and opacity. Brushes have three different stroke types available:

•  Fill - the typical shape already known from the older versions.
•  Lines - this is a liner brush from Flame Painter 3, extended by the possibility of the setting the stroke width, length and creating different sequences.
•  Dotted Line - which enables you to create brushes with different image shapes.


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Moreover, every stroke type can have its own texture which defines the opacity of the shape. Instead of spending hours searching for the perfect brush online, save your precious time and easily create your brush design with Flame Painter. The range of possibilities, how the brush can look and behave is really limitless.

With so many options and complex tools, Flame Painter 4 remains simple and easy to use with the ability to produce top-notch effects. “I am proud we created such a powerful tool. This new version of Flame Painter has surpassed even our own expectations. It is a must-have tool for all professional CG artists, graphic designers, and photographers but also for anyone thinking of dipping their toes into the world of digital art for the first time.” says Peter Blaškovič. 

Get ready to unlock your creative potential, Flame Painter 4 will be here soon to change your artistic life.

Stay tuned for another feature announcement coming next week!

Your Escape Motions Team

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Escape Motions announces its second artwork contest! This is an invitation to all professional as well as enthusiast artists to submit entries created in Rebelle, Flame Painter, Amberlight and Inspirit software. From November 2nd  to November 30th  you will get the opportunity to show off your talent and win amazingly creative prizes from us and our sponsors worth more than $13,000!

How to enter the Contest

Contest has four categories: Rebelle, Flame Painter, Amberlight and Inspirit. To enter the contest, publish artwork fully or partially created in our software to the Escape Motions Community gallery with hashtag:

#contest2018

Each entrant may publish one artwork to each category. There is no predefined topic specified, the entry may be a painting, an illustration, a photo manipulation or an abstract composition. Your imagination is the only limit here. Using third party software is allowed. 

Joining in can’t be easier! You can submit your entries the following ways:

- Publish directly from the software and add a tag #contest2018, or
- Upload your artwork from your Community account to a relevant category - Rebelle, Flame Painter, Amberlight and Inspirit - and add a tag #contest2018

It is not possible to publish directly from Inspirit app. In order to enter the contest with Inspirit picture, the entrant needs to upload it directly through his Community account and add #contest2018 hashtag to Tags.

Uploading Artworks to Contest Gallery

You can start uploading your entry on November 2nd 2018 00:00 GMT (contest starts). We will accept all entries submitted by November 30th, 2018 23:59 GMT (contest ends). We will announce the winners of first, second and third place in each category on Monday, December 10th.

Judging

Three winners in each category will be selected internally by us in the Escape Motions team. We will judge all submitted art pieces based on quality, personality, and originality.

Prizes

We’ve carefully selected amazingly creative prizes:

The Intel® Software NUC mini PCs
Moho, Poser, MotionArtist and Stufitt applications by Smith Micro
Paintable Digital Painting Academy annual subscriptions
Discount coupons for software, templates, ebooks and more from Mighty Deals
One year subscription to ImagineFX3D Artist and Computer Arts magazines
Luminar photo-editing software by Skylum
Photolemur fully automated photo enhancer
Dynamic Auto Painter 6 and Photo Reactor applications by Mediachance
Photoshop Artistry course by Sebastian Michaels
The Artists Quarter Rebelle tutorials by Tim Shelbourne
Artstation subscriptions
Template of your choice from Template Monster

And what is more, it’s not only the winners who get valuable prizes! Every entrant gets exclusive discounts for magazine subscriptions by Future Publishing, special 15% discount on any deal at Mighty Deals and 30% discount on Escape Motions products.

You can visit the Contest website to find out more. So be done with reading now and show off. :)

Best of luck to you all, talented artists!
Your Escape Motions Team


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We are thrilled to announce recent release of Rebelle 3 - a powerful upgrade to the most realistic natural media application for Windows and macOS. Based on months of studying the watercolors, brushes, testing hundreds of various papers, and working closely with art community, a new Rebelle 3 unites tradition and technology with an original approach.

“We put art first. This new version comes again closer to blur the line between traditional and digital painting as it will give the artists an infinite range of expression possibilities packed in a simple interface,” says the founder and head behind Rebelle algorithm, Peter Blaškovič. “Rebelle 3 has made big strides in improving the realism of its world-class watercolor brushes, which can now accurately mimic all sorts of behavior on different paper surfaces.”

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Rebelle 3 Key Features

• Ultra-realistic papers - In the new version you can use not only textured paper backgrounds, but also an imitation of real watercolor papers, some of them with deckled - rough and irregular edges. You can get more papers
from Rebelle website. More different papers and canvases will be available for download in the next months.

• Watercolor simulation code re-design - To adapt to the new papers, a watercolor simulation code has been rewritten 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 ‘DropEngine’ - We implemented a unique “DropEngine” especially to simulate drips and connected it with watercolor simulation. Drips behave very naturally - their appearance is influenced by paper structure, stencils and selections.

• ‘Masking Fluid’ layer - The masking fluid allows you to paint freely over the masked area. Using this handy tool, there’s no need to paint around complex objects laboriously any more.

• Straight line, Ruler & Perspective tools – Rebelle 3 introduces you to the new useful drawing assistants. You can lock the control points to prevent ruler from moving by accident, or paint with a freehand, so the lines will not be “too digital” when painting.

• ‘Reference Image’ and ‘Preview’ panel - Reference image panel was one of the most demanded features from Rebelle users. This panel serves as a visual guide while painting. 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.

• Magic Wand - This newly implemented tool will help you create selections based on tone and color of the pixels.

• Support for pen rotation - Support for brush rotations which is now available by activating Follow Brush, Pen tilt or Pen rotation setting.

• Canvas and Image resize - Other great news is the implementation of ‘Canvas Size’ and ‘Image Size’ - a new tool that will serve for cropping, scaling and resizing your work.

• New „Filter“ menu – This new menu allows artists to make desired color adjustments to their painting, with a help of such as Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation, Lightness, Color Balance and other color filters.


Rebelle 3 tutorials on Youtube

Be sure to check Rebelle 3 tutorials on our Youtube channel www.youtube.com/EscapeMotions to learn more about the new features and how to use them. We will upload more tutorials in the upcoming days!

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How to Upgrade

The full price of Rebelle 3 is $89.99. All existing owners of Rebelle are eligible for more than 50% discount - regular upgrade price is $39.99. Users who purchased Rebelle within last two months, from March 1st, 2018 are eligible for a free upgrade.

Users can upgrade your Rebelle 1 or Rebelle 2 directly through application’s menu: “Help” –> “Upgrade to Rebelle 3” or via our Upgrade page. We’ve sent out newsletters as well - check your Inbox to find yours. 

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.


New Registration System

We’ve implemented a new registration system for Rebelle 3 - when you purchase the software you will be redirected to a page where you enter your unique password. After you confirm your email address you will be able to register Rebelle 3 in the startup screen with your Email and Password. No need for a long and boring registration key!
Moreover, you can use this password to login to our Community website www.escapemotions.com/communit… where you can join a discussion about the software in the forum, get tips and tricks, share your feedback, create your own portfolio, post to online Gallery or download more papers.

We wish you many creative days with the new Rebelle. Let us know how you like it!

Your Escape Motions Team


Image Courtesy: Rebelle Featured Artists Philipp S. Neundorf | psnaddw.deviantart.com; Harvey Bunda | harveybunda.com

First things first - Congratulations to you all!  

We had a hard time selecting the best painters among 75 participants, because so many of you sent us truly wonderful pieces. The works submitted for Rebelle Featured Artist program in just a bit more than two weeks is exceptional: the quality is impressive, variety of painting styles is mind-blowing. Such an engagement from you, Rebelle artists, is something we could not have imagined to have in the very first year of this program.

Right now we’re working on a dedicated website that will show off the artistry of each and every one of our Featured Artists. By the time, we would like to present you artworks from the selected artists, you can check their personal webpages by clicking on their names and follow them on Instagram or Facebook.

Carlo Molinari 

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Junkyard Sam 

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Harvey Bunda 

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Bryan Sanchez 

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Yi-Piao Yeoh 

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Igor Amazonenco 

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Daniel Gies 

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Martin Hanschild 

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Philipp S. Neundorf 

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Julija Lubgane 

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Kamila Stankiewicz 

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Manny Aveti 



Indeed, we want to say our sincere thank to all the participants! We appreciate each and every painting submitted. You showed great community spirit with your fantastic art and encouragement. Please keep up the good work, spread the word about Rebelle and don’t worry, you’ll have another chance to get selected in the next year of this program!

Be sure you’re following us, we always love sharing work from our community. :) 

Your Escape Motions Team

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Escape Motions is looking for the great talents…and we know you’re out there. :)
We open up a unique possibility for you to step up your art game and become a Rebelle Featured Artist!
Head on over and introduce yourself and your work to the world.


Rebelle Featured Artist will get:

  • Very own profile on Escape Motions website with 100k+ monthly visitors
  • Free software for your use incl. upcoming paid updates
  • Presence in the leading print & digital media
  • The rights to use “Rebelle Featured Artist” endorsement on artist’s website, promo materials etc.
  • PR support from Escape Motions Team for artist’s happenings during 2018
  • Interview for Escape Motions blog
  • Possible access on closed beta
  • Financial remuneration for the contract work written below

Featured Artist entitled for remuneration will be obliged to:

  • Create 1 painting technique video-tutorial according to your preference
  • Record 1 speed-painting video done in Rebelle and/or create a short video-testimonial
  • Paint 2 artworks on the occasion of Rebelle 3 release within 1 month of launch date

Sounds interesting to you? Fill out the form below!
escapemotions.typeform.com/to/…
Application is open until Feb 10, 2018.

We can’t wait to get to know you! :)
Your Escape Motions Team

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Your favourite iOS app for creating mesmerizing mandala and kaleidoscope artworks is released for desktop! Complete with new symmetry mode, custom brushes and high-quality 4K image export, Inspirit now gives you even more possibilities to dive into its vivid colourful patterns on both Windows and macOS.

Inspirit is a delightfully easy to use relaxing painting app for creative souls of all ages. The application beautifully combines art, spiritual and relaxing elements and allows everyone to unwind in the most artistic way. Watch the video below to witness the beauty of Inspirit with your own eyes:

Younger brother of Inspirit - Inspirit for iOS - was released back in September and has immediately gained the exposure among artists and mandala lovers. One question was asked many times after the release: “Will there ever be a version for desktop?”
There were so many requests to bring Inspirit to life on a computer, we knew we had to address them. And today it is becoming a reality: from now on, Inspirit is fully compatible with Windows and macOS operating systems. And that’s not all - we’ve also added many new features to make your experience with this Inspirit version as pleasant as possible.

Inspirit for Windows and macOS lets you:

- Paint beautiful animated swirling patterns and kaleidoscope artworks with mouse or tablet pen in various image sizes
- Play with 4 kaleidoscope modes
- Choose between various brush types
- Create your custom brushes via Brush Editor using 5 predefined brushes
- Export as PNG image in high resolution up to 4K
- Create eye-pleasing gradients and color variations
- Add captivating glow effects
- Save project automatically to User Image Gallery
- Switch between Fullscreen & Window mode

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Pricing & availability

Looking for a perfect gift for all creatives? Look no further! Inspirit for desktop is available from today on our website for an introductory price $14.99. Regular price will be $19.99. The license allows you to use the artworks created with Inspirit for non-commercial as well as for commercial use.

Try Inspirit demo 

Download the demo from here: Windows | macOS

Inspirit is compatible with Windows 7,8, 10 & Mac OS X 10.9 and higher, including High Sierra. Other system requirements are: Intel Pentium 4 processor, OpenGL 3.2 graphic card, 1GB RAM and 100 MB free disk space.

Get social with us!

Join our Inspirit community on Instagram: follow @inspiritapp and use hashtags #inspiritapp and #createdwithinspirit. Feel free to share your feedback on Inspirit with us - report a bug, suggest a feature or show us some love at our email address support[at]escapemotions.com ☺

Thank you for your endless support!
Your Escape Motions Team

The newest addition to our software family has been released! Inspirit, a beautiful app for designing mesmerizing mandala and kaleidoscope artworks is yours - start creating beautiful imaginary work of arts beyond your dreams!


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Once I was in a huge art gallery, I don’t remember where it was exactly, but it was full of original artworks, statues and fantastic machines. There were just a few people and it was possible to examine them. Many of the machines were pretty crazy. I specially remember one, it was hanging from the ceiling, kind of a mechanic shell with long arms. I put my right hand into the hole and started to rotate a lever. The whole machine began to turn, its arms were swinging around, creating beautiful symmetric trails in the air. I was thrilled, thinking how creative people are. If I had such ideas that would be awesome! I would love to create such gadgets too.

Then, I woke up.

I looked around and realized - all these ideas are in my head, they are my imagination! That’s fantastic, all of them are my creations inspired by… hmm… where are they coming from?

This is how Inspirit was created. It is a realization of my imagination. It was materialized on the paper, later written into the computer code and now everyone is able to paint beautiful harmonic mandalas or crazy kaleidoscopes on their devices. Isn’t that awesome?

Peter Blaškovič, creator of Inspirit 

What is Inspirit?

Inspirit is a delightfully easy to use relaxing painting app for creative souls of all ages. User can create mandala and kaleidoscope artworks and watch how they slowly evolve in time. The application beautifully combines art, spiritual and relaxing elements while serving as an endlessly regenerating well that allows everyone to unwind in the most artistic way.

With Inspirit you can:

  • Paint beautiful animated swirling patterns and kaleidoscope artworks
  • Choose between various brush types
  • Create eye-pleasing gradients and color variations
  • Switch between mandala and kaleidoscope visual modes
  • Add captivating glow effects
  • Rotate & Zoom with multitouch
  • Share your art with your friends on social networks
  • Save images to your Photo Library
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Get on the App Store

Inspirit is available worldwide from today through the App Store for iPhone and iPad in the Entertainment category for an introductory price of $0.99.

Download Inspirit on the App Store

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Find more information about Inspirit on our website: inspirit.escapemotions.com

Join our community on Instagram: follow @inspiritapp and use hashtags #inspiritapp and #createdwithinspirit

Love your life and be creative!

Your Escape Motions Team

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.

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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]escapemotions.com. 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 | www.vondehl.com, Kamila Stankiewicz | kamilastankiewicz.com

We’ve come across so many amazing speed painting videos on Youtube recently and decided to share them with you. ‘Cause you know, it would be absolutely inappropriate if we kept them for ourselves! :) Sit back and enjoy the beauty.

Sleeping girl speed painting by @Reza Abghari - so much joy, so few views! Definitely worth watching:



Breath-taking horse speed paint by @thefrozenbunny - will always be one of our favorite:



and another one from this talented artist - portrait of Jacob Frye from Assassin’s Creed Syndicate:



Love the line work? Look how @Tearhex Duke colored his lines in Rebelle:



Looks like @Jeeb Ishak had so much fun in the older Rebelle version:


Have you made your own speed painting video in Rebelle? Don’t hesitate for a moment - send it over and get featured! 

Your Escape Motions Team



Great news, our friends!

After getting to the finale of European IT Awards which we enjoyed immensely, we’ve got an eye and soul pleasing announcement from Hermes Creative Awards. We joined this well-established international competition for creative professionals with our Rebelle and Amberlight 2 software some time ago and hoped for the best.

And now, we’re pleased to tell you that both programs succeded and were recognized for excellence and innovation in their category.

Following awards were received:

Platinum for Rebelle (Category 194c. - Application Software/Innovation/Painting) 

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Gold for Amberlight 2 (Category 194c.- Application Software/Innovation/Motion Graphics) 

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Being a Platinum or Gold Winner is a tremendous achievement as there were about 6,000 entries from all over the world and only about 15% of the entries won this award. We feel honored to have our work praised by some of the best in the biz. 

To see all Gold and Platinum Winners in 2016 please visit Hermes Creative Awards.


New Rebelle 1.4 update by EscMot

We are releasing a new update with many changes and fixes, just in time for Rebelle’s first birthday. The result is even smoother, faster and enjoyable painting.

We spent the last couple of months perfecting the app and fixing malicious bugs (mostly on Mac OS) to bring you a powerful update. We also did a lot of inevitable changes in the application’s core. Although these changes are not directly visible to users, they significantly improve the painting process. 

What is new?

Changes:

- smoother painting
- stronger Eraser, better for small sizes
- faster painting for large canvases
- more intuitive numbers editing with mouse movement
- zoom scale 1 - 2000%
- changes in New file dialog
- paint structure is visible when painting diagonal lines
- stable show / hide all panels with Tab
- possible to pick color from locked layer
- less undo memory used when painting
- it is not possible to remove locked layer
- numeric keyboard shortcuts available

Fixes:

- fixed threshold when picking color from palette with pen
- fixed canvas scaling when rotating tablet
- paper visibility save fixed
- blending modes save fixed
- undo behavior fixed
- fixed layer selection in Layers panel when using pressure pen
- fixed painting with mouse on Mac OS
- fixed paint lagging on Mac OS
- fixed file dialog on Mac OS
- many more bug-fixes

You can download the update from our Download page.
The update is free for all existing Rebelle users. Find more Rebelle on our website:rebelle.escapemotions.com or try free Demo.

Enjoy the update and let us know how you like it or share your artworks with us. We cannot wait for your feedback on the new version.
Thanks for all your support!

Your Escape Motions Team

Amberlight 2 cover by EscMot


Escape Motions is releasing Amberlight 2, a new upgrade of art software that creates computer generated images and animations. The beautiful connection of mathematics and art is a visualization of the algorithm based on magnetic fields developed by Peter
Blaškovič. In the world of computer graphics this is one-of-a-kind tool that broadens creative horizons and adds an animated magic to users' digital content.

From now on, you can breathe life into your artworks and create flawless animations. No matter if you are an advanced artist or a complete art beginner, by playing and experimenting with Amberlight you have fantastic works of art within reach. The exciting swirling patterns, glows and light trails may resemble to fractal images, but equipped with original mathematics and easy-to-use interface, this program really stands out. The great thing is that the results can be exported as an image, image sequence or a video file, imported into other graphic applications and become a part of bigger creative projects. 

Watch our trailer:

 

Amberlight 2 comes with many innovative features:

  • Advanced animation mode
  • Modifiers - variations and waves
  • Unique math algorithm which generates beautiful complex patterns
  • High performance Amberlight renderer
  • Export animation as video file or image sequence with alpha channel
  • Support for 4K compressed or lossless video
  • Intuitive easy-to-use interface
  • Undo & redo functions

Amberlight 2 is available from March 8th worldwide for $59.99 for Windows and Mac OS.
Existing Amberlight users pay the price difference between versions and can upgrade to Amberlight 2 for $29.99.

More detailed information about all these features you can find on Escape Motions website and blog.

Thanks to everybody who entered our quick Valentine’s day contest! We received many lovely artworks, but only three winners could be selected. 

The burden of decision was on us and here are the winning works:

Anastasia Sichkarenko with her ‘Love Heart’:

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Kristin Schuricht with her ‘Cat Lovers’:

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Luis Eduardo Peixoto Gervasio with his ‘Cupid Light Arrows’ work:

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Congratulations to the winners and stay tuned for another creative contest!

Your Escape Motions Team


We’re counting down the days to the most romantic day of the year! In honor of this happy day, we want like to give you a chance to show us what you really love.

We challenge you to create an artwork that shows us what makes you happy in your life. 

Create anything that comes to your mind when we say “love” or inspire yourself by a reference picture of your choice.
Send us your artworks fully or partially created in Rebelle, Flame Painter, or Amberlight at support@escapemotions.com or post them on our facebook page.
Deadline to enter is Sunday 14th February.
We’ll review all works and announce 3 winners who get a software from Escape Motions according to their will!

Get inspired and feel free to use these reference images (click to download).

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Multiple entries are allowed, but each author can only win one prize. 

So what are you waiting for? Make something awesome, there’s software to be won!

Happy painting,
Your Escape Motions Team

Dearest DeviantArtists,

We would like to share with you that we’ve successfully launched Rebelle - the real-media paint tool on Thursday 28/05/2015.

Rebelle is a one-of-a-kind paint application that lets you create realistic watercolor, dry media, and acrylic artwork, complete with stunning real-world dynamic simulation of fluid flow, color blending, wet diffusion, and drying. The revolutionary new desktop application from Escape Motions is a breakthrough in the world of digital painting. Rebelle convincingly mimics the way natural media interacts with canvas and itself. It’s the closest a digital tool has ever come to recreating the real-time flow, spontaneity, and feel of traditional materials. Moreover, its various wet tools - watercolors, acrylics or ink pen can be combined with pastels, pencils or any other dry media tools, in wonderfully intuitive ways. With its unparalleled organic feel it is a one of the must-have's for every artist’s digital toolbox.

Rebelle is designed for CG artists as well as for traditional painters who want to explore and broaden their artistic repertoire, using the latest ground-breaking digital painting technology.
Watch our trailer here - youtu.be/HHEXBiH0TRU

Rebelle's official DeviantArt Group is available, become a part of the family!

Rebelle is available for Windows and Mac OS for $59.99 from May 28th 2015 on the Escape Motions website. Mac App Store edition will be available soon.

For more information, please visit Rebelle website

Hello everyone!

After long months of development, we can finally show you our new tool for both CG and traditional artists! With a great pleasure and excitement we would like to introduce you…

Rebelle is a real watercolor and acrylic painting program, a masterpiece created by Peter Blaskovic. The initial vision was to achieve the most realistic watercolor painting tools possible. Watercolor is one of the most difficult painting techniques and it is tough to simulate its effects in a digital world but after more than a year of prototyping and experimenting Rebelle handles this incredibly! Rebelle’s watercolor simulation is based on real world color mixing, blending, moistening and drying.You can paint, smear, wet already dried colors, blow them on the paper, tilt the paper to create water drops and get all the beautiful watercolor effects.

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View more wonderful pieces of artwork on Rebelle’s website.

The boundaries you thought the digital painting world has are torn down. Watch the colors blend together the way you’ve never seen before on your desktop:

 

or try the free experimental online tool (Java is required). 

When will Rebelle be available?

We are currently working on developing desktop version for Windows and Mac OS. This involves implementation of the planned features, fixing the non-planned bugs, but the hardest part is behind us. We would like to release Rebelle within a few weeks. 

Great news is that all Flame Painter and Amberlight users will have a chance to pre-purchase Rebelle already next week for a special price. We’ll be sending out newsletters with more information soon. Meanwhile visit the website to learn more about Rebelle. 

Stay tuned!

Your Escape Motions Team

Hello dear friends,

Few days ago, we were tidying up our office. There were piles and piles of magazines, newspapers, leaflets…you can imagine. :)

After an thorough selection, look what a nice collection was smiling at us.

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Good, isn’t it? We just must share this picture with you. 

We are endlessly honoured that both Flame Painter and Amberlight continuously receive lots of visibility in world press. 

There are features in the most iconic and every-CGfan-must-have print magazines like ImagineFX, Photoshop Creative, 3D Artist, Photoshop User, 3D World, CGW and many more. 

Moreover, more than 200 articles and mentions were written about our software on the graphic design, IT and art-oriented websites from all around the world last year. 

This is a dream for every indie developer team like us….and we are living it!

It’s a great feeling to know that you guys care about what we are doing. We appreciate your continuous commitment very much.


P.S.: If you got to the end of this post, you’re lucky to know that something HUGE is coming up! Stay tuned. ;)