Mis­chief 2.0

The Foundry takes the reins of this in­no­va­tive pro­gram and adds a 2.0 tag. So what’s new?

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Free/£16 e were im­pressed with Mis­chief when we re­viewed it in is­sue 101. This in­die paint­ing app pre­sented a new way to cre­ate dig­i­tal images, with an in­fi­nite can­vas and scal­able brushes.

We weren’t the only ones who were daz­zled: visual ef­fects soft­ware company The Foundry has re­cently pur­chased Mis­chief. The first thing it’s done with it is to re­lease Mis­chief 2.0. But it isn’t the grand re­vi­sion you’d ex­pect from that nu­meric sub­ti­tle.

The most ap­par­ent change is a panel-based user in­ter­face, which dis­trib­utes el­e­ments around the screen. Mis­chief doesn’t in­clude a huge amount of tools, so this frag­mented ap­proach gives you a larger can­vas.

Other mi­nor im­prove­ments in­clude track­pad support for Macs, multi-

WCom­pany The Foundry

Fe­bru­ary 2015

Web www.made­with­mis­chief.com

Con­tact Via web­site touch support, two ad­di­tional cus­tom swatch colour pal­ettes, and more docks for cus­tom brushes. Our chief com­plaint about the pre­vi­ous ver­sion was that there weren’t enough in­ter­est­ing brushes – some­thing The Foundry hasn’t ad­dressed here, although this might be be­cause Mis­chief would need to be re­pro­grammed to make it work.

Thank­fully, the prin­ci­ple ideas are still as com­pelling as be­fore. The can­vas stretches as far and as wide as you want it to, and you can zoom in as much as you’d like to. You can cre­ate mind-blow­ing works and re­think work­ing in terms of thirds, or rec­tan­gu­lar frames, or con­ven­tional ideas of scale and de­tail. While other pro­grams slav­ishly ad­here to the an­cient rules of what art should be, Mis­chief rips it up and starts again.

The Foundry has im­ple­mented a new free ver­sion, which in­cludes most of the fea­tures of the paid-for ver­sions, apart from a few use­ful bits and bobs. If you like it, you can buy it for just £16 – a big dis­count on the orig­i­nal’s £42 price tag. So while this isn’t a huge up­date, there’s enough to keep Mis­chief vet­er­ans happy (it’s a free up­grade if you’ve al­ready bought the soft­ware) while wel­com­ing new­com­ers with open, in­fin­itely long arms.

Mis­chief makes a great scratch­pad for ideas, as

shown by Sy­cra Yasin.

Tal­ented artists, such as Z˘ivko Kondic,´ ex­cel at get­ting the most from Mis­chief’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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