Dif­fer­ent strokes

Be­spoke brushes Bleank up­dates its paint­ing soft­ware, with a Mac ver­sion in the off­ing

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Not ev­ery dig­i­tal artist wants to paint with tools that repli­cate tra­di­tional brushes. That’s the idea be­hind Black Ink, Bleank’s dig­i­tal paint­ing soft­ware spe­cial­is­ing in cus­tom brushes, which has had an up­date this month and is soon avail­able for Mac.

“Black Ink doesn’t want to show you some­thing you’ve al­ready seen,” says Bleank co-founder David Toyou. “It wants to help you cre­ate some­thing you haven’t. The brush sys­tem is an un­tapped en­gine for cre­ativ­ity. Art has al­ways been per­sonal, and now artists have a bet­ter way to per­son­alise it.”

Black Ink is in­de­pen­dent de­vel­oper Bleank’s flag­ship prod­uct: sell­ing points in­clud­ing not just cus­tomis­able brushes, but the abil­ity to work on su­per high-res­o­lu­tion paint­ings with no lag, and shar­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tive op­tions. An up­dated ver­sion, out this month, comes with a host of new pro­duc­tiv­ity fea­tures and fixes, with Lasso, Polyg­o­nal & by Brush se­lec­tion planned next.

“Black Ink is re­ally clean, straight­for­ward art soft­ware,” says artist and reg­u­lar Black Ink user Magnus Miller. “The in­clu­sion of an ex­ten­sive brush mod­i­fi­ca­tion – for con­struct­ing and as­sem­bling brushes – is en­joy­able. It’s very solid and I don’t think I’ll ex­change it for any other soft­ware in the years to come.”

The Black Ink beta is avail­able for Win­dows for a dis­count price of £36, with a Mac OS ver­sion in the pipe­line. You can also down­load a full, free demo of the soft­ware, which ex­pires af­ter two hours.

For more de­tails on Black Ink, and to pur­chase a copy or down­load the demo, visit www.bleank.com. To see more from Magnus, go to www.mrootz.de­viantart.com.

Magnus Miller likes the “ex­ten­sive brush mod­i­fi­ca­tion” op­tions that Black Ink pro­vides.

Bleank’s David Toyou says Black Ink en­ables artists to per­son­alise not just

their work, but the way they work. It’s easy to ad­just and de­velop brushes within Black Ink’s real-time pre­view win­dow.

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