Project Dog­waf­fle Howler 9.5

The lat­est ver­sion of the paint­ing and an­i­ma­tion app has some very neat fea­tures

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TCom­pany TheBest3D Web www.thebest3d.com here are so many in­ex­pen­sive op­tions for dig­i­tal painters nowa­days that choos­ing a piece of soft­ware can be a hard task. One ap­pli­ca­tion that stands out though – and not just be­cause of its bizarre name – is Project Dog­waf­fle Howler. The brain­child of artist and de­vel­oper Dan Ritchie, PD has grown to be­come a tool aimed at those cre­at­ing art for the visual ef­fects in­dus­try. And it has some great fea­tures.

Of course, there are the stan­dard nat­u­ral me­dia tools here, with a raft of brushes on of­fer (just hit­ting the Browse Me­dia but­ton gives you an idea of the scope of the brushes avail­able) and the abil­ity to cre­ate your own from your art­work. Un­doubt­edly great op­tions, but that’s pretty stan­dard, fa­mil­iar stuff re­ally.

PD is also an an­i­ma­tion tool, with use­ful tools such as a Time­line and Ex­po­sure Sheet, and the abil­ity to load up video files and frame se­quences. There are also some ex­cel­lent – and rather fun tools – such as the Fo­liage brushes that en­able you to quickly and

Con­tact dog­waf­fle@thebest3d.com in­ter­ac­tively paint trees and bushes from pre­sets (there are new pre­sets in ver­sion 9.5 as well).

Where PD stands apart from its bud­get ri­vals is in the rather in­ter­est­ing 3D func­tion­al­ity. The 3D de­signer fil­ter makes it pos­si­ble to quickly cre­ate 3D mod­els based on your sketches (which works very well for ter­rain), while a new, rather ac­com­plished Par­ti­cle Mod­eler brings a 3D-like in­ter­face to the ap­pli­ca­tion, en­abling you to cre­ate some very cool par­ti­cle ef­fects with lit­tle brush ef­fort (think clouds and the like).

The fact that PD Howler is con­stantly be­ing de­vel­oped and up­dated is ex­cit­ing. And with ev­ery new re­lease Dan Ritchie seems to bring some­thing cool to the mix. Ver­sion 9.5 brings nu­mer­ous tweaks and up­dates to PD’s al­ready ex­ten­sive toolset, while adding some cool new ef­fect-gen­er­a­tion fea­tures. The in­ter­face and some of the work­flow may feel a lit­tle un­fa­mil­iar if you’re used to Pho­to­shop clones. But oth­er­wise there’s no doubt­ing that PD Howler is an ex­cel­lent and highly orig­i­nal art-cre­ation ap­pli­ca­tion.

Christ­mas 2014

The Fo­liage tool in Project Dog­waf­fle Howler 9.5 is ex­cel­lent, en­abling you to gen­er­ate re­al­is­tic trees and bushes in no time at all.

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