Black Ink is a new, non-realistic GPU based painting application that, instead of imitating traditional tools, brings new inspirations to every artist. Forget about pen and paper or watercolor and discover a new, generative and truly computer based way to create.
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28. Januar

Black Ink 0.205.1923

The Version 0.205.1923 is now available

As promised in our last annonce, a new Black Ink release is out!

The most important new features are customizable layout, multi-monitor support and stroke smoothing.

List of changes :

  • New DirectX11 renderer when available
  • New Hold Z shortcut: set the drawing smoothness
  • New The Controller Editor can now be dragged out of Black Ink’s main window. More panels will have this behavior in future versions.
    This feature shows the new Stacking capacity for such windows in Black Ink. However, some controls/editors are fixed to their place to keep a consistent UI.
  • New Ctrl+← shortcut: Toggle Black Ink main window left panel
  • New Ctrl+↓ shortcut: Toggle Black Ink main window bottom panel
  • New Ctrl+→ shortcut: Toggle Black Ink main window right panel
  • New M shortcut: Toggle Brush Manager panel ( for the moment this panel is fixed and can’t be dragged out )
  • New Ctrl+T shortcut: Transform current selection
  • Improved Framerate when drawing.
  • Black Ink window can be resized by the dragging the top border
  • In the transform tool, after clicking a command button (like “flip horizontally”) the focus is not tied to this button anymore, so that pressing Enter validates the current transform.
  • You can now click on the brush and eraser icon in the top right part of Black Ink to directly select the last brush or the eraser ( same as B and E shortcut )
  • An option have been added in the Zoom tool to enable/disable zooming at more than 100%.
  • When using the Save command on a document which isn’t a BKD, the program automatically transforms the command into a Save As.
  • Fixed Sometimes when doing Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V on big images, the copied content isn’t polluted with some invalids squares anymore.
  • Fixed The Color Blending mode doesn’t output blocky results when using dark color
  • Fixed Crash in trial version when saving when the trial time has expired ( issue )
  • Fixed Random crash after loading a BKD
  • Fixed Crash when importing a grayscale JPG
  • Fixed Several ( all ? ) random crashes when using the program
  • Fixed If the Selection or Transform properties are opened in the sidebar panel, clicking the "Show Brush manager" has effect ( issue )
  • Fixed When hovering the Selection and Transform tools, the popups can disappear under the cursor, and you can only get them back by moving the cursor out of the panel and back into it. ( issue )
  • Fixed With multiple monitor, the Black Ink Window is moved to another monitor when activating the application.

This new version was a lot of work because we added some substantial internal features, which led to significant changes in the core - but it was well worth it because it will allow us to integrate powerful features more easily!

Black Ink’s OpenGL renderer is also underway, and will eventually lead to the Mac OS X version.

Anyway thank you for your support and patience.

See you soon

Bleank Team.

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29. Dezember 2014

Welcome to Black Ink December's newsletter!

Black Ink development is still going at a steady rate, and while it has been a few months since the last release, the next one is coming up next January.

We have been working on some substantial internal features that changed the core of the software and needed some time. These internal changes will allow us to add important features we have planned for the next few releases.

In the meantime, we have started to port Black Ink to Mac OS X - follow this link to see the upcoming features.

Last but not least, you have been quite a few to ask for Black Ink tutorials.
We began a Getting started series. Have a look and give us feedback!

TUTORIAL1 - First Step

TUTORIAL2 - Controllers

A very warm thank you for your support, your feedback and your patience!
We wish you all the best for the year to come.

Bleank Team

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Black Ink Beta

This product is still in beta. Purchase now with a huge discount, and receive all future updates for free! A lot of great features are in development for Black Ink and the special beta offer will evolve as they come in. Take advantage of this offer before Black Ink is complete!

Über diese Software

Black Ink is a new, non-realistic GPU based painting application that, instead of imitating traditional tools, brings new inspirations to every artist.

Forget about pen and paper or watercolor and discover a new, generative and truly computer based way to create. Black Ink’s non realistic tools makes creating original pictures fast and easy, whether you’re an experimented artist or never used a painting program before.

Black Ink gives you the freedom to modify your brushes in any way you want and no real life constraint is going to stop your imagination. You can create the perfect brush, or the most crazy one, and share it with other users for unlimited variations and effects.
Black Ink’s unique and simple node-based system allows to very easily assign behaviors to your brush as well as create limitless advanced setups.

And thanks to Black Ink’s GPU technology you can forget about the pixels and work on high definition documents. Don’t worry about the resolution anymore and just create a 4, 8 or even 10k picture and draw without slowing down on real, full bitmap documents.

Tutorials | Brush making | Tips and tricks

Key Features

  • GPU rendering technology offering unprecedented speed with full bitmap high resolutions documents (4K, 10k and more)
  • Non-realistic brushes for generative computer based creation
  • Powerful node-based brush customization tool
  • Unique and intuitive user interface

Upcoming Features

  • Tools upgrades:
    More layers options, transformation tools, search and filters in the Brush Manager, blurred shapes, canvas flipping, stroke modifier, new controllers nodes…
  • New features:
    Preferences, shortcut customizations, symmetry and duplicate tools, tile tools to loop strokes over the edges of the picture...
  • New brush types:
    Multi-splines, polygonal, multibrushes...
  • More details


    • OS: Windows XP (SP3)
    • Processor: Single Core Processor at 1.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphic card with support of pixel shader 3.0 and 512 Mo of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Quad core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphic card with pixel shader 3.0 support and with 1 GB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
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28 von 28 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
3 Personen fanden dieses Review lustig
576.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 23. Oktober 2014
TLDR; An exciting platform capable of producing HUGE resolution paintings with highly customizable brushes. I have never used a painting application and been inspired BY the painting application itself before Black Ink.

To get a good impression of this product and its developers visit the Black ink forum:

The following is based on my personal experience and user feedback I've read in the discussion boards.

Be aware that this software is:

- In development. Updates roll out on a regular basis, and u2 (developer) is highly responsive to suggestions and issues. Some tools you might depend on may not be included in the current version. For example, at the time of writing this review there is no smudge tool but it is slated for inclusion.

- Highly GPU intensive, but from what I can tell most dedicated gpus work fine. Check for compatibility. If you're not super familiar with computers or other painting applications, know that this is unusual. GPU vs CPU will mean that just because other painting applications work for you, it is not guaranteed that this one will. It did not work at all on my laptop, but works wonderfully on my desktop. Try the demo. Paint something HUGE. ;)

- Has node-based programmable brush controllers. Your typical sliders (color, size, opacity, etc.) are still there, but you can go under the hood to customize your brush by tying the behavior of various brush parameters to the input of your choosing. There is a lot of untapped potential here. If you're the experimental type or mathematically inclined, you have to check this out.

- Focuses on non-realistic painting, but CAN do realistic just fine. For either type, visit the brush section of the forum to see what the community has created.
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23 von 27 Personen (85%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
261.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 18. August 2014
Very nice, simple, and easy-to-use application.
Provides many tools, effects, and brushes.
The pencil lines are realistic since it adjusts its size according to the speed.
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13 von 13 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
12.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. August 2014
Love this software! Simple and easy to use but has many options for customization. It runs great and you can get into great detail if you wish. One of my favorite things about it is how well it worked with my graphics tablet. I just plugged it in, didn't even have to mess with settings, and it works wonderfully. All the brushes are already set for pressure sensitvity, I don't even have a great tablet and I'm loving it. I would recommend this to anyone. Very much worth the price. So satisfy.
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9 von 9 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
25.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 21. Oktober 2014
In my opinion: very efficient and modern drawing software if you have a powerful gpu. I usually work with Krita but when I need to draw on very high resolutions, well, Black Ink stays smooth and reactive while Krita can take 10s to display my stroke XD.

Some notes though:
- I already stated it but some people still seem to miss that it requires a powerful gpu, otherwise it is completely useless!
- The brush system is very powerful but can also be tricky and time consuming. Note that there are not many brushes so you'll certainly end up doing yours.
- Keep in mind that this software is young => not much resources on it (tutorials, brushes, ...).
- It is a completely different way of thinking so if you don't like new stuff, this may be a bad idea.
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10 von 14 Personen (71%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
41.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. August 2014
Ohh my~

This isn't just a photo creation software package, this truly is a widely loved program with a large following and community.

Not only do you get a program that can create fantastic artwork and have the ability to create anything you want, but you also get to post your art onto the Bleank forum which will attract the attention of other great BlackINK users, gaining valuable information on your artwork, like recommendations, improvements and well deserved praises.

If you're reading this, and you have BlackINK or you're about to purchase it... I'd strongly recommend making an account on the forum page (, you’ll see some artists in similar situations as yourself from different artistic backgrounds (from professionals to beginners), along with some tutorials and custom brushes for BlackINK.

I hope you do purchase this amazing opportunity, and make the most out of it and it’s corresponding forum page.

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5 von 5 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 26. August 2014
On my Desktop it runs perfectly and with my Wacom there is no loss of sensitivity or the likes that has been suggested by other reviews. All in all unless you want the standard bucket fill / line drawing program Black Ink is amazing!
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4 von 4 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
6.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. Januar
Black Ink has become my favorite drawing/painting application and I do recommend it, but you should be aware of some of its limitations before you decide if it's right for you.

The first limitation is that it requires a powerful graphics card to operate. Don't expect to run this on your laptop, much less your Surface tablet. The lag will make it unusable and some brushes won't even render. If you're looking for something to take with you so you can paint under a tree by the lake, this isn't the program for you, unless toting a massive rig on a picnic is your thing.

The second limitation is that the selection of brushes is very limited and not entirely satisfactory. While the software is certainly able to handle them, it contains no traditional brush/knife/spatula effects, giving you instead a number of flashy, but not very useful "computery" ones. Bleank's forums include a "brush exchange" where you can get another 20 or so brushes, but half of those are just experiments from people who are learning how to define brushes and most of the rest are interesting, but exaggerated effects of limited applicability. You might find about half a dozen actually useful brushes, including an impressive flame brush, a decent graphite pencil, and a nifty comic book hash shadow brush. The forums also contain a few tutorials on how to make your own brushes. How effective these will be depends as much on your own skills and background as on the tutorial itself. Making a custom brush is as much a technical endeavor as it is an artistic one.

The third limitation is that there are no geometric tools whatsoever: no lines, circles, arcs, rectangles, spline curves, etc. Their addition would make the program enormously more useful for certain types of illustrations, especially if they were given parametrizable "organic" effects (like random variations) in addition to being rendered with the current brush. Given how easy it is to do this (yes, I am a software developer and yes, I have written drafting programs in the past), it's difficult to justify their absence.

Also, keep in mind that you will need a drawing tablet and a pressure-sensitive stylus to get any decent results. Mice and track pads just won't cut it. This is true of all paint programs, but not everyone will think about it until they've tried and struggled with an inadequate input tool. I'm using it with a medium-sized Wacom Intuos Pro and it works great. You might consider upgrading to a stylus with tilt sensors because some brushes are tilt-sensitive and you'll get even better, richer results. Because Black Ink works best on large drawings, I recommend a large writing surface as well, though that's largely a matter of personal taste; I prefer to have room to move my arm rather than just my wrist.

But even with these limitations, what it does, it does very well. I am particularly in love with its layering feature. In addition to letting you stack backgrounds, foregrounds, and various intermediate slides, it's also great for experimenting on one layer without damaging parts that you want to keep. Which brings up the fact that Black Ink's undo feature works very well. This seems like a trivial observation, but I've used programs that make you want to throw the computer out the window either because they undo too much at once or they can't undo enough.

So I certainly recommend this program to anyone who wants a pleasant sketching/drawing/painting program, but I also recommend to Bleank to add more conventional brushes (and why not some more unconventional ones, too?) and a small panoply of geometric tools to make this a more complete and satisfying product.
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3 von 3 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
222.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 10. November 2014
Fantastic art program! I use this almost exclusivly for all digital art projects.
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3 von 3 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
105.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 9. September 2014
This software is pure awesomeness. You have to try it to understand. What are you waiting for?
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3 von 3 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
10.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 25. November 2014
Great Art Program !!! I Like Everything About It Exept The Fact That We Can Only Use 8 Layers...
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3 von 3 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
15.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 14. Dezember 2014
Wow this program is insanely powerful. Although it's an alpha drawing software, it's still really strong when used to create photograph base, abstract art work. Currently the program has its limitation such as only having a max of 8 layers and not having filters or filling in color, etc. On the other hand, it has an unique brush creation feature which is really handy because the unique brushes can allow you to create unique effects really quickly and effortlessly, the program also feature a picture base painting feature, which is basically making a picture the paint.

-Great for non-realistic artwork (can still do realistic art work)
-Makes abstract art an ease
-Simple UI
-Unique features for a drawing software

-$110 D: (but you can grab it on sale, like now for 50 :P)
-Currently still unfinished (but I have great faith in it XD)
-No fill tool, dam it :(

If you are not experienced in digital art and just getting started, this software is probablly easier to get you started in digital drawing.
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6 von 9 Personen (67%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 16. Januar
No if only because of the marketing, this thing has been 55% off for almost a year, so you may think you're getting a deal but you're not.

Personally this does not have some of the most basic features and if it does their not easy to find. This is not your typical art program. it's pretty and once you get use to it you can make some amazing art, but a demo would be helpful.
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2 von 2 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2 Personen fanden dieses Review lustig
24.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 24. Januar
At first I thought this software was a piece of...junk, so I haven't touched it in a while. However after using Clip studio paint, and other art software I then tried to compare those with this piece of junk. After a couple weeks later I just love this junk. I can't stop using this junk, after rubbing my tablet for a while, the junk turns my rubbing into beautiful white pictures that gives me joy and happiness. I can no longer hate this junk and its just so easy to use. It's so simple but it gives me so much pleasure. I love this junk.
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
4.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 23. August 2014
Great program. Smooth and fresh. I love where it is going. Look forward to new updates.
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
10.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 13. Dezember 2014
Its potential is there, looks clean, works nice. Interface could be refined for tablet use, but works well enough. My only and biggest problems with the software is that it still lacks of some basic editing tools found in most other art programs. you never notice how much you use a blur tool to smooth gradiants, until you don't have one.

If your willing to play around with the brush editor, I say it is worth looking into; Not sure if it is worth 50$ yet personally, but what it got so far is a solid interface and system to build apawn in future updates. with the promise of future more features, I would recamend it.

However if you are looking for something that has all your standard art needs right now, I would double check everything you need is in here.
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
10.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 18. Januar
Black Ink is an amazing program. (Probably one of the best art programs on Steam) The goal of Black Ink to focus on user friendliness and tool/brush creation and allow for infinite creative freedom, rather than imitate programs such as Illustator and Photoshop. It is however still in development and has a number a flaws. That being said, I have a few recommendations.

-Cloud Support

This is likely my biggest concern. It's kind of a pain that I can't access my work/brushes from multiple computers.

-Workshop Support

I can live without this one but it would be a neat addition. Workshop support would allow artists to share the brushes they've created. (Although it would in some cases be counter-productive, as people could easily abuse the workshop.)

-More Tutorials/Digital Manual

The lack of tutorials is a bit of a problem. I still haven't fully grasped all of the controls which has made my work a bit limited.

-Photoshop/Illustrator based tools.

This suggestion is a bit d!ckley on my part seeing as it would sort of defeat the program's purpose but in my opinion some of the tools seen as Photoshop and Illustrator could have uses such as modifying a scene in a way just brushes can't. It'd also help people who are getting into Graphic Arts (Such as a student like myself) slowly ease into the program.

-Simpler Editor

When I say this I'm talking more about presentation rather than changing the actual editor. It seems to be based around mathematics. (Which is fine) I just wish it were a little easier to understand. (I don't get math.)

In conclusion, Black Ink is a program with near limitless potential and it's just 45 bucks. (That is until the final product is released.) If you REALLY want to see what it's capable of, check out the portfolio on tumblr: Some REAL gems in there! ;)
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
68.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 9. Oktober 2014
Love the way you can customize the brushes.I use this to make the backgrounds of my drawings and they turn out beautiful 9/10
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14 von 15 Personen (93%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
6.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 24. Februar 2014
Also bisher kann ich sagen, dass ich den Kauf nicht bereue.
Die Oberfläche ist aufgeräumt und sehr minimalistisch gehalten, was aber nicht bedeutet, dass Black Ink nicht eine menge kann!

Kern-Feature von Black Ink ist meiner Meinung nach die Möglichkeit eigene "Brushes" zu erstellen und von anderen Nutzern erstellte Brushes zu importieren. Ich habe es zwar noch nicht hinbekommen, wirklich coole eigene Brushes zu erstellen, weil es nicht auf den ersten Blick selbsterklärend ist, was zu tun ist. Aber mit ein bisschen Einarbeitung sollte auch das kein Problem sein.

Außerdem finde ich das Tool "Farbe an Hintergrund orientieren" total klasse! Man legt ein Foto oder anderes Bild in den HIntergrund und die gewählte Brush ändert die Farbe gemäß dem HIntergrund. So lassen sich im Handumdrehen coole Kunstwerke erschaffen!

Die Pros von Black Ink unterm Strich sind:
+ Innovatives Zeichengefühl (Ganz anders als bei Photoshop und co)
+ Nahezu unbegrenzte Möglichkeiten was Brushes angeht
+ Schon in diesem frühen Entwicklungsstadium gibt es eine sehr hilfsbereite Community
+ Man kann riesige Auflösungen verwenden
+ Kleiner Entwicklern und kein Softwaregigant wie zB Adobe

Kontra: (Noch ist das ganze ja Beta, da tut sich sicher einiges)
- Man fühlt sich etwas verloren, weil einige Hilfen fehlen (Lineale, Hilfen für Perspektiven etc)
- Nur eine kleine Auswahl an bereits mitgeliferten Brushes (Man muss sich also wirklich Zeit nehmen selbst welche zu basteln)
- Einige Crashes und Bugs (Beta)

Ansonsten macht das Programm mega Spaß, Ich bin aber froh noch den günstigeren Preis erwischt zu haben, denn ca 90€ wären mir zu viel gewesen, auch wenn dieses Programm absolut Spaß macht.

Getestet habe ich mit einem Wacom Bamboo, damit funktioniert das Zeichnen in Black Ink wunderbar!
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13 von 15 Personen (87%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1,125.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 9. Mai 2014
Ich zeichne schon relativ lange mit Black Ink und muss wirklich sagen, dass ich überhaupt nicht bereue es gekauft zu haben. Es ist noch nicht perfekt, aber es kommen in zwar großen abständen gute Updates, die Black Ink sehr benutzerfreundlich machen. Momentan benutze ich nur noch Black Ink zum Zeichnen und kann es nur empfehlen!!
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3 von 3 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
10.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. Juni 2014
Echt gut geeignet um abstralte Bilder zu zeichnen, jedoch sind auch "normale" Bilder gut möglich.
Die Funktion eigene Brushes zu machen ist echt hammer.
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