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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.
Release Date: Sep 6, 2013
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Black Ink 0.168.1749

June 11th, 2014

The Version 0.161.1686 is now available


List of changes :

  • New Selection tools :
    • Create rectangle primitive.
    • Create ellipse primitive.
    • Tip : When you create a new primitive you can use shortcuts to choose an operation :
      • Use Shift+Click to add a primitive to the selection.
      • Use Alt+Click to subtract a primitive to the selection.
      • Use Shift+Alt+Click to keep only the intersection of the primitive with the selection.
    • Adjust last selection. Allows you to adjust the latest selection primitive to refine your selection instead of canceling and starting over.
  • New Ctrl+C shortcut (copy selection from the current layer)
  • New Ctrl+Shift+C shortcut (copy selection from all visible layers)
  • New Ctrl+V shortcut (paste content of the Black Ink clipboard on the current layer)
  • New Ctrl+X shortcut (cut the current selection)
  • New Ctrl+Shift+A shortcut (select current layer’s opacity)
  • New Ctrl+A shortcut (select all)
  • New Ctrl+I shortcut (invert selection)
  • New Ctrl+D shortcut (deselect all)
  • New Ctrl+F4 Exit Black Ink
  • Fixed Losing DynamicsTextures on the canvas when resizing the Black Ink window in Direct3D 9.
  • Fixed Edition of double slider sometimes buggy when a value is entered in a numeric box (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI5cs29PKAE&feature=youtu.be).
  • Fixed The Eraser side of stylus didn’t work.
  • Fixed Crash when saving with the transform tool active.
  • Fixed Wrong window size when windows taskbar is not positionned at the bottom of the screen (issue http://steamcommunity.com/app/233680/discussions/3/558753804266664854/).
  • Fixed Overwrite message displayed in all situation when using the Save As command (issue http://forum.bleank.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=627&p=2602#p2602).
  • The brush cursor is thinner and uses an inverse color technique for better visualisation:

  • Transformation Editor update:
    • When transforming a layer the gizmo now surrounds only meaningful content and not necessarily the entire layer


    • It’s now possible to undo/redo with the transformation tool active (useful to compare original state and current transformation without exiting the mode).
    • You can now configure (in options) the alpha and the visibility of the handles and the frame of the transformation gizmo.
    • You can define a snap angle in the transformation parameters.
  • It’s now possible to open .BKD directly from the windows explorer if you assign Black Ink to this file format.

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Black Ink 0.161.1686

February 20th, 2014

The Version 0.161.1686 is now available

Long time since the last update. Due mainly to lot of personal duty for the team members.
Anyway this version mainly introduces more complex layer operations (which is the most requested features from the community).

Please note that this is the last release before a discount update which will occur in one week from this post. So if you are still undecided for Black Ink make your decision before the end of the next week, or it will cost you few more bucks ;)

Many thanks to all the users who already purchased Black Ink! The community grows every day and we are really amazed by your great feedback on our product.

Now here the list of changes :

  • New User can now use the .JPG image format in Black Ink for saving and loading.
  • New Command Menu for each layer (in the upper left of the layer thumbnail) :
    • Duplicate Layer
    • Fill - Fill the layer with the given solid color
    • Transform - Transform the whole layer
    • Merge Down - Merge down the layer
    • Merge Visible - Merge all visible layers
    • Merge All - Merge All layers into a flattened image
    • Export Image - Export the layer as an image
    • Import Image - Import an image in the layer
  • New You can Drop an image file from the Window Explorer to open it. If it’s a .BKD it will open the document but if it’s another file format( .JPG, .PNG ) it will import it in the current selected layer.
  • New T shortcut ( Transform the current selected layer ).
  • New “General Shortcuts” section added in the Toolbar.
  • New “Transform” section added in the Toolbar.
  • New Transform Editor ( invoked when user starts a Transform operation )
    • You can set the opacity of the current transformed object before applying the transformation
    • Center the transformed object
    • Tile the transformed object thought the entire canvas
    • Fit the transformed object thought the entire canvas
    • Fill the canvas with transformed object content
    • Flip the Transformed object Horizontally or vertically
    • Reset the Transformed aspect ratio back to its original size
  • Fixed The Eraser function of stylus is not recognised on new Intuos PRO ( issue )
  • Fixed Impossible to Pin the Black Ink.exe in the TaskBar ( issue )
  • Fixed Problem when resizing the application window with the controller panel opened ( issue )
  • Fixed Crash when using the stylus Eraser when brushing with the mouse.
  • Fixed Crash when switching to the stylus Eraser when editing some Controller parameter
  • Fixed Crash when selecting the Crepe Default Brush, editing the 2nd color and drag&dropping one of the color-markers away (to remove it)
  • Fixed Brush Preview flooding when Dragging out controller block from a slot without destroying it. A Preview was created each time the user start to draw while it was unnecessary.
  • Fixed Black Ink Window is correctly placed when Maximized with a Task bar pinned on the left, right or top of the desktop ( issue )
  • An Empty= Layer is created above the default white Background when the New command is invoked (request)
  • The Shortcut Esc that sometimes close Black Ink has been removed.

The new layer menu

New Transform gizmo


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About the 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.

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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

System Requirements

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
297 products in account
1 review
258.9 hrs on record
This app is slick. It's the sketch app I have always wanted. The response to my intuos 3 is instantaneous. It is the first drawing app I have ever used that I can say really feels like a pen and paper. The GPU acceleration is a big deal. It's simplicity allows and GPU acceleration allow it to smoke any other drawing app I have used in speed, resolution, AND precision. I bought this app 3 days ago after sitting on the demo for a while and I have started every day sketching with it since. I am a professional designer and there is something refreshing about gettin away from my normal suite ui's to this clean and futuristic model of simplicty. I know I am going on and on, but I hope the devs read these reviews because I can't find them on twitter and I really really appreciate their work on this app. This is some revolutionary s**t right here guys.
Posted: January 27th, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
142 products in account
1 review
16.6 hrs on record
This is a great addition or extension to your other design programs. It frees up a whole lot of my time in photoshop and illustrator thanks to the easy-to-use tools.

I mainly use Black Ink to add depth and depth effects to my drawings, then i warp it back and put the masks and shaders on it in PS/AI.

As it stands right now though, it's unusable as a single software, they need some better/more layering options and ordinary drawing tools.

For the price though, it's definetly worth picking up right now (on sale!) if you also use/own PS or AI
Posted: February 7th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
120 products in account
1 review
12.7 hrs on record
Incredible software. Very intuitive and easy to use. However it offers you massive possibilities and a beautiful and well organized User Interface. Some approaches are way more creative and better than in Photoshop. You will have a lot of fun while working purposefully or with trial and error. You should get this software while the price is still reduced!
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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9 reviews
38.1 hrs on record
I bought this veyr soon after it was released on Steam.
It was an impulse buy, however I do not regret it.

My biggest regret is not owning a tablet; Be it a drawing tablet like the Wacom Bamboo, or a Tablet PC.
The only negatives I can think of would be that it can crash from time to time, depending on certain actions. For me, it was quickly hitting undo and creating a new layer directly after. I've got out of that habit, and have yet to have it crash on me.
Two other negatives would be the limited zoom, up to 100%, and the limited layers, up to 8.

Saving your work is REALLY quick. On my computer, it happens in less than a second.
Brushes are extremely expendable. Create and share your own, download some from others, certain brushes will react to velocity and pressure, etc.

One really neat mode is how you can use the color of an image.
Essentially, when doing this, BlackInk is acting as a photo-filter, and only applies the filter wherever you paint.
This can create some really cool photos and effects; Although if you're planning on 'filtering' an entire photo with a specific style of brush, it'll take a while. (Since it's all by hand.)

All in all, this is a great program.
Granted that it only has two tools: The brush and eraser.
It's still really great for doodling around. It would be very ideal for someone with a tablet... Not so much for mouse-only users.

Overall, I highly recommend it to artists.
Posted: February 4th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
77 products in account
2 reviews
42.7 hrs on record
Awesome piece of software for every artist who is looking for some addition to conventional programs. It's easy to use, it gives u really nice inspiration and it's so variable when it comes to brush customizing, you can draw quick sketches as so as photorealistic paintings.

Black Ink was really nice surprise for me so i can just say big "YES!" :)
Posted: January 27th, 2014
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275 of 286 people (96%) found this review helpful
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24 reviews
7.7 hrs on record
Make, download, or use the provided brushes to make amazing speed-sensitive designs. People with no talent can make interesting paintings in seconds, while those with skill can produce amazing picasso-esq poitraits in minutes. You might want to conisder picking up a small graphics tablet for an input device, also.

Or you can be like me and just get high and drunk and doodle, and then when people ask what you do all day, instead of having to respond that you're always sitting on steam, you can proudly say "I, sir, am an artiste" as you laugh and twirl your mustache.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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