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.
User reviews: Very Positive (128 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 6, 2013
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August 21

Black Ink 0.173.1777

The Version 0.173.1777 is now available

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPNLJ1GzhGQ&feature=youtu.be



List of changes :

  • N! Selection tools :
    • Create Polygonal Lasso.
    • Tip : When you Adjust a Polygonal Lasso primitive
      • Use Shift+Click to add a new control point
      • Use Alt+Click to remove a control point or an edge

    • Create Lasso.

    • New + shortcut ( Zoom step in )
    • New - shortcut ( Zoom step Out )
    • New We can now zoom more than 100%

    • Fixed Some random crash when using a Tablet and when a wrong auto calibration is computed ( issue )
    • Fixed Crash when loading an image when the Select & Transform toolbar is collapsed.
    • Fixed Some brush Shape type was not affected by the current selection ( issue )
    • Fixed Fill Layer was not affected by the current selection.
    • Fixed Crash when loading a grayscale PNG ( issue )
    • Fixed Sometimes brush preview is incorrect ( displaying the preview of another brush )

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June 11

Black Ink 0.168.1749

The Version 0.161.1686 is now available



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMrZjKfLExo&feature=youtu.be

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
      before

      after

    • 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 Beta

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About This 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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
501.9 hrs on record
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: http://forum.bleank.com/viewforum.php?f=3

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.
Posted: October 23
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24.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 21
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68.8 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 9
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
161.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 18
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 22
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Preface: I am new to digital painting and have also only experimented with the program for a little more than an hour. With that said.....

This program is amazing and exactly what I was looking for that I never knew existed. I read in one review that there are only "a limited amount of brushes"--actually the exact opposite is true. The entire point of this program is to offer the users the potential to create an infinite complex of different brush types. It's not set up like a photoshop or anything, but I don't think it is meant to be... If you get creative with your use of your brushes, you should be able to create any effect you can imagine. Or you can make a great painting and finish it off on gimp or PS.

I look forward to being creative and seeing where this program allows me to go, what boundaries I can push. SUPER FUN TIME.

Honestly, compared to other programs that actually do have limited brushes and are probably a lot more expensive, to say this is a steal is a large understatement. Get this ♥♥♥♥!

10/10
Posted: June 8
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
41.3 hrs on record
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 (www.forum.bleank.com), 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.
Enjoy

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Posted: August 3
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
94.0 hrs on record
amzing possibilitys
Posted: June 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
448.1 hrs on record
This soft is very easy to draw.
I like this soft very much.
This soft is very nice.
Posted: May 24
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
8 of 17 people (47%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
I really wanted to like this software. I honestly did. I did my absolute best to work through its awful problems and I just couldn't. To put it simply, this software just doesn't have enough of anything to be on par with everything else out there. There are so many areas where BlackInk is lacking and it's unusable. Here's a list I've compiled of the gigantic flaws in this software.

1. The eraser tool doesn't erase your single layer. It erases the background as well, so instead of you removing the mark that you had made, it does that and it also removes the background along with it. You wind up seeing gray checkered streaks across your screen. The only work-around is using a white pencil of some sort, which isn't even remotely helpful because it's too small to erase your marks.

2. BlackInk is lacking in a variety of tools which they say they're going to implement, but they haven't even paid any mind to it. In 2012, they said that there would be this array of new tools being added, yet not a single one has appeared yet. These tools include: smudge brushes, line tools, shape tools, and complex brushes. What I've seen is that they've just been working out small glitches every six months and calling that an update. "Here is a list of what we have in the pipeline for BlackInk in the next few months". To me, it seems like the pipe is pretty clogged. If you're going to promise a community that they're getting some nice new things for the program that are essential, at least try to input one of them.

3. File sizes are unrealisticly large for this type of program. Comparing the BlackInk save of a file (.bkd), and a JPG file, .bkd winds up being about six times larger than a JPG. This is also an unnecesarry addition because you simply don't need to incorporate a new type of file when you can save your artwork as JPEGs anyway. I don't know why you would want to have a file six times larger for the same thing.

Overall, I completely understand that this program is in beta. I get that. I've used a lot of things that were in beta. Fortunately, the things I used were passionate enough about their program to update it every few months or so. I also understand that you can't do all of it in a single day. I know things take time and that they aren't just going to suddenly appear because you want them to. But if you make a promise two years earlier for something that should only take a few months to implement, then why are you making promises at all? I honestly don't mean to offend any of you working on this project, but at this rate, you're not going to be up to par with anything because you simply aren't pushing in any of the things users would find useful. Best regards.
Posted: August 11
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
buy it
Posted: September 17
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4.0 hrs on record
Great program. Smooth and fresh. I love where it is going. Look forward to new updates.
Posted: August 23
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3.0 hrs on record
it is slow on my sony vaio i5. (http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/product-sony-vaio-fit-13a-intel-core-i5) there is lag on drawing even simple line. it works fine on my i7 27'' iMac. i hope one day it works with intel 4400.
Posted: July 8
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42.3 hrs on record
i love to draw with this program!

only downsite with this program is not much to manipulate... i would love to see things like:

mark-area-copy-paste feature.

save previusly used colors, save previusly used resolution ( cause it always resets...)

and the developer should get rid of that stupid layer-cap......

its annoying to just have a max of 8 layers! (would make my life easier ;D!)

else there is nothing for me to complain about.

totaly recommended to buy dat sh--!
Posted: July 9
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0.7 hrs on record
the program looked amzing, bu as soon as i got it was lagy and i couldent really do anting on it, im sure if i where to get a better computer it would be among an amazing progarm, but right now, i dont really lke it
Posted: June 25
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151.1 hrs on record
Love the brush tools in this program. It's pretty intuitive and the ability to generate your own brushes is interesting. Overall it's actually a great program. I can come up with some interesting stuff fairly effortlessly.
Posted: June 24
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2.5 hrs on record
BEFORE:
If you open *.jpg, *.png, *.bmp file and edit it - application crashes

AFTER:
Application fixed, now i can work with any type of picture files, great!
Posted: July 16
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78.8 hrs on record
This software is pure awesomeness. You have to try it to understand. What are you waiting for?
Posted: September 9
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0.2 hrs on record
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!
Posted: August 26
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