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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Release Date: Sep 6, 2013

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May 13

Black Ink 0.225.1998

The Version 0.225.1998 is now available




Dear Black Ink users,

We’re happy to announce a new release!

Following the introduction of floating windows in the last release, we added a new “Secondary Viewport” which provides a second, independent view of your document to save unnecessary navigation while you work. It has all the common navigation and drawing capabilities of the main view to give you as much freedom as possible and create your own workflow.

We also added a log window to follow what’s happening inside Black Ink and a Preference window. This first batch of options in the preferences will help you set-up and troubleshoot your tablet as well as adjust GPU options.

On the drawing side, you can now choose whether or not to have a constant screen brush size and flip your canvas horizontally or vertically with corresponding shortcuts. Very useful for sketches!

About future updates, we are still working on our fill tools which are shaping up to be a very interesting and complementary addition to Black Ink’s features.

As always thank you for your support and see you again soon for more news!

Bleank Team.

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List of changes :

  • New Secondary Viewport. This panel displays another view of the canvas with the same drawing features and live editing.
  • New U shortcut: toggle Secondary Viewport
  • New Drawing view can be flipped horizontally(shortcut: F) or vertically (shortcut: G)
  • New The brush size can be made constant in view space or in canvas space (toggle with: Y)
  • New Preferences Panel ( can be accessed from Main Menu > Edit or Main Menu > Window)
    • Stylus Section : User can now monitor some parameters of their stylus.
      • A calibration process is accessible now if Black Ink doesn’t retrieve correct stylus position.
      • The Reset button sets the calibration values back to the driver’s default.
      • The Precise stylus calibration check box discards the tablet driver’s stylus position and relies on the system’s mouse position (less accurate)
    • GPU Section : User can choose a rendering API, a specific adapter and whether Black Ink should wait for the VSync of the monitor when rendering the user interface.


  • New Log View panel. This panel displays logged information of Black Ink activity (shortcut: I)

  • New Notification Bar : Warning and error messages are displayed on this bar if the Log panel isn’t visible.

  • Fixed Rendering artifacts on some brushes

  • Fixed Random crash when changing color after clicking the color button in parameter editor.
  • Fixed Crash when using the Transform tool on little canvas.
  • Fixed Crash when opening a grayscale JPEG image.
  • Fixed Using the second button on a stylus stops the stroke and the user can’t draw until he uses another tool
  • Fixed An error in color mode blending equation.
  • Fixed The lasso informations are now in canvas space. This enables the user to transform the view while retaining all lasso data.
  • Fixed Tool icons and brush favorites overlaps after a Black Ink Window resize

  • Color palette is now interpolated in gamma space instead of linear space for easier color picking.

  • The maximum zoom limit is now 6400% instead of 1600%
  • TestPanel 1 and TestPanel 2 have been removed.

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January 28

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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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.

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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

    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
89 of 92 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
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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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Im too dumb to use this program at full potential
Yet i recommend.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
A standalone image creation and editing platform this is not.
Fully supports professional graphics tablets, although none of the default brushes seem to use tilt, bearing, rotation etc.
I'd like to see more experimental input options such as audio.
It rather reminds me of Alchemy, or of the newer Painter X3 gravity brush engine etc.

It could really use a brush size lock (zoom in = bigger brush-or rather, the brush stays the same size relative to the screen) The same behaviour really irks me with Mischief too. Seriously, toggle this feature on and off. This is the one and only thing I can say I actually hate about the app. Sadly I really really HATE that behaviour.

It's basically a very slick digital painting app with very limited editing capabilities and a single, very fast, robust, and customisable brush engine.

It's fun to play with but I can't get my head around the brush editor and I hate the brush size behaviour.
It's very good at what it does but it is kinda awkward, and expensive, and Windows only.
It would be unfair to review it on tasks it's not designed for so that's it.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
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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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
This is a very nice application for all painters. you can make very nice pictures. You have ver much nice painting features.
When you like digital painting, than you must buy this application!
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