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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 0.173.1777

August 21st, 2014

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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Black Ink 0.168.1749

June 11th, 2014

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 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.

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
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23 of 38 people (61%) found this review helpful
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So good
Posted: March 6th, 2014
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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I have to say, I wasn't sure how I'd like this program, but I've been playing around with it... the documentation is currently sparse and I haven't figured out everything... but I LOVE this program. It has been working really smoothly, and I'm enjoying learning how it works.

I judge it a good buy, especially on sale as it is. It's great already, I think it'll be what I generally use, unless a specialty function in another program is needed...

Update: One minor thing (since I suspect it'll be added to later) is a limit on layers. I found I hit a hard limit, and this was a bit of a pain for me. I still think it's worth it, and suspect they'll add more layer capabilities soon.
Posted: April 3rd, 2014
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15 of 26 people (58%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
1.8 hrs on record
I've had this software for a while, but never could get it to run well. I know it's supposed to still be in beta, but...

Black Ink just doesn't work well on a Cintiq Companion. It has very slow brush tracking and weird jumps in the line. The only solution is to disable precise stylus tracking, which means less smooth lines. It does work a lot better (and way faster) with a capacitive pen, if you don't mind loosing pressure sensitivity, that is. Also, touch support is poor, with very slow pinch to zoom and no panning. Take a look at the latest update for Manga Studio 5EX if you want an example of how pen and touch are supposed to work together.

On a gaming PC with a Cintiq the tracking problems and wobly lines are also present, but at least the performance problems are gone.

At this point I have lost interest in digging deeper onto Black Inks features. There are too many drawing tools out there that do work well, even on a tablet. A shame, really. I do still like the concept. Perhaps I'll take another look once Bleank finishes the software.

Generally avoid if you plan on using Black Ink on a tablet/slate PC. It needs a beefy GPU and is too slow on an Intel HD 4000 (confirmed by the developer). Also be prepared for possible problems drawing on a Wacom Cintiq. Try the demo before buying!
Posted: April 13th, 2014
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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5 reviews
38.6 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 18th, 2014
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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37.4 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 3rd, 2014
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295 of 310 people (95%) found this review helpful
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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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