In this holiday season we’d like to keep you updated on Black Ink’s progress.
We’re working on a whole new system that will make our brushes way more powerful. This new development will allow us to add texture, blur, smudge and many other effects to the brushes while maintaining Black Ink’s speed. Stay tuned for further informations!
In the meantime we hope you had a great christmas and we wish you a very happy new year!
Doodles made by Bleank Team during the Talent days exhibition in Lyon
We hope you had a wonderful summer and we’re happy to present you a new version of Black Ink!
This update includes a lot of features you asked for as well as new innovative tools:
We now have an autosave feature, resize and crop functions for your document, new drawing helpers with interactive straight lines and angle snap, a very useful new type of brushes and more.
Please have a look at this video to discover all these new features and please let us know what you think!
We hope you’ll enjoy drawing with Black Ink as much as we do and we’ll be back soon with more exciting features!
Changes in motion :
List of changes :
New Straight Line Draw mode( Shortcut: K )
New Pressing the Shift key when drawing now displays a Snap Angle Wheel. The angles can be edited in the Straight Line Parameters
New Angle snap parameters on the main Toolbar
New Simple line default brush.
New Pencil default brush.
New Free Fill default brush.
New Polygonal Fill default brush.
New PondPlant Fill default brush.
New Angle line Fill default brush.
New Ruins default brush.
Felt pen default brush has been updated (It now uses the tilt and the pressure of the stylus to adjust opacity).
New Crop Tool (shortcut: Shift+C)
New Image - Resize Dialog
New Auto Recover - Auto recover option can be accessed throught the Preference Panel in the General Tab section
The New.. Dialog has been redesigned. It has default and user presets and the ability to define a starting background color.
The Fill layer tool is now directly accessible in the Main toolbar. It comes with these associated shortcuts:
G - Fill the current layer or selection with the current fill color
Ctrl-G - Fill the current layer alpha with the current fill color
Ctrl+Alt+G - Fill the empty areas of the current layer with the fill color.
Alt+G - Switch the Eyedropper between the current brush color and the fill color
Fixed The time parameter wasn’t reinitialised between strokes ( issue )
Fixed When cancelling the transform operation of a selection the selected area was erased ( issue )
Fixed Using the “Del” shortcut when using the transformation tool clears the canvas instead of the currently transformed object
Fixed Problem occurred when using the stylus button when drawing ( issue )
Fixed Grayscale JPG can now be opened
Fixed Random crashes
Better Image sampling after a transformation ( less blur after a simple Transform -> Move operation ).
The shortcut for Flip Vertical has been changed ( previously G, now Shift+F )
Be carefull if using the Tilt stroke parameter in controller because now return a value between 0 and Half PI ( previously 0 to 1 )
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!
List of changes :
New Secondary Viewport. This panel displays another view of the canvas with the same drawing features and live editing.
NewU 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%
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
NewHold 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.
NewCtrl+← shortcut: Toggle Black Ink main window left panel
NewCtrl+↓ shortcut: Toggle Black Ink main window bottom panel
NewCtrl+→ shortcut: Toggle Black Ink main window right panel
NewM shortcut: Toggle Brush Manager panel ( for the moment this panel is fixed and can’t be dragged out )
NewCtrl+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.
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!
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) :
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.
New "Main Menu > Edit > Disable Precise Stylus position" This option is useful If you still encounter stroke offsets after using Reset Stylus Calibration. This will read position from the mouse pointer and only take the pressure from the tablet’s pen.
Fixed Crash when press on the num pad ‘9’ ( more infos )
Fixed Precision issue when sketching. Now Black Ink is more accurate with the stroke input and should follow closely what you do with your tablet (if you have not Disabled Precise Stylus position see above). ( more infos )
The way the Speed is computed from stroking has changed. It’s now more accurate and reflect better the dynamic. Warning if you have created some of which use speed, their look could have changed.
The way are handled Mouse positions has been changed : a smoothing is applied which induce a little latency but a smoother stroke result and a better Pressure simulation.
The old Menu in front of the current brush name has been removed. ( he will be replaced by a new one in a future version ).