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Hi to all!
I've developed a simple and FREE drawing software called "SpeedyPainter".
I think this could be a useful resource for sketching and creating drawing processes demos. Indeed, among its features you have the possibility to export the whole drawing process in a file, and replay it again. It can also export the drawing process directly in an avi video file.
Another useful feature is the "reference view", by which you can load a reference in a separate view and all the movements (zoom & pan) you apply to the canvas will be reflected in the reference view.
Here is a list of the program features:
. Multiple layers
. Reference view that follows canvas movements! Available pressing the F3 key
. Export drawing process into a video: ready to upload it on YouTube!
. Ability to vary stroke size and/or opacity according to pen pressure (supports Wacom tablets)
. Replay of drawing process
. Import/export drawing process
. Loading of most common image formats
. Canvas rotation
. Canvas flip
. Selection mask
You can download the software here:
Here is a screenshot of the application:
and here you can see a simple video showing the "reference view" feature:
More videos are available in this video playlist:
Hope this software could be useful to this wonderful community!
Last edited by buzzelli; October 4th, 2012 at 11:01 AM.
I'd like to try this but Avast is suspicious of it and won't allow it to launch, any ideas? It also just terminates on Launch in Windows 7 64bit
Well, I actually don't know what is happening with your avast, Speedy Painter has been tested and granted 100% clean by some of the most famous download sites, like softpedia:
If you still are not sure, try to scan it with some other antivirus, and see what they say about. There are some powerful online anti-viruses like bitdefender or kaspersky.
Regarding the second problem, in order to work properly, Speedy Painter requires a graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 capabilities. Maybe this can be the cause of your crash at startup (I know, I should fix that crash and show an error message when this happens ).
The interface is mostly intuitive and clean but there are a few things that are amiss:
-The Shortcut for changing brush size assumes I use the mouse, I do not. why not do the traditional '[' and ']' ?
-No ability to change brush on the fly and no brush engine. This is less critical but it would be nice to allow saving some brush presets.
-Couldn't find how to add a new Layer
-Need Zoom function.
-Need Blending Brush (Smudge or Blur)
As LightAndDark said, some optional extra brush size controls would be great.
I have noticed I can use one of my Stylus buttons to access a floating colour pallete and brush size slider, which is handy but still slower than tapping my [/] keys, a simple system that *works* and every digital artist knows.
On the note of the colour pallete, WHY IS IT SO SMALL?! D:
I'm running a small LCD monitor, 1280x1024 in native resolution, primitive by today's standards, and the pallete is so small I cannot make fine adjustments in colour, it's very frustrating trying to pixel-hunt my way around a rich pallete only an inch wide.
Blending tools also vital. I've been taking an ALT sample of a colour, very gently nudging the colour selector, then turning brush opacity down to gently create a middling tone between two zones of colour, but this is a very time-consuming method.
Thank you for the interesting suggestions.
- I think i will add the brush size shortcuts soon, I never use them in other painting programs since I have an old wacom graphire that has a mousewheel on it, so I always use it for zooming or changing brush size. Thank you for making me notice this lack.
- A brush engine is under development, i hope it will be ready soon.
- The same applies to multi-layer capabilities, they are under development, and i hope to add them in the next release of speedy painter.
- Zoom is available using the mousewheel, again, i think i should add a combination of a modifier key + mouse movement, to make it easier to access to that function when it is not easy to reach a mousewheel in our working area (again, my graphire tablet made me used to a not very diffused habit).
- Blending/Smudge: you are right, I should add those tools, I hope they won't be too difficult to implement
Thank you again! I am glad to receive suggestion about the ways i should follow to improve my software directly from artists of this wonderful community!
Thank you for sharing your product with us, I feel the software has great potential and could become a very handy tool for artists.
However at its present moment stage the program lacks a lot of basic/fundamental tools and brushes, having only a single brush. Layer types like overlay and multiply will be neccessary and useful. Definetly an option of blending brushes, or, make normal brushes adjustable to where they can go from opaque hue and paint -to- a clear blender and blur.
So far the only brush has a very photoshop style layering effect with strokes, which is nice, but maybe this could be a type of brush setting where the others are more simple in natural media simulation. Doesnt have to be superb with texture and detail like they did in Painter, which is one of the main reasons they lag a lot. Processor has to chug down on all that detail going on in a stroke.
Looking good so far, and I especially like the avi and reply options you put in! Very wonderful additions.
Keep it going!
Thank you for the nice comment and useful suggestions!
I am pleased to inform you that the new release of SpeedyPainter (v2.0), available at the same location, finally introduces a first implementation of multilayer support!
For now the application supports only a "normal" blending mode, but I plan to add at least a "multiply" mode in the near future.
Talking about brushes, the application actually has 2 different brushes: a normal round brush, with adjustable hardness and opacity, and a textured brush. You can switch between them using the third check box on the upper right. I know, I probably should add some text near every single GUI widget to make it more intuitive.
Here you can see a legend of the gui widgets:
The textured brush is quite simple, but it can be used to obtain a more "traditional like" effect. The brush texture is actually a simple png file, so everyone is free to replace it with another brush texture.
I think that one of the advantages of the drawing algorithm of SpeedyPainter is that the size of the brush doesn't affects the drawing speed; so you can set a 500px wide brush, and you will still have no lag while drawing a stroke.
Thank you for the support and the encouragement, i really appreciate it.
I am liking the new update version so far. And you are right, the brush stays at a same pace no matter the brush diameter, very cool! You should teach this to Corel! haha
So far I am wondering why the brush strokes have that 'delayed' lag behind feel when I stroke. I dont know if its my own computer or what. Meaning, when I stroke from point A to B, the brush isnt right with the cursor instead it 'lags' behind. Feels like I am pulling something through water. Cool effect but a bit displeasing.
Could this be the software? I dont know. Would like to see this fixed.
Trying this out now. My first impression? I'm really impressed. Going to play around with it
and give a more in-depth review soon.
The old skool disk icon for saving was a nice touch. Funny how timeless that is.
About the brush strokes lag, I am not very sure of what happens in your case. The stroke has a fixed spacing of 1/8 of the brush size, so sometimes you can see the stroke updating only when the cursor surpasses that distance from the previous drawn point, this is more noticeable with bigger brushes. But, actually this is the desired behaviour i wanted to implement, and i think also other drawing softwares do the same. I plan in the future to make the spacing value to be configurable, so users can set a smaller spacing, if desired.
Thank you for the nice comment, and i hope you will like the next features I am planning to add in the next versions of the software!
Can't wait for your in-depth review, and, if you have some suggestions, they will be very appreciated.
Yes, those icons are very beautiful, i took them from an awesome free icon pack created by a design company called yummygum.
Thank you again for the nice words!
Hmm, I am afraid the software has a strange behaviour on your machine.
In this video, at second 11, you can see that i write "Hello!!" on the drawing, this is how the actual behaviour should be..
I hope that newer versions of the application will solve this problem also on your machine
Thank you for the kind support and genuine interest in the application,