Digital Illustration

61 Solutions “Mischief” for Digital Artist Everywhere.

I am always on the look out for digital painting and sketching tools to add to my arsenal. 61 Solutions launched Mischief last month which is a vector based painting and drawing application that looks pretty slick.

Using both pixel-based brushes and the scalability of vectors, Mischief give you infinite zoom, and scalability, without loss of detail. This combined infinite canvas size makes this a pretty powerful tool for digital artist. With a cost of $129.00 it hits a sweet spot giving you big features while not breaking the bank. You can try it for free for 15 days before you have to commit to buying which is an added plus for those on a budget. Below is a list of some key features of Mischief.

Mischief Features:

Infinite Definition

Mischief uses a revolutionary new stroke representation. Get the richness of pixel-based brushes AND the scalability of vectors. Zoom in to any size and get a PERFECT edge. Export at ANY size and resolution.

Infinite Canvas

Mischief has a truly infinite canvas. Your artwork can grow organically without constraints. There is no need to preset paper sizes or resolutions or to resize the canvas during drawing.

Unprecedented Zoom

Mischief handles a zoom range of 50 trillion to one. Create artwork with extraordinary levels of detail or draw a story, within a story, within a story … the possibilities are endless.

Highly Responsive

Mischief exploits the massive parallelism of today‘s GPUs. Get unprecedented performance even for very complex artwork. Scale, pan, and rotate in real-time without compromising quality.

Small File Sizes

Mischief files are smaller than comparable Photoshop and Illustrator files. Sharing high resolution artwork has never been so painless.

No Manual Required

Get started instantly; just pick up your stylus and draw. Pen and paper styles, tool selection, layers, and all the essentials are right at your finger tips. No complex menus or hidden features.

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Adobe Creative Cloud Exclusives for Photoshop CS6 Extended/

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Yesterday Adobe announced a host of new features for Photoshop CS6, and Creative Cloud users. Actually these new features are available only for Creative Cloud members, but you can still get a look at what they are here even if you don’t use the service.

Making feature specific updates for Creative Cloud members is nothing new. Adobe has been doing this for about a year now, and the fact is, this is Adobe’s plan of attack. More and more features will only be made available to people that have signed up for, pay for, and use Creative Cloud.

The Photoshop update features 12 new items that really look pretty tasty, but at a $50.00 a month membership fee you’ll need to ask yourself if they are really worth an additional $600.00 a year beyond the price of Photoshop, and or your upgrade cost.

The new features for Photoshop CS6 Creative Cloud Members include:

  1. Smart Object support for Blur Gallery

  2. Smart Object support for Liquify
  3. Conditional Actions
  4. Pen tool enhancement
  5. CSS export for faster web design
  6. Import color from web files
  7. Improved 3D effect
  8. HiDPI and Retina display support
  9. New and reengineered design tools
  10. New reflections and draggable shadows
  11.  Erodible brushes
  12. Content-Aware Patch

 

One More Time.

When I started working on the series of ArtRage iPad illustrations of racing cars back in December, I did it as a personal exercise to learn a new tool. As I worked through those images, it became pretty clear that while technically proficient, they lacked something, and need additional finesse from other design software like Photoshop, and Illustrator.

ArtRage for the iPad does a great job getting me started, but using Adobe products is like speaking a second language, and the ability to tweak, is endless. I’m not starting another ArtRage/iPad project to post on my blog, but I did want to post and addendum image that shows an ArtRage/iPad image combined with more powerful tools running on more powerful hardware.

I love my iPad and the creative freedom it brings me, but some tools can’t be replaced. This image started as a digital painting rendered from a pencil sketch on the iPad. It was imported into Photoshop, and combined with Illustrator elements to complete it.

As I work through these I am finding a whole new workflow, and way of creating. It’s really kind of exciting.