With the news of Escape Motions' Flame Painter 4, and the promise of some really fantastic new features to come with it, I just had to take it for a spin. Released in June, this new version is, indeed, incredible. If you're not familiar with this unique, particle painting program, you are in for a treat.
It's been ten years now since the founder of Escape Motions, Peter Blaškovič, wrote the first line of code for Flame Painter. It's come a long way since then, and there is still nothing else on the market that does what Flame Painter does. It does take some getting used to using the particle brushes when you start, but that is half the fun. The possibilities are endless.
With Flame Painter, you can create wonderful works from scratch, or import images to enhance with the many brushes available. And Flame Painter 4 introduced many exciting new features over the previous version.
New Particle Systems - While the previous version's Flame, Follow, and Ribbon particle systems have been re-written and updated, there are three new particle systems available for version 4 (as a separate purchase): Liner, Fuzzy, and Elastic. Liner, for lines, trails, streaks; Fuzzy, for clusters of abstract particles; and Elastic, for elastic behavior and soft-body effects.
The new particle system add-ons are incredible, and something you'll definitely want to consider. These are available in the Escape Motions shop for an additional $19.99 each. There are also some incredible free brushes in the Brush Library on the Escape Motions website. You can download these individual brushes, or drag-and-drop right into Flame Painter.
Symmetry Tool - With this new feature, you can create stunning symmetrical works, by either mirroring, using rotational symmetry, or both. This feature is so much fun.
Advanced Palette Panel - Flame Painter 4 now offers exciting new options for color, so you can choose any color from the palette: RGB, HSL, HSV, or HSLuv. And, you can create your own gradient transitions for your brush and apply them either on the stroke, lines or dots, based on the particle system your brush was created with.
Import Vector Paths - Another feature I love is the ability to make vector layers, giving you the possibility to manipulate your stroke. But now Flame Painter 4 also allows you to import an SVG file. This is really cool, as you can apply any brush to it, edit, or switch between brushes to see all possibilities.
So Much More
Other new features of note are the Canvas Size Tool, Selection tool, Pick Color tool, plus new filters in the Filter Menu, and much more. There are also improvements in other existing tools as well. Be sure to check out the full list of features and improvements here.
Flame Painter 4 is an incredible app that you really should consider adding to your creative toolset. Check out the Escape Motions website for more info and to try out a demo.
Pricing and Availability
Flame Painter 4 is available on the Escape Motions website for the full price of $89.99 USD. All existing owners of Flame Painter are eligible for more than 50% discount - regular upgrade price is $39.99 USD.
Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles