In this topic we announce the AltSDK new wonderful Professional Painting solution - AltPaint. We started this work more than a year ago (at the end of 2014). And now this work at the finish line. This solution is available as itself (as based on AltGUI) and for the new Unity UI (uGUI) and NGUI developers. Just use it as any other visual control. Also AltPaint features can be used without any GUI.
AltPaint is a multiplatform full-featured image and photo editing powerful solution that gives you a possibility to work with through an intuitive and streamlined innovative user interface with support for layers, undo/redo, blending, transparency, a wide variety of useful and powerful tools and coming soon special effects. Whether you just want to touch-up your photos before you share them with friends or you need high-quality images for another type of project, this program will get you where you need to go.
Nice interface: This app presents all of the tools you need to create beautiful images in a clean and accessible way. Most of these are arrayed around the main working window, while others are contained within their own views.
Lots of tools: Whether your project involves adding layers, introducing text, or using coming soon filters and effects to get the look you're going for, you'll find what you need in this program. There are more options in all of these categories than you'll probably ever use, giving you the ability to create just about anything you could imagine.
No extremes: AltPaint is a good option for intermediate users. It isn't quite accessible enough to make it the right choice for users who have no experience with photo editing programs, and it doesn't offer all of the advanced features that experienced users will be looking for.
Layers for text: While this solution does let you introduce text into your images, you have to create it in a separate layer if you want to be able to move it around or experiment with it as you work. This may not be a huge inconvenience, but it does add an extra step to a lot of projects.
AltPaint supports numerous common file formats:
- BitMap Picture (BMP)
- Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
- JPEG (JPG)
- Truevision TGA (TGA)
- Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
- Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
- More coming soon…
Simple, intuitive, and innovative user interface
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, AltPaint uses a tabbed document interface. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast.
Extensive work has gone into making AltPaint the fast image editor. You can expect AltPaint to start up quickly and be responsive to every mouse click.
Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.
AltPaint includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-use curve tool for drawing splines or Bezier curves. The Gradient tool has been cited as an innovative improvement over similar tools provided by other software. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.
Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody changes their mind. To accommodate this, every action you perform on an image is recorded in the History window and may be undone. Once you've undone an action, you can also redo it. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.
At the bottom of the working window there is where tools are chosen. Clicking on a tool icon makes that tool active and able to used to edit the image.
- Rectangle Select - Use this tool to define a rectangular or square selection region. This tool is covered in detail in the Shape Selection Tools section.
- Lasso Select - This tool is used to create a freeform selection region. For information on how this tool works, see the Shape Selection Tools section.
- Ellipse Select - This tool makes elliptical or circular selections. To find out how to use this tool, see the Shape Selection Tools section.
- Magic Wand - The Magic Wand Tool is used to select areas of the active layer that are similar in color. This tool is covered in detail in the Magic Wand section.
- Move Selected Pixels - This is used to move pixels that are in the layer or current selection.
- Move Selection - You may use this to move or modify the selection outline without affecting any pixels in the image.
- Zoom - This tool is used to zoom in, zoom out, or zoom the whole canvas around a particular region.
- Pan - This tool scrolls, or pans the image. This functionality is also usable from any other tool at any time: hold down the spacebar and then click and drag with the mouse.
- Paint Bucket - This tool fills areas of similar color with a different color. For more information on this tool, visit the Paint Bucket Tool section.
- Gradient - The Gradient Tool allows the drawing of gradients (a gradual blend of one color to another). Several formats and shapes are supported. The Gradient Tool also has a transparency mode, which is useful to "fade" or "blend" two images together. The Gradient Tool is covered in detail in the Gradient Tool section.
- Paintbrush - This tool is selected by default when AltPaint starts. It is used to create stripes of color just like a paint filled brush would do, hence the name. This tool is covered in detail in the Paintbrush Tool section.
- Eraser - As the name suggests, this tool erases or removes areas of the image by setting the opacity, or alpha, of the pixels to 0. This tool is discussed in detail in the Eraser Tool section.
- Pencil - This tool allows editing of the active layer on a pixel-by-pixel basis. See the Pencil Tool section for more information on this tool.
- Color Picker - Use this tool to "pick up" a color from the active layer and set it as the current Primary or Secondary colors. See the Color Picker Tool section for more information on how this tool works.
- Clone Stamp - This tool is used to copy regions of pixels between different layers, or within the same layer. For a detailed discussion on how to use this tool, visit the Clone Stamp Tool section.
- Recolor Tool - The Recolor Tool replaces one color with another. More information can be found in the Recolor Tool section.
Text and Shape Tools
- Text Tool - This tool places text on the active layer. Find out how to use the Text Tool in the Text Tool section.
- Line/Curve Tool - Draw straight or curved lines on the active layer with this tool. More can be found on this tool in the Line/Curve Tool section.
- Shape Tools - This is used to draw a number of predefined shapes.
Layers allow an image to be composed from a stack of images that are blended together. AltPaint supports many layer blend modes, layer transparency and reordering of layers.
Every editing action performed on an image is recorded in the History window. The History list makes undoing actions as simple as clicking on a previous entry in the list.
The number of actions stored in an editing session is limited only by available memory.
Open & edit multiple images
AltPaint is able to simultaneously open multiple images and uses a tabbed document interface. Instead of a piece of descriptive text, the current document active tab display a live thumbnail of the open image.
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