Ken, have you loaded up MyPaint or Krita yet, and compared with Photoline? As far as I can tell, you have never painted digitally before (I could be wrong, of course).
And no artist in his or her right mind would ever be forced in working with multiple layers, and gaussian blur adjustment layers to paint a single stroke. That is a preposterous proposition (sorry). The reason why I cannot easily give you specifics, is because the difference between those other applications and Photoline is just VAST.
Let's just list the options for brush options in Photoline;
- Outer and inner radius
- follow direction
- jitter: position, size, angle, and colour
- shapes: circle and square. Curve to control the density of the shape.
- bitmaps can be loaded for custom brush shapes.
- Size, intensity, and colour are the only ones pressure controllable.
- drawing in different blend mode.
- drawing with pattern, texture, gradient, solid colour.
- Drawing tools: brush (painting), pencil, chalk, coal.
- Drawing adjustment tools: finger, water, filter brush replace colour brush.
- Coloured (stamp) brushes tool.
I think these, more or less, cover the bases in Photoline.
Other apps (Photoshop, MyPaint, Krita, Gimp)
All of the above is available in these four applications as well.
Just about every parameter is Wacom pressure controllable. Wacom tilt, wheel, and rotation are supported. The sensitivity can be controlled as well - often with custom curves. Any parameter can be controlled with velocity or set to random (with range parameters).
Fading of a brush stroke is possible.
Flow and opacity are separately controllable (an essential parameter).
Shape and shape dynamics are available in all four.
Previews of the brush in action.
Smudging and blending are integrated in the brush controls. No need for a separate finger paint tool. This means endless variations of blend and smudge tools are possible.
Gimp is great in this department, especially now that the MyPaint brush engine has been integrated. Gimp can paint with full colour brushes. What is nice is that these are integrated in the regular brush palette.
Very good, with loads of control. Not as much as in MyPaint and Krita, though. Krita wipes the floor with Photoshop in this department. Far more control. Even Gimp offers more control now.
Many controls again. Each category opens the same parameters on the right, and each can have a custom control curve.
Interestingly enough the last brush stroke the user made updates in real time when changes are made to the settings.
This is an unfair comparison. Krita was developed as a dedicated professional digital painting application, and obviously almost nothing else can keep up (excepting applications such as Corel Painter). Here is a screenshot. Each main category has subcategories, and each subcategory provides access to a plethora of other options and settings.
Suffice to say, I do not expect such a level of control. If the difference between MyPaint/Gimp/Photoshop and Photoline is vast, I'd say the distance between Krita and PL is countable in light years.
Ken, is this specific enough for you? Even the MyPaint brush engine completely outpaces the one in Photoline. Just from the point of view of Wacom controls, there is hardly any comparison.
Again, Photoline is absolutely on par with the best out there in regards to image editing. The painting tools really deserve an update - the level of control even in free applications are just leagues ahead. I wish it weren't so, but that is the reality.
That is why I am saying, if you can't beat them: join them. Why do you guys think the MyPaint brush engine was adopted in that many products, both commercial, free and open source? The groundwork is done. Why re-invent the wheel?
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