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- [Tony] Hello there, and welcome to Design Tools Weekly with me Tony Harmon. A while back, we took a look at the digital painting application, Rebelle, which at the beginning of this year went to version four. And there's so much packed into it, it was very hard to choose what to show, so I'll start with some fairly ordinary things and then we'll go on to some things that are frankly jaw dropping. So I'm going to go ahead here and first of all, work with a pencil. I'm just going to choose a dark gray here at the moment. And as you'd expect, the pencil, I'm working here, by the way, on a Wacom tablet. Pressure increases just there. But it now understands the tilt of my stylus and so just as you would with a pencil, you can now get this thicker version of your drawing like so. Very nice that it does that. And a lot of people I'm sure will appreciate that. Of course, on a tablet like an iPad, using the Apple Pencil, you can do that too in several different applications but there aren't too many desktop tools that I know of that support it this well. So I'll just undo that. And what I'm going to do then is I'm going to go to the pen tool. So the ink pen just here and I'm just going to zoom out just a tad because this has some modes which will be especially useful to people who don't yet have a graphics tablet or cannot for some reason get a graphics tablet. And that's with these modes just here. If I go to Line Smoothing, at the moment, mine is off, so if I draw a nice wobbly line, like so, it stays like a nice wobbly line. Now, obviously, I can't redraw exactly the same line but if I go ahead here and do an average, okay, and try and draw the same line, you can see that while it slows my drawing, it is actually improving that and I'm really trying to wobble that across but it's doing a very, very good job of smoothing that out. Of course, the further you would go to this side, then the slower your drawing would be or the more lag there would be. But for people using a mouse, this mode, which you may be familiar with because it's supported by a number of different applications, has a string, so a pulled string. And in case you've never seen it, here's how this works. I'm going to start drawing from the top here. Let me just get rid of the earlier strokes. Okay, so I'm going to start drawing from the top here and you'll see that as I draw, it's a moment or two before my cursor catches up with me. Now, I can make that slightly more long than it is at the moment. So I'm going to give it more change to start evaluating the stroke. So you can see the string now working. And as I work around like so, I can pause. Okay, if wanted to change directions, so we'll just go down here like so and I'll just pull this around, like this and if there's a rapid change in direction, which there's going to be in second, in fact, I'm just going to overdraw that just for a minute just here, so I'll just wait for that to catch up with me. And we'll go round like so. A rapid change in direction, just let the string go slack and then you carry on drawing like so. So very, very easy to draw more efficiently with a mouse. Now, I'm going to go ahead and erase this line, which brings me to this line of tool options just here. If I tap five on my keyboard, it switches to the same tool but as an eraser, I'm just going to make sure that no position smoothing is on there. Like so, so I can just erase and it's just a number key to switch. If I go one, it goes back to this paint mode and we'll explore some of the others later on. So I'll just go ahead and complete the lines that I want here. Then we'll go on to the next tool. So just very, very carefully, I'm going to go around here. That's a bit of manual wobbliness just there. What I should do is hold down R and rotate my canvas when I'm drawing like that, there we go. So we'll do that. And I'll allow that to cross over at that point here because I don't want any line breaks and then we'll just come down this side like so. So I've got an enclosed area just here. I'm just going to hold down R and rotate my canvas again. We now have a fill tool here in the tool set. You can see, if you've looked at earlier versions, there's a few more things here. So I have a fill tool. Now, I've turned on anti-aliasing here and contiguous and I've set a fairly high tolerance, and I'm going to fill with a dark color like so. Now, I could change this just by scrolling up and down over this field to change the tolerance. And you've got a few other options there as well. So that's great that we now have a fill tool. Let's go ahead then and look at one of the real showstoppers here and it's the oil paint. So if I switched to oil paint here, I'm just going to change my color like so and I'm actually going to drag this layer down beneath my pencil drawing just here, which I think I'll just change to overlay just to get a bit more from that. Now let's move across. Okay, so here's another thing that we have. Changing the brush size dynamically. If you hold down the Command key on a Mac or the Control key on Windows, you can see this four-pointed arrow. Now, if I start to drag up and down, it will dynamically change the opacity of my paint and if I drag left to right, it will change the size. Now, you do have to do these as two separate operations. I can't, for example, drag to the right and then up and down. It doesn't work like that. You have to kind of set the size and then you can set the opacity like so. Let's bring that down to something that's more usable and here I think I'll just choose the flat brush. Actually, that's much too big, so let's go down a bit further. So you can see here how I'm painting on the wrong layer. I'll just undo that. Painting at a low opacity like so. Let's just make some marks here. Like this. Then if I switch to the next mode, painter mix, if I tap two on my keyboard, there's some interaction with the underlying color. If I tap three, I've got painter blend where there's much more interaction with the underlying color. I'm going to change here, if I just sample that color, I'm going to change again my opacity. Make that really low. And you should see more of that effect taking place. If I want to go to just full-on blending, I can tap four on my keyboard. You can see how this would be very, very useful to stop you from switching tools all the time and five on there as you've seen already switches to erase. You also have this new dirty brush mode as well, which is fantastic. And if you try that with some of the things, such as the knife, okay, so here I've got that in blend and dirty brush mode, you can see it blends amazingly. It just takes color from other places on the canvas and it really is just like painting with oils. Incredible. And it works with acrylic as well slightly differently there but with oils brilliantly. So what I'm going to do is now switch to the watercolor and here I've got my tilt panel open. This is something I've shown before but the mixing is very, very different here. If I go ahead and choose maybe like a blue color here. Let's have a look how I'm doing for opacity. Oops, our sampling color there by mistake. Let's just go ahead and grab that. And get some full-on color. And I'm just going to make sure I'm loading with lots and lots of paint. Now I'm going to flood an area. So I'm just successively dabbing down here and starting to flood this region with paint like so and eventually, the paint gets to do what it does, of course, using the gravity here from the tilt. Let's make that so it's almost vertical. One of the great things I love about this by the way is that you can change the direction of the board. Let's go to something almost opposite that. Okay, and let's brush in some yellow. You'll notice that the mixing here is fantastic. It's because it's emulating the artist mode of our YB, not our GB. So the color calculation is very, very different, even in these streaks, mixing together to produce colors. It doesn't go to the sort of dull colors that you do get in Photoshop without messing around with blending modes. Brilliant by default. So there's plenty there to look at but for now, that's it. Our look at Rebelle 4 is done. And at some point, I'll get Peter from Rebelle on to chat with us. But for now, do check it out and I'll see you next week here on Design Tools Weekly.