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Howler 2020 ships

Monday, July 29th, 2019 | Posted by Jim Thacker

The developers of hard-to-classify digital painting, animation and video processing tool Howler have released Howler 2020, the latest version of the software.

The update revamps the software’s Brush Shape panel and rationalises the set of brush presets, adds a new light mode for media previews, and splits paper texture settings into separate bump and drybrush options.

Updates to brush system include new brush shapes panel, more streamlined brush presets
Howler 2020 continues the recent schedule of a major ‘annual’ release – actually, Howler 2019 came out last November – and a series of smaller incremental updates.

According to developer Dan Ritchie, a key focus of the current release cycle is updating the software’s legacy brush system.

The first change in Howler 2020 itself is the replacement of the old brush shapes panel with a “more flexible” replacement, with a range of presets that now includes much larger brushes.

The selection of presets has also been rationalised to a set of “fewer media with better quality”, making the media panel quicker to open on startup and simpler to browse.

In addition, media can now be previewed in regular GUI colours, or against a white canvas.

Users can also now assign a colour gradient to brush shapes.

More options for handling paper textures, plus the option to edit gradients on the fly
Other changes in Howler 2020 include splitting paper textures into separate bump and drybrush settings. Paper textures can now be saved with media; and have have been extended to the bristle brush tool.

The Map to gradient filter has been updated, making it possible to edit gradients in real time.

Workflow improvements include grouping stored images in a dock, rather than displaying them as icons, to reduce the screen space taken up. You can find a full list via the link below.

Pricing and availability
Howler 2020 is available for Windows only. It has an MSRP of $76.99, although the software is usually available at a discount.

Read a full list of new features in Howler 2020

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