Thursday, May 16th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Bleank releases Black Ink 2023.5


Bleank has released Black Ink 2023.5, the latest version of its GPU-accelerated digital painting software, adding new tools for non-destructively mirroring and seamlessly tiling images.

A GPU-accelerated digital painting tool with a number of innovative features
First released in alpha a decade ago, Black Ink is a GPU-accelerated digital painting app.

It is capable of creating professional-quality illustrations and concept art, supporting 64-bit linear rendering, and a maximum layer resolution of 64,000px.

It also has a number of unusual features, including a brush shader language for creating custom brushes, and a node-based system to control how layers are composited.

After a hiatus of several years, Bleank began putting out new builds of the software again late last year, with Black Ink 2023 – the first paid update since the initial release – standardizing the user interface and adding support for Photoshop PSD files.



Black Ink 2023.5: new nodes for non-destructively mirroring and tiling images
The latest update adds a new Symmetry node, making it possible to mirror images along the X- or Y-axis, with the option to reposition the mirror axis non-destructively afterwards.

There is also a new Domain Wrap node, which generates seamlessly tiling textures, and the existing Tiling node now properly handles images without alpha blending along the edges.

In addition, the Eraser now has its own history, and can maintain settings across a work session.

Price and system requirements
Black Ink 2023.5 is available for Windows 7+. Personal licenses now have a MSRP of €33.99 (around $37), down €25 since the release of Black Ink 2023; Enterprise licenses cost €99 ($107).

Read a full list of new features in Black Ink 2023.5 in the online changelog


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