Expresii version 2019.08.02 gets a face-lift! The Windows-7-styled frame of the Settings Window is now replaced with modern Windows 10 frame. Buttons on the Caption Bar now gives clearer clues on what options are there for the particular windows. We also jump onto the bandwagon of Windows 10 Fluent UI acrylic blur (shown in the Exit Prompt dialog):
However, we got rendering bug of only a portion of the window gets rendered (when DPI scaling is 200%) like this on Windows 10 ver 1803 Build 17134.885:
Updating to latest version 1903 Build 18362.267 fixed the rendering bug. So, be sure to update your Windows to enjoy our new UI facelift. And In case you don't like Arcylic blur, you can disable it in Expresii's System Setting Dialog:
The Acrylic Blur is applied on the exit prompt only at the moment and we plan to add the blur to where is appropriate. Let us know how you like the new design! ( •́ .̫ •̀ )
When using 'System Enhanced' mode override for high DPI, we notice shifted rendering of our UI.
We believe it's a Windows bug because when we don't use high DPI override, the UI rendering is correct. So, before Microsoft fixes this, please don't use override for high DPI.
Now in Expresii you can assign a color to a particular brush using the color tag like this:
It's more beautiful and easier to see which brush you're holding. It also works perfectly along with Wacom's Pen ID feature. BTW, You may also noticed the latest version of Expresii has Quick Access Panels for brushes and papers too (in addition for Colors).
Color Rings are not new. In fact, we had them back in the MoXi prototype more than 10 years ago:
Years later Wacom’s Intuos 4 (came out 2009) also incorporated similar color rings like these:
We did meet with Wacom's people in the USA (along with Adobe folks) and gave them a copy of MoXi in 2006. Maybe they got inspiration from us for the color rings? I dunno. Anyway, please don't say we copied Wacom's design, because we have this way before they do. ;)
Since version 2016.06.19 we have added several new papers for you to play with:
You can zoom in to see the amazing details:
Existing users would need to do a Factory Reset to the Paper Presets in order for the new default papers to appear, as illustrated in the figure.
Update: If the above doesn't work for you, try going to Start Menu>Expresii>Factory Reset, which resets the whole app (close Expresii before doing this reset).
Enjoy the new papers and let us know what you think!
February went too quickly. On the last day of Feb, we took a day off and visited some friends in Tai Po, Hong Kong. We also took the chance to get some inspiration for sample sketches.
Now with "Whole View" window, you can always check the overall balance (thanks to a user from Japan for his feedback). You can reposition and resize the "Whole View" window to suit your need.
Expresii Lite forces us to draw in only one single color. We have to rely on positive and negative texture to create value variation. Expresii's eraser is your friend for negative texture!
Zoom in to do the details and use the "Whole View" window to check the overall look.
If it's not for the recent nvidia driver issue with Expresii, we'd have made an announcement to call for more artists to try Expresii Lite preview. We notified nvidia about the issue but we never hear back from them. Hopefully this could be resolved soon. If you're an nvidia GPU user and you can't wait, you can still enjoy Expresii Lite by using an nvidia driver version 345 or earlier. If you're *not* using an nvidia GPU , great, just download Expresii Lite Preview and try it (and give us some feedback)!
Expresii Lite is something waiting to be discovered. Try it yourself to see why early adopters are saying that it's the most organic among all the tools they've ever used!
Finally, we wish you a happy and prosperous Year of the Goat 2015 !