Midnightstylus - A modern art tool
Professional art software
Midnightstylus - A modern art tool
Professional art software
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, July 11 2019 5:00 PM UTC +00:00.
Midnightstylus is art software designed entirely for the modern machine. It is designed to take full advantage of your systems hardware; ensuring the smoothest experience possible. It is an art program first and foremost; dedicating features and tools explicitly for painting with the goal to help artists complete their work faster than ever before! To accomplish this task we have made every effort to analyze current trends in digital art and used that information to optimize your workflow in the software. This is to help simplify the painting process as well as allow you to get more paintings done!
- Optimize your workflow with faster access to tasks and features
- All languages available with single license*
- Our KiHy Engine allows for a faster and more fluid experience
- Share your projects, layers, and more with friends online!*
- Significantly wider color customization options with an enhanced color picker
- Advanced undo features
- Ability to Replay your projects
- One time purchase, no subscription to use the software
COLORS, THE BACKBONE OF PAINTING 🖋
Colors, they are arguably one of the most important components in art. Picking and selecting colors is one of the most common tasks done in digital art. We feel that it's important that you have quick access to those colors you need without the need of having to switch color modes or opening a color picker or tool. With that said let us introduce you to our solutions: Color boxes, Hovering color pickers, and the Shortcuts wheel.
A.) Color boxes
Color boxes are meant to be as simple as possible with simple creation and modifications of the colors. Simply grab a color anywhere else in the software and just drag it onto the canvas and enjoy! You can even blend up to four colors at a time!
B.) Hovering color pickers
The name says it all. These are color pickers that you can place onto the canvas from any color picker tool-window or shortcut. With this you can have access to any and all of the color picker models anywhere on the canvas. Meaning that you don't have to move your cursor as far away to switch colors!
C.) Shortcut wheel
This is a full tool in itself. Not only can you reference any of your color shortcuts or palettes, but you can also use this to change your brush, brush size, or tool. Simply right-click (or use assigned hotkey) anywhere on the canvas and select the option you want to switch to!
Of course! You were probably wondering how our brush engine is huh? Put simply, our goal with our brush engine is to deliver the most options and performance for you! We are currently working hard on this feature and want to make sure it's perfect for all painting styles. Here are some highlights from the brush engine:
- Create custom brushes easier than before, with the help of our brush wizard!
- Organize your brushes natively
- Built-in stabilizer to help get smoother lines
- 3 core brush types at launch (see more below)
- Always get the perfect outline with the outline assistant (Great for manga work)
- Ability to synchronize the brush tool and eraser
At launch our brush engine will support three key brush types. These include the outlining brush, blending brush, and standard brush. Outlining brush allows you to create perfect outlines. It gives you full control of the curves of the lines with post-modifying options. This brush is also the sharpest of the three brushes to provide crisp outlines. The blending brush allows you to blend your colors perfectly! With it you get multiple options on how the colors should be blended, allowing the blending to match your art-style. You can also enable adaptive blend which takes the colors in the surrounding area to create a soft-blur effect. The standard brush is the brush you'll need for everything else! With it you can pick from over 20+ options to make the perfect brush for your paintings. This brush will be the most familiar to those who already work in other painting applications.
Share with your friends +
With Midnightstylus we wanted to do something new. We wanted to create an experience that'd be unique, yet productive and fun. So here we are, providing you with a feature not found on any other art program to date. The ability to share your projects with your friends and co-workers! Work in the same document together with up to three other people, each with their own set of history states and preferences. But it doesn't stop there! You can also share nearly anything else in the application including brushes, palettes, templates, gradient maps, and even project shaders!
Hi there! My name is Cyrus and I'm the developer of this project! This project overall has been a really long journey for me and I really want to see it through! The project initially started back in 2009 when the goal was much simpler; as it was just an icon editor. Over the years I have scrapped previous models of that software and decided that since I had all that time and experience in computer graphics I might as well make art software instead. So fast forward to about mid-2017 I had created the initial design of the software and began the actual work.
Overall a good amount of progress has been made in the software since then. A majority of the engine is done or functional and now begins the work of tying them all together and extending the features. However, the project has been a challenge to produce. I have done most of the work myself and no longer have a lot of free time to work on it anymore. Due to myself funding the whole project personally as well as splitting my time on other projects and work. Which is where the idea for creating this Kickstarter occurred! Getting this project backed will help significantly pull forward the release date and help add even more features!
Curious about what features will be out at what point in time? Check out our current roadmap for features in Midnightstylus. (Certain features may get moved up if funds exceed target)
Let's make this project even better! Check out these stretch-goals! Each goal will include various bonuses for everyone depending on what goals are exceeded. Unlocking these means more loot for all contributors!
This is a capture of our 'New project' wizard. With it you can access your project templates or create a new project completely from scratch!
This is an example of how you can use navigation tools to manipulate the canvas to any angle you need! In addition to this you can see that you have the option to display the preview of your project in 'Values mode' which allows you to preview the values of your painting in real time!
Be sure to check out the project live on my Twitch channel:
Risks and challenges
Being that the majority of the engine is either done, or nearly complete, most of the work involved in the project pertains to the tools themselves, extending options, assets, debugging, and the network code. At this point in time everything is on track and getting the project funded will ensure the release date.
Right now the only real challenge is getting the project sharing feature to work properly. Due to the complexity involved we have to be careful how we go about it. However we already have 3 methods planned out, so even if one fails we have backup methods to get this feature to work. We want to see this feature used as soon as possible so expect us to not release it until it's ready!
If any problems or delays occur we'll let everyone know in the Discord, and post an update both here and on our website.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter