Subtitle: Dan Ritchie releases new patch and
update of popular paint and animation software for PC with new tools
for traditional animators.
Santa Clarita, California May
29, 2005 - Dan Ritchie, author of PD Pro Digital Painter, has
released a new free update patch for users of PD Pro 3.x.
Version 3.1a contains new tools for traditional animators, a number of
improvements on existing tools, a minor bug fixes. It was also rebuilt
against new versions of image conversion libraries and a treeview
navigation system. Batch image conversion is benefitting from this as
"As you know, I'm a traditional animator myself and I've created
Dogwaffle as a tool for my own projects in animating Silver Squirrel",
said Ritchie. "Since we recently introduced multi-page scanning it was
fitting that we added additional tools to help and assist in cleaning
up the scanned image sequences."
*** Non-photo Blue removal
When scanning traditional animator's sketches it is common that blue
shades are used on paper which need to be removed when scanning into a
paint program, so as to return to clean black on white lines only. The
new "non-photo blue" removal filter takes care of this across all
frames of an imported animation.
*** Edge Cleanup
Another common issue is that some lines are not clean, they bleed, and
are generally not ready for color filling and shading. The new "edge
cleanup" tool helps reduce the time an animator needs to manually fix
imperfections in the directly scanned or file-imported image.
Dan Ritchie lives in Southern California and is the author of a novel,
"Silver Squirrel". He is also a 3D animator and special FX artist. PD
and Project Dogwaffle are the results of several years of software
development and code optimizations. It has grown into a very fast tool
for painting on stills and animations, for post-production and much
Based in San Diego, California, TheBest3D.com is partnered with Dan
to market Project Dogwaffle and PD Pro Digital Painter. It is the
host for many resources including patches, galleries, brushes and
reviews as well as the freeware version, Project Dogwaffle 1.2. Various
commercial versions exist and are offered between USD $26 to $97.
Tutorial collections can be found there too. Many are free.