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  PD Artist 9

now based on PD Pro 9 
& delightfully affordable
                                  Howler also supports animation &

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Professional & Affordable Digital Painting for your PC!
now powered by PD Pro 9 (for more details see PD Pro Howler edition)
(PD Artist is a subset of PD Howler, essentially it is Howler but without the Animation/Video tools)

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     What is PD Artist 9?

PD Artist is a digital painting program powered by Project Dogwaffle. It is priced more affordably than its full-featured big brother, PD Howler. What it doesn't have is the tools for working on animations animation and video (with one exception: you can have animated brushes). If you don't work on animations, PD Artist may be a smarter solution for you. Why pay money for tools you won't use?

The biggest new feature in v9.0 is the addition of a raytracer: Puppy Ray
There were several free updates after the 9.0 release, all the way to v9.2. Later, a major release 9.5 was created, followed by 9.6, another free update (to 9.5).

PD Artist is a subset of PD Howler (PD Pro Howler edition), specifically version 9, but without the animation or video tools. The result: a lean, mean painting machine that's even more affordable.

PD Artist 9  is built on the same super-fast core engine as the one used in PD Pro 9 and thus benefits from interface improvements, multithreading, SSE2 acceleration, speed enhancements and other optimizations found there.

Most of the features of PD Pro 9 are intact.  Just the features used for animation / video work have been removed. A few animation tools remain though, namely those related to creating and managing animated brushes. (which consist of image sequences too).

Some animated filters were removed. Some filters that had animation options were modified to exclude the animated portion. The Animation menu is gone. Tools and plugins made for animations such as the Timeline editor, the brush keyframer, the exposure sheet and frame painter, those are tools made for animation or post work on videos and thus were removed from the Artist edition. However, animated brushes are still included! You can still load an existing AVI video clip or an image sequence straight into the custom animated brush system in order to then 'paint' it over your artwork!

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     Why PD Artist 9?

The goal with PD Artist is to make the creative tools affordably accessible to those who don't work with video and don't create animations but just want to paint and design still images.

PD Artist doesn't do animations nor have the tools to work on video, so therefore it is cheaper than PD Howler. PD Artist is derived from the same codebase shared by its big brother, PD Hwoler. We like to say PD Artist is a subset of Howler. Or think of Howler as a superset, going beyond PD Artist.

If you're on a very tight budget, PD Artist is a better way into using and enjoying Project Dogwaffle. You can upgrade to PD Howler later, should you decide you want it.

If you don't need animation tools, why pay for Howler?  PD Artist will be the right tool for you. It does almost everything that you can do in PD Howler except for animating things or working on video. It does however still have animated brushes too. You can load an image sequence or AVI file into the brush and paint with it on the still image.

What is NOT in Artist but is in Howler? In short: Animation. To be more specific: the Animation Menu is missing. The 'Animated' category in the Filters menu is gone too. Also, some of the other filters have an animation option, sometime in the form of a button named Anim or Animate. Those buttons are either gone or disabled. The filter will work on just the current still image, not on a frame sequence, since there's no animation support in Artist.

There is one exception: The animated brush. You can still work on a sequence of images, even on Avi file, in the sense that you can load it into the brush and thus make it the current Custom and Animated brush, an animbrush. You won't paint with it over another animation like you can with Howler. (video on video), but you can paint this animbrush over the current image.


     How to Order PD Artist

  PD Artist is available for purchase here

     Help, Installation Notes, Misc....

More coming soon, but for now, refer to the PD Howler information and simply ignore any reference to animations. (except when we're talking about animated brushes, which are supported in PD Pro Artist too.)

Also consult the general F.A.Q. and the general Dogwaffle Help pages.


Howler 9

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New in PD Pro 9:
3D Stickers!

toon brushes by Michel Agullo

Slideshow 9

8.2 Showcase

8.2 Slideshow

8.2 Features

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PD Artist:

What's New in 8.0?

What's New in 8.2?


(the following was a 8.1 Howler release only, but is now also in 8.2 Artist, if applicable)

What's New in 8.1?

Earlier versions:

v7 (PD Pro 7)

v2 (PD Pro 6)

v1 (PD Pro 3)

new brush effects

custom brushes

                    new tools

lifting of pigments into another watercolor
                    brush strke
lifting of water color pigments

3d tools
                    and lighting effects

                    clone fill for removing people from a photo,
                    standing in front of a duck pond
Removing details from a Photo

new foliage system

spherize - new options

adjust slider values in small increments

crystalize filter


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