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Artweaver

By Boris Eyrich Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 24, 2009

Artweaver is an art supply store and a blank canvas all rolled up into one. With it, you can create your own masterpieces and experiment with the multitude of built-in tools. Choose from paint and calligraphy brushes, pens, pencils, crayons, and even sponges and brushes made to mimic famous artists like Van Gogh.

Artweaver's interface is very similar to Photoshop's. Creative professionals and hobbyists who are familiar with Photoshop will be able to navigate their way through its palettes and windows with no problem. This helped us get up and running with the program easily and made our experience more fun. Many of the same tools that Photoshop and other graphic programs have are included in this Artweaver's toolbox, such as selection tools, move tools, color swatches, a paint bucket, and a clone stamp. Artweaver has layers, which makes experimentation easier. You can create a background layer and then create another layer for brushwork so that you can paint away without damaging your original background layer. Each brush has a control palette that opens when you select it. Users have an enormous amount of control with each tool and can fine-tune every aspect of it with the control palette.

Artweaver installs and uninstalls easily and has a great Help file that people new to graphics software and creative professionals alike will find beneficial. It's a robust program that has many features that are usually available only in expensive graphics programs, but Artweaver is free. You can't beat that!

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5

Version 5 adds mirror painting to create easily symmetrical paintings; support for documents with 8 and 16 Bits/Channel; high precision 16bit brush engine for exact results especially with low opacity values; different color themes for the user interface (default, light gray or dark).

General

Release March 20, 2015
Date Added March 20, 2015
Version 5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 41,363
Downloads Last Week 4
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Developer's Description

Artweaver is a program to simulate natural brush tools. It is therefore suitable to leave your creativity free run. Artweaver functions realistic imitation of brushes, chalks, and charcoals, detailed adjustment possibilities for altering existing brushes and creating new custom brushes, common image processing tools like gradient, crop, fill, and selection tools, supports file formats like AWD (Artweaver), BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, TGA, TIFF, and PNG, transparency and layers, large number of filters like sharpen, soften, emboss, and mosaic. Editable text layers (font, size, color, leading), support for pressure sensitive pen tablets, history function to undo or redo last working steps, and support for plug-ins.