Livebrush is a motion-based drawing tool. Its unique features and styles have garnered reviews from Lifehacker, The Adobe Marketplace, RefreshingApps, and UsefulTools, to name a few. And the creator, David Fasullo, has been working with the community to determine which features should be added, and which features need to be improved. And it’s my pleasure to announce the most recent (and biggest) update here at CreativeOverflow.
Use the new color swatch on the toolbar to easily change the color of your line. When you click the swatch a color panel will open.
Changing colors on this panel will temporarily override any of the colors specified in the currently selected style. Just be sure to ‘lock’ the panel colors using the button below the color swatch. Click the lock again to ‘unlock’ when you want to switch back to the style colors. On the color panel, there is a check-box beside the alpha (opacity) setting. This is useful if you want to override a style color, but retain the style opacity. There are also two new buttons on this panel. The first button allows you to assign the colors in this panel to the currently selected style. The second button allows you to grab the colors from the currently selected style.
Tooltips, status colors and the hand tool are great community requested usability updates. Specifically, the hand tool is used when you want to move the canvas around your screen.
New Style Properties
Hold is found wherever there are color settings. This setting will instruct the brush to ‘hold’ the current color for the specified number of strokes.
This property is also found on the deco list. Previously, to add a specific deco more than once you would have to duplicate a decoration multiple times. Now with the Hold property you can specify how many times each deco should be repeated in a sequence.
In addition to the deco attach thresholds, you can now manually add up to 10 decorations using the number keys on your keyboard (0-9). For example, pressing “3” while drawing will add the 3rd decoration in the current styles deco list. “0” refers to the 10th decoration in the list.
Color sampling is found in the color type drop down for line colors. ‘Brush Position’ will use the color directly below the brush position. Alternatively, you can ‘Mouse Position’ to use the color directly below your mouse position. This is useful because a live or dynamic brush might not always follow your mouse.
New Dynamic Behaviors
One of the least known features in Livebrush is the ability to completely control or augment the brush using Actionscipt. But in the coming months David hopes to improve this with more behaviors possibly supporting designer-customized UI controls.
That said, the new dynamic behaviors in this version are hard-coded to achieve certain effects. Such as, kaleidoscope, horizontal and vertical waves, and spirals. In the meantime, if you’d like to create your own dynamic behaviors check the Livebrush forum. Or, the recently released HYPE Framework provides a great foundation of pre-built behaviors to learn from and extend.
Previously, each new vector line required a new layer. But if you’re not interested in retaining vector information, you can use the new ‘pixel’ drawing mode.
This will allow you to draw multiple lines on a single layer. This mode also adds a new button to the layers panel: the ‘Add bitmap layer’ button. This video demonstrates the usefulness of pixel drawing in creating certain illustrations.