Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Weave Your Art

If you'd like to try creating digital art but don't want to invest beaucoup bucks in expensive software, you might check out Artweaver, a digital painting program that allows you to play with many common digital art tools and features, customize your brushes, playback your session (handy if you want to show someone else what you've done.)

More features:

Support for many file formats like AWD (Artweaver), BMP, GIF, JPEG, PCX, TGA, TIFF, PNG and PSD (incl. layers)
Transparency, layers and layer groups
Common image editing tools like gradient, crop, fill and selection tools
Many effect filters like sharpen, blur, emboss and mosaic
Expandable by Plug-In modules (Artweaver standard)
Editable text layers
Pen tablet support
History function to undo/redo last editing steps
Support for many languages through language files

Plus it's freeware, so you don't have to pay a dime for it (OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7.)


  1. I wouldn't mind having a go at something like this but as a beginner I have no idea what half of those things are. I will have to look for a free app to start with and play with that for a while. I'm not even sure I could draw/paint anything but I'd like to try.

    Is there a beginners / easy option you could recommend?

    1. The program I use for digital painting isn't available anymore, but most computer systems come with a built-in basic paint program where you can learn how to use the basic tools. Or (if you don't mind using software designed for children) you can try freeware programs like TuxPaint.

  2. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Great Post but, but I wanted to contact you on another matter. Could you get ROC to digitize your Stardoc-books 2 and 6. Sorry for the off topic post.. Thanks a big fan

    1. Authors can't make any publisher digitize their backlist; it's not something we have any control over or input on. Although I have tried many, many times to get an answer from Roc on when all the rest of my StarDoc novels will be converted to electronic format, the only answer I've ever gotten is that they are slated to be converted. They won't tell me when this will happen and they don't tell me whenever they are. I'm sorry I can't be of more help; I know those of you with e-readers are unhappy with the situation, but no more than I am.

  3. I've never heard of Artweaver. I usually use Gimp, but I will have to check this out.

    1. I hope it proves helpful and fun. Once I get out from under this deadline I may download it to give it a better test drive.