Artworks displayed in the slideshow above were designed with ImagePaint Production Pro. Real wood veneers were cut with an Epilog Laser Mini 18 using ImagePaint's Automatic Production Laser Interface. Some images shown above represents the actual physical artworks, while others represent the finished designs still in digital format. With ImagePaint, you don't have to be an artist to take your design to a new dimension.
ImagePaint is an Adobe Illustrator plug-in. ImagePaint software introduced a unique concept "What You See Is What You Get" into the art of, but not limited to, material inlay/marquetry design and production. In addition to features supported in ImagePaint Design Pro, the Production edition includes additional features required to take a finished digital design and turn it into a physical product.
ImagePaint was designed to serve the needs of graphic designers and craftsmen who work with various materials such as wood, marble, fabric, mother-of-pearl, or any other textures to produce digital and or physical artworks made of said materials, all at the same speed as designing with ordinary colors.
If you are not familiar with using Adobe Illustrator, no need to worry, Adobe Illustrator can open your vector design file created in your favorite Graphic Design Software. Once that is done, you can start using ImagePaint immediately without having to learn much about Adobe Illustrator. ImagePaint provides its own user friendly User Interface with functions that are fully automated.
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ImagePaint Design Pro does not have the capability to take a digital design to a physical product. For this, you would need ImagePaint Production Pro.
This palette is similar to Illustrator's color palette, but it contains image swatch instead of regular color. To paint shapes with an image, select the shapes and click on an image swatch in the Image Swatch Palette.
The selected Image Swatches in the Image Palette can be named and saved as a library to a folder. Once saved, this library can be opened to fill the Image Palette with the saved Image Swatches.
This tool is similar to Illustrator's Eyedropper Tool but work with images instead of regular color. To paint shapes with an image filled in another shape, select the shapes and click on a painted shape.
This feature allows quick image rotation within painted shapes. The preset angles of rotation are +/- 45 degrees and +/- 180 degrees.
These functions expand Illustrator's basic art object arranging/reordering functions (bring to front, bring to back etc.) to save time when arranging or reordering art objects.
"Clip" means paint shape with image and "Unclip" means remove image from shape. These functions expand Illustrator's basic clip/unclip functions to simplify the task of painting shapes with images or removing images from shapes.
For craftsmen making decorative products using techniques such as marquetry and material inlay, ImagePaint Production Pro contains all features in the ImagePaint Design Pro plus additional functionalities necessary to take a finished digital design and convert all shapes in the design to toolpaths that can be printed on the material with a printer for cutting with a hand tool, or sent to a CNC machine for cutting with its cutting technology. The toolpaths are generated using advanced algorithm to assure each and every cut will fit together perfectly to produce the highest quality product, in the shortest amount of time. As a result, users can see and make changes to the design before it is built, effectively; allowing designers to take full advantage of the colors and textures in the material during the creative design stage, and for the first time, to visualize the finished product before materials are cut.
Before taking the design to production, the Design Verification Palette detects and displays potential design errors that can cause costly mistakes during the production phase.
The Toolpath Generator takes a finished digital design and automatically converts all shapes in the design to toolpaths. With a single mouse click, all shapes on a selected sheet of material are duplicated and converted to toolpaths.
To achieve a perfect cut with a laser, each sheet of material, from the same family, requires different laser power and speed settings. These settings can be saved and recalled using the "Laser Settings" palette.
To achieve a perfect fit, the width of laser cut or kerf needs to be compensated when ImagePaint generates the toolpaths. This width is user configurable via the "Laser Settings" palette. This feature enables the support of different laser models and from different laser manufactures. Note: This setting can be used for any CNCs and any hand and power tools.
ImagePaint places the toolpaths it generates on a Production artboard. The size of the Production artboard is user configurable via the "Laser Settings" palette. This feature enables the support of any laser machine sizes. Note: These settings can be used to specify the size of other CNC machines or printers.
Once the toolpaths have been generated, the user can instruct ImagePaint to automatically update an image to contain the cutouts. This feature gives users the ability to accurately avoid the cutout areas when a sheet of material is reused.
An additional bonus included with the purchase of ImagePaint is a Wood Image Library consisting of an inventory of over 1700 high quality wood images in JPEG format. For graphic designers, this is an invaluable image library used to immediately create unique and stunning artworks made of wood. For craftsmen taking the design to produce a physical product, the wood veneers must be scanned into JPEG formatted images.
The process of selecting appropriate materials for a design is quick and simple, since all materials can be viewed at the same time on the computer screen. This significantly reduces the labor cost involved in material selection.
One or more shapes in the design can be quickly painted with an image using the Image Palette or the Image Picker Tool.
Once shapes are painted with a chosen material, their positions on that material can be quickly positioned to accurately capture the material's visual attributes (colors, tones and textures) inside the shapes' boundary. This enables the creation of high quality image based artworks, where the natural shadows, highlights and textures of the material are accurately placed in each shape to add depth and natural shading to objects.
Before committing the design to production, the Verification Interface detects and displays potential design errors that can be costly during the production stage.
The user can generate toolpaths from the finished digital design quickly and effortlessly.
Various statistics on the design such as Total Material Area, Total Number of Shapes and Total Linear Cut Length are automatically calculated and displayed at any point in the design stage. These statistics can be used in a custom equation to estimate material and labor cost of a product.
The finished digital design can be exported as an image and sent to the customer for approval and price negotiation. This is critical for getting customer satisfaction even before the design is produced.
ImagePaint supports Adobe Illustrator CS4 through CC2015 under Windows OS.
After downloading ImagePaint, you can download a free sample of wood image library to test run ImagePaint. There are over 500 images from 160 wood species in this FREE wood texture library. By downloading this library, you have agreed not to distribute the wood library to anyone. But please, feel free to share this website's address.
Before Downloading ArtBlue:
As of Version 2.5, ArtBlue comes with ArtTutor, a module containing 12 step-by-step tutorials running inside Illustrator with 37 movies, 45 images and 184 pages of hand-on lessons. You no longer need to read the user manuals to learn ArtBlue. ArtTutor can be found, after installing and running ArtBlue, on ArtMatrix panel. ArtTutor will reveal itself when the "Tutorials" item is selected from ArtMatrix Preset Look-up Box. After finishing the tutorials, then it's time to throw a little pixie dust into your designs with 19 "Factory's" Presets located in the same Look-up Box. So, with a bottle of wine... or two, sit back, relax and enjoy The Magic of ArtBlue.
ArtMatrix is a one-of-a-kind shape transformation engine that can convert a few shapes into many shapes, forming complex and stunning geometric sculptures. It was designed by a topnotch engineer with over 25 years of experience in electronics. Complex algorithms had to be invented, involving waveform generators of various types, all combined to transform basic shapes into spectacular and unpredictable shape formations.Images shown below and on the sidebar were created with ArtMatrix. From a single path, ArtMatrix creates many copies, applies color, opacity and arrange them according to user input parameters.
ArtShapes provides basic shape creation tools, and in concert with ArtTrack, establishes a complete and user friendly environment for creating, rotating, scaling, and reflecting shapes, while effortlessly snapping to another object, all in a single mouse stroke.
CustomShape imports shapes from Photoshop's custom shape files into Illustrator and used by ArtShapes tool to draw user created shapes. User created shapes created in Illustrator can also be exported to Photoshop .csh file for use by Photoshop's Custom Shape tool.Below is the CustomShape Control Panel. It comes with a complete Shape Manager to:
Art3D was designed to vastly improve the design and workflow for users working in 3D space using Illustrator's Perspective Grid.Art3D capabilities and features include:
The path-editing tool is the most used tool in Illustrator. Unfortunately, most Illustrator users use more than one path-editing tool. As a consequence, more time is spent switching between different tools and less time on editing the design. ArtEdit was developed with one objective - Minimize time spent on editing paths, aligning, reshaping paths and other objects, while providing many essential features to perform complex tasks that are not possible with other editing tools. ArtEdit contains 7 tools: Basic Editing, Scale, Relative, Rotate, Reflect, Copy-Paste-Replace and Corner Rounding tools. Each of the 7 Tools in ArtEdit contains cutting-edge functions, exclusively developed from ArtBlue technology.
ArtTrack ties it all together. All tools in ArtBlue rely on ArtTrack, instead of SmartGuide, to snap and align to other art objects. It contains basic art tracking functions, plus advanced functions unique only to ArtBlue. All functions are fully configurable by user to make art tracking a snap.
A finalist in the 2015 AWFS Visionary Award
There are over 500 images from 160 wood species in this FREE wood texture library. I scanned in real wood veneers to create this library. Please feel free to download and use it for your own design. By downloading this library, you have agreed not to distribute the wood library to anyone.
Interactive Transformation - ArtMatrix
"Guitar Rocks" by ArtMatrix
"Grand Piano" by ArtMatrix
Previewing an infinite variations of a design, in realtime with the mouse, before committing to a transformation.
"The Dragon" by ArtMatrix
ArtEdit unique Scale Tool allows objects to be scaled where they stand.
ArtEdit Rotate Tool allows objects to be rotated about multiple axis. And with a single mouse click, many path anchors are converted.
ArtEdit adds multiple anchors on the Rectangle, copies two segments from the Circle, and then paste-replaces the Rectangle's segments with the Circle's segments.
A fully user configurable art snapping and alignment engine for all tools in ArtBlue.