On Wed, May 16, 2007 at 03:19:55PM -0700, Tony Vigil wrote:
Is Discreet Paint the same thing as Satori Paint?
I've never used Discreet or Satori Paint, but my google search for
"Discreet Paint" came up with some hits for "Satori Paint" as well.
It seems to do what you describe, including the spline animation.
Same product maybe?
Satori Paint is it's own thing.
Discreet Paint refers to a motion paint program that Discreet Logic
(later renamed Discreet, then later renamed Autodesk Media &
Entertainment) sold for a fairly brief time after they bought it fron
Denim Software and before they replaced it with Combustion.
As far as using splines for masks for bitmap images, I believe that
Photoshop allows you to do this. One thing that some programs allow is
better feathering control, which I don't believe Photoshop has (and I
know that After Effects doesn't). In a program like Commotion, you have
two closed splines, and inner and an outer. The inner is a solid, and
in between the inner and the outer, the mask fades out, allowing you to
set a hard mask on one edge of an object, but a soft mask on the other
side, rather than everything being hard or soft.
I would have thought that the Gimp had spline masks by some means, but
maybe they don't. Or maybe they do but they aren't as editable, or
aren't savable or something. Using Inkscape to create masks strikes me
as really clunky, although it is great the someone was able to get their
work done using it.
I wonder if there is a way to add a masking tool like I describe to
inkscape. I suspect that in the context of vector illustration there
would be plenty of other uses for it.