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Acrylic (Beta) - Microsoft New Design Software.
Contributed by: G3nu1n3, at 6/10/2005 09:39:00 PM.

Microsoft has launched a public beta for a new piece of software, code named 'Acrylic'.

Acrylic is a design tool that will feel reasonably similar to anyone familiar with Adobe Illustrator with some similarities with Adobe Photoshop.

Acrylic offers the more advanced editing features (layers, etc) not currently found in the standard imaging program bundled with Windows, Microsoft Paint.

Microsoft describe “Acrylic” as "the codename for a new professional design tool that brings together the richness of pixel-based painting and the flexibility of editable vector graphics for a more fluid and flexible creative workflow. With Acrylic you can create sophisticated designs and graphic elements for your on-screen, Web, and print projects.."

Features : -

- Vector and Pixel Tools: Paint on pixel layers, create objects and insert images on vector layers, convert between vector and pixel layer types, create selection masks by dragging vector objects to pixel layers, and more.
- Expressive Pixel Painting Engine: Create realistic pixel paintings using the pixel brush engine. Create your own multi-component brushes for expressive power; use them to paint with gradients, textures, smudging, and paint thickness.
- Pixel Selection Tool: Automatically create tight and accurate pixel selections on complex shaped image features with just a few simple in/out region markings.
- Live Effects: Apply image effects and color correction filters on a per object or per layer basis to either vector or pixel based elements.
- Variations Palette: Paint with variations in hue, saturation, lightness, strokes, stroke width, and transparency.
- Image Stitching: Stitch together individual photographic or scanned images into high quality panoramic images.
- HTML Workflow: Create rollover and popup buttons, preview your artwork in Pixel Preview mode, and export to HTML format with auto-slicing capabilities.
- Hint Palette: Quickly access contextual information regarding the currently moused-over tools and palettes.

View: Acrylic homepage
View: Release notes
Download: Microsoft Acrylic Beta (77.6 Mb, XP and SP2 Required) - 180 Day Trial

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