There were no new versions of JugiPaint for some time so I think it is appropriate to give some information about what is going on with its development. JugiPaint is now out of beta and there will be no new development version. I am now working to push JugiPaint to its first commercial version – a version which will see some new features and have sorted out various quirks and missing bits.

One of the features in JugiPaint which needed improvement were its color adjustment possibilities. I don’t think there is a digital artist out there who doesn’t resort to color adjusting tools at least occasionally. JugiPaint inherited from Comicado two color filters (Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast) which allowed basic color adjusting. Too basic really to be good enough so some serious improvements were needed to make JugiPaint stronger in that area:
– Two new filters have been added –  Color balance and Gradient colorize.
– All color filters now feature the “input range” selector where the user can precisely define ranges of affected pixels in hue/saturation/lightness color space.
– All color filters can now be used as “adjusting layers” (like in Photoshop, essential for multi-layered artwork).

Here are two images which show what can be achieved with the new color adjusting tools in JugiPaint.

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The first image is an original image and the second has adjusted colors. No masks were used for adjusting layers – all color changes were made with six hue/saturation adjusting layers with different blending modes and opacity at the top of original image.

There were some other new features added to JugiPaint (various selecting sub-tools, including select with color range) and some are still planned for the forthcoming release version. Watch this blog for further news about the development  progress of JugiPaint.