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Digital Painting Tools for Creative Artists, Indie Game Developers  and Visual FX Animators, with powerful features for 3D and video.

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                                        just paint!PD Pro, Howler edition -
                                        paint and animate!

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                                                      and howl! Digital
                                                      painting and
                                                      animation

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Where to order PD Howler, PD Artist or Tutorials?         
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Newsletter #204 - Memorial Day: Video tools for Drones


 

We now also offer collections of tutorial videos:

Working with Stabilized Video





Tutorial collection:
Cloudy, with a chance of Waffles





 
Tutorial collection:
Meteor Shower




   Landscape Rendering and Skies




The Best of Digital painting with PD Howler 2024:

PD Howler 2024 - Build #92







PD Howler 2024 - Build #89





Material Properties editing is coming - new in build #87



New in build #81:
Half-tone mode on custom brushes.


You can also use it to abuse it - here we used it as an elevation map to render a canyon with pilars:





Double-Loading

Learn more in the newsletter


Combining 3D and Digital Painting

Can your Image editing & Paint tool help you to create this in just minutes?

NASA Rover on Mars

(vehicle 3D model from NASA website download in Blender format, converted to OBJ, loaded and rendered in PD Howler then composited and post edited in PD Howler for added background scene also created in PD Howler)


Spooky Space Station - Interior





Spooky October is here - Halloween Specials!

65% off the regular price, for PD Howler 2024

Order here:  thebest3d.com/sales

Select PD Howler 2024 or PD Artist 2024
No discount code needed - This discount is automagic!

Expires shortly after Halloween Oct 31st


Need an even better deal? Also check the author's direct promos at https://pdhowler.com/Cart.htm


PD Artist 2024 build 77 is here!


Order PD Artist 2024 or PD Howler 2024
Learn about PD Howler 2024  Read the latest newsletter


Digital Art Live

Happy Labor Day - Builds 75 / 76 are here!

Save 50% off the regular price - limited time.





Build 70 is out and available now!


Build 69 of Howler 2024 - integrating PBR!
(Physics Based Rendering)





(Birds of a Feather will flock together)

Beyond Digital Painting: Brushes, Special FX, 3D, Landscapes, Video & Animation


PD Howler 2024 - Build 61 is now available!

Order PD Howler 2024:  here (through BMTmicro)
or
here from the Developer (Dan Ritchie) directly



Recently added/improved:  (straight from the Captain's Log)

  • Animated Gifs - We've got preliminary support for loading gif animations in Howler
  • Committed a 270 word spelling library to the API.  It's a start. Can you guess where that's going?
  • Added an API for working with GIF animations and additional support for wide strings.
  • The OBJ loader is now 64 bit - try the free standalone version
  • In the geometry renderer, you can now open a file in its default program(such as 3D Builder, 3D Viewer, 3D Paint,... whatever you've configured it to be on your PC)  or also with Notepad. This helps in quickly checking details and perhaps fixing possible issues in the materials or obj files.
  • Stored animations now show the frame number (!)
  • Analytical upscale now warns if its going to close an animation.
  • faster clipmaps and some general optimization
  • The mip-map seam problem is solved. (yay me!)
Read more about what's new > here
 
Status update June 9 - state of the new pipeline implenting PBR
(Physics Based Rendering)






PD Howler 2024 (v17) is now available > Order here.

Learn more about Howler 2024.

If you have an earlier version, use your discount code for even more savings at 50% off the regular price.
Contact us if you need your discount code to upgrade at reduced pricing






Beware of the Easter Bunny!

(it can hop over water :-)




PD Howler now supports 3D OBJ files

We call it the OBJoy format ;-)
 
Chris-Locke-Mech-with-NASA-OBJ-models

Mech by DzFire, other 3D Models from NASA downloads. Landscape and surrounding by PD Howler





dogwaffle-does-3D

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Newsletter #191 - Mid-January Joy

 
The itsy-bitsy Bugs list
(got a problem with color pickers causing a crash? Unlink them)

 PD Howler 2023 is now also on Steam

steampowered

Learn more here