Chasys Draw IES Artist is the main image editor and paint program in the IES suite. It's
also the parent application from which the rest of the suite evolved. Chasys Draw IES Artist is what one would call an "out of the box" editor; an image editor that was designed from the ground up to be unique. As a field of study, image editing has come a long way, with
new ideas coming up and even rendering irrelevant traditional methods that are
considered industry standards. Unfortunately, most image editors still stick to
tradition. In designing Chasys
Draw IES Artist, my main intention was to address this need; to provide you with
an image editor with all the new ideas and none of the old. As the application
evolved, photo-editing features were added, as were animation and stacking.
Chasys Draw IES Artist has over time grown into a powerful image editor that
takes a radically different approach to image editing, resulting in distinctive
character, speed and output quality.
What can I do with Chasys Draw IES Artist?
If its painting or graphics design, anything, really. You
can paint life-like images, work with transparency, use custom brushes, add textures, apply all manner of channel manipulation and use external plug-ins. You can even edit and create icons!
The tools have been chosen
in such a way that you can combine them to create almost any effect you can
possibly think of - from painting the sky, clouds and smoke to shadows,
lighting, perspective and lighting gradient. For simple painting, you have
the pencil, straight line, brush, calligraphic pen, filling paint and spray
gun. For more complex painting, you can use the custom and effects brushes, solvents,
cloning and roughen tool. For gradient effects, you have the
gradient fills and tints, and for those who want a little geometry, there
are rectangles, ellipses and many other shapes. There is a lens tool for
viewing you work up close, color picker for selecting colors and of course,
selector tools for picking up irregular and rectangular portions of the
image for moving, editing and saving. And, of course, there's TextArt.
Chasys Draw IES Artist is not
just a painting tool; it has extensive photo correction capability. With
Chasys Draw IES Artist, you can edit your digital photos, allowing you to remove
( or "heal" ) the blemishes characteristic of imagery captured using digital
cameras and scanners ( and even natural ones like pimples ) without losing
the harmony and flow of the original. You can add visual effects
and image enhancement to your pictures, view and edit
a wide variety of images files, add plug-in support for file types that
aren't natively supported, and do a whole lot of other things with images.You can also copy and transfer parts
of images, creating interesting effects like the one shown here (I assure you this is not a genuine photo!).
For those who do a lot of level adjustment, Chasys Draw IES Artist has AQuE (Anti-Quantization Engine), a revolutionary technology that removes the artifacts created by extensive adjustment. With AQuE, every photo you edit will come out looking clean and sharp.
Chasys Draw IES Artist supports free-style layering, which allows you
to separate your image into portions that you can edit independently, much
like you would when working with a page layout program. Not only does this
make it easier for you to make corrections later, but it also allows you to
do very complex editing easily and quickly. The free-style layers can
be moved about all over the virtual desktop of the workspace, much like you
can place photos anywhere on your table.
With free-style layers, you work
the way you want. You can even clutter your workspace and make it as untidy
as you want by throwing stuff all over the place, if that is the way you
like working. No restrictions. Personally, I like keeping stuff separate but
within reach on my workspace as in the image to the left. My desk (as in my
actual desk, the one with my computer on it) doesn't look any different right
now - my mouse and my plate of cookies are equidistant from my keyboard
The free-style layering concept also makes both frame-based and object-based animation very intuitive,
making it very easy to do animated cursors and GIF's.
Chasys Draw IES Artist can do simple animations like the ones
you see all over the web. Animation is provided as an extension to the
free-style layering concept through the image-mode property, and is extended to
all the other suite applications. Several methods of animation are supported, including frame-based and object-based methods. It is noteworthy, however, that only short
animations (a few tens to a few hundred frames) are supported when using frame-based animation. Object-based animations are frame-less and can be up to 24 hours long.
Animations don't have to be GIF's, Chasys Draw IES Artist can create animated cursors, icons and brushes just fine.
Short AVIs can also be done, and movies (or parts of them) can be imported for editing.
Chasys Draw IES Artist features a
powerful text engine known as TextArt. TextArt allows you to do both plain and
decorative text in a variety of styles. And the best part of it is that the text remains editable - even after you save the
file and open it elsewhere! TextArt makes working with text within Chasys Draw feel like using a Word Processor.
For the professional photographer, Chasys Draw IES Artist
has extensive support for image-stacking, allowing you to average images for noise reduction, perform high dynamic range imaging, eliminate moving objects
blocking your view, increase depth of focus and perform
multi-frame super-resolution. Heuristics-based super-resolution is also
included to assist with those tiny line-drawings, cartoons and charts.
The famous and trusty Pen Tool is implemented in the form of Pen and Path, giving you
unparalleled power to select and define. The use of layer attachments and mark-up metadata give you unparalleled power to control your images and editing environment.
Chasys Draw IES has an in-built RAW camera file processor known as Chasys Draw IES raw-Photo. Raw-Photo works seamlessly with Artist, giving you a consistent and efficient workflow platform.
Chasys Draw IES Artist
adheres to the principle of a fully anti-aliased workflow; all
tools, selections, text and other operations are applied with
super-sampling and anti-aliasing enabled so that the final image is a high
quality, fully anti-aliased graphic.
With unlimited undo and a very reliable autosave sub-system, Chasys Draw IES gives you the piece of mind that comes with knowing you can recover from any mistake you make, giving you the freedom to explore and experiment.
I strongly recommend that you read the user interface section first. Afterwards, you can proceed to the introduction to layers, as it provides some basic information that might
prove vital to working with a layered image editor like Chasys Draw IES Artist. Later on, you can proceed to the tutorials section, starting with the basic drawing tutorial, then the
basic photo-editing tutorial, and finally the advanced layering tutorial.
Thank you for taking interest in Chasys Draw IES Artist.