I've never heard of isolating the green channel of the normal map and using it as a paint layer. What effect does that create exactly?
WARNING They dont listen to their users as much as they like to say they do. Check their forums. Plenty of requests go unanswered. Their "To Do" list has been outdated. They lack staple features such as a Text Tool, Adjustment Layers, Channels, Layer Styling, Proper Cropping. Paintstorm cant even resize a photo correctly (It will always leave a border when resizes). You also run into square artifacts occasionally. There have also been several instances were paintstorm was detected as malware, once called out, the dev reuploads a clean version. This happened at least twice from forum reports and Virus Total. Aside from the very obvious lack of support and maintinence. The brush system is good. However a good brush engine will not replace the other basic features and functions paintstorm lacks. DO NOT expect support. This is definitely a homegrown app and it shows. If you want a versatile brush engine, clip studio or even krita is where its at.
Check out the new video, showcasing some of the biggest features of the most recent Clarisse 3.0 from Isotropix.
Clarisse is a high-end 2D/3D animation software. It combines a lot of functions in one, providing animation tools, compositing software and a 3D rendering engine. The software is incredibly versatile, allowing you to work with the environments, VFX, do the rendering and so on. The developers put a lot of effort in making this product compatible with modern pipelines, so you don’t have to do a lot of changes or write some additional code.
Anyway, not so long ago Clarisse 3.0 was released and the new version holds a lot of improvements. There’s a new PBR rendering engine, new materials, all new UDIM/UVTiles UV baking supporting AOVs and projection baking, new set of textures and math operators, all new Texture View and so on. Some of the features are described in this video.
Clarisse 3.0 is not free. I would say it’s pretty expensive: $999 to $3200. Good thing it works on various platforms, including Windews and Mac OS X.