Bixelangelo is a paint program that records your drawings and saves them as sketch maps. It has been designed for use with BluffTitler DX9, but any application that can handle texture maps and DirectX effect files can use its output.
Create sketch maps with Bixelangelo
A sketch map is a texture map that does not contain colour, but time information: every pixel contains the time it has been touched. This makes a sketch map a recording of a handwritten text or drawing.
With a 24 bits picture and a time resolution of 50 frames per second it is theoretically possible to store an animation with a duration of 4 days into a single bitmap. The limitations are that your can't use different colours and that you can't erase anything.
Your drawings are saved as standard .PNG bitmaps and DirectX .FX effect files. This means that they can be used in any application that supports texture maps and DirectX effect files.
The following examples have been created with Bixelangelo and BluffTitler DX9
with no post-processing other than converting it to a Windows Media File (.wmv) with Microsoft Windows Movie Maker.
Animated handwritten textsRecord your handwritten texts with Bixelangelo and animate them inside BluffTitler. Your recorded text can be played back at any speed.
SplinesNo matter how trembling your handwriting or sketches are, Bixelangelo turns them into smooth, perfectly connected curves! And if you do not trust your artistic talents, a picture can be loaded into the background for tracing.
Mixing 3D animation with sketchingWith BluffTitler you can mix your animated sketches with 3D animation. This example combines a sketch mapped picture layer with a text layer.
Transparent glowA nice additive glow can be added to your sketches! The mist has been created with the particle layer.
Create text-on-path effects with Bixelangelo
Your drawing can also be used as a path along which you can scroll a 3D text (or any other object).
Text following a pathThis technique can be used, for example, to make your text follow the sensual curves of an outer space alien.
Roller coasterOr how about this roller coaster?
Create EPS files with Bixelangelo
Your drawing can also be saved as an EPS file. This EPS file can be imported in any application that supports EPS files. The following 2 examples have been created with BluffTitler DX9:
Glowing ParticlesA particle layer has been attached to a black sketch layer.
Silver SketchThis sketch layer is rendered with reflection mapping.
Attached PictureIn BluffTitler you can attach a picture layer to a sketch layer with the menu item Layer > Attach Picture to active Layer.... This technique can be used to create the impression of a hand drawing the sketch.
Your sketches are saved as standard .PNG bitmaps, .EPS vector drawings and DirectX .FX effect files. This means that they can be used in any application that supports texture maps and DirectX effect files, including BluffTitler DX9 and Bix's Photo Book.
BluffTitler DX9In BluffTitler DX9 you can select the sketch map effect file with the menu item Media > Change Effect....
Bix's Photo BookIn Bix's Photo Book you can select the sketch map effect file by right clicking on a photo and choosing Change Effect....
- Microsoft Windows XP or Vista
- DirectX version June 2007 or later
- Intel Pentium compatible processor (Pentium III 800 MHz or better recommended)
- 128 MB RAM (256 MB recommended)
- A graphics card that supports Pixel Shader 2.0
- BluffTitler DX9 version 7.6 or higher