Thu 14th Mar 2013 | News
The Foundry has launched MARI 2.0, a revolutionary version of its 3D digital paint tool that introduces a brand new, artist-focused layer
This major release is focused on enhancing the painting experience for 3D artists. The addition of the new layer system means MARI is easier to use than ever before and will be a familiar working environment for users of Photoshop and other layer based paint tools.
“We have spent a long time working on the nuts and bolts of this layer system for MARI and we believe 2.0 surpasses anything else on the market today," says Jack Greasley, MARI Product Manager. "We wanted to really push the limits and give artists a working environment that feels both familiar and revolutionary at the same time.”
Inside MARI’s layer system
The layer system has all the features artists expect from the most advanced layer based workflows available today and much more. The streamlined Layer View in MARI 2.0 introduces powerful grouping, tagging and filtering options making even highly complex stacks easy to navigate and control. Procedural Layers let artists easily create the look they want, seamlessly blending procedural and painted detail with the same toolkit. The possibilities are endless. Going beyond the functionality of any existing software on the market, every layer has its own Mask Group. Every mask is effectively a full layer stack in its own right, allowing artists to use blending, groups, adjustments and procedurals in all their masks.
Shared Layers mean artists can cut down on the bookkeeping that goes hand in hand with reusing layers and masks. Now they can simply share the layer within a stack and any changes they make can be automatically updated across the rest. “This is the version that we have all been patiently waiting for," ads Justin Holt, Lead Texture Artist at Image Engine. "I have to say that it has been an absolute joy to use MARI 2.0. With the introduction of the new layer system, texture painters will be welcomed with a warm feeling of nostalgia from the days of painting in Photoshop alongside a renewed sense of excitement for the potential of what they will be able to paint, entirely non-destructively, with this revolutionary version of MARI.”
“The new layer system in MARI 2.0 enhances the way you can work with masks and adjustment layers and is consistent with what you would find with Photoshop," says Jens Kafitz, Senior Texture Artist at Weta Digital. "There is also good compatibility between the two applications making the back and forth easier. A new projection mask system and new caching features to help manage the data on complex assets are also great
additions to the new version of MARI."
MARI 2.0 is immediately available for download. Find out more here.