•Feature Follow - Brushes can now follow the angle of image features which can improve the natural feel of the painting•Directional brushes•True Mosaic Engine•SMART brush size - brush can automatically resize to correspond to the image complexity•New content aware automatic detail mask options•New “Panel” feature to directly access any parameters of the preset•Ability to Batch process image using changing preset parameters (modulation)•Ability to Randomize any parameter•Ability to capture painting process into video frames•Template helper tool•Fine Area Brush in Mouse Assisted Painting and many other additions•New and improved presets (DAP 7 comes now with more than 200 presets and variations or about 270MB of content)
In order for brushes in V7 to follow features, they now understand direction and this can be used for various special effects, like for example painting certain areas in only one direction.
One of the issues of previous DAP versions was that brushes would often be placed in a bit random or semi-chaotic patterns. (This would be mostly visible in flat areas.) Sure, some artists could paint this way, but it is safe to say that in most masterworks the brushes actually follow the painted features. That is precisely the job of the new DAP 7 feature called 'Feature Follow'. It makes the brush strokes follow the structure of the image. This dramatically improves the overall "human" feel of the painting and makes brush direction look more purposeful and deliberate.
True Mosaic Engine
New True Mosaic Engine has been added that will place the brushes in a tightly fitted pattern without overlapping to simulate creating mosaics.
The panel is a new feature that allows you to access any of the parameters inside a preset without going into full Edit mode. This is great for people who make their own presets or like to tweak the parameters. Instead of having a large number of sliders and knobs, you can build your own set from only the parameters you need. Imagine Panel as your custom control board with knobs, sliders, and switches that are wired to the parameters deep inside the preset
Randomize or batch process any parameter
The Panel allows you to randomize or modulate any of the parameters. Parameter modulation is used for Batch processing where a parameter can change over number of steps.
Adding monitor to the panel will allow you to view certain steps during the painting - excellent for preset creators.
New content aware auto-masking
Presets can now create automatic detail masks based on the image content. This will prevent small brushes from being used on flat areas such as sky.
New Template Helpers
The Template Color helper will create Photoshop file with color brushes sorted by their complexity from an image. Then in Photoshop you can paint brush strokes on top of it and export as the brush alpha. The Template Alpha helper can assist you with that task as well by making brush strokes by extracting the texture from supplied image and using some clever Reactor processes.
Video Capture of the Painting process
In version 7 we added frame capture of the painting process that allows you to quickly create a video of the painting.
When combined with AI Photo & Art Enhancer, you can produce gallery-quality images, something which was previously not possible with any automatic photo-to-painting software.In version 7 you can call AIE directly from the Final Output tab. (Requires AI Photo & Art Enhancer)