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The latest Brush Ninja and animation news and reviews.

New: Erasers, Animation Sizes, and more Stickers

10 June 2021

So many new features this month, and some of them are hotly anticipated. Eraser Ever since the Brush Ninja 2 release the most commonly requested new feature has been to add an Eraser. With the switch to a vector based rendering engine I had to remove the eraser. I felt...

Now you can use Webcam images as Backgrounds

26 February 2021

This week I have added a feature nobody was asking for, but I thought would be fun. Webcam background images. The idea is that you can take photos with your webcam and then animate on top of them. This means you could draw little cartoons of people dancing on your...

Brush Ninja Newsletter

31 January 2021

I’ve wanted a way to reach the creatives who use Brush Ninja for a while, so I’ve decided to setup a newsletter. Previously I’ve had Patreon (which is great for beta stuff), Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram - but I’m only one man and I find it hard to update all...

Brush Ninja Version 2 Live!!

13 January 2021

I spent a good amount of time last year rewriting Brush Ninja to use a new graphic engine, and to add a whole stack of features. It was hard work, but it’s been well worth it and it’s now available for everyone to use! What’s new? The drawing engine is...

Custom Animation Backgrounds

28 May 2020

Update: As of January 2021 this feature is now available on Brush Ninja. There’s more help on setting custom backgrounds here. After ‘more colours’, custom background images is the most requested new feature. I’ve been asked for this a lot of times, and it’s finally coming in Brush Ninja version...

Shape Palette

13 May 2020

In Brush Ninja Classic (the current version), you can draw rectangles, circles, triangles and stars. Brush Ninja v2 allows so much more. This feature actually came about by accident. I had added the basic shape drawing functionality to Brush Ninja v2, and then wanted to add a heart shape. Which...

Editable Text

06 May 2020

Surprisingly (to me) I haven’t had many comments about adding text in Brush Ninja. It was a highly requested feature until I added it, and then people used it. But I wasn’t entirely happy. I wanted to be able to edit it. And now that I can move, scale and...

Custom Color Palette

29 April 2020

One of the most requested features is more colors in the color palette. In version 1 I intentionally kept the palette limited. This was for 2 reasons. To make Brush Ninja easy to use To encourage creativity through limitations Having now spent 2 years working on, and thinking about, Brush...

Modifying Objects Properties

20 April 2020

I think modifying object properties after they have been created is a really powerful thing. This will give us the ability to make some much more creative animations. Currently in Brush Ninja V2 you can change objects colours after they have been drawn. I think this will allow some quite...

Introducing Paint Brushes

13 April 2020

One of the things I have always wanted Brush Ninja to be is fun. Software is often quite business like and boring, and so I thought I would try to introduce some interesting new brushes to create with. Like the other shapes these brushes are vector based, which means you...

New Drawing Tools

07 April 2020

I really wanted to improve the drawing tools with the new Brush Ninja update. Drawing images is great, but it’s much easier to work with objects. I attempted a fix for this with the move and rotate tools, and while they are quite cool it’s a bit awkward if you...

Brush Ninja Version 2

01 April 2020

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. But I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of Brush Ninja over the last few months. As I mentioned last time, I’ve had to prioritise earning a living. Brush Ninja just about covers costs, but as a project I love it...

Making Brush Ninja Sustainable

29 March 2019

I made Brush Ninja mostly because I thought it was a fun thing to do, but it’s grown a lot bigger than I had imagined. The app is more complex, and has more features than I could have imagined when I started. I always new it had potential but I...

Recent Brush Ninja Updates

29 March 2019

I’ve not posted on the blog much recently, but Brush Ninja has not stood still. In this post I will explain some of the things I have been working on over the last few months. Transform Tools I have added the ability to scale, rotate and move the images you...

Brush Ninja in Education

19 October 2018

Brush Ninja has been getting a lot of attention from educators and teachers recently. It’s fantastic. Of all the use cases I had considered for my little animation app, education was not one I had seriously considered and I really like the idea that it’s being used for something useful...

Awesome Animations Showcase

19 July 2018

I love seeing people sharing their Brush Ninja animations on Twitter and I wanted a way to record my favorites. So I have made an animation showcase, that highlights the awesome animations being made in Brush Ninja. If you want your animation to be featured then share the animated gif...

Mac App Released!

24 June 2018

After a couple of months of hard work, a lot more work than I had anticipated, I have finally released Brush Ninja on the Mac App Store! Brush Ninja is something I have really enjoyed working on, and I have a lot of ideas for improvements. Hopefully people like it...

Progress Update

28 April 2018

Recently I have been busy working away on Brush Ninja - but there’s not been much visible progress. My main focus has been on the next stage of Brush Ninja, and that’s making a desktop app. I want to turn this simple web app into something you can use properly....

Animations Save as you Draw

11 April 2018

Something I have wanted to have for a long time is a Brush Ninja file format, and this is the first step towards that. Animations are now saved in your web browser so that you can come back to them later and continue where you left off. Even if your...

Background Images from Unsplash and More

27 March 2018

Brush Ninja is designed as a simple way to get your ideas moving. I want everything to be as straight forward as can be. And so, with that in mind, I bring you the latest update. Background Images from Unsplash I’m a web designer by trade, so I’ve used Unsplash...

New Paint Engine

18 March 2018

As I mentioned before, Brush Ninja is in a constant state of improvement. I’ve spent the last few days working on a new paint engine. Paint Engine? Ok, I made up the name, but essentially what I have done is change how the images are drawn. I’ve broken things up...

Recent Brush Ninja Updates

13 March 2018

Over the last few weeks I have updated Brush Ninja at least once a day. What follows are some of the highlights from the last few days. New Tools Previously there were brushes (which I have decided are now pens), and now we have shapes and lines. Simple geometric objects...

Constantly Improving Brush Ninja

04 March 2018

Brush Ninja is something that I have been thinking about on and off for a very long time so I have lots of ideas. That doesn’t mean I’ve worked everything out, or I have all the answers, but it does mean I have a big old todo list. My development...

Welcome to Brush Ninja!

25 February 2018

Brush Ninja is an online, browser based, animation tool. It’s an easy way to create simple animations, for free, without the need to learn complex software (or spend a fortune). In a former life I worked at Miniclip.com - and so I saw the development of the Sketch Star project....