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#31: Happy New Year 🥳

Hey there,

Happy New Year! Welcome to another month (year) of creative fun.

To kick off the new year, I’ve rolled out a fresh release for the Brush Ninja animation editor and introduced a new app in the drawing department.

Animation Editor

Exciting news in the animation creator—specifically a revamped color picker. I’ve given the color selector tool a complete makeover, making it more accessible and adding a much requested opacity slider for good measure.

The new Brush Ninja color picker

Back in the early days of Brush Ninja, we had the ability to tweak the opacity of objects. However, when I moved to vectors, this feature got left behind. Unfortunately technical issues meant I just couldn’t get it to work. But guess what? I’ve found a simpler approach that’s working like a charm.

To set the opacity of a color, click the splat in the color palette and select your desired hue. Move those sliders around, including the Alpha (A) slider, to control the opacity.

Oh, and by the way, I’ve switched from the usual RGB (Red, Green, Blue) color system to the HSL system (Hue, Saturation, Lightness). It’s controlled effortlessly with sliders, taking the guesswork out of color mixing on computers.

Paint Ninja: Drawing App

Big news—the Drawing app is now open to everyone! Previously, it was exclusive to our newsletter readers, but now it’s right there for anyone to explore on the site.

I apologise for the my not very good drawing skills.

Paint Ninja lets you craft your masterpieces in your browser for free. Like Brush Ninja, it comes with straightforward tools that just work without getting in your way.

There’s more to come throughout the year, so stay tuned!

Splatter Balls

A while back, I introduced my physics game, Splatter Balls, on Brush Ninja. Over the Christmas holiday, I developed a level editor. My son, who was two when I first created Brush Ninja for him in 2018, is turning eight soon. He helped me to make some new levels for the game which are now available to play.

Like many boys his age, he’s into video games and creative computer stuff. So, more games are in the pipeline for some father-son fun.

Wishing you a fantastic month, and catch you in February!

Cheers, Ben

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