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Free Art Tool Released Thanks to Epic Friday

At Epic, we have a fun monthly tradition known as Epic Friday, which gives employees a break from ongoing tasks and provides a platform for us to work on pet projects. One day each month, we’re encouraged to be creative and productive solely within the context of “making cool stuff” that benefits our games and technology development process.

Epic Games Senior Environment Artist Warren Marshall recently set out to refine his manual drawing skills. While Warren is both highly technical and artistic, he felt the need to revisit the basics and learn more about perspective.

“Gotta grind those fundamentals,” he said. Voicing how making perspective grids by hand can be frustrating, he continued, “The programmer in me wanted to do something cooler. Enter Epic Friday!”

Warren describes the app he developed, Carapace, as “a simple program that lets you place vanishing points around an image placeholder to flesh out the shell of your drawing. Shell, carapace… Get it?”

Carapace enables users to place up to nine vanishing points or as few as one. One-, two and three-point perspective grids are possible along with some extras to accommodate any weird angles in a scene.

Here’s a video of Warren setting up a simple three-point grid:


• Once the grid is in place, click CTRL+C and to place the grid on the clipboard.
• Paste it into Photoshop and use it as a guide!

“Carapace can also determine the perspective of existing images,” said Warren. “Say you have a piece of concept art that you want to paint over or add something to it. If you can’t work out the perspective, you can use this program to load the image and lay down trace lines. With two trace lines on the screen, hitting a hot key will place a vanishing point at the intersection spot. This saves you trying to figure out where to place the vanishing points by clicking and dragging and guessing.”

See it in action again here:


Today, we’re very pleased to share Warren’s clever app with the community.

Download Carapace here for free!

* Requires .NET 4.0        

Have questions or feedback? Check out this thread on the Epic Games Forum.

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    • http://dark-acre.com/ Jack Nilssen

      This is awesome, thank you very much!

    • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.hernandez.9655 Eddie Hernandez

      omg Warren Marshall Thanks!!! this is great!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=776840071 Ibrahim Yasir Khalil

      Thanks Warren !!! your Thanks Warren !!! your are an awesome person :D !are an awesome person :D !

    • http://twitter.com/shawncolloton Shawn Colloton

      What a great concept. My days of fighting the perspective grid are over.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cavandermeulen Chris Vander Meulen

      Amazing! Thanks!

    • CWS

      Wow, very useful! Thanks!! A Mac version of this awesome tool would be great…

    • Joris Dijkhuis

      Great app! Here’s hoping Warren’s gonna develop it for Mac too (A)

    • Isja Katzmann

      this is a pretty nice tool, thank you very much :)

    • Kuros

      Mac version please!!!

      • t

        Shouldn’t have gotten a mac, then.

        • Eddy Least

          Parallels desktop ;)

        • disqus_FgVW6iVGEU

          are you actually using a pc…..lol sorry cant take you seriously

      • Sergey

        I did something like this tool for Photoshop, it works both on Mac and on Windows, feel free to try:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mtrrbz-1Co

    • Ravah

      This is a very helpful tool man, God bless you :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/joel.massgard.1 Joel Mässgård

      Sweet stuff! Thanks Warren!

    • Michael Zock

      Nice! Hope Adobe and the like will license it to include it as a plugin in future versions.

    • Michael Link

      This is going to help my work immensely. I work in comics as well as 3D models. Thanks so much, Warren! =)

    • blented

      Once you find the F1 key for help this is fantastic :)

    • http://twitter.com/vulgrin Dave

      Man, why isn’t this in Photoshop already?

    • Mehmet Ozen

      Mac version oks :)

    • 15

      Nice tool guys! This will help me a LOT since i always end up screwing the perspective xP

    • Ambiguity

      Can’t get it to work in XP, I have .NET 4.0 installed too :

      • Chella

        I have the same problem. Sigh.

    • http://twitter.com/Mynta Mynta Duhamel

      Thank you very much for creating this resource and then for releasing it for publis use. I’m sure it will save this artist in particular many hours of productivity. :)

    • Wilko

      This Tool should def be ported to Mac. Extremely practical App! Thx a bunch Warren.

    • kaz

      would love this! on my mac :(

    • GOW

      jezz!what a great software! THX a lot EPIC!

    • blue_monkey

      yes, mac version pleaseeeeee!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/jinchoung jin choung

      fantastic tool! it seems like it wouldn’t be a far stretch from this to being able to create mesh planes to facilitate photogrammetric reconstruction. y’know… if you run out of things to do for another epic friday… :) but thanks much!

    • Alec Chalmers

      Yea a mac version would be great!

    • http://twitter.com/e13Kiki Kiki

      Wonderful idea, thank you very much! A Mac version would be mucho appreciated … ;-)

    • JP

      This would be perfect if it worked on my mac.

    • http://twitter.com/sulamoon Ursula Dorada

      Lots of love! Thank you very much for this :)

      Couple of friends asking, does it work on a MAC? Is it possible to do a browser version so it becomes plataform-free?

    • ActionRPG

      Love it Wish it was on Mac, Its so nice when Gamers share the love.

    • jw

      wow, thank you so much for sharing this! love it!!!

    • Andrew

      No Mac version please.

    • angelize

      In the first video you are moving vanishing points 1 and 2 together how is this done? Is it possible to lock any two vanishing points together like that?

      • Rahll

        He’s actually hitting the H key, which aligns the perspective points horizontally to the cursor’s location.

        • angelize

          Thanks. :)

    • Arun

      Can I import an image into your app and then match my Perspective lines accordingly ??? Mac version would be a great help Warren . Thanks a lot for sharing… it is some thing that i wanted for a long time. :)

      • Arun

        Never mind I did check the PC version and it has the image option (Trace) to it. THanks Warren..

    • Kiwi

      Please for Mac! I would pay for it ;)

    • Ki

      Thank you very much!

    • Mazlow

      Its unanimous – MAC needs some epic love. Thanks Warren.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nikos.koutsis Nikos Koutsis

      Hi there, I’m a cartoonist, doing comics and this is an extremely helpful tool. BUT. I’m working on a Mac!! No PC. P.L.E.A.S.E. could you make a Mac version???

      Thanks in advance!!

    • Pete

      Would really appreciate a mac version, Good job anyways.

    • http://twitter.com/STRALLENT STRALLENT.COM™

      MAC!

    • luis

      mac version please!

    • Fuelledbytea

      Thank you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/marrivera Mar Rivera

      Awesomeness! Mac version pretty please?

    • joverine

      yes Mac version! plz :)
      ps this is Awesome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/swiftshadow0 Isaac Rivera

      Thx a lot :D

    • RemiStrand

      Great Idea! No more need for custom perspective brushes!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ally.albon.9 Ally Albon

      Exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks so much.

    • Brun Croes

      Would love to use this on Mac! Looks like a great app.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deeseabrook D’Andrea Seabrook

      amazing

    • Memz

      Superb! Thanks so much for this!

    • karen mandracchia

      please please a mac version

    • Ldarro

      Thank you!!!

    • Ryan James

      Warren this app looks absolutely amazing! Plleeease make a mac version!

    • natalie

      i would love a mac version!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/andreyulianto.saputra Andre Yulianto Saputra

      xp version please

    • http://www.facebook.com/andreyulianto.saputra Andre Yulianto Saputra

      in windows xp won’t work

    • abhirut meherishi

      its not working now when i download it the rar gives me an icon less exe wch dosnt open. the app size showing is 80kb.

    • Whitney

      MAAAAAC

    • Eric

      Great tool, Warren. Remember, don’t fold and release steve’s mac port to the masses. He’s counting on you and so am I. Let those mac fags suffer with their inferior drawing skills.

    • Marshal Uhls

      Mac version indeed

    • DPS

      This is a pretty handy tool – thanks for sharing. A cool feature would be the ability to insert ‘helper’ points, for CP and others that you may want to reuse. Also having a giant cross centred on the principle point for setting out purposes would be great.

    • HumanBeeing

      For Mac, just run it in a Windows emulator.

    • Bruno Cerkvenik

      Mac please!!

    • Dion Harris

      Thanks for this!

    • CesarAugusto

      Thanks!

    • bruno

      mac pleaaase!

    • kitana

      It always crashes when I try to install it. I have this verison of framework.

    • kitana

      Any help or idea why it crashed and I even can’t install it. I really need it. Thanks.

      • kitana

        Well I find the problem – IT DOESN’T WORK ON WINDOWS XP. All of my friends try to install it and it doesn’t. So just to know. NOT FOR XP.

    • Noldy

      THANK YOU!!!!

    • kaykay mudgle

      thanks a ton for this awesome app

    • Luhan Dias

      This is great!! Warren Marshall Thanks!!!

    • K

      Macccccccc! please…

    • jon

      would it be possbile to have a mac version? Thanks! Very useful for matte painting.

    • http://roksiel.deviantart.com/ Roksiel

      This is one of the most useful things I’ve ever ran into when it comes to digital painting. Thank you! ^^

    • bravo

      I tried to drag and drop image in it (like you did in your second video, ) its not working, If you did it so far , plz at-least do some Installation and user guides