Rebelle 5 review

Our Rebelle 5 review shows how real life colour mixing can make all the difference in your digital art.

Rebelle 5 review
(Image: © Ian Dean)

Our Verdict

One of the best paint and colour mixing sims for digital art around, but we'd recommend paying extra for the Pro edition


  • Real world colour pigment mixing
  • Superb oils and watercolour sim
  • Affordable and feature rich


  • The Standard edition lacks some new features
  • Can slow down on older hardware

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Rebelle 5 sits comfortably between the feature-laden package offered by Corel Painter 2022 and the more immediate ease of use of ArtRage Vitae. Escape Motion’s painting software shouldn’t be overlooked. But can Rebelle 5 topple those apps and be considered one of the best digital art software?

New to this edition are features designed for pros and hobbyists alike, and all are geared around simulating real paints – it boasts of being the first digital painting software to offer real physical colour mixing based on traditional pigments in a full RGB colour gamut. This means mixing paint pigment achieves lifelike colours that pop and don't need to be artificially tweaked. In use, we're impressed.

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The Verdict

out of 10

Escape Motions Rebelle 5

One of the best paint and colour mixing sims for digital art around, but we'd recommend paying extra for the Pro edition

Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.