Review: Paint & Stick

'Stick' your paint on 3D renders with ease with this must-have paint tool for After Effects.

Our Verdict

An ingenious bridge between the worlds of 3D and 2D, Paint & Stick is a must-have paint tool for After Effects users.

For

  • Painting/animation toolset right within Adobe After Effects
  • Includes erase functions and onion skinning
  • Enables the capture of brushes in the AE project window
  • Paint 2D elements on to 3D renders
  • Automated ‘Sticky Pass’ plug-ins for C4D and Maya

Against

  • Premade brushes currently limited to 500x500-pixel PNGs

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After four years in development, Paint & Stick has arrived, and mighty impressive it is too. Effectively two plug-ins in one, it enables the creation of hand-drawn animation within After Effects, plus the 'gluing' of 2D elements on to 3D renders.

It features the usual array of painting tools, with the import of Photoshop brushes and creation of custom brushes within After Effects, onion-skinning, plus erase and matte brushes (for erasing strokes or the layer itself).

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Paint & Stick

An ingenious bridge between the worlds of 3D and 2D, Paint & Stick is a must-have paint tool for After Effects users.

Steve has been interested in CG for many years. He’s a regular contributor to 3D World and edited the magazine for two years, and has worked for other magazines including Edge, T3, Official UK PlayStation magazine, Laptop magazine and Windows Visa: The Official Magazine. For Creative Bloq, he mainly contributes tutorials and reviews creative kit.