Escape Motions Rebelle sale (PC /Mac)

Surprised nobody mentioned this yet, but there’s an absolute steal of a deal going on for Escape Motions art software:

Everything is $10, including their premiere app, Rebelle 5 Pro. The 5th iteration is a milestone for the natural pigment mixing and NanoPixel canvas features, which are unique among painting apps.

Aaron Rutten gives a good overview of these:

Honestly, one of the best deals I’ve ever seen for perpetual license art apps, especially in the recent wave of subscription conversions.


Wow, that’s such a steal, thank you for mentioning it! My Rebelle 3 was bought in a Humble Bundle for 15$, but the only thing I actually use in the Bundle was Rebelle.

The downside though, is my low power portable Windows tablet was utterly defeated by Rebelle 3. Let’s see if Rebelle 5 fare any better (of course the best course of action is using my beefy laptop but I would like to temp fate )

Internal server error right after purchasing. Was there too many people flocking in to take advantage of the deal?:rofl:

Edit: Rebelle 5 was actually a lot better optimized and my Dual core Celeron Tablet was able to run and paint on it without much lag (as long as I don’t go overboard on brush size). The tablet get hot while running Rebelle which is expected, but it’s fully usable for drawing.

Also, be sure to get the Pro version as it had all of the new features that matter ( cmyk mixing and pixel sense)

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There actually another HumbleBundle deal going on for Painter 2022 (not the latest 2023):

Though it’s ‘expensive’ when compared to this sale, at ~$30 haha.

In reality both great deals, but I think I’m going with Rebelle for my natural media painting this year. Though Painter still has slightly more realistic brush behaviour (but heavier on resources).


I bought a humble bundle from them in 2021 and got a bunch of other photographs and photo edditing software from them.

Main purpose was getting paint shop as a photoshop alternative and try out Painter. Didn’t extensively use them because I was lazy to learn new interface and painter was much more heavy on the pc and interface was clunky.

Rebelle feel much easier to use imo.

Ok, so thankfully @dellaster didn’t respond, so wallet has been saved lol :laughing:. But I have a new deal for everyone, this time much more affordable:

Rebelle 7 pre-order for only $20 ($30 for Pro).

This is has an advantage over last year’s $10 for Rebelle 5, as that was outgoing software, while this is upcoming software.

The only catch is, it looks like they are increasing update frequency (to yearly?). So measure your short and long-term needs accordingly.

Coming from 5:

  • 6 introduced liquify / warp / masking / guides / blur and sharpen filters / fractal resizing - Pro

  • 7 looks to be introducing better canvas simulation / painting over rulers and vector paths / gradient and pattern fills / non-destructive colour correction layers / metallic materials - Pro

Combined, I think these make a pretty solid upgrade for those who picked up the previous deal.

Edit: updated feature list with links and label Pro-exclusive feature in each version.

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How does this compare to Artrage? (which is also 50% off, for $40 rather than 80):

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Hmm, I’ve not used the latest Vitae version of ArtRage, but from my recollection of the older versions:

  • ArtRage is much lighter weight, but the simulation of the thick paints and watercolour is not as accurate and feels slightly artificial. Good for quick sketching with minimal battery usage on older PCs.

  • Rebelle is heavier than AR, but still lighter on the CPU than say Painter, and provides natural color mixing and fractal resizing and exports which Painter lacks. So I’d say this is what I’d use for general purpose painting.

  • Now this could be old bones talking, but Painter still seems somehow the most ‘natural’ in terms of feel of how the paint is laid down. Especially with say, the fine response of the Sargeant brushes, it just seems to get me more into the ‘fine art’ mood.

Sorry for the totally emo/subjective descriptions, but it’s best I can do to convey my feeling using these art apps. :sweat_smile:

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Moved this over to the Rebelle thread to centralize information and comparison of features for art software.