The Foundry has launched MARI 2.0, a new version of its 3D digital paint tool that introduces a new layer system.

The new layer system aims to make MARI is easier to use than ever before, as well as being a familiar working environment for users of the likes of Photoshop.

The Layer View introduces powerful grouping, tagging and filtering options making highly complex stacks easier to navigate and control.

Procedural Layers let artists blend procedural and painted detail with the same toolkit.

Every layer has its own Mask Group. Every mask is effectively a full layer stack in its own right, allowing artists to use blending, groups, adjustments and procedurals in all their masks.

Shared Layers mean artists can cut down on the bookkeeping that goes hand in hand with reusing layers and masks. Now they can simply share the layer within a stack and any changes they make can be automatically updated across the rest.

The software comes with recommendations from a wide range of talented artists from high-profile VFX houses.

“The new layer system in MARI 2.0 enhances the way you can work with masks and adjustment layers and is consistent with what you would find with Photoshop," says Jens Kafitz, senior texture artist at Weta Digital. "There is also good compatibility between the two applications making the back and forth easier. A new projection mask system and new caching features to help manage the data on complex assets are also great additions to the new version of MARI."

MARI 2.0 costs from £1,250 plus VAT per licence.