If it's time to take your sketchbook digital, check out this freehand-drawing app. ArtRage doesn't use preset shapes; instead, you can adjust the opacity, the width, and the color of each drawing tool. BMP, JPEG, or PNG files can be imported as ghosted images, allowing you to trace shapes and fill them in.
You can hide all the palettes with a right click to get more drawing area, then unhide them to switch brushes or colors. We didn't have a drawing tablet, but the speed of our mouse strokes seemed to affect how thickly the tool applied the medium. ArtRage allows you to send your masterpieces via e-mail or export them to the same BMP, JPEG, or PNG formats.
The interface isn't perfect, as the lack of tool tips made selecting a tool more a matter of guesswork than a choice. But despite this minor flaw, ArtRage provides an enjoyable drawing experience.
Ever wanted to try oil painting but not had the equipment and been worried about the mess? Or perhaps you're an artist with a computer but no desire to learn complex new tools in a digital environment or a digital artist wanting a touch of real media? By providing a set of painting and drawing tools that simulate familiar, real world tools ArtRage lets you try out a wide range of different artistic styles in a single, easy to use application.
ArtRage provides 20 painting tools that come with a wide range of settings and presets allowing you to create many more unique variants. The Oil Paint tool lets you smear and blend paint on the canvas, tracking the volume of paint and how wet it is so that strokes interact realistically with existing media. The Watercolor tool creates delicate blends and wet merged strokes as you paint. The Paint Tube and Palette Knife let you work with bold, thick pigment and heavy texture, and a variety of other painting and sketching tools complete the artistic toolkit. It's like working on a real canvas, there's no need to understand digital processes to get a realistic result.
Along with the natural painting tools ArtRage provides a range of utilities that make it easier to create artwork, including Rulers and Stencils, Tracing and Reference Images, Paint Symmetry, and many other systems that add a touch of digital convenience to the creative process without getting in the way.
What's new in this version:
- Contains all the features of ArtRage 3 Studio Pro.
- Paint Symmetry: Use configurable axes of symmetry to create automatically mirrored strokes across the canvas as you work.
- Scraps and Views: Create scraps of canvas to do test strokes on or use as a mixing palette without damaging your main canvas. Views act as alternative windows in to the canvas, allowing you to view it at multiple locations and zoom levels at once.
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