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.
ArtRage gives you a range of 12 artistic tools such as oil paints, pencils, and felt pens that look and feel like their real world counterparts so you can get right down to painting without having to learn how they work. You can create your own artwork from scratch, import photos as tracing images to guide your art, and even pin images to your canvas for reference as you paint.
The Full Edition lets you add Stencils and Rulers to your canvas that make masking and precise line construction as easy as it is on a real canvas. The ArtRage 2.5 Starter Edition is free and lets you create, save, and print your artwork with many of the tools in the Full Edition.
The Full Edition is $20US and contains four additional tools along with support for Layers, Stencils, and metallic paint among other features. ArtRage also comes in two other versions: ArtRage Studio and ArtRage Studio Pro with prices and feature sets appropriate for different types of user. For more information visit the ArtRage homepage.
What's new in this version:
- Multitouch Support Implemented: ArtRage 2.6 now supports the same Multitouch functionality as ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro. Multitouch gestures can be used for moving, scaling and rotating the canvas, references and stencils. This system supports Win7 Multitouch and Wacom touch systems.
- Extended Language Support: ArtRage 2.6 now supports a wider range of languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Russian, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese, an... See all new features »