ArtRage 4 gives you intuitive and comprehensive control over your drawing tools, allowing your creativity to take the lead.
Outstanding tool customization interface: Two wheels at the bottom of your screen allow you to control everything, from the type of tool that you're using to the color and size of that tool. There are no menus or radial buttons to sort through, so you're quickly drawing with your preferred instrument.
Great element interaction: The program does an excellent job of making the different tools interact together. For instance, when you apply a paint roller over the top of a watercolor, the watercolor continues to bleed through, until you paint over it in multiple coats.
Extra features: A number of great extra features are also included, such as the Trace option. This lets you put an image behind your canvas that you can trace as you desire.
Some features need explaining: There are a few options and buttons within the program that could be explained more clearly.
If you're the creative type and like to draw using the computer, ArtRage 4 is an exceptional tool. The level of control you find is unmatched by many other programs and is easy to implement.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of ArtRage 4.
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 traditional and digital 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.