For 59 Dollars at the moment you get a complete toolkit for painting. For this money you could not even buy the basic colors and pens you need for real painting, not to mention brushes and canvas. This program is the one that simulates real painting the best of all programs I know. After a few minutes trying around you are already able to start painting almost like in real life. The metallic paint function is great.
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How to Paint in ArtRage: Select a tool on the left, select a color on the right, then click and drag in the central canvas area to paint. Each has a light and dark option. Classic Mode Classic ArtRage mode has a Tool Picker on the left, a Color Picker on the right, and Pods that you click to access panels with settings and other utilities. Click a Pod to expand it to a panel. When you close the panel, the pod reappears. When you click on a button the panel appears and remains visible until you click off it.
You can also attach panels to the edges of the screen if you want to keep them open. Tear Off: Click the Tear Off icon on the titlebar of a pop up panel to tear it off the menu bar and make it float. Docking: Drag a panel to the left or right edge of the screen and a Dock Indicator appears, drag your cursor over the indicator and let go to dock the panel to that side.
If there is already a docked panel on that side, just drag your new panel in to the Docking Tray and drop it to dock there. You can dock panels on the left and right sides. Docked panels can be collapsed in the tray using the arrow icon in their titlebar. Expanding and Collapsing: Docked panels can be expanded and collapsed using the arrow indicator in their titlebar.
Turn this feature on to invert the standard bright interface and make it darker. Classic Mode has a Tool Picker curve on the left hand side of the screen. The current tool is highlighted, click a tool to make it active. Docking Mode has a Tool Picker button that pops up a Picker when clicked. This button shows an icon of the current tool and can be found next to the Tool Size and Settings buttons.
In Classic Mode click and drag on the tool size indicator in the corner of the Tool Picker. In Docking mode, click and drag on the size value next to the Tool Picker icon in the menu bar. Tool Settings Each tool h as a number of settings that can be changed to customise its behaviour. The Tool Settings Panel contains controls for all of these settings.
At the top of the Settings panel is an area that displays the currently loaded Preset. Click this area to select a new Preset. For example, a dry oil brush and a heavily loaded oil brush are the same Tool but each has unique Settings, a Preset is used to represent this. When you select a preset its settings are applied to the current Tool and you can start painting with it.
When you do this the settings of the current tool are stored with a Name and Icon for easy recall later. You have the option to store Tool Size and Paint Color with the Preset if they are important to recreating the specific tool type you are storing. The Tools Oil Brush: A bristle tipped brush that applies oil paints that can be blended together and smeared on the canvas. Learn more! Watercolour Brush: A fine tipped brush that applies watercolour that blends and spreads in to other wet areas of the canvas.
Palette Knife: A knife for blending paint on the canvas in various different ways. Airbrush: A sprays that creates a fine mist of paint on the canvas. Ink Pen: A hard tipped pen that creates smooth solid ink lines on the canvas.
Pencil: A sketching pencil with adjustable tip hardness for shading or line work. Paint Roller: A broad headed roller that creates solid trails of paint on the canvas. Felt Pen: A felt tip highlighter pen that applies translucent inks to the canvas.
Gloop Pen: A special effect pen that creates expanding blobs of paint on the canvas. Custom Brush: A special effect brush with a highly customisable brush head for creating user defined brush stroke styles. Sticker Spray: A tool for spraying stickers from a Sticker Sheet on to the canvas.
Pastel: A wax or chalk pastel that applies strokes of dry media to the canvas. Cloner: A brush like tool for copying areas of the canvas using paint strokes. Eraser: A hard or soft eraser for removing paint from the canvas. Paint Tube: A tube of oil paint that can create thick blobs on the canvas for blending. Glitter Tube: A tube of glitter sprinkles for adding texture to the canvas. Selection Tool: A utility for selecting areas of the canvas for copying, painting in, or manipulating.
Color Sampler: A utility for setting the current color by selecting paint from the canvas. Fill Tool: A utility for filling outlined areas of the canvas with solid color.
It also offers Pattern Fill and Gradient Fill modes. Learn more about Solid Fill! Text Tool: A utility for adding post-editable text Layers to the canvas. Click this and you will be able to select an item to transform. See later for more information. Classic and Docking Modes have their own Color Pickers. Then select how bright and how vibrant it is using the thicker, Inner Ring. The Color Sample in the corner indicates the current color.
Then select how bright and how vibrant it is using the larger, Square Picker. The Color Sample beneath the Hue Slider indicates the current color. Real Color Blending Normal digital color blending produces results that can be unexpected if you are used to real paint. ArtRage has a second color blending option that can be found in the Color Menu under the Tools menu.
Turn on Real Color Blending to more closely mimic real world paint blending. Color Samples You can store Color Samples for later use. Open the Samples panel to see a list of available samples. In Docking Mode use the Samples button next to the current color sample.
The Menu Button in this panel allows you to add samples or load them from the Samples Collection. Sampling Color You can sample a color from the canvas to make it current for painting using the Color Sampler tool.
When you are done painting always Save your work, it will not be automatically saved you will be prompted to save before ArtRage closes. Export is used to create a normal image copy of your painting that another piece of software can understand. When you Import an image file a new canvas is created to store it. If you have made changes and you want to save those changes to a normal image, Export a copy of the painting, but be sure to save the new Painting as well so that you can keep working it later without losing any information.
ArtRage Painting Files. Due to this, Painting Files cannot be opened directly in other image software. Important: Make sure to always save your work as a Painting File using Save or Save As, never store the only copy of your work by Exporting it.
Multiple Documents You can have more than one painting open at a time. The Documents Panel which is accessed from the Menu Bar allows you to display or close the documents you have loaded. ArtRage 5 lets you open multiple paintings at once and switch between them easily as you work The Documents Button on the Menu bar indicates how many documents you have loaded and displays the name of the current document. When you install a Package File the resources it contains are added to your copy of ArtRage and can be located in the panel for the type of resources that were installed.
You can install a Package File either using the File Menu or by double clicking on the file itself. ArtRage Script Files contain recordings of paintings made by other people. When you play a script file the painting is recreated stroke by stroke on a new canvas.
You can play a script file either by selecting the option in the File Menu or by double clicking on the file itself. Layers Layers are like sheets of transparent plastic that you can paint on. They stack on top of each other and you can paint on any of them at any time. This allows you to paint without damaging existing paint on layers underneath. The Layers Panel The Layers Panel shows all of the Layers in the current painting stacked on top of each other to show their order on the canvas.
The Layer at the top of the panel list is the Layer visible on the top of the Canvas. Click a Layer to select it for painting, it will light up to show that it is selected. Click and drag on a layer to move it around in the Layers Panel, this allows you to reorder Layers. Each Layer has a number of indicators that display information about the Layer.
Add a Layer Group using the Add Group button on the Layers Panel then drag Layers in to the Group entry that appears in order to move it in to that group. Layers that are inside a group are indented slightly. The folder icon to the left of the Layer Preview indicates how deeply the Layer is nested inside groups. Adding and Removing Layers The buttons at the bottom of the Layers panel allow you to add Layers, add Groups, or delete the active Layer.
These icons will only be visible when your cursor is over the layer or if the property they refer to has been adjusted from its default state. The Canvas The Canvas Positioner is used to navigate around the canvas. Its button can be found at the right hand side of the Menu Bar. Rotating: Drag the outer ring to rotate the canvas. You can also click on the arrows in the external border of the Positioner to set rotation to exact amounts. Moving: Click and drag on the Move Icon in the Positioner to move the canvas.
ArtRage 5 Quick Start Guide
Drag argrage panel to the left or right edge of the screen and a Dock Indicator appears, drag your cursor over the indicator and mwnual go to dock the panel to that side. Classic and Docking Modes have their own Color Pickers. ArtRage 5 was announced for January  and finally released in February It can be bought directly from the company website, or through Steam, but is not sold on any other websites. Digital Art Software Ambient Design is a New Zealand based software development company specializing in creative tools for artists. At the top of zrtrage Canvas Settings Panel is a Canvas Presets option that allows you to select a predefined set of Canvas Settings or add your own.
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How to Paint in ArtRage: Select a tool on the left, select a color on the right, then click and drag in the central canvas area to paint. Each has a light and dark option. Classic Mode Classic ArtRage mode has a Tool Picker on the left, a Color Picker on the right, and Pods that you click to access panels with settings and other utilities. Click a Pod to expand it to a panel. When you close the panel, the pod reappears. When you click on a button the panel appears and remains visible until you click off it. You can also attach panels to the edges of the screen if you want to keep them open.