ArtRage 4.5 for Windows & Mac OS X
FREE Update for ArtRage 4 Owners
New in ArtRage 4.5:
4.5 comes in 32 and 64 bit flavors for Windows and Mac OS X. Both versions are available from a single license so you don’t need to worry about getting the wrong one.
64 bit processor support makes ArtRage 4.5 faster than earlier versions when you’re painting on standard canvases. The extra speed lets it manage larger projects too.
64 bit lets ArtRage take advantage of more memory on your system so you can paint on larger canvases if you’re aiming for print resolution.
Grid overlays provide structural guides laid out on the canvas and reference images for when you want a guide to proportions or to be a bit more precise with your layout.
Live Pencil Tilt
The Pencil now supports tilt while you draw with compatible styluses. Switch between precise tip sketching and broad edge shading without needing to change tool settings.
We’ve added manual reordering of swatches and toolbox items, a resizeable swatch drawer on the Pinboard, touch pad gestures on OS X, a font picker, and more!
ArtRage 4.5. Reviews
We asked our beta testers from some reviews on the update when we released 4.5, and this is what they had to say:
‘For me 64 bit has given me the freedom to paint on huge canvases without worrying about the software struggling to keep up. It has made quite a difference to performance. The other major bonus is doing alla prima paintings on the ipad with script record on, then playing the script back at huge sizes on AR 64 bit.
My other favourite new thing is the resource objects drag. It’s a small thing but organising and reorganising colours and tools is an important part of preparing traditional paintings, now we can do it in ArtRage!’
‘I can definitely say that I’ve felt the benefit of improved speed.
I have found the ability to drag items around in the toolbox to reorganise at will very useful. I’ve found it particularly handy for tinkering with sets of colour samples, when you need to add a new colour and want it to fit in.’
‘I have 64-bit on my Dell, and the upgrade has certainly made a big difference there as well.
I am finding the grid really useful. As a lover of Art Nouveau style borders, I can see where to work within the grid, then use the symmetry tool to create one in a flash, which I am having such fun doing. ‘Snap to’ on the grid with Ink Pen Smoothing is also useful to get those sleek controlled sweeps. The grid is also wonderful for accurate placement of items on my artwork.
I am absolutely delighted with the improved Font Selection process. Before this upgrade it was so clunky and difficult to trawl through the list and then actually get your text up and running. Now it is easily accessible, and adjustable to the size you want.’
’64-bit support is one of my favorite aspects of the 4.5 upgrade. The speed improvements are significant and have eased the strain of my work flow with ArtRage, which remains central to my pipelines of illustration, concept art and production of 2D assets for motion graphics and visual FX. If you are working with large files, many layers and /or large brush sizes, then in my estimation you will benefit greatly from this upgrade.
I use the grid system all the time now. As part of my work flow, I often take the time to stop and make custom brushes using the sticker spray system. Having a grid for column and row layout has made this process a snap. I find much less need to create stickers outside of the ArtRage work environment.
The pencil tool has gotten a new soul breathed into it. With the new life pencil tilt function, I find the pencil to be one of the most natural and responsive tools in the kit. You may want to go into your global pen settings (in my case Wacom settings in the control panel) and dial in the tilt sensitivity to taste. I just tap that ‘enter’ key and go into workbench mode and sketch and doodle my heart out. It really takes me to the ‘zone’ where the magic happens.
The resource object drag and drop is a feature I’ve wanted for a while now. I use it frequently as I create custom toolboxes on the fly. Being able to add a preset for a particular tool and place it in proximity to other presets for the same tool ie: pencils with pencils, watercolors with watercolors, keeps my speed of access at the top. A seemingly simple feature smooths work flow very nicely.
The last bit I want to talk about is the new font picker! So much YES! Being able to see the appearance of a font in context while selecting is perhaps something obvious, but when it has been absent, having it added to the interface is cause for celebration! While ArtRage 4.5 will not likely become my new favorite typography tool, it is so nice to have this in my favorite art creation tool!’
‘To me, a teacher, instructor, the “grid” is a very powerful resource in many ways:
It allows students to have baselines to establish comparative dimensions. It allows them to center or decenter texts using AR as a tool for teaching materials. The “Grid” is not static. Is manageable for each of us, we can change it even in color.
Para mí, que soy docente, instructor, la “Grilla” (Grid) es un recurso muy potente en muchos sentidos:
Permite a los estudiantes contar con líneas de referencia para establecer dimensiones comparativas. Permite centrar, o descentrar textos al utilizar AR como herramienta de material didáctico. La “Grilla” (Grid), no es estática. Es manejable por cada uno de nosotros, podemos modificarla incluso en el color.’
Windows: Vista, Win 7 or 8 (Desktop mode required for Windows 8). 32 or 64 bit.
Mac OS X: 10.6 or later, Intel Mac required. 32 or 64 bit.
Note for Windows XP Users: ArtRage 4.5 does not support Windows XP. All ArtRage 4 owners will still be available to download the last version that supports Windows XP (ArtRage 4.0.6) from our Member area.
Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian. Manual in English only.