‘Don’t think for a moment, though, that its relatively low price tag or its simple interface make it a candidate for only the amateur artist – this application has plenty of tricks up its sleeve for the more advanced as well.’
‘Overall, It’s an impressive app for business travelers who are either looking for an innovative way to conduct business presentations or to others who simply want to get their creative juices flowing.’
‘ArtRage is designed for artists and non-artists who like to draw and paint. If you are skilled in a particular discipline, you will find that ArtRage is easy and fun right from the outset. If you consider yourself a doodler, this app just might improve your drawing abilities and you’ll find yourself having hours of fun.’
‘It’s quite impressive that such a powerful tool runs so well and on that aspect alone it can be recommended for more modest artists that want to try something new, without having to sacrifice performance for it. ’
‘…the more I fiddle around with ArtRage 4, the more I realize I have literally zero complaints about the program. If you are in need of a painting program, you need to pick up ArtRage 4. Straight up, no excuses. It’s easily one of the best painting programs on the market.’
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.’
‘ArtRage is not really an art app—underneath the paint brushes and support for layers hides an incredibly sophisticated physics modeling app, whose purpose just happens to be modeling exceptionally realistic painting… ArtRage is the ultimate art app for iPad, whether you wan[t] to doodle or paint your masterpiece.’
‘AmbientDesign has just released Artrage for the iPad, and if you already know the desktop version, then you might have high expectations. I had. And I didn’t get disappointed at all when I was lucky to join the beta test phase just in time to take it with me to the beautiful tuscany.’
‘ArtRage for iPhone by Ambient Design Ltd. is probably the most advanced painting and art app on the iPhone at the moment. The app lets you paint in the most realistic way possible but also lets you utilize digital functions that are not available in real canvases.’
‘ArtRage Studio Pro replicates the look, feel, behavior and overall experience of physical art media and tools more accurately and authentically than any graphics editor I’d used before. All that’s lacking is a nostalgic whiff of linseed oil and you’d hardly think you were painting on a computer screen at all.’
‘ArtRage is probably the most elegantly designed and easy to use paint package around.’
Imagine FX Magazine, Nov '07
‘As well as being extremely useful for creating natural media elements and complete paintings, this is a fun tool and a great buy for any digital artist.’
Computer Arts Magazine, Oct '07
‘Despite the scary name, ArtRage is a sweet little painting program that’ll appeal to both adults and kids. It’s the cheapest product here, costing a tenner at current exchange rates, yet it’s also the most polished.’
Computer Shopper Magazine, Oct '07
‘A masterpiece of design, the main interface is wonderfully intuitive and simple, yet is also extremely funky and stylish. The net result is that you can concentrate on your creativity, rather than wrestle with menus’
PC Answers Magazine, Nov '07
‘If your artistic aspirations veer towards enthusiast rather than pro, then ArtRage 2.5 is for you. Cheap, intuitive and fun, it’s the ideal bridge between traditional pen and paint and working digitally. Perfect for beginners and the young, if you do out grow its limitations you will at least have built a firm foundation from which to move on.’
MacWorld Magazine, Oct '07
‘Much of its interface is geared toward making the act of creating artwork both easy and accessible’
Macformat Magazine, Oct '07
‘One such program that deserves special mention is Ambient Design’s ArtRage. I’d tell you what makes it special now, but you wouldn’t read the rest of the article – you’d be charging off to Ambient’s website to buy a copy.’
‘ArtRage is an amazing tool to start learning about digital art. It’s about as close as you’re going to get to using paint and brush on a computer and has enough feature-depth to keep even skilled PC or Mac artists amused.’
‘As a natural paint program, ArtRage is fantastic. The markers look and act like markers, the paint looks and acts like paint (you even have to reload your brush), the chalk looks and acts like chalk, etc. When you paint a color over another color, the paints blend together and the brush continues with that new blend.’
‘This program, I mean this experience, is joyful painting. It’s something that I think every school should be using in their introductory graphics classes. The way you create here you feel like you are no longer in front of a computer monitor.’
‘ArtRage is a painting program with attitude. It allows users to achieve realistic paint effects on your computer with fun and flair. It is an easy to use program that will suit anyone from child through to experienced artist.’
Ambient Design is a New Zealand based software development company specializing in creative tools for artists.
Our work across desktop and mobile platforms focuses on creating natural tools with intuitive interfaces. These let artists from both traditional and digital backgrounds paint without having to learn digital tricks to get realistic results.