ArtRage Android Features

ArtRage for Android™ is packed with natural painting tools and utilities

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ArtRage for Android Features:

Natural Painting Tools

Colors

Canvas / Paper

Stylus Support

Sketching & Drawing Tools

Tracing Images

File Formats, Import & Export

Special Effect Tools

Reference Images

Layers & Blend Modes

Presets & Settings

User Interface

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Natural Painting Tools

Features for painting

Get painting without having to learn complex digital tools. ArtRage provides painting tools that behave like real world tools so you can use familiar techniques as you work.

  • The Oil Brush and Paint Roller place strokes of paint which can be blended with other colors under the brush.

  • The Paint Tube lays down blobs or stripes of thick paint that can be spread out with the Palette Knife.

  • The Watercolor Brush paints delicate, translucent strokes that work with canvas wetness to flow together and create wet color gradations.

  • The Airbrush sprays a fine mist of paint to create subtle tints without affecting the texture of your brush strokes.

Features for dynamics

ArtRage tracks more than just the color of the paint on your canvas. The application understands the thickness of the paint, how wet it is, and how reflective your metallic paint is. This allows the tools to work more like real tools than digital tools.

  • ArtRage knows how much paint is on your canvas so as you smear thick oils to flatten and spread them they thin down until they won’t spread any more. When thick paints meet their colors mix together until they dry out, so you can create natural looking blends. The texture of the bristles shows up in the stroke while you paint, but you can smooth it out with a Palette Knife if you want a flat result.

  • Sometimes you want the unpredictable, chaotic look of a stroke made with a dirty brush. ArtRage remembers what paint you have on your brush head, even if you’ve been mixing on the canvas, so you can turn off automatic cleaning and have your brush head remain dirty until you dip it in the handy Water Glass.

  • The Watercolor Brush monitors the wetness of both the canvas and other paint it comes in to contact with, this lets strokes expand to blend realistically, forming soft, translucent washes or thicker, dried edges where it makes sense so you don’t have to keep changing settings to get a variety of natural behaviors.

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Sketching & Drawing Tools

Features for sketch

Take advantage of the texture of your canvas with freehand sketching and precise drawing tools.

  • The Pencil Tool has adjustable softness so you can do everything from subtle shading that picks up the paper grain, to bold line work. The Pastel tool with its Wax or Chalk option is great for block coloring.

  • The Inking Pen and Felt Pen create solid ink strokes or highlights that interact with color already on the canvas.

  • The Flood Fill tool makes filling in areas of color easy, so when you’ve placed down your inked lines you can fill them in with a single click.

  • The Inking Pen and the Precise Pencil have an Auto-Smoothing option that can smooth out the wobbles caused by an unsteady hand to make every stroke look crisp.

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Special Effect Tools

Special features

Add a touch of the unusual to your artwork, or create complex scenes easily using the special effects tools in ArtRage.

  • The Gloop Pen spreads expanding, wet strokes with a range of properties that let you create different effects like thought bubbles, spreading pools of ink, or fuzzy clouds in a single operation.

  • The Glitter Tube lets you sprinkle sparkly, metallic particles with a variety of settings to adjust the final result.

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Presets & Settings

Presets feature

Want to load your brush with more paint, thin your watercolor, or use a softer pencil? Each Tool has a range of options that can be adjusted to create many different variants.

  • Tool Settings that reflect the natural properties of the tool can be adjusted to create a wide range of different, realistic effects.

  • The product comes with a range of default presets and you can add your own as you discover favorite tool settings.

  • Store your own Tool Settings as you want using the Tool Presets system.

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Colors

Color features

How you pick colors is central to the process of painting and the best way to do it can vary from person to person, or even painting to painting. Do you blend color on the canvas and sample it, do you use an artistic color picker, or do you store samples of your favorites for later use?

  • The Color Picker RGB color picking in its corner-wheel configuration.

  • If you prefer to work with color on the canvas you can place down different blobs of paint with the Paint Tube and blend them with the Palette Knife for sampling as you need them later.

  • Store Color Samples for your favorite colors, and create Custom Color Pickers for when you have a set of colors you want to work with.

  • Add Metallic Tinting to your pigments to add some reflectivity to the pigment. Metallic paint blends smoothly in to non metallic paint.

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Canvas / Paper

Canvas features

The type of surface you paint on can add a lot to the final feel of a piece of art. ArtRage lets you define the properties of your canvas including texture and color to create a huge range of different surfaces.

  • Choose from a range of Canvas Presets, store your own, or just tweak properties on the fly. Personalising your Canvas can turn it from a blank background window in to an integral part of the artwork.

  • Canvas Properties such as texture and roughness exist independent of any paint you have applied. Change the Canvas underneath your artwork at any point and new paint strokes will react to the changes. While you paint, you’ll see your Canvas in the window beneath, it’s not just applied as a post process to the image.

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Tracing Images

Tracing features

If you want to use an existing photo as a guide while painting, you can import one as a Tracing Image and use it to help you work.

  • Import photos as Tracing Images. Images are overlaid on to the canvas and remain visible while you paint.

  • Automatic Color Selection makes ArtRage sample color for you from the Tracing Image as you paint so that you can focus on your brush work. This is great for beginners who are just getting used to painting.

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References

Reference features

Sometimes you want to use a photo as a reference while you paint, or create mixing palettes for temporary painting. Rather than forcing you to open another file, or worse shrink your working window down so you can see another application, you can pin photos directly on to your canvas.

  • Import photos as Reference Images that are pinned to your canvas to be visible while you work.

  • Scale, rotate and position the References, and zoom in to its contents to get the perfect area for reference while you’re painting.

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Layers & Blend Modes

Layers feature

ArtRage supports industry standard Layers, transparent overlays that allow you to paint in to your image without damaging paint that was previously applied. Using Layers, you can paint elements of your image and edit them independently of other elements, allowing you to make changes without disturbing the rest of your work.

  • Add as many Layers as you like to your painting.

  • Layers allow Opacity Adjustment

  • ArtRage supports Photoshop standard Blend Modes that change the way paint interacts with items beneath.

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User Interface

ArtRage iPad User Interface

ArtRage for Android has been designed to take advantage of the unique interaction model of a touch screen device to turn your Android device into a canvas ready for painting. ArtRage for Android is designed to give you the options you need when you need them, and let you pack away anything you don’t.

  • Important controls are kept in collapsible ‘pods’ that stay out of the way and vanish from the screen as you paint close to them, and critical items such as tool selection and brush size control are managed via gestures that let you function without constantly opening and closing panels.

  • While you paint, interface elements such as panels and Reference Images get out of the way as the brush approaches so that you can keep painting underneath panels without having to stop and hide them before continuing.

  • Multitouch gestures give instant access to canvas movement and scale, with a tap to restore them to their default position, and three finger gestures give you control over your brush and hiding of lesser used interface elements in the menu bar.

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Stylus Support

Stylus features

ArtRage includes support for advanced properties of the Wacom and S Pen Styluses.

  • Stylus Pressure and Tilt are supported by the tools where appropriate.

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File Formats, Import & Export

File features

Manage your paintings inside ArtRage and share them with your friends, either from the inbuilt Gallery module, or by sharing with your desktop computer.

  • Store paintings on your Android device in the Gallery, or export them via email, to your other Android apps, or share them with your desktop computer in JPG or PNG format.

  • Share your paintings online via PEN.UP, Twitter, Flickr, deviantArt, Facebook, and Dropbox.

  • ArtRage for Android files are compatible with the desktop versions of ArtRage 2, Studio, and Studio Pro, ArtRage for iPad and ArtRage 4.

  • Files can be up to 2048 x 2048 pixels in size

  • Import images from your Photos for painting. Imported photos can be smeared as if they had been painted in thick oil.