ArtRage for iPad 2.0 Released!

ArtRage for iPad 2.0 is now available!

ArtRage for iPad 2.0. Painting by Edward Ofosu
Painting by Edward Ofosu

ArtRage for iPad 2.0 is a major update for our iPad app, released Monday 5th October and now available to download from iTunes. In this update, our app has been completely rebuilt and redesigned to improve performance and workflow, is fully compatible with iOS9 and adds a variety of new features including individual layer export, transform locks, better stylus support, improved color picking, group creation in the gallery, and more!

The latest version still includes all the original real media tools and digital painting features, so you’ll still be able to use all the same options after updating.


The new update will be free to existing owners, and the price of the app will remain at US$4.99 from iTunes.


This update will require iOS 8 or later. if you’re still running an earlier iOS, then you will not be able to update to the latest version, but you can continue using the current version (ArtRage for iPad 1.6). If you are running iOS 8+ then you should be automatically updated to the latest version of the ArtRage for iPad.

Stylus Support

Pogo Connect 2
Pogo Connect 2

We have added improved performance and additional support for styluses and stylus features. Supported styluses include Adobe Ink, Adonit Jot Touch, Pogo Connect and the Wacom Intuos and Bamboo range.

The Pogo and Wacom styluses also include customisable button shortcuts to toggle the toolbar, undo, redo, or do nothing, as well as allowing you to turn touch rejection (stylus only mode) on or off.

Palm Rejection

ArtRage for iPad 2.0 supports palm rejection with both finger and stylus, and this can be toggled on and off in Preferences.

Adobe Ink and Slide Creative Cloud Connected iPad Stylus
Adobe Ink and Slide Creative Cloud Connected iPad Stylus

Adobe Creative Cloud Support

We’re also excited to announce that ArtRage has worked with Adobe to include full support for the Creative Cloud, and have been featured at the AdobeMAX keynote announcement.

Easy Stylus Connection

It’s easy to set up your styluses in ArtRage 2.0. Just open the menu, select your stylus and customise it directly inside the app’s Preferences.

Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2

Crashes with the Wacom Stylus in iOS9

ArtRage for iPad 2.0 includes full support for the Wacom stylus in iOS9 and will solve any problems you may have been having with version 1.6 and a Wacom stylus.

Learn more about supported styluses

New Tools & Features

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The expanded Tools menu for ArtRage for iPad
ArtRage for iPad Glitter Tube
Glitter Tube
ArtRage for iPad Gloop Pen
Gloop Pen

New Art Tools

We have added in two additional painting tools from the desktop program ArtRage 4: the Glitter Tube (scatter/texturing tool), and the Gloop Pen (gel pen/watercolour style effects tool).

Learn more about the tools in ArtRage for iPad Tools.

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Color Picking

ArtRage for iPad 2.0 will have a full range of colour picker types (HL/S, HS/L, LS/H, RG/B, RB/G, and BG/R), as well as a Precise Color Picker to let you pick exactly the color you want. The color sampler will pop up a sample preview lens of the selected color, to make it easier to pick a hue from your painting, and we’ve added a shortcut that adds new colors to the Color Samples.

Learn more about the color options in ArtRage for iPad Colors.

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The Watercolours will mix with other wet media
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The Palette Knife can smear, blend and spread paint on the canvas
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The Oil Brush and Paint Tube lay down thick, mixable paint


We’ve added a variety of advanced layer related features, including transparency lock, transparent PNG support for imported and exported files, the ability to import and export individual layers, Bump blend modes (paint texture effects), and the ability to copy and paste from the iOS clipboard.

Learn more about the layers in ArtRage for iPad Layers.


Transform is a now much faster, letting you easily resize and reposition individual layers. We’ve also added quick shortcut buttons to let you flip your image easily, and a range of Transform Locks to help you navigate the canvas and rearrange the active transform in exactly the way you need to.

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Improved Layers options give you more creative flexibility!
A speedy Transform feature and the ability to import images to layers or copy from the clipboard makes it easy to create composite images! (Art by Helene Goldberg)
A speedy Transform feature and the ability to import images to layers or copy from the clipboard makes it easy to create composite images! (Art by Helene Goldberg)

UI and System Improvements


The update includes vastly improved performance, so your app should be faster and more stable. While performance will vary by device, we have seen marked improvements in memory intensive features like Watercolors and Transform.

Improved User Interface

The entire interface has been completely redesigned for better usability. Amongst other changes, the Presets menu can now be accessed through the Settings or the actual tool, Tracing and References have been combined into a single menu, and we’ve added a shortcut to add color samples under the color picker.

Landscape painting in ArtRage for iPad 2.0 by Sav Scatola
Landscape painting in ArtRage for iPad 2.0 by Sav Scatola

Speed and Stability

The app now performs significantly faster, and is much more stable. It also includes a ‘save prompt’ feature to remind you to save your work.

Canvas Creation

The Canvas Settings page has been redesigned, along with the rest of the interface, and now includes default size presets and options for opacity and canvas patterns. You can also create and save your own custom canvas presets. ArtRage for iPad also now supports fully transparent canvases and transparent PNG export

Improved File Handling

The app now has an improved gallery system with folders. You can group your paintings into custom folders and move them around easily between groups.

It also includes a backup system to allow you to backup your entire gallery to iTunes, and you can import from, or upload directly to, iTunes, Email, Photos, Dropbox, Adobe Creative Cloud, and deviantART Sta.sh, as well as export images directly to supported apps on your iPad (e.g. Twitter). You can also export all images or multiple Scripts from a group in a single action.

Learn more about saving, managing and exporting your paintings in ArtRage for iPad Files.

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Easily create new paintings with a range of customisable canvas options, including size presets and transparency support
ArtRage for iPad 2.0 gallery
Organise your paintings into groups in the new Gallery system (art by Bo Paweena, Helene Goldberg and Edward Ofosu)

Quick Start Guide & Manuals

Along with an online manual, we’ve added a handy guide to the a walkthrough guide to the app’s main features to help you figure out what everything does so you can start painting quickly and easily. You can check it out in the images below!

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For more detailed help with the tools and features, check out the iPad online manual:

For additional resources and information, see the Press Section and Educational Resources and Information (note that the iPad app is covered by the iTunes Volume Purchase Program for Education).

If you buy ArtRage for iPad now, you will be automatically updated to version 2.0 when we release the update (as long as you have iOS8 or later).