ArtRage iPhone Features

ArtRage is packed with natural painting tools and utilities for all levels of artist

Full Feature Comparison: To compare the features of all versions of ArtRage on one page, click here.

ArtRage iPhone Features:

Natural Painting Tools

Tracing Images

Sketching & Drawing Tools

Layers

Tool Types

User Interface

Colors

File Formats, Import & Export

Canvas / Paper

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Natural Painting Tools

Features for painting

Get your fingers dirty with a set of natural painting tools that let you smear, blend, and spread paint directly on the screen. ArtRage simulates real world paints so that you can get creative without having to learn complex tools or digital techniques.

  • Stroke oil on to the canvas with the Oil Brush, then flatten it out and blend it using the Palette Knife. Lay down blobs of paint with the Paint Tube and smear them around, thinning them out over the canvas as you go.

Features for dynamics

ArtRage tracks more than just the color of the paint on your canvas. The application understands the thickness of the paint and how wet it 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.

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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 lets you can do everything from subtle shading that picks up the paper grain, to bold line work. The Crayon tool is great for block coloring.

  • The Inking Pen creates solid ink strokes for detailed illustration work.

  • 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 tap.

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Tool Types

ArtRage iPhone Tool Types

Each tool comes with a set of variant Types that represent different uses of the same basic tool. A quick tap in the tool picker can completely change the type of tool you’re using.

  • Oil Types include thick oils for heavy textured work, and thinned oils for finer color placement.

  • Pencil and Ink Types include fine line work tools, shading tools, and even a self-smoothing ink pen that turns manual strokes in to precise curves, removing any wavering from the result.

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Colors

ArtRage iPhone Color

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 lets you pick a basic hue then gives you a gradation between that pure color and black, white, and gray for a more natural approach to picking colors.

  • 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 in the color picker for your favorite colors.

  • The color picker can be activated by a tap and drag gesture. Pick colors in a single stroke and have the picker vanish when you’re done.

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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.

  • Choose from a range of Canvas Presets that represent different types of painting surface.

  • Canvas Properties such as texture and roughness exist independent of any paint you have applied, it’s not just applied as a post process to the image.

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Tracing Images

ArtRage iPhone Tracing

If you want to use an existing photo as a guide while painting, you can import one as a Tracing image and overlay it on the canvas as you work.

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

  • Automatic Color Selection allows ArtRage to 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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Layers

ArtRage iPhone Layers

ArtRage supports 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.

  • Opacity Adjustment allows you change the opacity of each layer independently, so you can make some layers more subtle, while others remain fully visible.

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User Interface

ArtRage iPad User Interface

ArtRage for iPhone has been designed to take advantage of the unique interaction model of a touch screen device to turn your device in to a canvas ready for painting. ArtRage 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.

  • The Color and Tool Pickers can both work either as standard panels or with a single tap and drag gesture. Rather than tap to open, tap to select, tap to close, just tap and drag, release over the item you want, and the panel vanishes on its own!

  • 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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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 iPhone in the Gallery, or export them via email, to your Photo Library, or share them with your desktop computer via iTunes in JPG or PNG format.

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

  • Import images from your Photo gallery for painting, or directly from the camera. Imported photos can be smeared as if they had been painted in thick oil.