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ArtRage Lite features, comparison and upgrades

ArtRage Lite Features / Upgrade

ArtRage Lite includes a full range of realistic painting tools, such as pencils, felt pens and oil paints, as well as a selection of digital editing features like layers, Select, Transform, custom brushes, color pickers, and more. All our most loved painting features are included, from the pinnable reference images to the richly textured paint. ArtRage Lite is a great introductory program that will work well with the latest operating systems and make good use of your Wacom tablet.

However, if you’re more experienced, you may also be looking for more advanced features, such as Symmetry, Grids, Filters, and custom brush creation. You can find all these in ArtRage 4, our full painting program. Check out the comprehensive list of features below to see which art software offers what you need.

If you already own ArtRage Lite, we offer a significant upgrade discount to ArtRage 4; this is applied automatically if you upgrade by opening Lite and going to Help > Upgrade to ArtRage 4.

Buy ArtRage

Buy ArtRage 4 Now

Buy ArtRage 4, our full desktop edition with natural painting tools and powerful digital editing features for all levels of skill. Your payment is securely processed by our partner, Avangate.

Or Upgrade from ArtRage Lite at a Discount

You can upgrade ArtRage Lite to ArtRage 4 at any point by going to Help > Upgrade to ArtRage 4. This will take you straight to our online store with a 50% discount automatically applied.

ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4 Feature Comparison

Natural Media Painting & Drawing ToolsBasic ArtRage Lite Features

These features are included in ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4
Additional ArtRage 4 Features

Upgrade to ArtRage 4 to access these advanced features
Oil Brush Pressure
Thinners
Loading
Insta-Dry
Auto Clean
Square Head
Aspect
Rotation
Stiffness
PencilPressure
Softness
Precise Mode
Precise Mode Only: Smoothing
Tilt Angle
Watercolor Brush Pressure
Thinners
Auto Clean
Loading
Paper Wet
Insta-Dry
Color Bleed
Felt PenPressure
Softness
Wetness
Art Pen
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Inking PenPressure
Aspect
Rotation
Smoothing
Taper Length
Taper Bias
Opacity
Square Head
Antialias Edge
AirbrushPressure
Tilt Angle
Taper Length
Autoflow
Opacity
Hardness
Drip Spread
Square Nib
Layer Blend Modes
Paint RollerPressure
Thinners
Loading
Auto Clean
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PastelModes: Wax & Chalk

Pressure
Softness
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Gloop PenPressure
Outer Blur
Edge Width
Inner Blur
Fill Opacity
Opacity
Layer Blend Modes
Glitter Shapes: Square, Circle, Ball, Grit, Random

Pressure
Glitter Size
Multicolor
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EraserPressure
Softness
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Paint TubePressure
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Palette KnifeShapes: Flat, Edge, Soft
Pressure

Flat & Edge Modes Only: Loading
Soft Mode Only: Smudge
Shapes: Blur & Wet

Flat & Edge Modes Only: Auto Clean, Lock Rotation
Blur Mode Only: Softness
Soft Mode Only: Pressure
Wet Mode Only: Falloff, Drip Size, Drip Spike, Drip Spread, Color Drag
Realistic canvas and paper texturesUser Modifiable Canvas Settings:
  • Appearance: Canvas Color, Opacity, Metallic
  • Texture: Grain Size & Roughness

User Definable Canvas Presets

Default Canvas Presets

Import custom canvas grains

Preset Canvas Collections: Art papers, Canvas, Paper, Rough & Special
Canvas Lighting

Decorative Preset Canvas Collection

Set custom Canvas as Default

Canvas Patterns – Image based canvas color with tiling options.
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Digital Drawing & Editing ToolsBasic ArtRage Lite Features

These features are included in ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4
Additional ArtRage 4 Features

Upgrade to ArtRage 4 to access these advanced features
Fill (Flood fill) Spread
Antialias Edge
Current Layer only
Modes: Gradient Fill, Pattern Fill

Variable opacity
Selection Tool Shapes: Rectangle, Ellipse, Freehand, Magic Wand

Feather
Clear Selection
Invert Selection
Magic Wand Only: Spread
Shapes: Polygon, Paint Area

Modes: Replace, Add, Subtract, Difference, Intersection

Magic Wand Only: Antialias Edge, Current Layer Only
Paint Area Only: Pressure, Opacity, Hardness, Autoflow
Transform Mode: Normal/Uniform (resize & move)
Select Layer
Modes: Non-Uniform (distort), Perspective
Color Sampler With Lighting Current Layer Only
Cloner Pressure
Hardness
Autoflow
Opacity
Relative Offset
Current Layer Only
Include Current Layer
Include Canvas Color
Layer Blend Modes
TextRich Text: Text Size, Bold, Italic, Underline
Left/center/right align

Uses all installed TrueType fonts
Single format per item.
Multiple Rich Text formats inside single text items.
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Drawing Guides & ReferencesBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 4 Features
Tracing Images

Add tracing image overlay

Adjust opacity and location

Automatically choose colors from Tracing image while painting

Convert Tracing Image to Paint Layer

Scale options: Stretch to Fit, Fit Inside, Fit to Fill
Scale Options: Tile to Fit, Manual Scale
Reference Images Multiple pinnable reference images

References can be can be moved, rotated and scaled

Drag References off the canvas window
Zoom in on part of reference image

Make Reference a Tracing Image

Pin Views to the canvas: Viewports that can be independently zoomed and panned for alternative views in to the canvas.

Pin Scraps to the canvas: Independent pieces of canvas for color mixing or test painting.
Stencils & Rulers6 Groups of Stencil Presets (Stencils (general), Comic, Festive, Friskets, Fun, Rulers, Shapes)

Default stencil shapes (masks)

Expandable ruler with real world and pixel measurements

Resize, move and rescale individual stencils

Import new stencils from image files

4 more groups of Stencil Presets (Buttons, Gradients, Grids and Textures)

Choose from Stencil, Ruler and Guide Modes.

Create new stencils within ArtRage (from layer contents)
Graphic design guides~Paint Symmetry
Grids
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Advanced Custom ResourcesBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 4 Features
Package Files
(custom resource packs of ArtRage presets, canvases and other custom resources)
Install Package Files
Repair and Uninstall Package Files
Edit and Delete Custom Content inside Artrage
Create Package Files
Sticker Sheets Allowing single pre-rendered ‘clip art’ stickers to be dropped in to the painting

Move, Resize, Rotate Single Stickers
Adjust sticker properties: Color, Opacity, Shadow

Import existing sticker presets (.stk files)
4 default Preset Groups
Sticker Sheet Creator
7 default Preset Groups
Sticker Spray (custom brush spray based on Stickers) Sticker Sheet Selection
Spray Rate
Autoflow
Shadow
Auto-Flatten (Micro-Layer, post spray editable objects),

Variation Symmetry (uses Symmetry feature)

Advanced Shadow Settings

Spray Variation control (advanced custom brush settings)

ABR brushes can be imported
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ColorBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 4 Features
Color Modes Metallic Paint Real Color Blending (Yellow+Blue = Green)
Color Picker LS/H Picker
Popup On-Canvas Color Picker
Picker Modes: HL/S, HS/L, RG/B, RB/G, BG/R,
Tint/Tone Picker
Precise Color Picker
User Definable Custom Color Pickers
Color Samples Default color sample collections
Custom sample collection creation
Color Sample Sorting: By Name and Color Values

Toolbox Samples: Samples stored with each painting rather than globally.
User definable tool presets Option to store size & color with Preset~
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LayersBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 4 Features
Basic Layer Management Layer transparency
Merge individual or all Layers
Move, delete, hide & duplicate layers
Layer Groups with Group management
Layer Blend ModesTint
Shadow
Highlight
Full range of ArtRage & Photoshop standard layer blend modes
Watercolor Blend Mode
Bump Blend Modes (Paint texture effects)
Layer TransformationsScale, Rotate, and Move Layer ContentsNon-Linear and Perspective Layer Transformations
Layer Locks ~Lock transparency, paint and position
Export Options~Export individual layers
Create Stencils from layer contents
Export Layers to Channel Maps for external 3D use
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Saving, Importing & ExportingBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 4 Features
Saving & Export Saves as PTG by default to preserve unique ArtRage paint data.
JPEG Export
JPEG Quality Control
DPI Support
Export as PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, and PSD with layer support.

Automatic creation of Backup Files while you save.
Importing Import PNG, BMP, JPEG, TIFF, GIF

Photoshop PSD file import: Including editable text, layer and blend mode support.
Import Image File to Layer
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Interface and MenusBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 4 Features
Manuals & HelpQuick start guide
Online Wikis and forums
Full manual
User InterfaceSimple, easy to access user interface
Quick access control: Pods.

Floating panels for: Layers, Tool Settings, Presets, Swatches, Tracing Images, References, Stickers , and Stencils

Adjustable Scale and Rotation of floating panel objects for ease of access on touch screens or smaller desktops.

UI menus and pods can be hidden as required:

Font Picker Previews: Scroll through previews of selected fonts

Tooltips

Stencils and Rulers on the canvas
Tear-Off and move anywhere: Color Picker, Tool Picker, and Menu Bar

Canvas Navigator
Shortcuts & Multitouch User defined keyboard shortcuts

Modifer keys for straight line stroke constraints, on-canvas brush resizing, canvas navigation, stencil manipulation.

Multi-Touch support: For canvas & object manipulation.

Unlimited Undo/Redo
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Hardware SupportBasic ArtRage Lite Features

These features are included in ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 4
Additional ArtRage 4 Features

Upgrade to ArtRage 4 to access these advanced features
Support for Wacom Stylus Features Pressure
Tilt
Support for Wacom Stylus Recognition: Individual styluses can be set to remember specific tool settings.

User assignable stylus properties for individual painting tools

Assignable Airbrush Wheel & Art Pen Barrel Rotation.
Multithreading & System Support Multi-Core & Multiprocessor Support
64-bit Support
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Operating SystemsWindows Vista, 7, 8 & 10
Mac OS 10.6 & later
XP compatible download of 4.06 available via the member area
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Advanced FeaturesOnly in ArtRage 4Get ArtRage 4
Paint Symmetry Symmetrical stroke mirroring of tools during painting,
Mirrored or Rotational Symmetry
Adjustable numbers of axes of symmetry, center point, and rotation
Buy ArtRage

Buy ArtRage 4 Now

Buy ArtRage 4, our full desktop edition with natural painting tools and powerful digital editing features for all levels of skill. Your payment is securely processed by our partner, Avangate.

Upgrade from ArtRage Lite at a 50% Discount

You can upgrade ArtRage Lite to ArtRage 4 at any point by going to Help > Upgrade to ArtRage 4. This will take you straight to our online store with a 50% discount automatically applied.

Grids Customisable pixel size
Adjustable opacity and colour
Snap To Grid feature
Grids on References
Image Filtering Layer Blur built in filter
Built in Color Adjustment filter
Add Noise Filter
Photoshop compatible filter support
Canvas Lighting (depth & shadow) toggle
Workbench Mode Clear-screen interface mode that hides all panels and presents a collapsed, customisable quick access bar with all the important features.
Move or hide Workbench UI
Toolbox Toolbox Panel: Single panel for gathering custom resources relevant to the current painting.
Pinboard: Custom content toolbar for relevant user content in Workbench mode.
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