FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has ArtRage won?

  • December 2004 “Microsoft® Tablet PC Does Your Application Think in Ink?” grand prize winner for ArtRage 1
  • March 2012 “Hot One” Award for Best New Gear from Professional Photographer for ArtRage Studio Pro (edition 3.5)
  • March 2014 Parents’ Choice Gold Award for ArtRage for iPad


For more information: Ambient Design History & Awards

Desktop Editions

The desktop editions do not have a set upper limit, but your computer will eventually run out of memory. The point at which this becomes unworkable will vary, depending on what you want to do, what your painting is using, and how powerful your computer is.

If you’re using the latest desktop version (4.5), it has 64 bit support and can work at very large file sizes, easily up to 15,000 pixels on most computers. It can save larger files, but is limited by your computer memory and speed, so you may have trouble working with files larger than that.

If you’re using ArtRage 4.0.6 or earlier, the maximum canvas size isn’t limited, but the lack of 64 bit support means that most computers will struggle with larger sizes. 8,000-10,000 is the practical upper limit for most people. You can create larger canvases, but you may encounter very slow working speeds and instability.

Mobile Editions

If you’re using one of the mobile editions, then the maximum canvas size is capped at 2048 x 2048 with a few exceptions.

  • ArtRage for iPad on iPad Pro 11″: 4096 x 4096
  • ArtRage for iPad on iPad 1 devices: 1400 x 1400
  • ArtRage for iPhone: 960 x 640



Tips for Creating Larger Canvases

  • Start with a smaller area and then expand the canvas as you work
  • Fill large areas (e.g. backgrounds) at smaller sizes, then resize the canvas.
  • Avoid memory intensive tools (e.g. Transform, Watercolors, the Soft Palette Knife)
  • Create a smaller canvas, collapse all the layers and resize it upwards, then touch up any fine details
  • Record your painting as a script (available in ArtRage Studio Pro, ArtRage 4 and ArtRage for iPad) and then play it back at a larger size in ArtRage Studio, ArtRage Studio Pro and ArtRage 4.



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What devices and operating systems does ArtRage work with?

ArtRage is compatible with wide range of devices, as well as iOS, Android, Windows and Mac operating systems. While we try and ensure that ArtRage will work with as many systems as possible, some older operating systems will not work with newer editions of ArtRage.

You can see a full overview here: ArtRage Supported Platforms & Devices

I know the model. Can I just ask you if it will work with ArtRage?

Unfortunately we can’t give you a guaranteed answer to every possible device, as we may never have had a chance to use it, or the software may have changed at some point.

If you’re looking at a very specific device, your best bet is probably just asking the forums and see if anyone else has used it successfully.

If you get the opportunity to try the device out, we strongly recommend downloading the ArtRage demo and testing that first.

ArtRage as Bundled Software

ArtRage comes along with the purchase of a number of devices, such as Wacom tablets, Surface Pro Tablets, Adesso Cybertablets and Sony VAIO laptops. We do not have direct control over how ArtRage is packaged, or which the specific devices the retailer bundles ArtRage with, but all the possible devices are fully compatible with ArtRage (barring unusual software configurations, bugs, or out of date drivers). You can learn more about ArtRage as bundled software here.

What is the PTG Extension?

ArtRage paintings all use a unique, proprietary, file type, the .PTG extension. The file type can only be opened by ArtRage and can be used across all the different editions (including the free demos and iOS versions).

The reason we use a special file type is because ArtRage needs a way to preserve all the unique traditional painting aspects of the program, such as paint thickness, canvas texture, realistic colour mixing, lighting and how the different media should interact. It also records more standard attributes, such as layers and transparency, and preserves ArtRage-specific attributes such as pinned References, tracing images and symmetry.

What does “PTG” stand for?

PTG means “Painting” (PainTinG).

What are the different ArtRage editions?

There are a number of different ArtRage editions, some of which are no longer available for purchase through our website. Ambient Design first released ArtRage in 2004, and it is currently up to ArtRage 4, along with ArtRage Lite, three mobile editions and a free demo. Some of the older editions are still available as bundled software with graphics tablets and other devices from third party companies.

While we do not make any earlier editions publically available through our website, if you own an earlier copy of ArtRage, you can register it in our Member Area and download it again whenever you wish.

You can also upgrade to the latest edition at 50% off.

You can compare all the product features in each of the main editions here: ArtRage Product Line Comparison

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Desktop Editions

Our desktop editions are all available for both Mac OSX and Windows. You can switch between the two platforms whenever you need to by downloading the correct installer from the Member Area.

ArtRage 1

Released in 2004, this was the original, free, program. It was much more basic than the later editions, with no layers or editing tools. It won the grand prize in the  Microsoft® Tablet PC Does Your Application Think in Ink? contest.

ArtRage 2

Released in 2006 and still bundled for sale with some third party products (e.g. Wacom tablets). Currently up to version 2.6.

Related versions

  • ArtRage Starter Edition / ArtRage Free Edition: A free demo version of ArtRage 2 with limited features.
  • ArtRage Deluxe Edition: Sold on CD-ROM by a third party company called Smith Micro. It is effectively the same program as ArtRage 2
  • ArtRage 2 Japanese Edition: This version was sold in Japan with Wacom tablets and supports Japanese and English interfaces and manuals.
  • ArtRage 2 Wacom China Edition: This version was developed for China and was bundled with Wacom tablets. It supports Simplified Chinese interface.


ArtRage 3

Released in 2009, this edition was split into two separate products: Studio and Studio Pro. Both versions are still available with many third party devices, such as certain Wacom tablets, Sony laptops, Adesso Cybertablets, and ASUS tablets, as well as other products. ArtRage Studio Pro was also available on Steam at the end of 2012, although it has since been replaced by ArtRage 4. It is currently up to version 3.5.11

If you bought one of these two editions with a tablet or other hardware, then you can register it and upgrade to ArtRage 4 at a 50% discount.

  • ArtRage Studio: The more basic edition, without some of the most advanced features such as Script and Sticker creation (although it is able to use existing Stickers and Scripts).
  • ArtRage Studio Pro: The more advanced version, which contained professional level features.


See the full update history of ArtRage 3 here

Related versions

  • Studio Pro Demo Edition: A free trial version with all the features of the full Studio Pro edition. It was time limited and expired after 30 days. No longer available officially.
  • ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro Wacom China Editions:  Separate versions were created for China that support English, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.


ArtRage 4.5

Released in 2013, this is the most recent edition and the only one sold from our website. It is not currently bundled with any other products, and is only available from us, or via the Steam store. It is currently up to version 4.5 and can be bought through this page.

The 4.5 update was released 11th August, 2014 and includes 64 bit support. It does not support Windows XP, so the previous version 4.0.6 is still available for download to owners of this edition.

Any owners of previous editions are able to upgrade to ArtRage 4.5 with a 50% discount.  For more information, see ArtRage Upgrades.

  • ArtRage 4 Demo edition: The free trial version that is currently available from our website. It does not have a time limit, but has restricted export capabilities and a few other limited features. It is a separate program to ArtRage 4, so if you purchase the full edition, you will need to install it separately alongside the Demo. The Demo can be downloaded here.


See the full update history of ArtRage 4 here


ArtRage Lite

Released in 2015, ArtRage Lite replaces Studio and Studio Pro and acts as an introductory version of ArtRage 4. It includes all the natural media tools, and all the basic digital editing features. ArtRage Lite can be bought through this page.

It includes support for Windows 10 and 64-bit systems, but doesn’t support Windows XP.

Any owners of ArtRage Lite are able to upgrade to ArtRage 4.5 with a 50% discount.  For more information, see ArtRage Upgrades.

Mobile Editions

ArtRage for iPad

Released in 2010, the iPad app edition is available through the iTunes App Store. It is a modified version of ArtRage Studio Pro, with a reduced number of features. It is able to create Scripts and paintings that can be opened with the desktop versions of ArtRage. It is compatible with iOS 6 and up. It is currently up to version 1.6 and can be bought through the iTunes App Store.

See the full update history of ArtRage for iPad here

ArtRage for iPhone

Released in 2012, the iPhone edition is a very basic version that concentrates on the fundamental painting tools. It is compatible with iOS 4 and up, and will work on the iPad and iPod Touch as well as iPhones. It is currently up to version 1.0 and can be bought through the iTunes App Store)

ArtRage for Android

The ArtRage for Android app was launched October 2014 in the Samsung GALAXY Gifts store. It is available for free for Samsung GALAXY Note 4 and Note Edge owners, as well as selected GALAXY Tab devices, through GALAXY Gifts, but is also available for purchase in the Samsung GALAXY App store and the Google Play store.

The app itself is very similar to the ArtRage for iPad app, with a full range of natural media painting tools and desktop-compatible files.

CMYK Colors

Limiting to CMYK while drawing would cause inaccuracies and poor results in paint blending because the range of colours available in CMYK is smaller. We need the largest range of colour values available for generating partial blend results during paint mixing calculations.

When you convert, the application (Photoshop in this case) converts any non CMYK legal colours in your image. If you painted in CMYK you’d get the same limited palette. This is why ArtRage works in RGB, we try to avoid reducing your colour palette as much as possible.

Why doesn’t ArtRage convert from RGB to CMYK when the painting is finished?

Converting from RGB to CMYK is an advanced operation that ArtRage is not currently suited for. We recommend using programs that are specifically designed for CMYK to convert the final picture.

What languages does ArtRage support?

Each edition of ArtRage supports several different languages, and has manuals in English. Some of the older versions also have manuals in other languages.


When ArtRage starts for the first time it uses the language used by your operating system. The language used can be changed by opening ArtRage’s help menu, then clicking on ‘Select Language’, choosing the language you want and restarting ArtRage when prompted.

Current Desktop Editions

All current editions have quickstart manuals in all supported languages.

ArtRage 5

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

ArtRage Lite

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese

Older Desktop Editions

ArtRage 4

The ArtRage 4 manual is currently in English only.

  • English interface and manual
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro

  • English interface and manual
  • French interface and manual
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Italian interface and manual
  • Korean
  • Portugese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Latin American
  • Spanish
  • Turkish


ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro Wacom China Editions

  • English
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese

ArtRage 2

ArtRage 2.6 Full Edition provides support for:

  • English interface + manual
  • French interface + manual
  • German interface + manual
  • Italian interface + manual
  • Turkish interface + manual
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Portuguese
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Greek
  • Russian


ArtRage 2 Japanese Edition supports:

  • Japanese interface + Japanese Manual
  • English interface + English Manual


ArtRage 2 Wacom China Edition supports:

  • Simplified Chinese interface

Mobile Editions

ArtRage for Android

  • English
  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

ArtRage for iPad:

The iPad app manual is currently in English only.

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

ArtRage for iPhone:

The iPhone app supports an English interface and manual.

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