Frequently Asked Questions
Your ArtRage paintings on Android devices are not saved inside the app itself. They are located separately in the /ArtRagePaintings folder on your device, just like photos or documents.
This means that you can freely access this folder and copy files in and out of it. The ArtRage Gallery will scan this folder when the app starts up and load any PTG files inside it.
If you need to reset your ArtRage app data or cache in the Application Manager, this will not affect your paintings. The app data only affects your personal ‘set up’ inside the app (e.g. licence, last used canvas size, unsaved work), not any of the files you create in it.
Note: This is NOT the case for iOS apps, which require all data to be saved as part of the app itself. Deleting the data or app on the iPad or iPhone will also delete all the ArtRage paintings. If you need to move a large gallery off your iPad, please see this tutorial.
ArtRage for Android allows you to import images to create new paintings from other apps on your device (for example, the default Gallery and Photos apps, Dropbox, and other apps that support image export, like Autodesk Sketchbook).
Interacting with other apps is controlled by the Android operating system, not ArtRage. If you chose to set one of these options as the default option and now need to use one of the others, you can reset your default settings in the other application’s settings.
For example, if you have set ArtRage to always import from Dropbox, you would reset your Dropbox default settings (note: this will also reset any other apps that default to Dropbox). Simple go to your Application Manager > Dropbox and look for the ‘Default Settings’ section and reset it (you may also be able to go to Settings > Default Applications > Set as default > Dropbox).
Note: The exact names of the menus may vary on different devices, but the path will be the same.
There are three different ways to import a photograph as paint to work on directly in the iPad app.
1. Start a new painting from an imported photo.
To do this, go to the Gallery view, click the ‘+’ symbol in the top right, and choose ‘Import Image’. This will automatically create a new image as close to the size of the imported image that ArtRage supports (the max size is 2048×2048).
2. Import a photo into a layer in your current painting.
Open the Layers menu, and tap the cog symbol right at the top (the one for ALL layers). Choose ‘Import Layer’.
3. Copy/paste from the iOS clipboard.
If you have copy an image to the iOS clipboard elsewhere (e.g. if you tap the ‘upload’ arrow on a photo in the gallery, one of the options is ‘Copy’), you can then Paste it as a new layer in ArtRage. This is in the same place as ‘Import Layer’ – open Layers > tap the cog symbol at the top > choose ‘Paste from iOS Clipboard’.
Why don’t the mobile apps support canvas rotation?
The ArtRage Mobile apps (iOS, Android and Windows Touch) don’t support canvas rotation (the ability to just turn the canvas around using fingers), but we added it as an option to the iPad app in 2015.
This is because canvas rotation is memory intensive feature which isn’t absolutely necessary, as it is possible to rotate the entire device. While we may consider adding this feature in the future, we will only add it if it does not compromise app performance. Currently, most devices will struggle with this feature.
How can I rotate the canvas?
ArtRage for Android
The entire canvas and interface will rotate as you turn the device. To prevent this, you can turn on “Lock Interface Rotation” under Settings.
ArtRage for iPad
Update 2.1 added canvas rotation to the iPad app, as most current iPads can now handle the performance requirements, and the iPad Pro is too large to physically turn easily.
- Default Setting: The interface will rotate as you turn the device, but the canvas will not.
- Canvas Rotation Active: You can turn ‘Canvas Rotation’ on by going into the menu > Preferences. This will allow you to turn the canvas using two finger gestures while you work.
- 15 Degree Increments: You can ‘lock’ the rotation angles to 15 degree increments in Preferences, or allow the canvas to turn freely.
ArtRage for iPhone
Neither the interface nor the canvas will rotate when you turn the device.
ArtRage Touch (Windows 8)
The interface will rotate as you turn the device, but the canvas will not. You can also use the Canvas Positioner to rotate the canvas. The Canvas Positioner is a floating ‘compass’ that allows you to turn, scale and move the canvas, similar to the desktop versions. Find it by going to Layers > menu button in the top right > Canvas Positioner.
How to Increase the Size of Your ArtRage for iPad & Android Paintings
Because ArtRage mobile editions have capped canvas sizes, you may want to create larger images to print from. The two ways to do this are to resize your finished images, or record a script and play it back in the desktop edition later. See How to Increase the Size of Your ArtRage Mobile Paintings for tips.
Can I move my ArtRage iPad paintings to a new iPad?
If you purchase a new iPad device, then you may want to continue working on your existing paintings and move some or all of your ArtRage for iPad gallery to the new tablet.
All PTG files (ArtRage’s file format) can be used in any edition of ArtRage as long as the device can handle that size canvas, so your existing paintings should work just fine on another iPad.
There are a couple of ways to do this.
Use the iPad Backup Function
If you set up the iPad Air using the same Apple account as the first iPad, then you can restore the entire contents from a backup made of the first iPad. This includes the ArtRage files.
Manually Transfer With iTunes
The other way to transfer your files is through iTunes, from one iPad to the other (or to the computer, and from there to the iPad).
There are step by step instructions here: How to access iPad paintings with iTunes
The iOS editions of ArtRage are compatible with multitouch swipe and tap gestures
iPhone and iPad Gestures
Three finger zoom can be turned off in the Settings App by going to Accessibility > Zoom
- Tap and Hold : Color picker (This is turned off by default on the iPad. Turn on again via Settings > ArtRage > Tap and Hold Color Sampler)
- Two Finger Drag: move
- Two Finger Pinch/push: zoom in or out
- Two Finger Tap: reset to original zoom
- Three Finger Swipe up/down: tool size increase/decrease
- Three Finger Swipe left/right: undo/redo
- Triple Finger Tap: hide/show menu bar
iPad Only Shortcuts
- Hold and drag on the selected Tool icon to quickly select a new tool (when the tool menu is hidden)
- Tap and drag on Color Pod stores current color sample
- Tap and hold opens Color Picker menu
iPhone Only Shortcuts
- Tap on background to set color
- Hold and drag on the Tool or Color icons to quickly select from the menu options without interrupting your workflow
You can purchase and download the iPhone and iPad apps through the iTunes App Store.
Compatible Pressure Sensitive Styluses: Supported Models & Troubleshooting for the old version of ArtRage for iPad
Important!This FAQ only applies to people still using ArtRage for iPad 1.6. We added support for additional models and stylus features in ArtRage for iPad 2.0. See this page for help using pressure sensitive styluses in the latest version of ArtRage for iPad
There are currently five different pressure sensitive styluses that are supported by the ArtRage for iPad app. These all use Bluetooth to connect to the iPad.
- Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2
- Wacom Bamboo fineline
- Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus
- TenOne Pogo Connect Stylus. The TenOne Pogo stylus also offers interchangeable brush tips.
- The Adonit Jot Touch (original) stylus is also supported by the ArtRage app, but it is not supported by iOS 7.
ArtRage does not yet have support for the Adonit Jot Touch 4 stylus.
Non-pressure sensitive styluses, such as the Sensu brush, do not require any setup or a Bluetooth connection.
Setting up ArtRage to detect a Stylus
You need to tell ArtRage which stylus you want to use so that it can initialize the appropriate system when it starts. To do this:
- Go to your iPad home screen and open the Settings app.
- Scroll down the list on the left until you see ‘ArtRage’ and tap it in the list.
- On the right you should now see product options including a ‘Bluetooth Stylus’ entry.
- Tap the stylus type (the default is No Stylus) and a list of available styluses appears.
Note: Both the Bamboo fineline and the Intuos Creative 2 use the setting “Intuos Creative”
- Tap the stylus you want to use.
- The next time you open ArtRage it will look for the indicated stylus type.
Connecting your Stylus to the iPad:
These styluses connect to your iPad using Bluetooth. In order to use them you must make sure Bluetooth is turned on in the Settings app. Each stylus follows a slightly different approach to connecting. Instructions are provided with the stylus, please refer to those for basic setup information.
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and Wacom Bamboo fineliner
If you cannot see the Bamboo fineline and the Intuos Creative 2 appearing under the Bluetooth Stylus settings, use the setting “Intuos Creative”. The Wacom styluses all connect under the same setting.
If you are having issues with the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and Wacom Bamboo fineliner, please make sure you have updated to version 1.6.5 of the ArtRage for iPad app, as support for these styluses was added in this version. Earlier versions will not support these devices.
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and Wacom Bamboo fineliner
The normal process for connecting this stylus is to launch ArtRage and press the side switch on the stylus to wake it up. You can see if the connection process is working by looking at the Bluetooth symbol in the status bar of your iPad.
- If the symbol is dark grey, no stylus has been detected.
- If the symbol is white, a stylus has been detected and is connected ready to go.
- If the symbol is flashing the stylus is currently being looked for. The rocker switch on the side of the stylus should also be flashing.
In some situations the stylus may fail to connect to the iPad. This isn’t something that happens inside ArtRage, it’s happening between the iPad’s Bluetooth system and the stylus itself. If the stylus fails to connect (if the Bluetooth symbol keeps flashing and never goes solid white) you may need to close parked apps and reboot the iPad to clear out the Bluetooth system.
You can find instructions here: How to clear out parked iPad apps.
If you do this, you should also turn off the stylus while the iPad is off. To do that, unscrew the cap at the top to break the battery connection. You can then screw the cap back in to turn the stylus back on.
Touch Pressure Range:
When ArtRage is set to use a Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus in the Settings app, finger strokes will work at around 20% of full pressure so will be smaller than normal. If you are not using the stylus you can turn off detection by returning to the Settings app.
Clicking the top button on the side of the stylus will turn on Touch Rejection, which prevents any painting in the canvas without the stylus. Normal controls can still be tapped with a finger. A note will pop up letting you know that you have turned Touch Rejection on.
If you find you cannot paint with your finger, just click the top button on the side of the stylus again to turn Touch Rejection off.
TenOne Pogo Connect:
The normal process for connecting this stylus is to launch ArtRage and press the side switch on the stylus to wake it up. If the connection process works, the Bluetooth symbol on the iPad’s status bar should be lit up white.
How to share paintings from the iPad
Can I transfer between the iPad and the desktop version of ArtRage?
You certainly can transfer to and from the iPad. The iPad has a range of export options in three image formats (JPG, PNG, PTG).
Choose the Export menu (the small arrow in the centre of the bottom menu bar) while in the gallery view to access the options.
- Send to the iPad ‘My Photos’ Folder (JPG)
- Send to iTunes (JPG or PNG)
- Email it from the iPad (JPG, PNG, PTG)
- Upload it to the internet directly by connecting to a supported app
- Submit it to DeviantART (JPG)
- Share it on Facebook (JPG)
- Export it to online storage apps: DeviantART St.ash, Dropbox, Creative Cloud (PTG, JPG, PNG)
- Print Painting (your iPad will need to be connected to a printer)
If you are trying to work on a painting across both the iPad and the desktop, you have two more options:
- Record a Script on the iPad and play it back on the computer.
- You will need to start the script recording when you are creating the painting (in the canvas settings). You can only play it back on the desktop, but you can replay it as often as you need to, and stop it at any point.
- Exporting a script will appear as an option in the Export menu if a Script is available.
- Transfer files in and out of the iPad using iTunes (You can move files onto the iPad as well with iTunes).
About the file types:
- PTG is the ArtRage proprietary file type. This file will contain all the layers, depth and paint effects from your painting. You can import a different image file to work on, but it will not have layers or any of the special effects.
- JPG is the smallest file type and the most suitable to share online. If you edit JPEGs, you will lose a small amount of quality.
- PNG is the best file type if you wish to continue editing the painting in other programs.
There is a diagram of the various export options here: Exportable File Types for the iPad
Access iPad paintings
You can find your ArtRage files in iTunes by accessing the app directly through iTunes.
- Launch iTunes.
- Connect your iPad to your computer with the USB dock cable.
- Select your iPad from the Devices list in the iTunes Library column, then click the Apps tab.
- Now scroll to the bottom of the iTunes window to see the File Sharing area.
- Select ‘ArtRage’. You will see a list of files appear in the right hand window. You can transfer files in and out of this folder.
- Your ‘Exported to iTunes’ files will appear in the list as JPEG or PNG versions.
- iTunes is currently the only way to add PTG files to the iPad.
- “Export to iTunes” simply creates a PNG or JPEG copy that you can access via iTunes, it does not actually ‘send’ it anywhere.
- There is a diagram of the various export options here: Exportable File Types from ArtRage for iPad