Frequently Asked Questions
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’.
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.
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