FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to install ArtRage on one additional computer for your own use, that is ok with us.

The purchased ArtRage serial number is for a single user, but we allow you to install ArtRage on multiple devices for your own use. This can be either Windows and/or Mac OS-X, providing you with a download installation file for each platform.

If you wish to use more computers than this, then please contact us about Bulk Licensing.

Normally you should only need to enter your serial number the first time you launch ArtRage. However, if it happens repeatedly, this means that something is preventing ArtRage from storing its serial number information.

Launching ArtRage as an administrator should correct this. Browse to your version ArtRage in the start menu and right click it, then choose ‘Run as Administrator’ from the menu. On Windows 8 or later you may need to select ‘More’, before selecting ‘Run as Administrator’.

ArtRage should then launch and ask for your serial number. Enter it, click OK then quit ArtRage and start it again. It should now start without asking for your serial number.

If you are experiencing problems with ArtRage not reacting to the pressure of you strokes or not painting at all when using a stylus please follow the troubleshooting steps below. For any other problem please Contact us and we’d be happy to help.

Checking ArtRage Input Settings for Stylus Type.

ArtRage supports two different types of tablet input on Windows: The older ‘Wintab’ standard, and the newer ‘Realtime Stylus’ standard. In many cases where the stylus is not producing pressure changes or is not producing paint at all having support for both of these turned on at once can be the cause, so they can be turned off independently.

Follow these steps to change ArtRage input settings:

  1. Open the ArtRage Preferences panel from the Edit menu and locate the ‘Input’ section.
  2. Make sure ‘Use Wintab’ is turned on and ‘Use Realtime Stylus’ is turned off.
  3. Click OK and restart ArtRage.
  4. If the problem persists, return to the Preferences panel and turn ‘Use Wintab’ off, and turn ‘Use Realtime Stylus’ on.
  5. Click OK and restart ArtRage.

This tests whether the problem was caused by ArtRage incorrectly handling information when both standards were supported. If it does not solve the problem, please do the following:

  1. Make sure that any drivers for your tablet are up to date.
  2. Contact us and let us know what version of Windows you are using, what type of input device you are using, and exactly what the problem is.

The Short Answer

When you create a painting that you want to print in ArtRage for Windows or macOS, follow these steps to make sure it will be the right size when printed:

  1. Select the ‘Print Size’ tab at the top of the New File panel.
  2. Enter the physical dimensions you want the printed image to be.
  3. Enter the DPI value the printer requires when printing.

ArtRage will then calculate how many pixels are required to make the canvas the right size.

For more information, keep reading!

In More Detail…

The size of a painting on your computer screen is not necessarily the same as its size when printed. This is because the number of dots (‘pixels’ on the screen) per inch of space is often different between screens and printed documents.

The trick to creating your painting at the correct size on the screen for the size you want it to be when printed is to use the Print Size option in the ArtRage New File panel, and to understand DPI.

What is DPI?

DPI is an important concept when you want to print. You may see it when you look at the technical specifications of the printer you are using, or a print shop may refer to it when you ask them to print an image.

‘DPI’ stands for ‘dots per inch’ and refers to the number of dots (which are the same as ‘pixels’ here) a printer will place in each inch of space. So, when someone refers to the DPI value of your image, they are referring to how many of its pixels will be placed across an inch of space when printed.

An average computer screen might be 72 DPI, while a high quality print might be 300 or even 600 dpi, so you can see that many more pixels can be required per inch of space when printing an image.

If I create a painting in ArtRage that is 800 x 600, it might be a reasonable size on my screen but if I print it on a printer that applies 300 dots per inch, it will only be 2.6 inches wide by 2 inches tall.

So you don’t really care about DPI when you create an image on your screen – you just create an image that looks the right size while you’re painting it. But you do need to think about it if you are going to print that image later.

Now you know what DPI is, we can look at the two ways you can set up the painting.

Ensuring the Painting is the Right Size When Created.

When you create a painting in ArtRage you can choose to create it using either Screen Size or Print Size by selecting the appropriate tab in the New File panel.

The Screen Size option lets you select how many pixels wide and tall the painting is. This is good for if you will be showing your painting digitally, sharing it online for example, but we want to set up for printing. Note that when you select Screen Size, the info bar below the width and height entry boxes will show you what size that painting would be if printed using a specific DPI value.

The option we want is ‘Print Size’. Print Size lets you select the actual printed dimensions your image will adopt when printed.

When you set the values in Print Size, choose the physical dimensions you want and set the DPI value the printer you will be using requires. ArtRage will then calculate the total amount of pixels width and height the painting requires.

Note: In some cases this may result in a huge painting that has so many pixels ArtRage slows down while you work on it. In these cases, it’s easier to create the painting at a smaller size then export it as an image and increase the size after you’ve painted it in another application.

Further Support.

Understanding print settings can be tricky if you’re not used to it. If you have any problems please Contact Us and we’ll be happy to help!

Importing Images

You can import a standard image file to use as the basis of a new painting by opening the File menu and choosing ‘Import Image File’.

Images can also be imported to existing paintings as a new layer by choosing ‘Import Image to layer’ in the File menu. After importing the image, you can scale, rotate and resize it, then either click the check button in the Transform window or press enter to confirm.

Exporting Images

To export your painting as a standard image file, open the File menu and choose ‘Export Image File’. You can select the type of image you want to export here.

Desktop Versions

There is no set maximum limit for paintings in the desktop version of ArtRage 5. The amount of memory your desktop computer has, and the increasing demands of working at large sizes with a simulation of real paint will be the limiting factor. You can download a demo of Artrage to try it out on your computer. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Mobile Versions

Mobile versions of ArtRage can create paintings up to 2048 x 2048 pixels in size. On the iPad Pro, you can create paintings up to 4096 x 4096 pixels in size.

The current versions of ArtRage support the following systems and languages. Note that if your language is not supported, ArtRage will default to English, and ArtRage for Windows or macOS allows you to manually select an alternative language from the list of ones it supports:

Windows or macOS:

ArtRage 5 and ArtRage Lite both support:

Systems: Windows Vista or later, 32 and 64 bit. macOS 10.7 or later, 32 and 64 bit. Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, and Japanese.

ArtRage for iOS:

ArtRage for iOS supports:

Systems: iOS 10 or later.
Hardware: ArtRage for iOS is a Universal app that supports both iPad and iPhone. Includes support for Apple Pencil and styluses from Wacom and Adonit.
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, and Japanese.

ArtRage for Android:

ArtRage for Android and ArtRage Oil Painter Free for Android both support:

Systems: Android 4.0 or later.
Hardware: Phone and Tablet devices with a screen 320dpi or greater. Includes support for Samsung S-Pen.
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).

ArtRage for Windows or macOS:

Updates to your version (for example, updating ArtRage 4.0 to 4.5) are provided free of charge from our Member Area. Upgrades to new versions (for example upgrading ArtRage 4 to ArtRage 5) are given an upgrade discount to make the cost of the new version cheaper, this is also provided from our Member Area.

To download the latest version of your software our claim an upgrade discount please follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have created a Member Area Account. Click here for more information on how to do this.
  2. Make sure you have Registered your ArtRage Serial Number. Click here for more information on how to do this.

Once you have followed those steps, check that your current product is listed on your Profile page then you can move on to the next step.

To Download Updates:

To update to the latest version of your product click the Download button next to its entry on your Profile Page. That will provide you with options such as downloading for Windows or macOS. Select the appropriate version and download the software to your computer.

The file you download is an installer file. Locate it on your computer and double click it then follow instructions to install it. Once you have done that, your old version of ArtRage will have been updated to the latest. Note that any custom content you made such as tool presets and stencils, and your saved paintings will not be harmed by this update process.

To Purchase an Upgrade:

To purchase an upgrade to a new version of ArtRage click the Upgrade button next to your current version on your Profile Page. This will assign you an upgrade coupon and a popup will appear with an Upgrade button that you can click to confirm that you wish to proceed. Click this and you will be taken to the online store with your discount coupon applied to the new product price.

When you complete your purchase the store will email you a new Serial Number and download links for the new product. Download the product to your computer and double click the installation file to install it.

If you see a note next to your product on the Profile Page indicating that your Coupon has ‘already been claimed’ please contact our Customer Support as this message usually indicates that an older coupon was claimed but not used before we adjusted our systems, and we should be able to assist.

ArtRage for iOS or Android:

Updates to the latest version of your App on iOS or Android are handled by the store you downloaded the app from. Return there and you should be able to download the latest version of the product.

Unfortunately we do not have access to the download systems of those stores so if you have problems downloading, or if it looks like you need to purchase the App again when you have already purchased it, please contact customer support for the store, they should be able to help you solve the problem.

ArtRage for Windows or macOS:

When you purchase ArtRage or ArtRage Lite for Windows or macOS you receive an installer with the software product and a range of sample resources such as tool presets, sticker sheet, stencils, and more.

The software you receive does not require a Subscription – once you have paid for it you can use it for as long as you want with no further payments. We provide a free download service via the ArtRage Member Area that lets you download the installer for your product again whenever you need it if you have Registered your Serial Number there.

Updates to your version (for example, updating ArtRage 4.0 to 4.5) are provided free of charge, these usually include fixes for issues that appeared after release, and sometimes small feature updates.

Upgrades to new versions (for example upgrading ArtRage 4 to ArtRage 5) are given an upgrade discount to make the cost of the new version cheaper. These upgrades come with major feature additions.

We allow you to install ArtRage on more than one computer for your own use, so if you have a laptop and a desktop machine you can install on both from the same license.

ArtRage for iOS or Android:

When you purchase ArtRage for iOS or Android you receive the application and sample resources such as tool presets, downloaded from the store you used to make the purchase.

The App does not require a subscription and does not contain any in-App purchases so all of the features are available for use without further purchase.

If you download the Free version of ArtRage for Android (‘ArtRage Oil Painter Free’) you receive a limited feature set only, but the product does not require a purchase to use the features it provides. It does contain a ‘Purchase’ button allowing you to purchase the full version of ArtRage for Android but it does not contain advertising from other companies.

On Windows or macOS, the first time you launch ArtRage you will be asked to Unlock the product using your Serial Number. You will also be asked to enter it when you Register your product in our Member Area. If you experience problems with either of these systems, please double check that you have entered the right Serial Number:

Serial Number Error when Unlocking or Registering:

– ArtRage 3 or later uses a 25 digit Serial Number. ArtRage 2 uses a 20 digit Registration Key.

– If you have your Serial Number in digital format such as in an email you can Copy it from there and Paste it in to the Unlock panel in ArtRage.

– If you received ArtRage with a Wacom graphics tablet or other hardware, please make sure you are using the ArtRage Serial Number the manufacturer provided, Wacom ‘Software Download Bundle’ codes and tablet serial numbers will not unlock ArtRage.

Serial Number Already Claimed when Registering:

Each ArtRage Serial Number can only be Registered once in our Member Area. If you receive an error telling you that your Serial has already been registered, it may be because you previously registered it with a different email address, or that a duplicate Serial Number has been given out. Please contact us and let us know the Serial Number you are trying to register and we can look in to it for you.

If you continue to have problems, please contact us and let us know the Serial Number you are entering along with where you received it from and we should be able to help!

Where you can find your ArtRage Serial Number depends on which version you are using:

ArtRage for iOS or Android:

The iOS and Android versions of ArtRage do not require a Serial Number so you should not need one.

ArtRage for Windows / macOS:

If you have ArtRage running on your computer you can locate your Serial Number using its option in the Help Menu. If you do not have ArtRage running, where you find your Serial depends on where you purchased it:

Purchased from us:

If you purchased ArtRage from our website you would have received your 25 digit Serial Number with your purchase confirmation email. If you cannot locate it, please contact us and let us know the email address or street address you used when you made the purchase so we can confirm your details and find your Serial.

Note that if you own ArtRage 2, the Serial Number is called a ‘Registration Key’ in your email and is a 20 digit code.

Received with a Wacom or other graphics tablet or hardware:

If you received your software as part of a bundle with a Wacom or other model graphics tablet or hardware your Serial Number should have been provided by the company who manufactured the tablet. Because we do not have access to their customer systems, you will need to contact Customer Support for the company who manufactured the hardware and they should be able to help.

Purchased on Steam:

If you purchased ArtRage on Steam you can locate your Serial Number using the ‘CD Key’ option for the software in your library. To do this: Launch the Steam Client, right-click the ArtRage app under your Steam Library and then select “View CD-Key”. If desired, you can copy this serial key and register it in our member area to gain download links for the non-steam version and upgrade discounts.

ArtRage 2 from Smith Micro:

If you purchased a boxed copy of ArtRage from Smith Micro your Serial Number should be in the box. Unfortunately we do not have access to serial number records for Smith Micro customers so if you are unable to locate it you will need to contact their Customer Support line.

Windows and macOS

After you complete your purchase of ArtRage from our online store, you should see download links displayed for Windows and OS X. Click the download link for your operating system to download the ArtRage installer. The online store also sends you an email with your serial number and download links for ArtRage.

If you no longer have the email from the online store, or their download link has expired, you can also download ArtRage from our Member Area once you’ve created a Member Area account and registered your ArtRage serial number.

You can find how to create a Member Area account here and how to register ArtRage here.

If you are unsure or need help, please contact us! We’ll be happy to help track down your purchase and help you to download your software again.

Android and iOS

After purchasing the mobile version of ArtRage from the Google Play store or iOS App Store, you can download the app right away from that store.

Blurry or wrong resolution interface in ArtRage on Windows 10

If your ArtRage Lite or ArtRage 5 interface is blurry or too large, and creates a new canvas at the wrong resolution, this is usually due to the magnification option in the display settings in Windows 10. You can fix this by telling ArtRage to ignore the custom display settings.

To stop Windows 10 applying a different magnification to ArtRage and reset the interface back to normal:

  1. Go to the ArtRage.exe file
  2. Either right click on the ArtRage shortcut and choose ‘More > Open File Location’
  3. Or browse to C:\Program Files\Ambient Design\ArtRage 5/Lite)
  4. Right click on ArtRage.exe or ArtRage Lite.exe and choose Properties.
  5. Go to the ‘Compatibility‘ tab and select ‘Override high DPI scaling behaviour
  6. Make sure that ‘Scaling performed by‘ is set to ‘Application‘.

ArtRage will then ignore the magnification options and calculate interface size based only on your monitor resolution.

Note: High definition support is something we are working on, but we do not have an estimated release time for yet.

Select “Override high DPI scaling behaviour”

How to install an earlier version of ArtRage for iOS that is compatible with an older iPad 3 or other iOS device

If you are still using an older iOS version that is not supported by the latest update to the iOS app then you can still use the older versions of the app. To get the App Store to let you install an older version, you must already have the app listed as a download in your purchase history.

To install an older version for the first time try the following steps:

  • Install the app on a compatible device or iTunes on the desktop first. it will then be automatically available to your older devices.
  • Access the app from the ‘Purchased’ section of the App Store on your older device.


This should only affect users who are purchasing the app for the first time or are trying to reinstall after uninstalling the app. Anyone who already has ArtRage installed should not be affected by future updates. We do not remove older versions of ArtRage, so if you are still unable to install our app, you may need to contact Apple Support for further assistance or see their official FAQ.

Artrage 5 Incremental Updates

A history of bug fixes and new features found in the version updates for ArtRage 5. These are free incremental updates for improving your purchased software.

ArtRage Lite uses the same version number and will usually be updated at the same time as ArtRage 5, as it has the same bugs, compatibility requirements, and improvements. With the exception of features that are only found in ArtRage 5 (e.g. all the initial update for ArtRage 5 will be ArtRage 5 only until all the new features are stable), all of the updates below also apply to ArtRage Lite.

You can download the latest version from the Member Area, once you have registered your product.

2018

ArtRage 5.0.8
Released 1st August, 2018

Fixes

  • We’ve addressed a problem that could cause errors when pasting content to a layer in a hidden group.
  • We’ve made a change to tilt handling to fix a problem that could occur on some devices using Windows Realtime Stylus input where tilt values would be processed incorrectly.
ArtRage 5.0.7
Released 12th July, 2018

Fixes

  • Fixed some issues with Tilt processing on Surface devices and Stylus Profiles not properly updating the selected tool when you bring a stylus to the tablet on compatible devices.
  • We’ve added an ‘Allow Touch’ option for Surface devices running Realtime Stylus that allows you to turn off touch processing on the canvas. Note that this may work on other devices, but we can’t be sure at this time.
  • Stencils now resize properly when you zoom the canvas using the zoom level text edit.
  • We’ve corrected a mistake in the Stencil Options menu in ArtRage Lite and stopped the app forgetting that changes had been made to a canvas if you cancel save during naming the file.
  • We removed a ‘Handled Error’ message that would pop up for no reason when you cancel script recording.
ArtRage 5.0.6
Released 28th Feb, 2018

Fixes

  • Fixed various scripting bugs including cancellation of transform of pasted content not scripting, crashes when bump blend mode was set to replace in scripting, incorrect layer ordering after importing images in scripts, and tool selection problems after ending warp in scripts.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed painting during temporary H/V flip on Windows. This problem resulted in some unintended partial functionality.
  • Added localised strings for Guides and Document menus.
  • Fixed a UI problem with package file description editing when in Lights Out mode.
  • Fixed a problem that would cause ArtRage to believe it had crashed when starting again after a Win10 restart event.
  • Fixed a timing issue that could cause the Crop/Resize Canvas positioning menu to fail to update if opened quickly after moving the target position of the new canvas.
  • Removed the non-functional Warp Brush shortcut from the shortcuts menu.
ArtRage Lite Only Fixes
  • Fixed a problem that could add large numbers of grid and perspective sets to PTG files saved from Lite.
  • Fixed a problem that caused the app to forget a painting needed to be saved after making changes if save was cancelled when opening a new painting but the new painting operation was also cancelled.
  • Removed non or partially functional options from the Stencils menu in Lite.

2017

ArtRage 5.0.5
Released 25th July, 2017

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur in input panels generated by scripts.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Canvas Mover to lose its ‘Tear Off’ button when docked.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the wrong tool to be selected after application of a scripted warp.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the sampler cursor to get stuck when sampling off media when sampling the current layer only.
  • Fixed an artefact that could appear in non square Custom brush heads.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Light blend mode in the Emboss Layer Effect to update to match the Shadow blend mode when activated.
  • Fixed artefacts that could occur when updating a large scale Pillow Emboss Layer Effect.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Fill tool being used in Scraps.
  • Fixed a script bug that could prevent processing of some manual scripts.
  • Fixed a slowdown that would occur when merging layers in groups or structures with hidden layers.
  • Removed the Rotate entry from the Transform pane when transforming Tracing Images as they can’t rotate.
  • Fixed a potential overflow of colour values in areas of partial opacity that could lead to artefacts.
  • Scripting input panels now respect Lights Out mode properly.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the numeric values for guides to appear under the Menu Bar when changing documents.
  • Adjusted the Aspect Ratio lock option in resize panels to avoid conflicting with selected custom sizes.
  • Made sure the Show Guides button on the Layout Panel updates when adding guides after tearing the panel off.
  • Updated the Layer Effects indicator in Layer previews when cancelling the Layer Effects pane.
ArtRage Lite Only Fixes
  • Re-enabled the F5 shortcut for toggling canvas lighting in ArtRage Lite.
  • Removed the ‘New Sticker Sheet’ option from ArtRage Lite, it didn’t do anything because that feature is not available in the product.
ArtRage Lite 5.0.4 Released 20th April, 2017

ArtRage Lite has been updated from version 4.5.10 to 5.0.4. This is a free update for all existing and future owners, including users who downloaded Lite from Wacom and updates Lite to use the latest code from ArtRage 5 for better performance and operating system compatibility.

Changes
  • Improved Performance
  • Updated Interface
  • Canvas Lighting toggle
  • Canvas Positioner
  • Ink Pen Opacity
  • ArtRage 5 Discount added to Help menu
  • Paste from External Clipboard
ArtRage 5.0.4
Released 23rd Mar, 2017

Fixes

  • Adjusted transform operations in scripts to correct problems with transformed content offset on playback.
  • Cancelling layer texture edits no longer produces an erroneous ‘handled’ error popup.
  • Adjusted menu bar layout to reduce instances of overlapped items.
  • Made some changes to PSD text layer import to fix problems after changes to the internal text format of the file type.
  • Adjusted fill to correct some opacity issues and improve speed.
  • Guides are now placed correctly when playing back a script at greater than 100% size.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Recent Files after the 10th one in the list from working.
  • Adjusted tap and hold right click helpers to allow functionality in the grips of the corner roundels in Classic mode.
  • Adjusted positioning for corner panels so that they remember their last dropped location when torn off a second time.
  • Corrected some English strings in the French localisation.
ArtRage 5.0.3
Released 21st Feb, 2017

Changes

  • Adjusted custom brush brush head import to avoid stretching non square heads to fit a square bitmap.
  • The Rename option for layout sets now defaults to the current name of that set rather than ‘Untitled’.


Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when deleting guide sets.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when closing the warp panel with the Escape key during warp stroke processing.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when redoing an undone Warp stroke after applying Warp in a large canvas.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when importing a Photoshop brush to a new sticker sheet in a user defined group of Sticker Spray presets.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented correct layer duplication when playing a script and duplicating a text layer.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented paste of copied sticker layers on OS X.
  • Fixed a bug that could result in a blank transform rig when pasting a sticker layer.
  • Fixed a bug that caused loading to work incorrectly in the Custom Brush with Multithreading on if Pick Up Color is active.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent proper Unlocking of the app on Mac OS X 10.8 or earlier.
  • Invert in the Brush Designer now updates the interface when applied to the brush mask.
  • The canvas mover now updates when you switch between open documents.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent correct playback of a script with Fill in it if Escape was used to cancel the fill part way through.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the script playback controls to indicate ‘stopped’ state when playing back a script that had a painting inlined in to it.
  • Scripts now record initial Canvas Lighting state.
  • Fixed a bug that caused text in the Russian localisation to be offset upwards for sliders.
  • Adjusted the Russian localisation to improve text fit in the Pods.
  • The Save prompt will no longer become faded when closing the app and saving multiple documents with the Tool Settings panel open.
  • Sticker Opacity is now locked to 100% maximum when setting it via the right click option on the sticker layer.
  • Fixed artefacting that could occur when perspective transforming to extreme values.
  • The Canvas Mover now remembers when it was undocked next time you start the app after previously being docked.
  • The Menu Bar now updates its tool indicators properly after exiting the Warp panel.
  • The settings panel now lays itself out properly when a tool is active that has no settings.
ArtRage 5.0.2
Released 17th Feb, 2017

Fixes

  • Tooltips no longer get in the way of clicks on buttons on floating panels.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when launching the brush designer from the Tool Settings panel when it was open as a popup from the Menu Bar in Docking mode.
  • Fixed a potential issue at tool up time relating to canvas snap points.
  • The OS X cursor now updates around the edges of references to indicate rotate and scale points.
  • Clicking a reference in the Refs panel now brings its window to the front.
  • Fixed a problem with the sampler working in the lower area of a canvas that is taller than it is wide – The sampler would not process when in those areas.
  • Fixed artefacting and some repeated impression issues in the Custom Brush.
  • Classic mode Tool and Colour picker Collapse buttons now respect Lights Out mode changes.
  • Scripting now correctly records gradient fill operations.
  • Added a wait indicator to Redo operations after undoing Warp.
ArtRage 5.0.1
Released 8th Feb, 2017

Fixes

  • Quick Start Guides for Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish have been added.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when pasting Cut data from another layer.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause stickers to resize when cancelling transform after pasting or in some cases after loading a document.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented scripting of right click operations in stickers.
  • You can now paste text in to a new layer on OS X (apparently this didn’t work right back through ArtRage 4).
  • Fixed some issues when pasting stickers to empty layers.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Auto Trace indicator to appear under the Color Picker sliders when in docked mode with the Sliders Page visible.
  • Updated the Auto Trace indicator for Lights Out mode.
  • Fixed temporary artefacting that could occur on the canvas when using the ink pen with stylus tilt rotation turned on.
ArtRage 5 Released February 7th, 2017

If you’re seeing strange crashes in Windows 10 when you zoom, rotate, or interact with menus (or other random movements of your stylus or touch gestures) then the culprit is probably Press & Hold for Right Click. This is a tablet and touch input setting that can conflict with tablet drivers and software in strange ways.

  • Go to your Control Panel > Pen and Touch > Change touch input settings
  • Disable or enable ‘press and hold’ (whichever it currently is, change it)



This feature has also caused strange zooming or ‘right clicking’ behaviour with older Wacom drivers and previous versions of Windows.

If you are using ArtRage 3 Studio/Studio Pro and are seeing crashes, this might be due to an incompatible feature that you can disable: ArtRage memory crashes on Windows 10

If you can interact with the menus and buttons, but can’t make any marks on the paper, or can draw fine but can’t use the menus properly, then the problem is usually the tablet driver settings.

If you are using ArtRage for iPad or ArtRage for Android, make sure that you haven’t set it to ignore touch input from your finger or use a different stylus.

If you are using Windows, then the issue is usually tablet drivers. Go to Edit > ArtRage Preferences > Input Devices.

If both Realtime Stylus and Wintab are ticked, this is almost always the problem (ArtRage tries to autodetect the one you need to use, but if the tablet driver or operating system sends the wrong signal, ArtRage can’t use it and appears to not be responding). If only one is ticked, you might need to change to the other one.

  • If you are using a separate graphics tablet to draw on (or a mouse!), turn off Realtime Stylus and restart ArtRage.
  • If you are using a touchscreen device (e.g. a Cintiq or Surface Pro), turn off Wintab and restart ArtRage.
artrage stylus input preferences

Artrage 4.5 Incremental Updates

A history of bug fixes and new features found in the version updates for ArtRage 4.5. These are free incremental updates for improving your purchased software.

ArtRage Lite uses the same version number and is updated at the same time as ArtRage 4, as it has the same bugs, compatibility requirements, and improvements. With the exception of features that are only found in ArtRage 4, all of the updates below also apply to ArtRage Lite.

You can download the latest version from the Member Area, once you have registered your product.

2017

ArtRage 5 Released February 7th, 2017

2016

ArtRage 4.5.10
Released 19th May, 2016

Updates

  • Support for AES styluses on Windows that provide stylus ID information. This allows ArtRage to recognise different AES styluses and allocate tools to them via the Stylus Manager in the application.

Fixes

  • Realtime Stylus: Fixed a potential slowdown that could occur after painting for some time using a Realtime Stylus input device.
  • Scripts: Fixed a crash that could occur when using a manually written script to trigger a file dialog.
  • Transform Shortcuts: Fixed a bug that prevented zoom shortcuts working during transform.
  • Blend Modes: Made some changes to saturation blend mode to match the approach taken by Photoshop.
  • Mac OS X: Fixed a problem that prevented the app properly leaving full screen mode if it had been entered via the + button on the window titlebar.

2015

ArtRage 4.5.9
Released 16th October, 2015

Fixes

  • Tool settings that were set to modify using the mouse wheel would reset to 0% when the application was reloaded.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the sticker spray with symmetry turned on.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented ink pen settings working correctly in all symmetry segments other than the one being painted to unless those settings were modified after symmetry was activated.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented reference images and stencils being removed from the Toolbox Panel when they were removed from the canvas.
ArtRage 4.5.8
Released 15th October, 2015

Fixes

  • Mac OS X only: Changes to help work around the lag in tablet events that appeared in OS X 10.11.
ArtRage 4.5.7
Released 28th September, 2015

Fixes

  • Re-implemented 32 bit support on Mac OS X.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause colour sampling issues if running on multi-monitors with a canvas smaller than the window.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented individual panel scales being saved to preferences.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Art Pen toggle being applied when loading Felt Pen presets.

ArtRage Lite Released 2nd September, 2015

ArtRage 4.5.6
Released 28th August, 2015

Fixes

  • Fixed a colour sampling issue that could occur when ArtRage wasn’t in fullscreen mode
ArtRage 4.5.5
Released 26th August, 2015

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur on Win10 when Multithreading was turned on.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in the OS X font system when ArtRage launched on OS X.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when playing back scripts that had Swatch display modes adjusted during recording.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent brush size being properly read from scripts. The scripts contain the right data so playback of existing scripts should be improved.
ArtRage 4.5.4
Released 9th February, 2015

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem that could make the preview area in adjustment dialogues undraggable on devices that have specific combinations of Wacom drivers and Realtime Stylus input.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented canvas presets clearing Paper Patterns if they did not contain one themselves.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur if a document with a damaged reference image entry was loaded and the references panel opened.
  • Updated OS X build settings to restore 32-bit functionality to the application.


Windows 2-in-1 Support: ArtRage 4.5.4 includes support for Windows devices that include a ‘2-in-1’ switch. In general these devices are tablet devices with a docking system, or laptop devices with the ability to switch to tablet mode. ArtRage can be set to respond when compatible devices switch between desktop/tablet mode by turning on the 2-in-1 preference in the Advanced section of the Preferences Panel. When a compatible device switches to Tablet mode, ArtRage increases the scale of its user interface slightly to aid touch accessibility. This preference is turned off by default.

Important Note: Due to the way 2-in-1 switching is handled by Windows, devices that do not support it (including desktop computers) report to applications that they are always in Tablet mode. Please do not turn this preference on if you are not sure that you are using a 2-in-1 device.

2014

ArtRage 4.5.3
Released 16th September, 2014

Updates

ArtRage 4.5.2
Released 16th September, 2014

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Export Image to fail when exporting from a Layer to PNG or PSD on Mac OS X specifically.
  • Fixed a problem in the Windows 64-bit executable version manifest that could cause system log warnings and potentially crashes on some machines with specific user permission settings.
  • Fixed a problem in scripts that could cause extremely light strokes to be too heavy on playback. This change should allow some scripts that have problems with strokes being too dark to play back correctly.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause a script to go in to Stopped state incorrectly during playback.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause script playback errors when smart quotation marks were entered in a script file.
ArtRage 4.5.1
Released 13 August, 2014

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that caused save to fail when running ArtRage on Mac OS X in a language other than English that ArtRage supports natively (FR, DE, NL, ES, JA, RU).
  • Fixed a bug that caused the rotational component of live tilted pencils to adjust based on stroke direction on OS X, causing darker edges of tilted strokes to shift sides based on stroke angle rather than pen angle.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the app recognising 32 bit Photoshop plugins when in 32 bit mode on Windows.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented package files created on Windows from being installed on Mac OS X.
  • Fixed a bug that caused problems with Colour Adjustment when played back from a script with a non-rectangular selection active.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented right click menus in Scraps and Views processing on OS X in 64 bit mode.
  • Fixed an installer bug that prevented the desktop shortcut being installed on Windows when requested.
  • Fixed an installer bug that assigned incorrect icons to the various ArtRage file types on Windows.

ArtRage 4.5 Released 11th August, 2014

ArtRage 4.5.0 Updates
Features & Improvements:
  • 64-Bit Support: ArtRage 4.5 now supports 64 bit operating systems, which means it can use significantly more memory on your 64 bit computer. As a result the application is significantly faster and can work with much larger canvases than it could previously. See below for details.

  • Grids: The Grids button on the ArtRage menu bar lets you turn on canvas grid overlays which can be used as structural guides while you paint.

  • Live Pencil Tilt: The pencil tool now supports Stylus Tilt where available, allowing you to tilt the pencil during strokes to vary the breadth of the ‘lead’ impression on the canvas.

  • Font Picker & Text Adjustments: We’ve added a font picker panel to make font selection easier, and adjusted how text behaves. See below for details.

  • List Item Reorganisation: You can now manually reorder color samples and toolbox panel items by dragging them in their list.

  • Workbench Reorganisation: You can now manually reorder items on the pinboard, and there is a new Color Samples section to the Workbench that prevents samples from interfering with Pinboard space.

  • Multitouch on OS X: We’ve added Scale and Rotate gesture support on OS X if you’re using an input device that provides them.

  • Resource Duplicate / Move: You can now duplicate items in resource collections and move items between collections by right clicking them and selecting the appropriate option.

  • Selection sets are now saved with documents: Active selection sets will now be saved with your document so that they are available on reload.
Fixes & Changes:
  • Significantly improved the speed of transform operations on the canvas, beyond the standard speed increase in the 64 bit version.
  • Significantly improved the speed of large Undo and Redo operations, beyond the standard speed increase in the 64 bit version.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the selection tool to fail to work on in some modes on a small number of Windows 8 devices using some stylus input
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  • Fixed a bug that could cause strokes made after the eraser tip of a stylus was used during scripting to be recorded as eraser rather than the correct tool.
  • Stencil removal added to scripting.
  • Clone tool has been added to scripting.
  • Added initial selection set state to scripts that were started with the current canvas included.
  • Fixed artefacts that could occur while dragging transform areas.
  • Prevented the text tool selecting text on a hidden layer when clicking on the canvas to select a text layer.
  • Fixed a bug that caused paint stroke grain interactions to be offset from the position of the visible grain in the canvas.
  • Fixed a bug that caused pencil strokes to project slightly beyond the point at which stroke drag ended.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Save Toolbox from working if your toolbox only contained color samples.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the workbench updating if you loaded a toolbox while the workbench was open.
  • Added Shift + K as the default shortcut for the clone tool – Note that you will need to reset your keyboard shortcuts to see this.
  • Moved Global Color Samples to their own file so that resetting preferences no longer resets them as well.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the wrong preset to be highlighted as ‘active’ when you load a painting file – Only files saved in 4.5 or later will highlight the correct preset, earlier files don’t contain the information required.
  • Disabled file based editing options in the right click menu for Rulers in the Stencil Panel to prevent ‘File Not Found’ errors when those operations were attempted on the virtual ruler.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause symmetry reflected tools to use the wrong settings if switching between some specific presets with the symmetry system active.
  • Adjusted colour sampler drag to hide interface panels as the input point approaches them.
  • Prevented Manual Tracing Image Scale options being available when other tracing scale modes are active.
  • Added About and Preferences items to the standard application menu location on the OS X menu bar.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause some PSD files to import filled with black.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented custom colour pickers being deleted from their resource collection panel.
  • Improved file handling on OS X 10.9 to prevent issues where file names and paths contained / characters.
  • Adjusted sticker sheets so that the sheet vanishes temporarily as you peel a sticker off, allowing for placement beneath it on the canvas.
  • Fixed a bug that made pinboard indicators in the Toolbox incorrectly greyed out when an object was first added to the list.
  • Adjusted the error message displayed when attempting to import a non-image file in to a map slot in the sticker creator to remove the ‘success’ indicator.
  • Fixed a bug that caused multitouch panning on OS X 10.9 to work slowly.
64 Bit Version:

Mac OS X: The ArtRage installer installs a single application that works in both 32 and 64 bit modes. By default the application opens in the mode appropriate to the computer you are running on. 64 bit OS users can force the application to run in 32 bit mode by selecting the ArtRage icon in the Applications folder, select Get Info from the Finder’s File Menu and turning on the ’32 bit Mode’ checkbox. Turning that off will revert the application to 64 bit next time it launches.

Windows: The ArtRage installer detects the type of operating system you are using and installs the appropriate version. If you are using a 32 bit operating system only the 32 bit version is installed. If you are using a 64 bit operating system the ArtRage.exe that is installed will be 64 bit but we also install ArtRage32.exe, a 32 bit version that you can launch if you need to. Please note that the installation location of ArtRage 4.5 may be in either the Program Files (x86) folder if you had a previous version installed, or the Program Files folder – The installation location makes no difference to whether the 64 bit version will launch correctly.

Windows XP Users: Unfortunately ArtRage 4.5 is not compatible with Windows XP. Owners of ArtRage 4 purchased from our store can still download the older 4.0 version from the Member Area whenever you need it but the updated version will not work on your operating system. Owners of ArtRage 4 on Steam can opt in to the Windows XP Branch of the product by locating ArtRage in your Library, right clicking and selection Properties, then in the Beta Tab opting in to the WinXP branch. This will make sure that your version of ArtRage remains at 4.0.

Text Adjustments:

ArtRage 4.5 treats text slightly differently to the older version in order to fix some problems that could arise when selecting fonts without a text layer active. When you select a font, what happens depends upon the current active text selection you have. Here’s how it works:

  • If you have an active text selection, that text is updated to the new selected font.
  • If you have a caret active in a text layer but no selection, the new font is used when you start typing.
  • If you have no caret active but you are on a text layer, the entire layer is updated to the new font.
  • If you do not have a text layer active, the font selection remains and that font will be used next time you create a new text object.
  • The new Font Picker allows you to select fonts from a dialog list rather than a menu. It supports navigation keys for scrolling and you can start to type the name of the font you want to skip to that point in the list. Double click a font or select it then click OK to choose the new font.
Workbench & Item List Changes:
  • Items in the Color Samples panel, Toolbox panel, Workbench Color Samples area, and Pinboard can now be dragged to reposition them manually.
  • Items in the Color Samples panel can be dragged between the Global and Local sections if you want, or just rearranged inside their own section.
  • Items in the Toolbox panel can only be dragged within their own category. For example, you can’t drag a Preset in to the Stencils category.
  • The Workbench Color Samples area is a resizable area that lists all of the current Toolbox Samples if any exist – You can resize this area as you want and as samples get added they will expand downwards within that area rather than eating in to the Pinboard.
  • Items on the Pinboard when in Workbench mode can be reordered around each other as you wish.

2013

ArtRage 4.0.6
Released 28th October, 2013

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in 4.0.5 that prevented check for updates completing the check.

Note: Because the bug in 4.0.5 relates to update checking, the Steam version does not require this update.

ArtRage 4.0.5
Released 22nd Oct 2013
Tablet Support Changes

We’ve made some changes to the way ArtRage handles pressure ranges on Windows systems that use the Realtime Stylus for tablet support and have more than one digitiser device registered with the system. This should address low pressure ranges reported on the new Sony Vaio devices that were experiencing problems with light strokes. It should also allow support for correct pressure input on devices that have multiple digitisers plugged in.

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem that could cause PSD files written by some applications other than Photoshop importing with bad layer data.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause menus on OS X to become inaccessible after attempting to use Adjust Colors or other layer editing effects on a hidden layer.
ArtRage 4.0.4
Released 29th May, 2013
Fixes
  • Fixed a problem that could cause cursor behaviour issues on Windows running with a 150% magnified screen. See technical notes here.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent Package Files written in ArtRage 3 that contained Chalk presets not to install properly in ArtRage 4.
  • Fixed a memory leak that could occur on uninstalling Package Files.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in situations where the app was unable to read the contents of the Tool Presets Collection folders.
ArtRage 4.0.3
Released 3rd May, 2013

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that would cause the app to become unresponsive on OS X when checking for updates in full screen mode.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed menus on OS X to be accessed while a modal panel was up.
  • Fixed a bug that caused non-compressed PSD files to appear with a black background on import.
  • Fixed a bug that caused files that had a group as their base layer to save without creating a pseudo-canvas layer when exporting to PSD.
  • Fixed a bug that caused DPI and Unit Type changes made while using the Resize panel to be lost on apply.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause script nesting errors in long scripts when rulers had been applied and removed.
  • Fixed a bug that caused DPI and Unit Type changes made while using the Resize panel to be lost on apply.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the layout of the toolbox panel to be incorrect if Show Samples With Names was toggled when no toolbox samples had been added and the toolbox panel was open.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur on OS X when using a complex selection set in a large document and triggering transform.
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when using auto-repeating tools such as the airbrush or wet blenders in scraps and views.


Changes & Additions

  • Made a change to memory handling that should allow addressing of larger memory space on Windows. Previous builds were not using the full 32 bit address range.
  • Adjusted the layout of the Samples panel to reduce Herman Grid illusion problems.
  • Clicking the entry for a reference in the Reference panel now brings that reference to the top.
  • Exporting a layer will now set the default name of the exported file to the layer’s name if it has one.
  • Added tooltips to the Workbench toolbar for the Tool Picker, Tool Size, Layer Control, and Zoom Level Control.
  • Corrected an incorrect reference to the suffix of ptgback files in the manual.
  • Corrected the palette knife manual entry to indicate that paint can be applied by the knife if loading is over 0%.
ArtRage 4.0.2 Update
Available 28th February, 2013

Crash Fixes

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when importing image files in some situations, probably relating to default canvases.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur at the end of a paint stroke on Windows with some driver/hardware combinations. This could also cause modal panels such as the Preferences Panel to become unresponsive.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when running in Japanese on OS X when using sliders repeatedly


Other Fixes & Adjustments

  • Fixed a bug that caused the ArtRage window to shift downwards on the screen on OS X when starting the app if it wasn’t in full screen mode.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause stencils added to the toolbox to change type after reloading the document they were stored in.
  • Adjusted keyboard handling to speed up response to Wacom touch ring events on OS X – Events were being cached so continuing to process after the touch ring was released.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause corruption on a new layer that was created by duplicating a hidden layer that had metallic paint on it.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented file type selection being properly persisted in export dialogues on OS X.
  • Fixed some minor errors in the Russian translation.
  • Added some missing localised strings in the Japanese translation.
  • Added checkboxes back in to script playback dialogues for scripts that require user input, eg. ‘Merge Layers’ option in the Drop Shadow script.
  • Adjusted the ‘Coarse Canvas’ grain to remove some tiling artifacts.
ArtRage 4.0.1 Update
Available 15th February, 2013

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem on OS X that could cause panel positioning and window visibility problems when using ArtRage with two monitors.
  • Fixed a bug that caused presets to be installed in the wrong location by Package Files.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur if adding a group with a / in the name to the sticker collection.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause loss of input operations when right clicking during while touching the canvas during application of a transform operation. 

ArtRage 4 Released: 13th February, 2013

ArtRage supports the two common driver standards for Windows, WinTab and RealTime Stylus. This are the programs that ensure the tablet or touchscreen works properly with ArtRage, allowing you to draw with it.

ArtRage also supports the ‘Precise Tablet’ setting: a high resolution input mode that creates more precise strokes.

Normally, Wintab is supported by desktop-based graphics tablets like the Intuos range, and RealTime Stylus is supported by touchscreen devices. However, it is possible for a specific device to be using the other kind of driver, or to be sending bad data that tells ArtRage it supports Precise Tablet mode, or the opposite tablet driver.

If you are seeing issues with the tablet drivers (e.g. pressure issues, freezes, trouble drawing properly, lag, crashes), the first step is to change the input settings in ArtRage. Sometimes ArtRage is getting conflicting information and only a certain combination of options will work.

Open ArtRage and go to Edit > ArtRage Preferences > Input Settings.

  1. Make sure that Wintab is ON and Precise Tablet and RealTime Stylus are turned OFF.
  2. Restart ArtRage and test.
  3. If that doesn’t help, turn Wintab OFF and RealTime Stylus ON
  4. Restart ArtRage and test


We also recommend disabling the Windows Ink setting if you are seeing problems, as it can interfere with other programs.

  1. Go to Start > Wacom Tablet > Wacom Tablet Properties > Mapping tab
  2. Uncheck “Use Windows Ink” in the bottom left corner


If you are seeing strange behaviour with the menus, or can only use the menus and not draw on the canvas, or are seeing strange zooming, ‘right click’, or unexplainable behaviours, check Press & Hold for Right Click. This is a tablet and touch input setting that can conflict with tablet drivers and software in strange ways.

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Pen and Touch > Change touch input settings
  2. Disable or enable ‘press and hold’ (whichever it currently is, change it)


If you are still seeing problems after this, you should:

  • Check that your tablet drivers are up to date
  • See if the same problems appear when only using a mouse or in Safe Mode or with your tablet driver disabled (if they do, it probably isn’t the tablet driver)
  • Contact us for help troubleshooting the problem.

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

Which export file formats support transparency in ArtRage?

ArtRage fully supports transparency in its native PTG format, but if you want to export a transparent image, you need to use PNG, PSD or TIFF file formats. ArtRage does not support transparency when exporting to JPG, GIF and BMP.

Notes:
  • Make sure that the layer or canvas you are currently exporting is already transparent in ArtRage.
  • TIFF transparency is only supported when exporting individual layers from the layers menu. It is not supported when exporting the entire canvas.
  • We recommend using PNG or PSD, as they will retain the most information and print at the highest quality.

Which export file types support layers?

While ArtRage’s PTG format fully supports layers, the only file type that will also support layers when exported is PSD (Photoshop). All other file types will flatten the painting down to a single layer when exported.

What version of ArtRage am I using?

To check what version of ArtRage you have, go to the Help panel and choose the ‘About ArtRage’ option (shortcut CTRL+1). A pop up panel about ArtRage will appear. It will have the version number somewhere on the panel.

  • ArtRage 4 – Bottom right in small letters
  • ArtRage Studio / Studio Pro – Top right
  • ArtRage 2 – Second box from the bottom


All Versions Purchased on Steam

If you’ve purchased ArtRage Studio Pro or Artrage 4 via the Steam store, when you launch the Steam client it should automatically download the latest update.

iPhone / iPad

ArtRage on the iPhone or iPad can be updated in the same manner as any application purchased from Apple’s App Store. Launch the App Store and use the update feature to download the latest version of ArtRage.

How can I use ArtRage 4 on Windows XP?

ArtRage 4.5 does not support Windows XP. We have shifted the older ArtRage 4.0 build to an optional WinXP branch that you can find by following the steps below. This will allow you to continue to work with the XP compatible version.

To sign up to the WinXP option:

  1. Go to your Steam Library
  2. Right click on ArtRage 4
  3. Go to Properties
  4. Go to the Beta tab
  5. Opt into the WinXP Branch

I can’t preview the thumbnails for my files with my Steam installation of ArtRage?

Because ArtRage uses a unique file format, normal operating systems cannot display the thumbnail image when browsing the files in folders. Normally, there is a special thumbnail viewing program installed as part of ArtRage, but it isn’t possible to include this with Steam installations for Windows operating systems.

Instead, you can download the free demo and take advantage of the thumbnail viewer that is installed along with it.

The ‘stroke gap’ resembles a lag when using ArtRage but is actually part of the realistic painting process

Many new ArtRage users notice what appears to be lag when they first use the app. While ArtRage can lag when performing demanding operations, the ‘stroke gap’ is a consistent, non-performance related phenomenon. It is the possible area of effect for your next movement.

It exists as an empty gap between the leading edge of a stroke, and your cursor, or the pressure point of the stylus. This gap will stay empty until you move or lift the stylus (or finger).

It is part of ArtRage’s real time stroke calculations; much like painting with a real brush, the stroke on a canvas is not finished, nor visible, until you move the brush on (if you stop and hold a brush in one spot, you won’t be able to see the stroke that has not yet been finished in that spot).

Size of the gap

The size is based on your current tool size, so the gap increases with larger brushes. The gap is literally the ‘largest possible stroke that you could be about to make’. The larger the selected tool, the larger the gap.

It is extremely visible on mobile devices, because they do not have a cursor to indicate brush size. The Outline cursor on the desktop will circle the entire stroke gap, making it clearer that it is part of the brush stroke, and not just a lag in the program. You can see in the images below that the ‘stroke gap’ actually extends in front of your cursor as well as behind. The gap measures the distance between the midpoint of the stroke (i.e. where you are placing pressure with a stylus) and the end of the current stroke.

The stroke gap is a constant size relative to your tool size. It increases with larger brush sizes, and is approximately the size as one 'dot' made at full pressure.

The stroke gap is a constant size relative to your tool size. It increases with larger brush sizes, and is approximately the size as one ‘dot’ made at full pressure.

Why it Happens

The gap is there because ArtRage is waiting to see what you’ll do next. The next part of the stroke will look very different if you lift the stylus away, double back, change pressure, run into and blend with other paint, or just continue exactly as you are. It would be much more confusing to project a stroke that changed after you kept going.

The 'stroke gap' looks different with different tools, sizes and cursors.   It is much harder to spot on a mobile app, such as ArtRage for Android or ArtRage for iPad, as these apps have no visible cursor. It is often confused with lag on these devices.

The ‘stroke gap’ looks different with different tools, sizes and cursors.
It is much harder to spot on a mobile app, such as ArtRage for Android or ArtRage for iPad, as these apps have no visible cursor. It is often confused with lag on these devices.

How can I avoid it? It bugs me.

You can’t ‘turn it off’, as it’s built into the way ArtRage works, but you can reduce the visibility of the gap by zooming out of your canvas view, decreasing the tool size, experimenting with different tools (some display it more clearly than others), or by turning on the Outline cursor in the desktop versions.

It tends not to be noticeable once you become familiar with ArtRage, as you learn what will happen when you make particular strokes.

How can I tell if I’m seeing ‘stroke gap’ or real lag?

Stroke Gaps are constant

A stroke gap will always be a constant size as you draw, and will scale relative to the tool size.

To estimate the size the ‘stroke gap’ should be, make a full pressure ‘dot’ on the canvas with your current tool. The ‘gap’ will be about half the width of this dot.

Note that settings such as Softness (eraser), Hardness (Airbrush), Paper Wetness and Bleed (Watercolor) will affect the apparent size of strokes. For example, in the image below, you can see that the eraser make very different marks at 0% and 100% Softness. The 0% Softness is the closest to the actual tool size.

The appearance of a larger eraser with different levels of softness.<br /><p class=Trying to estimate the 'stroke gap' (area of effect) from the 100% softness eraser will be very inaccurate.[” width=”940″ height=”341″ class=”size-large wp-image-7455″ /> The appearance of a larger eraser with different levels of softness.
Trying to estimate the ‘stroke gap’ (area of effect) from the 100% softness eraser will be very inaccurate.

Lag varies depending on what you do

Lag will cause the stroke to be further behind as you draw longer, faster and bigger strokes, or as your device runs out of memory for other reasons (e.g. multiple apps running, large canvas sizes, little free space). It will not be directly tied to the brush size (though larger brushes use more processing power). There are a few ways to reduce the memory usage.

If you see a very noticeable difference between drawing fast strokes and slow strokes, or between drawing the same stroke at different canvas sizes, that is lag.

Note: Some mobile devices cannot process fast strokes above a certain speed. This isn’t ArtRage lagging, but a built in limitation of the device.

How to switch between the three different cursors

Change between the different cursors in ArtRage Preferences

Change between the different cursors in ArtRage Preferences

All desktop versions of ArtRage will allow you to choose between three cursors as you draw. You can switch between the precise (crosshairs), outline and tool views by pressing 1, 2 and 3.

You can also change them by going to Edit > ArtRage Preferences > Cursors.

  • Precise: The Precise cursor is a small crosshairs that shows you the exact point you are touching the canvas. You can adjust the opacity of this cursor down to the point of invisibility in the ArtRage Preferences menu. This cursor will also appear for tools at very small sizes when using the Outline cursor and for all the digital editing tools with no outline, such as ‘Select’.

  • Outline: The Outline cursor is an oval, circle or square outline that indicates the brush shape, direction and size. This is not the same as the brushstroke size, because many of the tools will spread out, bleed, blur, and generally change appearance depending on the canvas texture, pressure and other media. This is designed to mimic real tools. Just as with a real set of paint brushes, each tool has a specific size but can be used to paint a variety of strokes.

    At very small sizes, or zoomed out views, the Outline cursor switches to the Precise cursor, so that you can still see what you are doing. The Pencil tool will always use the Precise cursor because it is so small.

  • Tool: The Tool cursor lets you track which tool you are currently using and is very easy to track on the screen. It is an image of the selected tool at a fixed angle and size. The view will switch the to the Outline cursor when you are changing the size so that you can see what you are doing.


Stroke Gap

Different cursors will affect the apparent ‘lag’ from strokes. This is actually the ‘stroke gap’ and part of ArtRage’s live painting calculations. Small or non-existent cursors (e.g. as in the ArtRage Mobile apps) will display a very obvious Stroke Gap.

Learn more here: Why is ArtRage lagging? (About the stroke gap in ArtRage)

Problems Registering in the Member Area

If you are having a problem registering when you attempt to enter your serial number, it is likely to be one of the following issues:

Nothing happens when I enter my serial number

Sometimes the page does not update immediately. If you enter your serial number, the box disappears, and you do not get an error message of any kind, then you have probably registered successfully.

To get the serial number to appear and access your downloads, try:

  • Refreshing the page
  • Logging out and back in again


Serial number already registered

Serial numbers can only be registered under one account. If you get an error message saying that the serial number has already been registered, then you may already have an account under a different email address.

If you cannot find your other account, or do not think you have one, then please contact us and we will look up the details for you.

The serial you entered is not valid

The usual reason is that you are entering a non-ArtRage serial number (e.g. a Wacom Software Download Code), or have a made a mistake in one or more of the digits.

See:

My Lines Looked Wobbly and Broken When I Draw in ArtRage 4.5

If you are seeing wobbly, erratic or broken lines as you draw in ArtRage 4.5 then it’s possible that you have left the Snap To Grid feature on. This can remain active even when the Grid is hidden.

Are You Seeing Something Like This?

Snap To Grid can make your lines look wobbly and erratic

Snap To Grid can make your lines look wobbly and erratic

Turn Snap To Grid Off

To check whether this is the problem, open to the Grid menu from the top menu bar and see if “Snap To Grid” is checked in the pop up box.

You can open the Grid menu either by:

1. Looking for the shortcut on the menu bar along the top

Find the Grid shortcut in the menu bar

Find the Grid shortcut in the menu bar

This will open the pop up menu.

The Snap To Grid option is found at the top of the Grid menu.

The Snap To Grid option is found at the top of the Grid menu.

2. Find the Grid options under View > Grids

Find the Grids under the View menu

Find the Grids under the View menu

If you need some help navigating the Grids feature, see this guide: Grids in ArtRage 4.5

Where can I find ArtRage Studio Pro 4 or ArtRage Pro?

You can’t, it doesn’t exist!

Or rather, that product name doesn’t exist. When we first released ArtRage 3, it was split into casual and professional editions. We had to differentiate them, so we gave them slightly different names: Studio and Studio Pro.

However, we decided this was too confusing for users, so we merged the two editions when we brought out ArtRage 4, and dropped the “Studio” part entirely.

So the latest edition is only called ArtRage 4.

If you see someone selling ArtRage Studio Pro 4, then they are probably not selling ArtRage 4. They are usually selling an older version of ArtRage 3 and are almost definitely not a legitimate seller.

How can I find my ArtRage manual?

Find the manual in the Desktop Editions

You can find your ArtRage manual under the application itself by going to Help > ArtRage Manual or by pressing F1 In ArtRage 3 or 4. Press Ctrl + F1 in ArtRage 2.

How to open the ArtRage manual from ArtRage 4

How to open the ArtRage manual from ArtRage 4


Find the manual in the ArtRage for iPad App

Tap the ? symbol in ArtRage for iPad to access the iPad manual. You can find this in the bottom centre of your screen, in the canvas view. The help section is hidden under the menu button in the top right corner in the Gallery view.

Open the ArtRage for iPad manual from the canvas

Open the ArtRage for iPad manual from the canvas while painting.


We also have the ArtRage manuals online.

How can I rescue a PTG painting that won’t open in ArtRage?

If you receive an error message and are unable to open a PTG file, then it probably means that your ArtRage painting was were corrupted at some point. Damaged PTG files usually result from interrupted saves (for example, if the computer shuts down or ArtRage crashes). We will do our best to help troubleshoot the source of ArtRage errors, but usually cannot fix corrupted or partial files.

However, if you can see the image thumbnail then that means that the PNG preview image is intact. If you use File > Import Image File to open the damaged files, then it will import the PNG thumbnail.

This PNG file is the full size of your painting and high quality. It won’t rescue your layers or other paint information, but it will give you something to work with.

Backup Save Files

If crashes happen frequently for any reason, or you are working on an important painting, we recommend turning on the Store Backup Files option. You can find it by going to Edit > ArtRage Preferences > Advanced > Store Backup Files.

Adjust the slider to the number of backups you would like to keep.

Important: This function does not save a duplicate file. Instead, it keeps a history of previous saved versions.

Every time you save, it will delete the oldest backup file, and save the latest changes as a separate file, so if you have made important changes, save twice to update the older back up and the file you are actually working on.

How to I tell what version I am running and whether it is 64 bit?

64 bit about artrage

If you aren’t sure whether you are running ArtRage 4.5 in 32 bit or 64 bit mode, there are two easy ways to find out.

1. Look at the splash screen on start up.

2. Look at the ‘about’ pop up window.

Go to Help > About ArtRage (Ctrl + 1) and look in the bottom right corner of the pop up window.
This is also how to check the version number.

32 bit about artrage

32 bit Photoshop Filters

If you have 32 Bit Photoshop filters that are 32 bit, then these won’t run in 64 bit ArtRage 4.5. However, both OS X and Windows versions have the ability to run in 32 bit mode if they need it.

Mac OS X

On OS X, select the application icon and choose Get Info from the Finder’s File menu, then turn on the 32-bit Mode toggle in the info panel and the app will launch in 32 bit mode.

Windows

On a Windows 64 bit system we install 2 files: ArtRage.exe which is 64 bit, and ArtRage32.exe which is 32 bit.


To open “ArtRage32.exe”:

  • Either locate the shortcut to ArtRage32 in the Start menu
Shortcut to ArtRage 32 Bit in the Start Menu

Shortcut to ArtRage 32 Bit in the Start Menu on Windows 7

  • Or manually open ArtRage32.exe from the folder it is installed to. The file path is Program Files > Ambient Design > ArtRage 4 > ArtRage32.exe
ArtRage32.exe on Windows 7

ArtRage32.exe on Windows 7

Does ArtRage 4.5 Support Windows XP?

No. Unfortunately, Windows XP support had to be dropped in the 4.5 update, as it was not capable of supporting certain upgraded features. ArtRage 4.5 supports Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10 (as well as Mac OS 10.6 and later).

Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. However, as of April 8, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP are no longer available. Accordingly later hardware/software features also become unsupported that is used in ArtRage 4.5, however we will still provide you with a different copy that will work with Windows XP due to this reason.

We have a download of the last supported version, ArtRage 4.0.6, available in the Member Area.

If you own an ArtRage 4.5 licence, you can register the serial there and choose to download the older version instead. You are then also able to download ArtRage 4.5, if you upgrade to a supported Operating System (such as Windows 7, 8/8.1, or 10).

windows xp 4.0.6 download

This option will also be available for Steam users through Steam.

Which folders does ArtRage 4.5 install to when I update to it?

There are two standard places for programs to be installed on the C:// drive on Windows: Program Files and Program Files (x86). Traditionally, the (x86) folder is used for 32 bit applications and the Program Files folder is used for 64 bit applications.

However, this is simply a matter of organisation and it does not actually matter which folder an application installs to. 64 bit applications work fine from the (x86) folder and still run in 64 bit mode, the two folders are just folders, they have no special effect on how the operating system handles their contents.

Where does ArtRage 4.5 install?

ArtRage 4.5 installs to either of the above folders depending on the following:

  • If you had a previous version of ArtRage installed the 4.5 update installs over that old version.

  • If you did not have a previous version of ArtRage installed the 4.5 update installs either:
    • To Program Files (x86) if you are running 32 bit Windows.
    • To Program Files if you are running 64 bit Windows.


This means that if you had a version of ArtRage 4.0 installed in Program Files (x86) the new 4.5 update will install to that folder as well, even if you are using 64 bit Windows. This prevents shortcuts, file associations, and Windows Installer records being damaged.

As noted above, this has no effect whatsoever on the performance of the application.

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).

Why can’t I upload painting files to the internet or open it in other programs?

If you wish to upload an ArtRage painting to Facebook, DeviantART, Flickr, or any other website, or open it with other programs like Photoshop, Gimp or MSPaint, then you need to export your painting.

ArtRage uses the proprietary PTG format. This cannot be read by any other program. To create a JPEG, PSD, BMP, TIFF, GIF or PNG file, you need to go to:

File > Export As Image

export

If you are using an iPad, see: How to share paintings from the iPad


Why Does ArtRage Do This?

ArtRage does not give you the option to save in different formats because the ArtRage PTG file is the only one capable of saving all of the media information for your painting. If you were to accidentally “save” your painting as a JPEG (for example), then you would lose layers, transparency, paint wetness, paint thickness, lighting direction, and canvas texture, as well as any attached References, Tracing Images, Color Samples or other ArtRage specific features.

However, because you still need to use your paintings in other programs, it gives you a choice of formats to use to export a copy of your painting.

I just bought ArtRage and I haven’t received a serial number!

If you purchased ArtRage online through our website then you should receive a purchase confirmation emailing containing a direct download link and a serial number for ArtRage from our store.

If you have purchased the desktop version, there are download links for Windows and Mac OS X and a single serial number you can use on either or both.

If you did not receive a purchase email at all or deleted it

If you do not see an email from us at all, the first thing to do is check your spam folder.

If it’s not there, then give it a couple of hours. Normally it should be received within a few minutes, but in a few rare cases the email delivery could be delayed.

However, if it was blocked from ever reaching you, or if it has since been deleted, contact us directly via our Support form. We will be able to look your purchase details up if you provide the email that you purchased with (or your postal address).

You do not need the download link in the email to install ArtRage, as you can register the serial in our Members Area and download the latest version whenever you wish.

Also See: How do I register my copy of ArtRage?

If you did not purchase ArtRage directly from us, then see How do I find out what my serial number is?

Does ArtRage use Digital Rights Management or use any kind of background services?

The desktop versions of ArtRage do not use DRM, or run any kind of background services. There is no additional software installed, and there are no ads. Once you have successfully installed ArtRage, you do not need an internet connection at all (other than to check for updates. You can ignore this, or even turn it off entirely and check the forums yourself). We do recommend installing updates, however, as they tend to be important fixes or useful new features (see the update histories here).

The iOS apps are linked to your iTunes account and Apple profiles. They do not have any adware or other background services and are purely art apps.

You may install ArtRage on an additional computer for your own use. If you own two computers, upgrade to a new one, or want to temporarily use it elsewhere, then all you have to do is install, enter your serial number, and start drawing.

If you wish to use ArtRage on more computers, contact us for bulk and educational licencing options.

We also recommend uninstalling ArtRage when giving away computers as it is very easy to find the serial number. This could lead to problems for you later if someone else registers it before you do (preventing you from accessing updates), or causes it to be locked.

Registering your serial in the Member Area is optional but recommended.

DRM in the Steam Editions

ArtRage Studio Pro did include DRM when it was originally released on Steam. This was removed in later updates and entirely in ArtRage 4.

It was originally there to allow ArtRage to run through the Steam platform without needing a serial number. The DRM-free version requires users to enter a serial number the first time they launch ArtRage.

This also made it possible to launch ArtRage without the Steam platform.

View and Set Keyboard Commands in ArtRage Studio Pro

ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro allow you to set your own keyboard shortcuts for a long list of commands. To view and change keyboard commands in ArtRage 3 go to:

Edit > Set Keyboard Shortcuts…

How To Customise ArtRage Studio Pro Shortcuts

It is easy to view the available shortcuts, and create your own custom keyboard combinations, to suit your personal workflow preferences, accessibility issues or the need for specific commands.

  1. Step 1: Open the Keyboard Shortcuts Panel
  2. Step 2: Find the Shortcuts that you want to change
  3. Step 3: Edit the Shortcuts


You can also save and import custom shortcut sets.

This is especially useful for:

  • Shared computers
  • Sharing specific shortcut set ups with other ArtRage users
  • Creating custom set ups for specific tasks
  • Creating custom set ups for different hardware


Step 1: Open the Keyboard Shortcuts Panel

Open the Keyboard Shortcuts Panel studio pro

You will see a pop up window in the middle of the screen. It lists all the commands that can be customised.

Many of the most common commands come with default shortcuts already set up. You can change these. There are also a lot of blank commands for you to choose from (if you decide that you need them).

Step 2: Find the Shortcuts that you want to change

Keyboard Shortcuts Panel Menu Options studio Pro

The different shortcuts are organised into Groups.

You can expand or collapse each group individually in order to view the available commands. Use the menu button on the top right to expand or collapse all groups at once, as well as to save or open custom shortcut sets.

Step 3: Edit the Shortcut

Keyboard Shortcuts AR4c
    • Click ‘X’ to clear the current shortcut
    • Click ‘…’ to set a new keyboard shortcut for that command
    • Click the ‘+’ symbol to create a new keyboard shortcut for an empty command.
  1. Press the new key combination to set it. If you hit the wrong key, just try again.
  2. Once you have chosen the shortcut that you want, click ‘OK’


Additional Notes

  • You can add more than one shortcut to a command
  • Changes will not be visible on Mac OS X until you restart ArtRage


Also See

Application Preferences

View and Set Keyboard Commands in ArtRage 4.5

ArtRage 4.5 has a long list of available commands for which you can set your own shortcuts, or use the defaults that are already set up.


See the full list of ArtRage 4.5 Keyboard Commands here

How To Customise ArtRage 4.5 Shortcuts

To view existing default shortcuts and change keyboard commands in ArtRage 4.5 go to:

Edit > Set Keyboard Shortcuts…

It is easy to view the available shortcuts, and create your own custom keyboard combinations, to suit your personal workflow preferences, accessibility issues or the need for specific commands.

  1. Step 1: Open the Keyboard Shortcuts Panel
  2. Step 2: Find the Shortcuts that you want to change
  3. Step 3: Edit the Shortcuts


You can also save and import custom shortcut sets.

This is especially useful for:

  • Shared computers
  • Sharing specific shortcut set ups with other ArtRage users
  • Creating custom set ups for specific tasks
  • Creating custom set ups for different hardware


Step 1: Open the Keyboard Shortcuts Panel

Keyboard Shortcuts Panel

You will see a pop up window in the middle of the screen. It lists all the commands that can be customised.

Many of the most common commands come with default shortcuts already set up. You can change these. There are also a lot of blank commands for you to choose from (if you decide that you need them).

Step 2: Find the Shortcuts that you want to change

Keyboard Shortcuts Panel Menu Options

The different shortcuts are organised into Groups.

You can expand or collapse each group individually in order to view the available commands. Use the menu button on the top right to expand or collapse all groups at once, as well as to save or open custom shortcut sets.

Step 3: Edit the Shortcut

Keyboard Shortcuts AR4c
    • Click ‘X’ to clear the current shortcut
    • Click ‘…’ to set a new keyboard shortcut for that command
    • Click the ‘+’ symbol to create a new keyboard shortcut for an empty command.
  1. Press the new key combination to set it. If you hit the wrong key, just try again.
  2. Once you have chosen the shortcut that you want, click ‘OK’


Additional Notes

  • You can add more than one shortcut to a command
  • Changes will not be visible on Mac OS X until you restart ArtRage


Also See

  • Application Preferences / Keyboard Shortcuts
  • See the full list of ArtRage 4.5 Keyboard Commands here
  • ArtRage 2.6 Shortcut Keys

    With ArtRage, most of the control is performed with the mouse or a stylus pen. Tools stay out of the way till you need them, then you can browse what you want to perform. However, keyboard shortcuts can help speed up your work performance even more by gaining access to those tools/features at a click of a key. Remembering a few shortcuts to your most commonly used features can help shave off hours from your work.


    You can view shortcuts for ArtRage 2 by going to:

    Help > Shortcut Keys

    ArtRage 2 shortcuts cannot be customised.

    View our online manual for a full listing:

    ArtRage 2 Keyboard Commands

    Mac OS X – Crash Issue

    We have seen a few instances of a crash when attempting to save a file for the first time on OS X when the save file dialog tries to open, and may occur in other situations where a file dialog is trying to open.

    Cause:

    In many cases this crash appears to be caused by a bad file in the system. This file is called ‘SCFinderPlugin’ and is located in the Library folder. The crash is actually happening outside ArtRage in an OS system so we don’t know exactly why that file is causing it but it has been known to cause crashes in multiple different applications.

    Checking the Crash Log to confirm the problem:

    Note: This is optional, you can skip straight to the solution if you like.

    You can do a quick check yourself in the crash log to see if this specific crash is the problem you are experiencing. To do this:

    1. When the application crashes, select the Report button. A window with a crash log appears.
    2. Near the top of the crash log text, look for a line that starts with: ‘Crashed Thread:’.
    3. This line tells you which system thread crashed (a number) but also indicates the function the crash occurred in. You can ignore the number.
    4. If the line contains this text, the crash is probably the one described in this FAQ answer: Dispatch queue: TFSVolumeInfo::GetSyncGCDQueue


    Solution:

    Removing the file should resolve the crash. You need to locate it and move it out of the library. It may be installed in more than one library location so follow the steps below to locate and remove it.

    1. In the Finder, open the Go menu. If you see a ‘Library’ entry, click it. If you don’t see a Library entry, hold down Option on your keyboard and it should appear, then click it.
    2. In the Library folder, open the ‘Contextual Menu Items’ folder.
    3. If you see it, drag the SCFinderPlugin.plugin file out of that folder to your desktop.
    4. Now open the Macintosh HD, the place you see your Applications folder. There should be a ‘Library’ folder in there too. Open that.
    5. Repeat step 2 and 3 (you may want to put folders on the desktop to contain the duplicate files).
    6. Reboot and try the operation that crashed again.


    You should be able to delete the files at this point. As noted above, the file and the crash it causes aren’t part of ArtRage so we don’t know exactly why this is happening, but you may find other applications also becoming more stable after its removal.

    If you still have problems: Please send an email to support@artrage.com letting us know, and include a copy of the Crash Log generated when the application crashed. To include that, click the Report button when the crash occurs, copy the crash log text from the crash log window and paste that text in to the email you send us. We will need the crash log before we can help resolve the problem.

    A timeline of version updates to ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro

    ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro are the two versions of ArtRage 3. We no longer sell either edition, but they are still available as bundled software from third parties.

    We brought out an important update in 2013 to make ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro compatible with Mavericks. If you purchased ArtRage as bundled software on CD or pre-installed, then you may not have this update.

    You can download the latest update directly from our Member Area, or, if you purchased ArtRage on Steam, the updates will be downloaded automatically.

    2013

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.11 & 3.5.12

    Released 4th November, 2013
    • Fixed a bug that prevented canvas and window updates during painting on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Check for Updates working on OS X Mavericks. Check for Updates now works via our website rather than internal to the application.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.10

    Released 1st November, 2013
    • Fixed a bug that prevented canvas and window updates during painting on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Check for Updates working on OS X Mavericks. Check for Updates now works via our website rather than internal to the application.

    ArtRage 4 Released 13th February, 2013

    2012

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.9

    Released 18th October, 2012
    • Fixes a problem that appeared in 3.5.8 that could cause the application to check for updates whenever launched and not remember when the update check flag had been turned off. This update is for versions of Studio and Studio Pro purchased directly from us or received with a hardware bundle, applications downloaded via Steam do not require this fix.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.8

    Released 10th October, 2012
    • A reworking of tablet support to allow systems that have multiple registered tablet devices such as the new Sony Vaio to correctly report the pressure range for their input systems.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.5

    Released 25th July, 2012
    • For Mac OS X 10.8: Added developer certification support to allow the app to run when Gatekeeper is active. For more information, see this thread.
    • Added translations for Spanish and Japanese.

    2011

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.4

    Released 22nd October, 2011
    • Problems relating to the Color Adjustment and Blur panels have been resolved. Using the panels should no longer cause problems when applying subsequent paint strokes.
    • We resolved a problem with script playback that could cause stencils that were scaling and moving during the script to fail to do either  if the script was played back more than once in a given session.
    • We’ve adjusted the Multitouch system to prevent instances of single touch paint strokes turning in to multitouch gestures during the stroke. This is primarily useful for users of optical multitouch devices where other things touching the screen (or a brush head splitting and being detected as two touches) could cause problems during painting.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.3

    Released 5th September, 2011
    • Corrected a problem that could cause double strokes when the ink pen applied smoothing after the eraser had been used by inverting a tablet stylus.
    • Adjusted script import so that double clicking a script to launch ArtRage cannot cause problems with other model prompts such as update checks.
    • Fixed a problem that prevented layers with imported images scaling properly in scripts imported from the iPad.
    • Fixed a possible crash that could occur if scripts were played back below 50% of their original size.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.2

    Released 23rd August, 2011

    Fixes

    • Fixed a problem related to panel positions and contents on OS X. The problem could cause panels to hide themselves during painting without the cursor entering their precise area. Also fixed a problem that could prevent the window redrawing on OS X after switching to Full Screen mode from the menu bar.
    • Fixed a problem that could cause the app to pause for a long time before prompting for image import when an image was dragged on to the app window. Double clicking script files on Windows should now open them in ArtRage.
    • Fixed a problem in the OS X thumbnail viewer that was preventing it generating thumbnails for some files.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause white layers to darken on merge when the Tint layer blend mode was active.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.5.1

    Released 26th July, 2011

    Scripting Issues

    • Dropping an ARScript file on to the ArtRage window should now trigger script loading.
    • Corrected the Script File icon on OS X.
    • Fixed a problem with ‘Wait (rVariable)’ in manual script files.
    • Fixed a problem that prevented the sampler tool being manually scripted in stroke events.
    • Added SampleColour(x, y) to the script language to allow manual sampling of colour at a point.
    • Fixed a problem that could prevent script playback scaling the paper texture correctly when playing back a script at a different resolution.


    Other Fixes

    • Fixed a crash that could occur when open the Grain Picker and closing it without selecting a grain.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur on app startup for OS X 10.4 users.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause some panels on OS X 10.7 to appear in the wrong location when opening, or be too small or devoid of contents. This fix also ensures panels will only vanish during painting if you paint in to their region.

    ArtRage Studio/Studio Pro 3.5 Released 8th July, 2011

    ArtRage 3.5 updates

    Major Changes
    • Multithreading: Supports multicore processors, spawning multiple threads while it works to speed up tools and many other processes in the application.
    • Scripting: Allows users to record the process of painting for playback on other machines.
      • Play back scripts at standard or accelerated speed to see the painting constructed live.
      • Play back scripts at different resolutions, recreating your artwork at other sizes.
      • (Studio Pro) Record whole or partial paintings in a Script File that can be shared with other users.
      • (Studio Pro) Annotate scripts as you record with Note Bubbles and Spotlights that draw the viewer’s attention to areas of the canvas during playback.
      • (Studio Pro) Scripts are saved with the painting as you work, allowing you to come back to a session and continue recording later.
      • Supports a full, function based scripting language that provides support for variable manipulation and user interaction. Script authors can create branching process scripts that can automate and control most of the functionality of the application.
    • Package Files: Gather together sets of custom content such as stickers, presets, stencils and more in to a single, easy to use file that can be shared with other users.
      • Package Files can be installed with a double click. ArtRage extracts and installs the contents automatically to the user content folders.
      • Installed Packages save a receipt which allows easy uninstallation or repair at a later date.
      • (Studio Pro) Create Package Files with author notes and a preview image to personalize it before distribution.
      • (Studio Pro) Save out partially completed Package Files to a Template so that you can work on them over multiple sessions.
    • (Studio Pro) Real Color Blending: A rewritten Real Color Blending system provides better real-world color results, and improves speed.
    • Content Management: ArtRage now includes easier management of custom content from within the application. Right click custom content items such as Stickers, Stencils, and Presets to rename or Delete them from within the application.
    Other Features & Improvements
    • Palette Knife Loading: The Blade and Edge Palette Knives can now be loaded with paint before use, allowing you to create smooth flat strokes of paint on the canvas.
      • (Studio Pro) Loaded Palette Knives have additional control over angle during painting.
    • Soft Media Adjustment: Chalks, Crayons, and Pencils have been softened to improve their interaction with the canvas texture.
    • (Studio Pro) Aibrush Controls: Controls for stroke hardness and spatter have been added to the airbrush.
    • Precise Color Picker: The Precise Color Picker can now be left open while you work.
    • Invert Selection: An Invert Selection button has been added to the Selection Settings panel.
    • Interface Adjustments: The interface has been given a clean up to compact some shadows and improve control consistency.
    • PTG Preview Transparency: Added support for transparency masks in the flattened preview in PTG files. This allows ArtRage to import a PTG with Transparency to a layer, and other applications that read PTG to see the painting without its canvas background if the canvas has been made transparent.
    • The Preset Pane now remembers which Preset Group you were in between sessions.
    • The Canvas Positioner can now be toggled using its button on the menu and its keyboard shortcut, rather than just being shown.
    • Large aspect canvases can now have their target position set when you resize the canvas.
    • Added a right click menu to the top and bottom blocks of Group entries in the Layer Panel.
    • Realtime Stylus Support: Tablet support for Windows has been rewritten to support Realtime Stylus, which covers a larger range of stylus and touch based input devices.
    • Added a French Manual to the application.
    • Adjusted Zoom Level handling after Resizing the Canvas to ensure that the resulting canvas fits properly in the window after the resize operation.
    • Improved right click handling on the canvas to make it easier to hide the UI without moving the canvas.
    • Improved user feedback when attempting to delete a preset file that no longer exists on disk.
    • Improved user feedback when attempting to import a non-image file as a Reference Image.
    • Adding a new group in the New Preset Panel, where a group of that name already exists, now selects that Group in the Group List rather than not doing anything.
    Fixes & Tweaks
    • Improved Palette Knife blending to prevent paint going darker when using the Knife to blend at the edge of a painted area over transparency.
    • Corrected a problem that could cause the app to slow down after hiding or showing a layer.
    • Addressed a number of situations that could cause square artifacts in a Watercolor stroke after using a dry brush, or in some blending situations where strokes interact.
    • Fixed artifacts that could occur in Ink Pen strokes when painting while zoomed in.
    • Corrected a problem that could cause Text Selections not to update visually while editing text.
    • Fixed artifacts that could occur in some cases painting over partially transparent Stencils.
    • Fixed a number of situations that could cause the app to become unresponsive in some cases on OS X when double clicking buttons or the grain preview in the Canvas Panel, or right clicking on sliders.
    • Corrected some issues with layer merging that could cause paint to dry, and paint texture to be removed or damaged.
    • Fixed artifacts that could occur when Groups that used the Pass Through blend mode were merged to a single layer.
    • Torn off Tool and Color Panels are now visible after restarting the app.
    • Sticker sheet panels have been resized vertically to ensure their contents are fully visible.
    • Corrected a problem that could occur when opening a sticker sheet below a certain size.
    • The Color Sample Name Edit is not longer offset when the Color Samples panel is scaled to a size other than 100%.
    • Removed Scaling support from Tooltips to ensure they always display at legible sizes.
    • The brush head proxy for the Wet Blender is now visible when scaling using Shift-Drag on the canvas.
    • Stickers that have been flipped will no longer un-flip when their tint is adjusted.
    • Sticker Opacity can now be correctly set from the Sticker Menu button in the Layer Panel.
    • Corner roundels no longer appear in the wrong position after changing global UI scale with UI hidden.
    • Corrected a number of minor translation errors in the non English versions.
    • The Presets Panel no longer resets to the default Preset Group when you changed tool settings while the panel was closed.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when setting the Filters system to scan the Library folder on OS X.
    • The Refs Pod now updates the number of loaded References when the list is cleared.
    • Tablet Preference changes now prompt for restart if made via a keyboard shortcut.
    • The default name for new groups added to Resource Collections is not longer ‘Add Group’.
    • The number of presets listed in the presets pod now updates correctly after removing a preset.
    • The Transform Rig now reappears after moving the transformed area using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
    • Removed ‘All Files’ type options from Windows Save dialogs.


    Please Note: Due to some of the new feature requirements we have had to drop support for OS X 10.3 and PPC Macs. The OS X version of 3.5 runs on 10.4 or later Intel macs only.

    2010

    ArtRage Studio/Studio Pro 3.0.8

    Released 29th October, 2010

    Features

    • Cursor Opacity: At the request of a number of screencasting or video painting users, the Precise Cursor now has an Opacity slider so you can make it completely invisible. OS Arrow cursors etc. will still be visible.

    • Sticker Shadows: Sticker sheets now have a Shadow toggle that can be used to turn off the shadow on stickers you place individually by peeling from the sheet. When sticker sheets are created they can have the Shadow toggle set OFF, when the sheet is opened for use the toggle reflects the original sheet’s preference.

    • Wintab Toggle: Added a ‘Use Wintab’ toggle to the Input Preferences panel on Windows. Users who have problems due to the interaction of Wintab and Ink Services can now tell ArtRage to ignore Wintab in cases where it causes an issue. Previously, users could only ignore Ink Services.

    • Ink Pen Tapering: Added Tapering to the Inking Pen. The tapering option allows you to automatically replace the pressure curve of the ink pen with a smooth tapered result when auto-correction happens at the end of the stroke. This feature comes to you courtesy of the ArtRage for iPad development process.

    • Clear: The Edit Menu now has a ‘Clear’ option that is active when there is a selection set, it clears the contents of the selection. Feel free to assign Delete to it in the shortcuts panel, or reset your shortcuts to default and it will be auto-assigned.

    • Presets: ArtRage tracks the current selected preset and no longer deactivates its highlight when you change brush size. This means that the preset you selected will remain lit up until you make a change to the general settings of the tool.

    • OS X QuickView: After installing the new version application and opening it once, PTG files will be previewable using the Quick View option in OS X.


    Fixes

    • Fixed a colour blending bug that could introduce blue in to greyscale blending with the oil and other tools.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented layers properly saving their Use Canvas Texture flag.
    • Ensured that if a preset has been selected for a tool, when opening the presets panel for that tool it will be visible in the list.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented resource panel tile highlights going brighter to display the text over them if the UI tint was too low in luminance.
    • Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to prevent OS X shutdown if it was open and no changes had been made to the painting.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the ‘type’ of certain tools being highlighted in the settings panel when the UI tint was grey (eg. type of selection shape and construction mode).
    • Corrected a problem in the manual’s description of the Transform tool.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause layer group duplication or incorrect layer stack placement after undoing then redoing adding a layer group.
    • Fixed a crash that would occur when launching ArtRage by double clicking a PTG file that had the Polygonal Selection tool selected when saved.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when deleting a custom picker from disk when it was visible in the picker collection, then clicking it in the collection again.
    • Fixed a bug that caused problems with the Width/Height values in the Crop/Resize panel when adjusting the Percentage size of an image in Print Mode.
    • Fixed a bug that caused the Color Picker to lose Saturation value after closing and reopening when 0 luminance colours were selected.
    • Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to fail to save its preferences on OSX if the app closed due to an OS reboot rather than the user manually quitting.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Dutch being selected automatically when automatic language selection is on and Dutch is the OS language.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.0.7

    Released 17th June 2010
    Re-release including an Italian translation and manual.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.0.7

    Released 17th May 2010

    Important.

    Windows users who upgrade from a previous version may need to re-enter their Serial Number the first time they run 3.0.7. Your Serial Number will be displayed on the download page before you can download the new version, please copy it so that it can be easily entered when you launch the new version (if you copy it to your clipboard it should appear automatically in the product when it starts). This is due to a change in the security manifest included in the software.

    Changes

    • ArtRage now remembers the image format you used to export images of various kinds. Wherever the application allows you to select an image format for export, it will now remember the last format used for that operation.
    • You can now drop image files of any type on to the ArtRage application icon to open the application and prompt with standard import options.
    • The units displayed on the second edge of a ruler can now be changed via right click on the ruler.
    • You can now drag a ruler off the stencils panel the same way you can drag standard stencils.
    • Windows file association has been adjusted in the installer to allow you to move around installed files and not have the installer attempt to ‘repair’ ArtRage when you double click a PTG. Windows users should now be able to shift around shortcuts and rename or remove stencils that were installed with the product.
    • The Windows installer now prompts for a folder name for the start menu shortcut if selected.


    Fixes

    • Resetting the rotation of a reference image correctly resets its preview in the reference panel now.
    • The water glass pod will no longer be visible on starting the app if the tool does not call for it to be visible.
    • The presets panel now updates to display the group a new preset was added to, even if that group was created in the Add Preset panel.
    • Mousing over a reference image now brings up the zoom/pan controls for only that reference image.
    • Shift + Tab cycles backwards through stickers that have transformation focus.
    • Save will no longer overwrite the arrestart.ptg if it was loaded automatically on startup. Saving a recovered painting will always prompt for file name.
    • Fixed a crash related to font lists that could occur on OSX when starting the application.
    • Adjusted  the ArtRage manifest file to fix Side by Side errors encountered on Windows both on installation and in the event log.
    • Fixed a bug that caused problems redoing after undoing the addition of an unfixed sticker. This could lead to redo stack corruption.
    • The default canvas type is now applied to the canvas when you Import an image.
    • Fixed a problem that could cause the Auto tag to appear on the colour picker pod when no tracing image was loaded.
    • The default canvas is no longer made transparent after importing an image.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur in very rare situations where there was a hole in a layer of a specific size that could cause a compression problem.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro 3.0.6

    Released 15th February, 2010

    The original upload of 3.0.6 had a small problem that prevented correct operation for French, German, and Dutch users. We have uploaded a new version that will work correctly for all users. If you are using ArtRage Studio or Studio Pro in any language other than English and have already downloaded 3.0.6, please download it again.

    Windows users will need to uninstall the previous installation of 3.0.6 before installing the new one. OS X users can just install the new one over the old one.

    Changes

    • Pod Hiding: Unwanted pods can now be hidden using the Pods menu in the View Menu. Tool, Menu and Colour pods can’t be hidden but all others can.

    • Photoshop Brush Head Import: Using the menu on the Presets Panel when the Sticker Spray is selected you can now import brushes from most Photoshop ‘.abr’ files. When you select the Import Photoshop Brush option you are given the option of selecting an ‘.abr’ file to import from. When you have selected the file you are presented with a list of available brushes. Select brush heads from the list (Shift-click to multiselect blocks, Ctrl/Cmd click to select single additional items, Ctrl/Cmd-A to select all, Ctrl/Cmd-D to deselect all). When you click OK, a preset is generated for each brush head in the current category of sticker spray presets. You can the edit the variants as you need to create the desired effect.
    • Please note: Some abr files use procedural brush heads that we are currently unable to read.
    • Non-Paintable Warning: When you attempt to use a tool on a layer that cannot support (eg. knife tool on a text layer) a warning icon appears.

    • JPEG Export Quality: The export quality used by the app for JPEGs can now be set in the Export settings of the Preferences panel. Future implementations should allow it to be set on each export but this is a reasonable first step.

    • Right Clicking Pods: Right clicking a pod now triggers the same event as Click and Hold, which allows people who have Click and Hold -> Right Click helpers to use the pods properly.

    • Photoshop Filter Support: Thanks to assistance from users having problems with specific filter sets, and support from the authors of those filters, we have improved general support for Photoshop Filters and the application should now work with a wider range.


    Fixes

    • Corner roundels now position themselves correctly when they reappear if they are hidden by Clear Canvas when the window resizes.
    • Removed the ‘Register’ option from the Help Menu in the Studio Pro demo.
    • Fixed a bug that could prevent layer stack updates when the transform tool was used to select a layer.
    • Fixed a bug that caused spaces to appear after accented characters in a text layer after the file had been saved and reloaded.
    • Prevented the palette knife tool generating a new layer when used on a text layer.
    • Fixed a bug that caused file extensions to capitalise on OSX during export.
    • Fixed a bug that caused the Ink Services toggle to always appear ON when accessing the settings panel, even if it was actually turned off.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Page Up and Page Down from persisting in keyboard shortcuts.
    • Fixed a bug that caused Okaying the Preferences Panel to prompt for restart even when nothing had been changed.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause odd behaviours when double clicking using a stylus double click rocker button on OSX. The previous system could make it look as if the application had locked up due to multiple dialogs attempting to open.
    • Fixed a bug that could crash ArtRage when duplicating a group that contained text layers.
    • Fixed the HLS variants of the Hair Brush sticker spray preset.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the canvas updating when importing an image while the text tool is selected.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur on closing the sticker sheet creator with 0 selected for columns and rows.
    • Removed *.* file type from Save As dialogues. As part of this, fixed a crash that could occur when saving a file as *.* in the Save dialog.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening the Edit Menu when filters that had certain characters in their name (< and > for example) had been added to the list of filters to scan.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause ArtRage to crash when running certain filters twice.
    • Fixed an update bug that caused the Presets, Settings and Tool Picker panels to display the wrong settings if the current tool was changed via a shortcut key while in Clear Canvas mode.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented NikSoftware Viviza Photoshop Plugins working (many thanks to NikSoftware for their fantastic feedback and assistance!). The fixes we applied should also work for a range of other filters.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when undoing and redoing the hiding of a group in the layer stack.
    • Improved support for Wacom Bamboo Touch gesture operations on OS X and are working with Wacom to ensure that their next driver update contains additional information that will improve gesture processing on both platforms.
    • Fixed a problem that could sometimes cause panels to appear off-screen in OS X 10.4.

    2009

    ArtRage Studio/Studio Pro 3.0.5

    Released 24th December, 2009

    Fixes

    • Fixed a bug that prevented strokes being completed on mouse up on some Tablet PC devices with older drivers or specific hardware configurations.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching off ink-services in the ArtRage preferences panel for some hardware configurations.
    • Fixed a problem that could cause a dark blob of paint at the start of each paint stroke for some users with specific tablet configurations.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented layers above 0 being selected on G4/G5 Macs.
    • Fixed a crash bug that would occur after holding down H or V for some time doing a quick mirror.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented pasting data from external applications on OSX 10.6 and in some cases 10.5.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the default shortcuts for Select Next Layer (Ctrl Up) and Select Previous Layer (Ctrl Down) working.
    • Fixed a bug in JPEG compression quality settings on Windows that caused JPEG files to be overcompressed on export.
    • Fixed a bug that could transparency on base layers to be lost when exporting to PSD.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented pressure adjustment through keyboard shortcuts (Up/Down keys) updating the brush size proxy in the tool picker.
    • Fixed a bug that caused clicking in the titlebar of the settings panel to deselect the currently selected preset if there was one.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the palette knife storing Drip Spread and Falloff values in its presets.


    Changes

    • The ArtRage Window now titles itself based on the painting name.
    • Shift + Character shortcuts now work on OSX.
    • Added all Snap Art 2 filters to the Photoshop filter exclusion list.


    Shortcut Key Changes

    Note: See all ArtRage Studio/Studio Pro shortcut keys

    The shortcut keys for changing tool size and current tool pressure values have been shifted to the customisable shortcuts system.

    The old keys were:

    • Tool Size: Left/Right arrow for -/+1% size, Shift + Left/Right arrow for -/+10% size.
    • Tool Pressure: Up/Down arrow for +/-1% pressure, Shift + Up/Down arrow for +/-10% pressure.


    These keys can now be customised in the Tools section of the shortcut panel. Because the old keys have been removed you will either need to reset your shortcuts to default or add those keys in manually using the shortcuts panel from the Edit menu.

    ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro Released 14 December, 2009

    Problems launching ArtRage through Steam

    If you are having problems running the Steam version of ArtRage, then there are a couple of common issues that are likely to be to blame.

    1. Verify the local file cache:

    Locate ArtRage in the Library (under ‘All Software’, ‘All Games’ is selected by default and it’s not listed there). Right click it and select Properties, then select the Local Files tab. On the Local Files page, click ‘Verify Integrity of Application Cache’.

    That should check to make sure that the files are all valid.

     2. Try turning off the Steam Community options for the app:

    Sometimes launching from Steam (which creates a virtual shared disk for their SteamCloud system) has been known to cause crashes in a variety of apps.

    To turn this off for ArtRage…

    Locate ArtRage in the Library as above, right click it and select Properties. On the General page, turn off ‘Enable Steam Community In-Game’. This tells Steam not to try launching special services when the app is launched.

    If you are still having problems, try launching ArtRage without Steam.

    Launching ArtRage as a standalone program

    If you bought ArtRage through Steam and would like to run it without opening Steam, then you are able to do this by browsing directly to the ArtRage program file.

    ArtRage does not use DRM and does not need an active internet connection.

    To use ArtRage with the Steam client closed all you need to do is locate the application on disk and launch it directly.

    To locate the ArtRage file

    1. Locate ArtRage in the Library (under ‘All Software’; ‘All Games’ is selected by default and it’s not listed there).
    2. Right click and select Properties, then select the Local Files tab.
    3. On the Local Files page, click Browse Local Files. This opens up the folder ArtRage is in. You can now close Steam.
    4. Double click the ArtRage.exe file and the app will launch.
    • To run ArtRage without Steam every time, create a shortcut to this file from the folder.
    • Do not make a shortcut using the Steam option to create a desktop shortcut – That shortcut will launch Steam when you use it.
    • The first time you launch the product you will be asked to enter your serial number, subsequent launches should not require this.


    Note: Earlier versions of ArtRage Studio Pro on Steam used DRM. It was removed in later updates.

    Copy over ArtRage 3 Custom Resources

    ArtRage 4 places custom resources in a different location to previous versions of ArtRage. This means that when you first start it, any custom resources you have created such as Presets, Stencils, Stickers etc. will not be available in the new product.

    There is a shortcut built in to ArtRage 4 to help migrate resources over to the new product. Because these custom content items are all files on disk, they are easy to copy over. Here’s how you do it…

    Copying Custom Resources From ArtRage 3:

    1. Open up ArtRage 4.
    2. In the Tools Menu locate the ‘User Content’ menu.
    3. At the top of the User Content menu is ‘Open User Content Folder…’ Select that menu item. This opens up the User Content folder for ArtRage 4. This folder is called ‘Custom Content’.
    4. Leave that folder open and return to ArtRage.
    5. Return to the Tools menu and locate the User Content menu again. This time, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and select ‘Open User Content Folder…’ This opens up the User Content folder on your computer from ArtRage Studio or ArtRage Studio Pro. This folder is called ‘Resources’.
    6. Copy all of the folders from the old ArtRage Studio / ArtRage Studio Pro ‘Resources’ folder to the new ‘Custom Content’ folder.
    7. Restart ArtRage 4.


    If nothing happens when you do step 5, the folder didn’t exist so you have no user content to copy over.

    You have now copied all of the custom content you installed or created in ArtRage 3 to your ArtRage 4 installation.

    Where do I get my serial number for my Wacom tablet?

    Wacom bundles ArtRage in two different ways: CD-ROM or software download.

    If it was on a CD, then the serial number should be printed on the CD case.

    If ArtRage was included as a software download, then there should be a Software Bundle Download Code printed somewhere on the packaging. If you bought an Intuos Draw, see ArtRage Lite – Wacom Users for help locating your SBD code. You would register this code at www.wacom.com, which will then unlock your software downloads and serial numbers.

    An email should be automatically generated, containing your ArtRage serial number (it may also be called a registration code or license key), as well as access to your download of ArtRage. You should also be able to log back in at Wacom and view your serial number again.

    Once you have your serial number, you can register it in the Member Area and download the latest version of ArtRage directly from us if you wish.

    If you are having problems registering with Wacom, then you should contact Wacom support for assistance as we cannot help directly with their registration process.

    Serial number asked for every launch

    Some Windows users have reported that every time they start ArtRage they are prompted to enter their Serial Number. This problem indicates that the application is not being given permission by the operating system to store the serial number in the Registry after it is entered.

    To solve the problem, you need to launch ArtRage ‘as Administrator’ once and enter the Serial Number, this allows the application to store the number and it won’t ask for it again when you launch it normally.

    How you do this depends on the version of Windows you are using:

    Before Windows 8Windows 8
    Before Windows 8

    To launch ArtRage as Administrator:

    • Locate the ArtRage executable file ( ArtRage.exe , ArtRage Studio Pro.exe or ArtRage Studio.exe). This is generally found in c:\Program Files (x86)\Ambient Design\.
    • Right click the .exe file and choose to Open as Administrator (the exact wording varies depending on your version of Windows).
    • ArtRage will now launch and ask for your Serial Number. Enter it and click OK.
    • Quit ArtRage and launch it normally. It should start without asking for your serial.
    Windows 8

    Note that the “Before Windows 8” instructions may work on Windows 8 if you are using Desktop Mode to right click on the ArtRage executable. If you are using the ‘Metro’ screen however, you will need to follow these instructions:

    1. Open the Start screen (press the Windows button on the device, or your keyboard).
    2. Start typing ‘ArtRage’ on the start screen to search for it.
    3. When it appears, right click on the application and look for the ‘Advanced’ option.
    4. Click on Advanced then select the Run as Administrator option.


    If you still have problems: Please contact us via the Support Page for assistance. When you contact us, let us know that you tried these steps, and which version of Windows you are using.

    How can I use my own custom fonts in ArtRage?

    ArtRage uses the fonts that are available in your computer’s fonts folder. You can add fonts yourself by installing them to the computer as normal. You cannot add new fonts to the mobile versions, only to the desktop versions.

    ArtRage only supports .ttf (TrueType Font), and does not support .otf (OpenType Font). It may not be able to display fonts with unusual kerning information.

    Windows: Install new fonts by double clicking on downloaded files and choosing “Install”, or via Open Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Fonts

    Mac OSX:  Install new fonts via the OS X Font Book, located in the Applications folder (in the Finder, choose Go > Applications).

    Note: We cannot offer support for installing specific fonts. These instructions are the standard steps for normal font installation on a Windows or Mac OSX computer.

    How do I reduce the amount of memory my paintings use while painting?

    ArtRage is a very memory intensive program, due to the number of calculations involved in creating realistic paint, and the many options you can turn on while painting. If you find that ArtRage is slowing down significantly at larger sizes, there are a few things you can do to free up memory and speed up the painting process.

    • Paint at a smaller canvas size
    • Reduce the number of layers (for example, by merging layers once you have finished with them)
    • Remove unused References, Scraps, Tracing images
    • Use smaller files for the References and Tracing images
    • Avoid memory intensive tools, such as Transform and the largest sizes of certain tools (Soft Blend palette knife, Watercolors).

    How do I update ArtRage to the latest version?

    Incremental updates are provided freely from time to time for our products. The latest versions may contain bug fixes and/or enhancements, etc.

    To download updates you will need to register an account with us at //members.artrage.com unless you are using a mobile iOS version or bought your copy of ArtRage through Steam. Both of these install updates automatically through iTunes and Steam and cannot be registered in the Member Area. All other desktop editions can be registered normally.

    There is an internal update check in ArtRage. If you leave this on, the pop up News Panel will inform you if there is a new version, and provide a button to link to the Member Area.

    If you have turned the update check off, you can perform it manually through the Help menu.

    ArtRage 4

    Select ‘Help > Check For Updates’ from the menus inside the product.

    ArtRage Studio / Studio Pro

    Select ‘Help > ArtRage News and Updates’ from the menus inside the product.

    ArtRage 2

    To update ArtRage, open ArtRage’s Help menu and click on ‘Check for updates online’.

    The old internal update system on ArtRage 2 does not work with our current website. You can download the latest version of ArtRage directly from //members.artrage.com.

    ArtRage 2 is an old product. The latest version is 2.6, and there are unlikely to be any future updates.

    What do I get if I register my copy of ArtRage?

    We highly recommend that you register your ArtRage serial number in the member area, because it allows you to:

    • Download the latest version of your software whenever you need it (including when you need to update)
    • Download the different installers for Mac OS X and Windows
    • Keep a record of your serial number in a secure place in case you lose your details
    • Access upgrade discounts to the latest edition


    If you are having problems registering, see:

    How do I register my copy of ArtRage?

    To register a copy of ArtRage to your user account:

    • Log in to the Member Area using your account details.
    • How do I find out what my serial number is?

      Note: Member Area accounts are not created automatically when you purchase the product, if the member area tells you there is no account with your email address, please create one.

    • Click the ‘register’ button next to ‘add new product’ and enter your ArtRage serial number / registration key.
    • Refresh the page if nothing appears to change.
    register new product
    • You should now see it listed with a download button beneath which you can click to download any of the latest versions.
    • If you want to upgrade to our most recent edition, you will see an “Upgrade to ArtRage 4” button. This will take you to our online store with a 50% discount applied.
    Registered serials in the ArtRage Member Area

    Above you can see the three different versions of ArtRage registered to this account (with blurred serials).

    Use the “Upgrade to ArtRage 4” button to upgrade to the latest edition at a discount (more about upgrades)

    Use the “Download” button to download the latest version of ArtRage for Windows or Mac.

    If you do not know your serial number

    Follow the steps here: How do I find out what my serial number is?

    Why can’t I import my Photoshop documents?

    Check that you are not trying to import a CMYK document. ArtRage is an RGB application and does not currently support CMYK.

    If you are using the old, free version of ArtRage 2, then you will not be able to import documents with multiple layers as ArtRage Starter Edition does not have layer support.

    What image formats does ArtRage use?

    ArtRage uses the custom file type “PTG”, and all paintings will be saved in this format. It’s always a good idea to keep a copy of your work in Artrage painting format (PTG), as this format supports layers, paint thickness, paint wetness and so on. However you can also import and export your work as other standard image types.

    To save a painting in a non-PTG format, go to File > Export as Image (ArtRage 2) or File > Export Image File (ArtRage 3 & later), then select the format you wish to use.

    To load a non-PTG file as a new painting or as a new layer in an existing painting, go to File > Import Image File or Import Image File to Layer.

    Supported File Types

    ArtRage supports JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, PSD and TIF formats. PSD files can be loaded using “File > Open…” as well as “File > Import…” and ArtRage fully supports PSD layers. Importing a PTG image will instead import the fullsize PNG image that is uses for file previews. This can be used to recover images from corrupted ArtRage paintings.

    When I start ArtRage 2 Wacom Edition I get: ‘This application will only run on a Wacom tablet’

    The way that Wacom tablets are identified changed in recent operating systems, so you may see this error when starting ArtRage.Downloading and installing the latest tablet software from Wacom’s website should correct this, but as we removed the tablet check in Artrage 2.5.20 it is also worthwhile downloading the latest version of ArtRage from our Members Area.

    Can I run ArtRage on Linux?

    ArtRage does not support Linux natively but some users have reported being able to run it using Wine. For more information, check in the forums.

    Note that we cannot support your version of ArtRage if you choose to run it on Linux.

    For more information about supported platforms, see ArtRage Supported Platforms & Devices

    If I get a new computer or upgrade my operating system and lose ArtRage, can I reinstall it?

    Yes. As long as you have the serial number, you can re-download ArtRage from the members area and install it again.The application should now launch normally.

    I have OSX and Windows, do I need to buy a copy for each platform?

    ArtRage can be purchased for both Windows & OS X – providing you with one serial key, but two download files depending on what version you wish to use.

    Your ArtRage license is for a single user, but if you wish to install on more than one platform for your own use you can register your key in the Member Area and download the installer for any of the platforms the product is available on.

    I have a previous version of ArtRage, do I get a discount if upgrading

    Owners of previous versions of ArtRage including ArtRage 2, ArtRage Studio, Studio Pro, and ArtRage 4 are eligible for a discount on upgrading to the latest version of ArtRage.

    For more information, see ArtRage Upgrades.

    My registration key / serial number is not accepted when I enter it

    If you receive an error indicating that your ArtRage product key is not valid, please check the following…

    Note: The serial number can also be known by some as the registration key, license code or product key, it means the same thing.

    Unlocking ArtRage

    Before you can use ArtRage for the first time you will need to unlock it using your Serial Number. Your Serial Number is a 25 digit number that you should have received when you purchased the product.

    If you purchased ArtRage from us online your Serial Number will be in the email that contains your product download link. If you received ArtRage on CD you will need to check the CD cover or the contents of the box it came in.

    When you start ArtRage for the first time you will be presented with the Unlock Panel. If you follow the instructions on this panel, enter your Serial Number then click OK the product should be unlocked. If you enter your Serial Number and it does not work please check the number you are entering carefully to make sure there are no mistakes. If you received the number in an email you can copy it from the email and paste it in to the panel using the button provided. If that still does not work please use the ArtRage Support Page to request support.

    ArtRage Studio / Studio Pro

    ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro serial numbers are 25 characters long, split in to groups of 5. If your serial number is not accepted when you enter it, please make sure you have copied it correctly. You can paste it in to the Unlock panel using the button provided.

    ArtRage 2

    Artrage keys are 20 digits long, so if you are entering a different number of digits, check that it is being read correctly. If you are copying and pasting the registration key, make sure that you are not copying any additional spaces or additional information, just the key itself.

    Common Typo Mistakes

    You might have mistyped your product key. Try retyping it carefully, making sure each character is correct.

    What you see:It could be:
    Letter “O”Number Zero “0”
    Letter “I”Number One “1”
    Letter “S”Number Five “5”
    Letter “B”Number Eight “8”
    Letter “W”Two Letters “V” “V”

    A timeline of version updates to ArtRage 2

    This first official edition of ArtRage has a slightly confusing history. It was released as multiple editions for different audiences, companies and platforms, but over time it has become a single program, as the ArtRage 2.6.0 supported all of them.

    The original internal updater (Auto Update system) is no longer compatible with our website. Updates need to be downloaded from the Member Area. If you try and update from within ArtRage, you will see an error message.

    The 2.6.0 update applies to:

    1. ArtRage Full & Plus Editions (purchased directly from us).
    2. ArtRage Wacom Edition – Euro Languages (received with a Wacom graphics tablet).
    3. ArtRage Plus Edition (retail or download from Smith Micro).
    4. ArtRage Deluxe Edition (retail or download from Smith Micro).
    5. Wacom Chinese and Korean versions
    6. ArtRage 2.5 UMPC Edition
    7. Intel CMPC versions
    8. ArtRage Starter Edition (Free Demo)


    The ArtRage Starter Edition (free demo) was originally named the Free Edition. The demo has been discontinued and has been replaced by the ArtRage Demo versions.

    The ArtRage 2.5 UMPC Edition contained all the features of the ArtRage 2.5 Full Edition with a more compact interface designed to make best use of the screen space available on Ultramobile PCs.

    Important

    ArtRage 2.6 is now two editions behind, and no longer updated. It is may still come with the purchase of Wacom tablets or other third party hardware, but this is not something we control. We do not sell it directly. If you have problems using, we are happy to help you with them, but there are unlikely to be any more updates to 2.6.

    If you own ArtRage 2.6, then you are eligible for a 50% discount when upgrading to our latest edition.For more information, see ArtRage Upgrades.

    You can learn more about the different versions here: What are the different ArtRage Editions?

    2010

    ArtRage 2.6 [All editions]

    Released 28th May, 2010

    Features & Fixes

    • Multitouch Support Implemented: ArtRage 2.6 now supports the same Multitouch functionality as ArtRage Studio and Studio Pro. Multitouch gestures can be used for moving, scaling and rotating the canvas, references and stencils. This system supports Win7 Multitouch and Wacom touch systems.
    • Extended Language Support: ArtRage 2.6 now supports a wider range of languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Russian, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese, and Brazilian Portuguese. Manuals are available in English, French, German, Italian and Turkish.
    • DPI support has been added for all exported image types.
    • Updated preferences to include Ink Services on/off support in the preferences menu and to prompt before checking for updates for systems that had problems when auto-checking.
    • Fixed a number of internal bugs found in the 2.5 version including a crash that could occur on some machines when using the default ruler.
    • Added a variety of new stencils that were previously only available in the Plus edition.

    2009

    ArtRage 3 Released 14 December, 2009

    2008

    ArtRage 2.5.20 Starter Edition

    Released 26th February, 2008
    • In response to a file format problem that was found in ArtRage 2.5.20 Starter Edition we have re-uploaded the file as of Feb 26th. The version now available is also 2.5.20 but should be downloaded and installed in place of the previous one to solve incompatibilities between its file format and other versions of ArtRage.

    ArtRage 2.5.20 Full Edition

    Released 22nd February, 2008

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed a general problem encountered on some Tablet PCs including Lenovo PCs whereby the Airbrush would not work when using the stylus.
    • Fixed some paint removal problems when merging groups that have blend modes.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause problems when importing some PSD files saved out from Alias Sketchbook Pro.
    • Fixed a bug that caused exporting a layer to PSD format to pick up bump from layers beneath the exported one.
    • Fixed a bug in Paint Roller loading when using it at large sizes with low pressure values.
    • Fixed potential problems with the Wacom Edition recognising the presence of Wacom tablet drivers on OSX Leopard.

    2007

    ArtRage 2.5.19 Full Edition

    Released 19th November, 2007
    • Fixed a problem that occurred in ArtRage on some machines where the base language of the OS was not English.

    ArtRage 2.5 Wacom Edition

    Released 19th November, 2007
    • This new update contains all of the features of the ArtRage 2.5 Full Edition for users of ArtRage 2 received with Wacom Volito and Bamboo tablets.

    ArtRage 2.5.18 Starter Edition

    Released 2nd November, 2007
    • The 2.5.18 update to the ArtRage 2.5 Starter Edition has been released. This new download fixes a problem running the Starter Edition on Mac OSX Leopard, and some other fixes on both OSX and Windows.

    ArtRage 2.5 Plus (CD Edition) Released

    Released 1st November, 2007

    The team are proud to announce the release of ArtRage 2.5 Plus, the first version of ArtRage to ship on CD.

    • The ArtRage 2.5 Plus box contains a full colour, 80 page manual, and a hybrid CD for Windows and Mac OSX. The CD contains ArtRage 2.5.18 Full Edition (which will run on Mac OSX Leopard), Videos of paintings done with ArtRage, and other files.

    ArtRage 2.5.18

    Released 31st October, 2007
    • The 2.5.18 update contains fixes for problems in ArtRage under Mac OSX Leopard, and other bug fixes for both platforms.

    ArtRage UMPC 2.5.17

    Released 25th September, 2007
    • This update fixes a crash bug that could occur on some systems when selecting tools from the Toolbox Panel (Zoom, Move, Rotate).

    ArtRage UMPC 2.5

    Released 18th September, 2007
    • ArtRage UMPC Edition has now been updated to version 2.5.

    ArtRage 2.5.16 Full Edition

    Released 13th September, 2007

    Changes and Fixes

    • ArtRage now informs you if you are attempting to paint on a layer that is currently hidden, and prevents the paint being applied to avoid confusion.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when resizing large canvases.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause a blank layer to be created when merging a hidden group.
    • The brush preview in the Tool Picker now updates correctly when you toggle lighting on/off with F5.
    • Prevented the ruler’s angle from going negative.
    • Corrected the result of merging groups that existed within semi-opaque groups, the merged result is now at the correct opacity for the original group, not that of its semi-opaque parent.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing a print dialog to appear on Windows when pressing Alt and Shift in ArtRage.

    ArtRage 2.5 Starter Edition

    Released 24th August, 2007

    Features

    • Stencils & Rulers: ArtRage 2.5 Starter Edition gives you a ruler to use in your paintings. Press ‘F’ to bring up the Stencil Picker, or click the Stencils button on the new Toolbox Panel to access the Ruler.
    • Resolution Support: In the New File or Resize panels you can now set the size of your image using pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters. You can also set the DPI resolution of your image.
    • Mousewheel Zoom: The Mouse wheel on a mouse, or the Zoom Strip on Wacom Intuos 3 tablets can now be used to zoom the canvas.
    • Recent Files List: You can access a list of recently used ArtRage files in the File Menu.
    • More Image Formats: ArtRage 2.5 supports more image formats for Import and Export.
    • Toolbox Panel: The bottom of the ArtRage window now has a Toolbox Panel, from which you can access your Ruler and Tracing Images.
    • Languages: ArtRage now supports English, French, and German from the same install. You can select your language from the Help menu.
    • OSX Application Bundle: ArtRage now contains all of its resources internally on OSX so you don’t need to store a folder alongside the application, you can just install ArtRage 2.5 directly to your Applications Folder.
    • OSX Window Resizing: The ArtRage window can now be manually resized on OSX using a resize handle at the bottom right.
    • Crash Recovery: On Windows, ArtRage attempts to save out your work to a temporary file (arrestart.ptg) if the application crashes. For more information, see the ArtRage Support Forum.
    • Canvas Zoom Shortcut: Holding down Shift + Space and click-dragging the canvas, or holding down Shift and right click-dragging the canvas zooms it.
    • User Content Support Shifted: User content such as Custom Pickers, Canvas Size Presets, Stencils, Canvas Presets etc. have been shifted to the user’s Application support folders. For more information, including information on how to move your ArtRage 2.2 content to ArtRage 2.5, see the ArtRage Support forums.
    • Improved Vista Support: ArtRage 2.5 is Windows Vista Certified and supports Tilt and Rotate when using Ink Services under Vista.

    ArtRage 2.5.15

    Released 8th August, 2007

    Changes

    • Changed the system for loading Colour Swatches and Paper Grains on OSX: The file dialog that was used to load the files could not navigate in to the ArtRage application bundle. Because we installed all of the sample colour swatches and custom grains in to the application bundle, you couldn’t load them. So, the application now copies those files to the Application Support / Resources folder the first time it needs them and allows access as per OS expectations.
    • Changed the Windows installer so that in the ArtRage 2 folder in the Start Menu, the shortcuts to the manual files are inside a Manuals folder rather than all lumped in the main folder.


    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed a bug that caused problems when using Undo after changing a paper grain. Paper grain issues could cause a crash, the grain changes are now correctly stored in the Undo system. 
    • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash in Quicktime on OSX 10.4.10 on some machines when loading the internal metallic environment map.
    • Fixed a rendering problem with the ‘Replace’ Bump Blend Mode that could cause blocky artifacts around bump on low opacity layers.
    • Fixed a bug that would cause ArtRage to display ‘UNLICENSED’ in the about box for users who had installed previous versions.
    • Fixed a bug that would cause the menu bar and toolbox to open in an odd position when restarting ArtRage after hiding the panels.
    • Fixed an error that could occur on exporting a layer as a PSD file.
    • Pressing F6 to show/hide stencils now checks to see whether most are already shown/hidden and makes the majority confirm to the minority first.
    • Fixed a Windows installer bug that prevented French and German versions from displaying the License file when installing ArtRage.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause the paper grain to fail to update when reloading a Painting file on OSX, the grain in the file could be replaced by the default.
    • Fixed the German localisation, An and Aus from the tool control toggles were inverted.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash while copying a layer on OSX 10.3.9.
    • Fixed a bug that would invert the colours in copied layers on the clipboard on OSX Intel.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented ArtRage recognising Canvas Size presets if there was no Canvas Size folder in its local Presets folder, even if there was one in the Application Support location.
    • Fixed a crash bug that could occur on merging groups.

    ArtRage 2.5 Released 24th July, 2007

    ArtRage 2.5 Updates

    Major Feature Enhancements
    • Stencils & Rulers The Stencil Picker allows you to add Stencils and Rulers to your painting, for creating precise shapes, straight lines, and curves. Press ‘F’ to bring up the Stencil Picker, or click the Stencils button on the new Toolbox Panel. For more information, see the ArtRage Manual.
    • Layer Content Transformation You can now Move, Scale, and Rotate the contents of Layers using the Transform Layer Contents option in the Edit Menu.
    • Copy & Paste You can now copy the contents of a Layer using the Copy Layer to Clipboard option in the Edit Menu. You can Paste the contents of your clipboard to a new Layer using the Paste Clipboard to New Layer option in the Edit Menu.
    • Layer Groups & Layer Names You can now add Layer Groups, and name your Layers and Groups. For more information, see the Layers section of the manual.
    • Resolution Support In the New File or Resize panels you can now set the size of your image using pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters. You can also set the DPI resolution of your image.
    • Smooth Blender The Palette Knife now has a Smooth blending option which can be found in the Type picker of the Tool Controls Panel when the Palette Knife is selected.
    • Precise Pencil The Pencil now has a Precise option. Turning this option on makes your pencil sharper and more like a mechanical pencil. This option can be found in the Tool Controls Panel when the Pencil is selected.
    • Mousewheel Zoom The Mouse wheel on a mouse, or the Zoom Strip on Wacom Intuos 3 tablets can now be used to zoom the canvas.
    • Recent Files List You can access a list of recently used ArtRage files in the File Menu.
    • More Image Formats ArtRage 2.5 supports more image formats for Import and Export.
    • Internal Updater The ArtRage Updater has been built in to the application to make it easier to download and install updates.
    • Toolbox Panel The bottom of the ArtRage window now has a Toolbox Panel, from which you can access your Stencils, Tracing Images, and Reference Images.
    • Layers Panel The Layers Panel has been moved to the right of the window for easier access.
    • Color Samples Panel The Color Samples Panel that used to be on the right hand edge of the window is now a floating panel. You can bring it up by pressing ‘S’, or using the Show Color Samples Panel option in the Tools Menu or Color Picker menu. You can also name your color samples.
    • Languages ArtRage now supports English, French, and German from the same install. You can select your language from the Help menu.
    • OSX Application Bundle ArtRage now contains all of its resources internally on OSX so you don’t need to store a folder alongside the application, you can just install ArtRage 2.5 directly to your Applications Folder.
    • OSX Window Resizing The ArtRage window can now be manually resized on OSX using a resize handle at the bottom right.
    • Crash Recovery On Windows ArtRage attempts to save out your work to a temporary file (arrestart.ptg) if the application crashes.
    • Import To Layer You can now import an image to a new Layer in the current document, rather than having to import to a new document. Use the Import To Layer option in the File menu.
    • Bump Blend Modes The way ArtRage layers the volume of paint on Layers can be controlled from the Bump Blend Mode menu in the Layer Menus.
    • Canvas Zoom Shortcut Holding down Shift + Space and click-dragging the canvas, or holding down Shift and right click-dragging the canvas zooms it.
    • User Content Support Shifted User content such as Custom Pickers, Canvas Size Presets, Stencils, Canvas Presets etc. have been shifted to the user’s Application support folders. For more information, including information on how to move your ArtRage 2.2 content to ArtRage 2.5, see the ArtRage Support forums.
    • Reference Image Persistency Reference Images are now saved with your painting files.
    • Improved Vista Support ArtRage 2.5 is Windows Vista Certified and supports Tilt and Rotate when using Ink Services under Vista.
    Unofficial Technical Features
    • Light Switch If you want to turn off the lights in your image, to remove the appearance of volume for the paint, you can do so by pressing F5.
    • Export of Channels For technically minded users, selecting ‘Export Layer…’ from the Layers Menu while holding down Shift will export the contents of that layer to multiple image files for each channel (Color, Bump, Shininess, Reflectivity).
    • Toggle stencil display Pressing F6 will show/hide all the stencils on the canvas.
    • And a bunch of enhancements and bug fixes that made the list too long for easy reading!

    ArtRage 2.2 Wacom Edition

    Released 14th February, 2007
    • Fixes a bug that prevented the Wacom Edition from running on Windows Vista.

    2006

    ArtRage 2.2 Free Edition

    Released 8th November, 2006

    ArtRage 2.2 Free Edition is compatible with Windows (2k, XP, Vista) and OS X (10.3.9 upward, PPC or Intel, Universal Binary).

    Bug Features

    • Mac OS X Universal Binary: ArtRage 2.2 OS X is now a Universal binary for PPC and Intel Macs. It will run on OS X version 10.3.9 or higher.
    • Felt Pen Options: We have enabled the tool settings of the Felt Pen so that you can play around with more detailed pens.
    • Magnified Precise Cursors: There is a now an option in the Preferences Menu to magnify the Precise Cursor to make it more visible.
    • Color Sampler: Added options to the color sampler to sample the true paint color if required.
    • Tablet PC Numeric Entry: Adjusted the Tablet PC build so that using handwriting recognition to enter text in to the ArtRage numeric text entries is easier.
    • Progress Bar: Added a load progress bar when launching ArtRage by double clicking a file.
    • Show Panels Notice Fading: When you right click or press Enter to hide the panels, the notice telling you how to bring them back now fades out after a few seconds.


    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed a bug that was preventing the Enter key okaying dialogues on OS X.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing strokes to shoot off down and right when using a Genius tablet on OS X.
    • Fixed some bugs that could cause the layer stack to update incorrectly when Merge All Layers was selected, or after Undo.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause artifacts on the trailing end of Tablet PC strokes.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing ArtRage popup menus to behave incorrectly when they overlapped each other.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause empty tool settings panels to appear if tool selection was changed while the interface was hidden.
    • Fixed a rare crash bug encountered when opening some Photoshop documents.
    • Fixed a problem with printing whereby a black box would be printed on output with some older print drivers.
    • Adjusted Canvas Rotation so that rotate and zoom happen around the centre of the screen

    ArtRage 2.2.9

    Released 3rd November, 2006

    OS X Specific Bug Fixes

    • The eraser tip on the top of a tablet stylus should now work again.
    • The tick mark in the automatic update check Preferences menu item should now be ticked correctly when the feature is active.
    • Some problems with G3 processor compatibility have been solved.

    ArtRage 2.2

    Released 12th October, 2006

    This version is available in English, French, and German for Windows and OSX (PPC and Intel Universal Binary).

    Features

    • ArtRage Auto Updater The ArtRage Auto Updater included in version 2.2 allows quick and easy updates when a new version is released.
    • Mac OS X Universal Binary ArtRage 2.2 OS X is now a Universal binary for PPC and Intel Macs.
    • Photoshop Blend Modes ArtRage 2.2 supports all of the blend modes in Photoshop CS2. You can access these from the Layer Blending menu in the Layers Panel. Blend modes are imported and exported with PSD format documents.
    • Improved Memory Management Memory use has been improved so that large documents with multiple layers use significantly less memory than in version 2.1.
    • PTG File Thumbnails Your painting files are now given thumbnails in your OS.
    • Magnified Precise Cursors There is a now an option in the Preferences Menu to magnify the Precise Cursor to make it more visible.
    • Glitter Shape Glitter now has 5 options for the shape of glitter applied.
    • Grain Roughness Range Paper grain roughness can now be taken to negative numbers to invert the texture pattern.
    • Art Pen Option The Felt Pen now has an ‘Art Pen’ option that allows a denser pigment to be applied.
    • Color Sampler Added options to the color sampler to sample the true paint color and from a single layer if required.
    • Oil Thinners The Oil tool now allows you to thin your oils significantly. Everything over 50% thinners starts to make the paint transparent.
    • Reference Image Zoom You can now zoom the contents of reference images without changing the size of the reference pinned to the canvas.
    • Metallic Value Control You can now adjust the level of metallic color applied to your paint.
    • Tablet PC Numeric Entry Adjusted the Tablet PC build so that using handwriting recognition to enter text in to the ArtRage numeric text entries is easier.
    • Progress Bar Added a load progress bar when launching ArtRage by double clicking a file.
    • Show Panels Notice Fading When you right click or press Enter to hide the panels, the notice telling you how to bring them back now fades out after a few seconds.


    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed a bug that was causing strokes to shoot off down and right when using a Genius tablet on OS X. 
    • Fixed some bugs that could cause the layer stack to update incorrectly when Merge All Layers was selected, or after Undo.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing the color sampler to sample transparency checkers on transparent layers.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing checkers to be exported to the background of transparent PNGs.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause artifacts on the trailing end of Tablet PC strokes.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing metallics to be lost when merging layers with papers that had metallic values and were at less than 100% Opacity.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing ArtRage popup menus to behave incorrectly when they overlapped each other.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause empty tool settings panels to appear if tool selection was changed while the interface was hidden.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing the ‘Remove All Colors’ option to be available in the color swatches menu when there were no swatches to remove.
    • Fixed a bug that could cause the canvas to go blank when the painting was scaled down.
    • Fixed a rare crash bug encountered when opening some Photoshop documents.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing the alpha value of the feathered edges of the airbrush to be lost when when exporting to a layered PSD file.
    • Fixed a problem that was causing spotty results in the trailing edge of an airbrush stroke when running with Mouse Mode on.
    • Fixed a problem with printing whereby a black box would be printed on output with some older print drivers.
    • Adjusted Canvas Rotation so that rotate and zoom happen around the centre of the screen.
    • PS. Try loading a tracing paper and using Glitter with Automatic Color Selection turned on.

    ArtRage 2 German versions available 23rd June, 2006

    ArtRage 2.1

    Released 2nd May, 2006

    French version released.

    Features

    • Reworked the Palette Knife to improve smearing and blending quality.
    • Added a ‘Dry Brush’ function. When you take the Oil Brush Loading to 0% the brush applies no paint, you can use it to blend existing paint as if it was clean.
    • Added a ‘Quick Mirror’ function that allows you to do a quick ‘mirror check’ of your painting. Holding down the H key flips your painting horizontally, holding down the V key flips it vertically. When you release the key, the painting returns to its normal orientation. This function is for people who like to be able to do mirror checks of their work to check for structural problems.
    • You can now change the background colour used by ArtRage. If your canvas is smaller than the ArtRage window, select the colour you want and Alt/Option-Click the background. The default colour is white.
    • Added the name of your current painting to the titlebar of the ArtRage window.
    • The Spacebar can now be used to move the canvas. Hold the spacebar down and left click/drag to move the canvas. When you release the spacebar, your selected tool will work again. To rotate the canvas, hold down the spacebar then the Alt/Option key and left click/drag the canvas.
    • Changed how ArtRage stores its registration and user preference information so that multiple user accounts on one machine will have easier access to the application.
    • Added the ability to ‘oversize’ tools. When you single click the tool size preview you are prompted to enter a percentage value for the tool size. You can now manually enter sizes up to 500%. You can stil only use the standard size preview slide functionality to reach 100%, but some users had requested larger tools. Please note, you may experience some unusual behaviour in tools over 100%, we do not suggest using this feature unless you are working on extremely large documents.


    Tweaks & Bug Fixes

    • Removed the painting’s file name from printed output.
    • Adjusted the felt pen to make it cut in to bump when you use it with moderate to high pressure.
    • Adjusted the flow rate of the airbrush to improve its look when used with the mouse.
    • Increased the base size of the roller so that it can get larger.
    • Fixed some bugs with the PSD import/export system, generally related to empty or 0 size layers.
    • Fixed a bug that was preventing changing paper settings prompting the user to save the document at appropriate times.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the bottom layer being dragged up in the layer stack.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing the wrong canvas grain to appear in the canvas grain sample when creating a new document.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing incorrect updates in the canvas grain sample of the new file dialog when loading a custom grain.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented users right click/dragging the canvas to move it on OS X.
    • Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to fail to load (with a file not found message) on OS X when launched from an account that did not ‘own’ the application in terms of permissions.
    • Fixed a bug that caused artifacting when moving a canvas that had been rotated 90 degrees.
    • Fixed a bug in the right click and hold tools (Airbrush and Glitter) that caused problems for Tablet PC users.
    • Fixed some smearing/smudging problems with glitter relating to when the paint was considered wet.
    • Fixed a bug that caused paintings created at unusual aspect ratios to appear off centre when displayed for the first time.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing opaque paper above layer 1 to be removed when merging.
    • Fixed a bug that was causing the felt pen to behave incorrectly when used with high Wetness on layers with transparent backgrounds. Blending should work properly now.
    • Fixed a bug that caused multiple transparent layers stacked on top of each other to produce halos around dark strokes.
    • Fixed a bug that caused custom paper grains that had colour to be loaded incorrectly when converting to greyscale.
    • Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to close after trying to load an invalid file.
    • Fixed a bug that caused ArtRage to lock when double clicking an invalid painting file to load it.
    • Fixed a bug that would prevent overwriting canvas presets from the New File dialog even after being prompted to confirm the action.
    • Corrected some errors in the shortcut keys listed in the manual.

    ArtRage 2 Released 23rd January, 2006

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