Frequently Asked Questions
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.
- 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.
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
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.
How to share paintings from the iPad
Can I transfer between the iPad and the desktop version of ArtRage?
You certainly can transfer to and from the iPad. The iPad has a range of export options in three image formats (JPG, PNG, PTG).
Choose the Export menu (the small arrow in the centre of the bottom menu bar) while in the gallery view to access the options.
- Send to the iPad ‘My Photos’ Folder (JPG)
- Send to iTunes (JPG or PNG)
- Email it from the iPad (JPG, PNG, PTG)
- Upload it to the internet directly by connecting to a supported app
- Submit it to DeviantART (JPG)
- Share it on Facebook (JPG)
- Export it to online storage apps: DeviantART St.ash, Dropbox, Creative Cloud (PTG, JPG, PNG)
- Print Painting (your iPad will need to be connected to a printer)
If you are trying to work on a painting across both the iPad and the desktop, you have two more options:
- Record a Script on the iPad and play it back on the computer.
- You will need to start the script recording when you are creating the painting (in the canvas settings). You can only play it back on the desktop, but you can replay it as often as you need to, and stop it at any point.
- Exporting a script will appear as an option in the Export menu if a Script is available.
- Transfer files in and out of the iPad using iTunes (You can move files onto the iPad as well with iTunes).
About the file types:
- PTG is the ArtRage proprietary file type. This file will contain all the layers, depth and paint effects from your painting. You can import a different image file to work on, but it will not have layers or any of the special effects.
- JPG is the smallest file type and the most suitable to share online. If you edit JPEGs, you will lose a small amount of quality.
- PNG is the best file type if you wish to continue editing the painting in other programs.
There is a diagram of the various export options here: Exportable File Types for the iPad