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ArtRage for Android allows you to import images to create new paintings from other apps on your device (for example, the default Gallery and Photos apps, Dropbox, and other apps that support image export, like Autodesk Sketchbook).

Interacting with other apps is controlled by the Android operating system, not ArtRage. If you chose to set one of these options as the default option and now need to use one of the others, you can reset your default settings in the other application’s settings.

For example, if you have set ArtRage to always import from Dropbox, you would reset your Dropbox default settings (note: this will also reset any other apps that default to Dropbox). Simple go to your Application Manager > Dropbox and look for the ‘Default Settings’ section and reset it (you may also be able to go to Settings > Default Applications > Set as default > Dropbox).

Note: The exact names of the menus may vary on different devices, but the path will be the same.

There are three different ways to import a photograph as paint to work on directly in the iPad app.

1. Start a new painting from an imported photo.

To do this, go to the Gallery view, click the ‘+’ symbol in the top right, and choose ‘Import Image’. This will automatically create a new image as close to the size of the imported image that ArtRage supports (the max size is 2048×2048).

2. Import a photo into a layer in your current painting.

Open the Layers menu, and tap the cog symbol right at the top (the one for ALL layers). Choose ‘Import Layer’.

3. Copy/paste from the iOS clipboard.

If you have copy an image to the iOS clipboard elsewhere (e.g. if you tap the ‘upload’ arrow on a photo in the gallery, one of the options is ‘Copy’), you can then Paste it as a new layer in ArtRage. This is in the same place as ‘Import Layer’ – open Layers > tap the cog symbol at the top > choose ‘Paste from iOS Clipboard’.

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.

  1. Send to the iPad ‘My Photos’ Folder (JPG)
  2. Send to iTunes (JPG or PNG)
  3. Email it from the iPad (JPG, PNG, PTG)
  4. 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)
  5. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

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.

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