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Frequently Asked Questions

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”

Why don’t the mobile apps support canvas rotation?

The ArtRage Mobile apps (iOS, Android and Windows Touch) don’t support canvas rotation (the ability to just turn the canvas around using fingers), but we added it as an option to the iPad app in 2015.

This is because canvas rotation is memory intensive feature which isn’t absolutely necessary, as it is possible to rotate the entire device. While we may consider adding this feature in the future, we will only add it if it does not compromise app performance. Currently, most devices will struggle with this feature.

How can I rotate the canvas?

ArtRage for Android
The entire canvas and interface will rotate as you turn the device. To prevent this, you can turn on “Lock Interface Rotation” under Settings.

ArtRage for iPad
Update 2.1 added canvas rotation to the iPad app, as most current iPads can now handle the performance requirements, and the iPad Pro is too large to physically turn easily.

  • Default Setting: The interface will rotate as you turn the device, but the canvas will not.
  • Canvas Rotation Active: You can turn ‘Canvas Rotation’ on by going into the menu > Preferences. This will allow you to turn the canvas using two finger gestures while you work.
  • 15 Degree Increments: You can ‘lock’ the rotation angles to 15 degree increments in Preferences, or allow the canvas to turn freely.

ArtRage for iPhone
Neither the interface nor the canvas will rotate when you turn the device.

ArtRage Touch (Windows 8)
The interface will rotate as you turn the device, but the canvas will not. You can also use the Canvas Positioner to rotate the canvas. The Canvas Positioner is a floating ‘compass’ that allows you to turn, scale and move the canvas, similar to the desktop versions. Find it by going to Layers > menu button in the top right > Canvas Positioner.

How to 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)

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