ArtRage for iPad Tools

ArtRage for iPad Painting & Drawing Tools

Selecting Tools

Tools are selected on the left hand side of your iPad using the Tool Picker. In the bottom left corner is a Tool Pod that shows you the currently selected tool. Tap this pod and the Tool Picker appears. Tap on a tool in the picker to select it.

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The expanded Tools menu for ArtRage for iPad

Shortcut: If you tap and hold on the tool pod the tool picker appears – drag upwards over the tool you want to select then let go. The tool is selected and the tool picker vanishes again.

ArtRage for iPad Fill Bucket

Fill Bucket

Fill Tool: Fills bordered areas on your canvas. Tap in an area and it will be filled with the current color.

ArtRage for iPad Color Sampler

Color Sampler

Colour Sampler Samples color from the canvas. Tap and drag on the canvas and the color beneath the sampler will be selected as the current color.

ArtRage for iPad Eraser


Eraser: Erases all kinds of media from the canvas. If there’s thick paint the eraser thins the paint before removing it.

ArtRage for iPad Glitter Tube

Glitter Tube

Glitter Tube: Sprinkles particles of glitter on the canvas with optional shapes for texturing.

ArtRage for iPad Gloop Pen

Gloop Pen

Gloop Pen: Creates a smooth flow of ink that spreads on the canvas. Tap and hold to start the flow. The slower you drag, the more ink is spread on the canvas.

ArtRage for iPad Crayon Pastel


Pastel: Places dry strokes of wax or chalk on the canvas that can be smudged and break up easily on canvas grain.

ArtRage for iPad Felt Pen

Felt Pen

Felt Pen: Simulates markers and highlighters with bold, colorful strokes.

ArtRage for iPad Inking Pen

Inking Pen

Inking Pen: Fine line inking pen for detail work. Turn up ‘Smoothing’ and the lines autosmooth when your stroke ends.

ArtRage for iPad Pencil


Pencil: Fine pencil strokes with a adjustable softness for shading, and a high precision technical pencil.

ArtRage for iPad Paint Tube

Paint Tube

Paint Tube: Lays down thick lines of paint that can be smeared and blended with the palette knife or other tools.

ArtRage for iPad Paint Roller

Roller: Places broad strokes of evenly applied paint. The higher the Pressure, the more the paint breaks up on the canvas as the roller picks it up as it passes.

ArtRage for iPad Palette Knife

Palette Knife

Palette Knife: A variety of blenders for smearing, smudging, and blending paint on the canvas.

ArtRage for iPad Airbrush


Airbrush: A fine mist sprayer that applies color without flattening or spreading the texture of paint already on the canvas.

ArtRage for iPad Watercolor Brush

Watercolor Brush

Watercolour: Paints delicate strokes of wet pigment that blend with other paint and react to paper wetness.

ArtRage for iPad Oil Brush

Oil Brush

Oil Brush: Applies strokes of oil with varying thickness. Paint on the brush runs down over time but you can keep applying the stroke to pick up other pigment and blend it on the canvas.

Tool Size

When the Tool Picker is open the size of the current tool is displayed in the toolbar underneath. To change tool size you can either:

  1. Tap the Tool Size button and enter the size you want manually.
  2. Tap and drag off the Tool Size button – A curved slider appears that you can use to set tool size. When you release the drag, the slider vanishes.
Left: Tap and drag on the tool size in the bottom left to get this slider Right: The tool size indicator pops up with three finger gestures up and down.

Left: Tap and drag on the tool size in the bottom left to get this slider | Right: The tool size indicator pops up with three finger gestures up and down.

Shortcut: Tap and drag up and down with 3 fingers on the canvas to change the tool size.

Tool Settings

The Tool Settings panel lets you change the properties of the tool you are using. Tap the Settings button on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen and the settings panel appears.

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Tool Settings for the Felt Pen (Marker) tool

The top of the Settings panel shows you if you have a Preset loaded. If you do, the Preset’s preview image and name are displayed at the top. Tap this area to pop up a list of available presets.

Beneath the preset indicator is a preview of how the tool will look when you use it on the canvas. As you change the tool settings this preview updates so you can see what kind of paint you will be applying.

Beneath that is a set of sliders and other controls that let you adjust the properties of the current tool.

Tip: Think of each tool in the Tool Picker as a basic ‘type’ of artistic tool. The Tool Settings panel lets you work with different varieties of those types. For example if you are using the Oil Brush you might want thick oil paint (set the Thinners slider to a low value) or heavily thinned oil paint (set the Thinners slider to a high value).

Tool Presets

Tool Presets store the settings of a tool so that you can recover them quickly. To select a preset, tap on the Preset Area at the top of the Tool Settings panel and you will be given a Preset Picker that lets you browse the presets you have available.

Tool Presets ArtRage for iPad 2.0

Each tool has a list of presets that you can use. You can also create your own.

When you select a preset, all appropriate tool settings are updated to the values stored in that preset. Note that some presets do not update the Size of the tool (a Dry Oil Brush can be any size, for example) and other presets will change the current Color selected (the Charcoal presets for the Pastel tool will change the color to black for example). Default Presets which don’t change the color will be a bright green.

When you change settings in the Tool Settings panel, the currently selected preset is cleared – Because the preset is a collection of settings, adjusting your settings means that preset is no longer active. The exception to this is Size, which can be changed without clearing the preset.

Shortcut: When the Tool Picker is open you can tap and hold on a tool to open the Preset Picker for it. Select the preset you want and it will become active.

Tool Presets ArtRage for iPad 2.0

You can quickly open the Presets for a tool by pressing and holding on the tool.

Adding Presets

When you tap the + button in the Preset Picker you will be given the opportunity to store your currently active tool settings as a preset, including size and tool color if you wish. You can name the new preset and pick a group for it to be added to. You can also choose to sample a preview for it from the canvas.

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Tap the ‘+’ symbol to save your current tool settings as a new preset

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You can choose to save a custom color and size as part of the new preset.

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You can capture a preview image from the current painting to act as the new preset’s icon

Undo and Redo

Undo and Redo let you step backwards through the paint strokes you have made to undo errors. When these functions are available their buttons will light up on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

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The Undo and Redo buttons can be found in the menu bar

Note: Undo data is only stored while the app is open. If you close ArtRage completely Undo information is discarded.

Hide All Menus
You can shrink all the menus down into small tabs. Tap on the current selected tool and color in the corners to close each those menus, and on the screen with three fingers to hide the taskbar.

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The iPad app lets you hide all the menu pods.
Tap the little arrow button or the corner pods showing the current color and tool to get the menus back for each item!