Product Comparison

ArtRage product line feature comparison

Find below a full list of features for the different commercial products available in the ArtRage product line.

  • To compare features from discontinued editions (ArtRage 2, ArtRage Studio & Studio Pro, ArtRage 4), see Previous Editions.
  • To compare features across the mobile apps (ArtRage iOS, Android free and paid, ArtRage Touch), see Mobile Editions.
  • To view a history of changes within each edition, see the version update histories.
Mobile Vs. DesktopCurrent Desktop EditionsNew in ArtRage 5
Mobile Vs. Desktop

Overview of ArtRage’s Features on Mobile & Desktop

ArtRage is available across a range of platforms, and includes its unique mixable oil paints, realistic pencils, canvas textures and other natural media features in all of them. The table below summarises the main features and differences between our major mobile apps for Android and iOS, and our main desktop edition, ArtRage 5.

For a more detailed comparison between the apps, or between different desktop editions, check out the other sections.

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ArtRage for Android

Buy ArtRage for Android from the Google Play Store & GALAXY Apps. Android 4.0+.

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ArtRage for iOS

ArtRage for iOSis available from iTunes. Requires: Requires iOS 6.0 or later.

ArtRage 5

ArtRage 5

Natural painting tools and powerful utilities for Windows and Mac OSX.

FeaturesMobile Only
(Android & iOS)
Desktop Only
(ArtRage 5)
Natural Media painting toolsOil Brush, Pencil, Palette Knife, Paint Tube, Color Sampler, Pastel & Chalk, Eraser, Paint Roller, Marker Pen, Glitter Tube, Watercolor, Flood Fill, ‘Gloop’ Pen, Inking Pen

Customisable tool settings
Default and custom tool presets
Oil Brush, Pencil, Palette Knife, Paint Tube, Color Sampler, Pastel & Chalk, Eraser, Paint Roller, Marker Pen, Watercolor, Flood Fill, Inking Pen
‘Gloop’ Pen, Glitter Tube

Customisable tool settings
Default and custom tool presets
Digital Editing & Drawing Tools Color Sampler
Linear Transform

Non-linear Transform (iOS only)
Solid Fill
Color Sampler
Solid Fill
Pattern Fill
Gradient Fill
Linear Transform
Perspective & Non-linear transform
Text
Cloner tool
Selection Tool
Stickers & Sticker Spray
Custom Brush & Designer
Stencils & Rulers
Create, import and export custom resources for all tools
Image Filters (blur, noise, Color, PSD filter support)
Drawing GuidesTracing image
References
Tracing image
References
Symmetry
Grids
Guides
Perspective Sets
Scraps
Views
Color HL/S, HS/L, LS/H color pickers
Global color samples
Local & Global color samples
Real color blending
HL/S, HS/L, HLS/H, RG/B, RB/G& BG/R color pickers
Precise & Tint/Tone color picker
Custom color pickers
Saving, Import & Export Save as PTG
PNG, JPG Support
Transparent PNG support (iOS only)
Copy and paste support (iOS only)
Import images to layers or new paintings
Direct export to apps
Script Recording
Save as PTG
PNG, JPG, PSD, BMP, GIF, TIFF Support
DPI editing
Transparent PNG support
Support for PSD layers, filters, blend modes & text
JPG quality control
Individual layer export
Import images to layers or new paintings
Script Recording
Script Playback at any Resolution
Script Annotations
Script file editing
UI & InteractionMultitouch support
Palm rejection/Stylus-only mode
Gestures to resize tools, undo/redo, zoom and move
Ability to hide menu elements (pods)
Stylus support for specific styluses
Multitouch support
Keyboard modifier keys to to resize tools, undo/redo, zoom and move
Customisable keyboard shortcuts
Floating & resizable interface elements
Docking Mode
Toolbox
Wacom stylus support: tilt, pressure, individual stylus profiles, advanced tool settings, airbrush, barrel roll
64 bit support
Canvas & LayersMaximum 2048 x 2048 canvas size (4096×4096 on iPad Pros)
Default canvas presets
Editable Canvas grain texture, color, opacity (iOS only), and metallics
Unlimited layers
Layer Blend Modes
Unlimited canvas size
Default & Custom canvas presets
Editable Canvas grain texture, color, opacity and metallics
Unlimited layers
Layer Groups
Individual layer export
Layer Blend Modes
Layer Effects
Current Desktop Editions

ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5

Our two current desktop editions for Windows and Mac OSX are ArtRage Lite and ArtRage 5.

ArtRage Lite includes a full range of realistic painting tools, such as pencils, felt pens and oil paints, as well as a selection of digital editing features like layers, Select, Transform, custom brushes, color pickers, and more. All our most loved painting features are included, from the pinnable reference images to the richly textured paint. ArtRage Lite is a great introductory program that will work well with the latest operating systems and make good use of your Wacom tablet.

However, if you’re more experienced, you may also be looking for more advanced features, such as Symmetry, Grids, Filters, and custom brush creation. You can find all these in ArtRage 5, our full painting program. Check out the comprehensive list of features below to see which program offers what you need.

If you already own ArtRage Lite, we offer a significant upgrade discount to ArtRage 5; this is applied automatically if you upgrade by opening Lite and going to Help > Upgrade to ArtRage 5.

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Buy ArtRage 5, our full desktop edition with natural painting tools and powerful digital editing features for all levels of skill.



Upgrade from ArtRage Lite at a Discount

You can upgrade ArtRage Lite to ArtRage 5 at any point by going to Help > Upgrade to ArtRage 5. This will take you straight to our online store with a 30% discount automatically applied.

ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5 Feature Comparison

Natural Media Painting & Drawing ToolsBasic ArtRage Lite Features

These features are included in ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5
Additional ArtRage 5 Features

Upgrade to ArtRage 5 to access these advanced features
Oil Brush Pressure
Thinners
Loading
Insta-Dry
Auto Clean
Square Head
Aspect
Rotation
Stiffness
PencilPressure
Softness
Precise Mode
Precise Mode Only: Smoothing
Tilt Angle
Noise Amount
Noise Scale
Watercolor Brush Pressure
Thinners
Auto Clean
Loading
Paper Wet
Insta-Dry
Color Bleed
Felt PenPressure
Softness
Wetness
Art Pen
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Ink PenPressure
Aspect
Rotation
Smoothing
Taper Length
Taper Bias
Opacity
Square Head
Antialias Edge
AirbrushPressure
Tilt Angle
Taper Length
Autoflow
Opacity
Hardness
Drip Spread
Square Nib
Layer Blend Modes
Paint RollerPressure
Thinners
Loading
Auto Clean
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PastelModes: Wax & Chalk

Pressure
Softness
Noise Amount
Noise Scale
Gloop PenPressure
Outer Blur
Edge Width
Inner Blur
Fill Opacity
Opacity
Layer Blend Modes
Glitter Shapes: Square, Circle, Ball, Grit, Random

Pressure
Glitter Size
Multicolor
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EraserPressure
Softness
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Paint TubePressure
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Palette KnifeShapes: Flat, Edge, Soft
Pressure

Flat & Edge Modes Only: Loading
Soft Mode Only: Smudge
Shapes: Blur & Wet

Flat & Edge Modes Only: Auto Clean, Lock Rotation
Blur Mode Only: Softness
Soft Mode Only: Pressure
Wet Mode Only: Falloff, Drip Size, Drip Spike, Drip Spread, Color Drag
Realistic canvas and paper texturesUser Modifiable Canvas Settings:
  • Appearance: Canvas Lighting, Canvas Color, Opacity, Metallic
  • Texture: Grain Size & Roughness

User Definable Canvas Presets

Default Canvas Presets

Import custom canvas grains

Preset Canvas Collections: Art papers, Canvas, Paper, Rough & Special
Decorative Preset Canvas Collection

Set custom Canvas as Default

Canvas Patterns – Image based canvas color with tiling options.
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Digital Drawing & Editing ToolsBasic ArtRage Lite Features

These features are included in ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5
Additional ArtRage 5 Features

Upgrade to ArtRage 5 to access these advanced features
Fill (Flood fill) Spread
Antialias Edge
Current Layer only

Solid Fill: Gap Tolerance
Solid Fill: Border Fill
Solid Fill: Slow Motion

Modes: Gradient Fill, Pattern Fill

Variable opacity
Selection Tool Shapes: Rectangle, Ellipse, Freehand, Magic Wand

Feather
Clear Selection
Invert Selection
Magic Wand Only: Spread
Shapes: Polygon, Paint Area

Modes: Replace, Add, Subtract, Difference, Intersection

Magic Wand Only: Antialias Edge, Current Layer Only
Paint Area Only: Pressure, Opacity, Hardness, Autoflow
Transform Mode: Normal/Uniform (resize & move)
Select Layer
Free (Non-linear) Transform
Content Perspective
Scale With Perspective (using active Perspective Set)
Adjust angle and rotation by degree and percentage
Flip/rotate buttons
Color Sampler With Lighting Current Layer Only
Metallic
Sample Area (1-50 pixels)
Hue, Luminance, Saturation
Cloner Pressure
Hardness
Autoflow
Opacity
Relative Offset
Current Layer Only
Include Current Layer
Include Canvas Color
Layer Blend Modes
TextRich Text: Text Size, Bold, Italic, Underline
Left/center/right align

Uses all installed TrueType fonts
Single format per item.
Multiple Rich Text formats inside single text items.
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Drawing Guides & ReferencesBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 5 Features
Tracing Images

Add tracing image overlay

Adjust opacity and location

Automatically choose colors from Tracing image while painting

Convert Tracing Image to Paint Layer

Scale options: Stretch to Fit, Fit Inside, Fit to Fill
Scale Options: Tile to Fit, Manual Scale
Reference Images Multiple pinnable reference images

References can be can be moved, rotated and scaled

Drag References off the canvas window
Zoom in on part of reference image

Make Reference a Tracing Image

Pin Views to the canvas: View ports that can be independently zoomed and panned for alternative views in to the canvas.

Pin Scraps to the canvas: Independent pieces of canvas for color mixing or test painting.
Stencils & Rulers6 Groups of Stencil Presets (Stencils (general), Comic, Festive, Friskets, Fun, Rulers, Shapes)

Default stencil shapes (masks)

Expandable ruler with real world and pixel measurements

Resize, move and rescale individual stencils

Import new stencils from image files

4 more groups of Stencil Presets (Buttons, Gradients, Grids and Textures)

Choose from Stencil, Ruler and Guide Modes.

Create new stencils within ArtRage (from layer contents)
Graphic design guides~Paint Symmetry
Grids
Guides
Perspective Sets
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Advanced Custom ResourcesBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 5 Features
Package Files
(custom resource packs of ArtRage presets, canvases and other custom resources)
Install Package Files
Repair and Uninstall Package Files
Edit and Delete Custom Content inside Artrage
Create Package Files
Sticker Sheets Allowing single pre-rendered ‘clip art’ stickers to be dropped in to the painting

Move, Resize, Rotate Single Stickers
Adjust sticker properties: Color, Opacity, Shadow

Import existing sticker presets (.stk files)
4 default Preset Groups
Sticker Sheet Creator
7 default Preset Groups
Sticker Spray (custom brush spray based on Stickers) Sticker Sheet Selection
Spray Rate
Autoflow
Shadow
Auto-Flatten (Micro-Layer, post spray editable objects),

Variation Symmetry (uses Symmetry feature)

Advanced Shadow Settings

Spray Variation control (advanced custom brush settings)

Photoshop .abr Brush Import
Custom Brush (digital brush with editable grain and head) ~Digital Brush Presets
Stroke Opacity
Loading
Canvas Grain Amount
Minimum Size
Smoothing
Custom Brush Designer (editable head and grain, advanced dab, stroke, and color mixing properties)
Photoshop .abr brush head import
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ColorBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 5 Features
Color Modes Metallic Paint Real Color Blending (Yellow + Blue = Green)
Color Picker LS/H Picker
Popup On-Canvas Color Picker
Picker Modes: HL/S, HS/L, RG/B, RB/G, BG/R,
Tint/Tone Picker
Precise Color Picker
User Definable Custom Color Pickers
Color Samples Default color sample collections
Custom sample collection creation
Color Sample Sorting: By Name and Color Values

Toolbox Samples: Samples stored with each painting rather than globally.
User definable tool presets Option to store size & color with Preset~
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LayersBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 5 Features
Basic Layer Management Layer transparency
Merge individual or all Layers
Move, delete, hide & duplicate layers
Layer Groups with Group management
Layer Effects~Shadow
Glow
Cutout
Inner Glow
Emboss
Custom Emboss Textures
Editable effect properties
Layer Blend ModesTint
Shadow
Highlight
Full range of ArtRage & Photoshop standard layer blend modes
Watercolor Blend Mode
Bump Blend Modes (Paint texture effects)
Layer TransformationsScale, Rotate, and Move Layer ContentsFree (Non-Linear), internal Content Perspective and active background Perspective Layer Transformations
Layer Locks ~Lock transparency, paint and position
Export Options~Export individual layers
Create Stencils from layer contents
Export Layers to Channel Maps for external 3D use
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Saving, Importing & ExportingBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 5 Features
Saving & Export Saves as PTG by default to preserve unique ArtRage paint data.
JPEG Export
JPEG Quality Control
DPI Support
Export as PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, and PSD with layer support.
Automatic creation of Backup Files while you save.
Importing & New Files Import PNG, BMP, JPEG, TIFF, GIF

Photoshop PSD file import: Including editable text, layer and blend mode support.
Multiple Documents
New Document Size from Clipboard Contents
Import Image File to Layer
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Interface and MenusBasic ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5 FeaturesAdditional ArtRage 5 Features
Manuals & HelpQuick start guide
Online Wikis and forums
Quick start guide
Online Wikis and forums
User InterfaceSimple, easy to access user interface
Quick access control: Pods.

Floating panels for: Layers, Tool Settings, Presets, Swatches, Tracing Images, References, Stickers , and Stencils

Adjustable Scale and Rotation of floating panel objects for ease of access on touch screens or smaller desktops.

UI menus and pods can be hidden as required:

Font Picker Previews: Scroll through previews of selected fonts

Tooltips

Stencils and Rulers on the canvas
Docking Mode with minimal interface, floating menus and docking to right and left of screen
Lights Out Mode
Tear-Off and move anywhere (Classic Mode): Color Picker, Tool Picker, and Menu Bar

Canvas Navigator
Large Layer Thumbnails
Rotate Canvas 90°/180°
Shortcuts & Multitouch User defined keyboard shortcuts

Modifer keys for straight line stroke constraints, on-canvas brush resizing, canvas navigation, stencil manipulation.

Multi-Touch support: For canvas & object manipulation.

Unlimited Undo/Redo
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Hardware SupportBasic ArtRage Lite Features

These features are included in ArtRage Lite & ArtRage 5
Additional ArtRage 5 Features

Upgrade to ArtRage 5 to access these advanced features
Support for Wacom Stylus Features Pressure
Tilt
Support for Wacom Stylus Recognition: Individual styluses can be set to remember specific tool settings.

User assignable stylus properties for individual painting tools

Assignable Airbrush Wheel & Art Pen Barrel Rotation.
Multithreading & System Support Multi-Core & Multiprocessor Support
64-bit Support
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Operating SystemsWindows Vista, 7, 8 & 10
Mac OS 10.6 and later
Windows Vista, 7, 8 & 10
Mac OS 10.18 and later.
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Paint Symmetry Symmetrical stroke mirroring of tools during painting,
Mirrored or Rotational Symmetry
Adjustable numbers of axes of symmetry, center point, and rotation
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Buy ArtRage Lite to get started with realistic digital painting. Your payment is securely processed by our partner, Avangate.

Grids Customisable pixel size
Adjustable opacity and colour
Snap To Grid feature
Grids on References
Save custom Grid Sets
Guides Shortcut from canvas
Adjustable opacity and colour
Snap To Guides feature
Automatically frame paint on a layer
Save custom Guide Sets
Perspective Sets
One and Two Point Perspective
Adjustable opacity and colour
Customisable horizon, walls, floors, major, minor, and projection lines
Snap To Perspective feature
Scale paint to active perspective using Transform
Save custom Perspective Sets
Image Filtering Layer Blur built in filter
Built in Color Adjustment filter
Add Noise Filter
Remove Color Matte
Warp (liquify)
Photoshop compatible filter support
Canvas Lighting (depth & shadow) toggle
Docking Mode Clear-screen interface mode that hides all panels and presents a collapsed, customisable quick access bar with all the important features.
Dock menus to left and right
Toolbox Toolbox Panel: Single panel for gathering custom resources relevant to the current painting.

Upgrade from ArtRage Lite at a Discount

You can upgrade ArtRage Lite to ArtRage 5 at any point by going to Help > Upgrade to ArtRage 5. This will take you straight to our online store with a 50% discount automatically applied.

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New in ArtRage 5

New ArtRage 5 Features

ArtRage 5 includes all the features of ArtRage 4, as well as some significant improvements and new tools. All of the features below are new in ArtRage 5, and not found in any other edition of ArtRage.

Existing ArtRage owners can upgrade their desktop edition to ArtRage 5 at a significant discount, so make sure to check out the Upgrades section!

Updated Tools 
PencilNoise Amount
Noise Scale
Pastel (Wax/Chalk)Noise Amount
Noise Scale
Fill (Flood fill) Slow Motion
Fill Small Gaps (Gap Tolerance)
Fill to Border (no pixelated edge)
Color SamplerSample average color from adjustable area (1-50 pixels)
Toggle Hue, Luminance, Saturation, Metallic when sampling
 TransformNew fullscreen mode
Scale with active Perspective Sets
More precise control over transformations
  • Adjust angle and rotation by degree and percentage
  • Flip/rotate buttons
New Painting & Editing Tools 
Custom BrushCustom digital brushes for painting without texture
Wide range of presets
Downloadable resources from other users
Custom Brush DesignerCreate custom brush heads and grain patterns
Editable dab properties and stroke properties
Color blending mode allows live paint mixing effects
Blenders
Single or randomized color options
Adjust effects of canvas texture;
Easily test brushes while adjusting settings  
   Layer EffectsCustomizable Dropshadow, Emboss, Glow, Inner Glow, Cutout for individual text and paint layers
Custom embossing textures
Image FilteringRemove Color Matte (easily clean up scanned sketches)
Warp (liquify)
Layout ToolsGrids, Guides, Perspective Sets
  • Customizable color, opacity and spacing
  • Adjustable snap to line sensitivity when drawing
  • Save custom sets
GuidesDrag horizontal and vertical lines for composition or as active rulers
Automatically frame paint on current layer
Quick shortcuts from main canvas view
Perspective SetsOne & Two Point Perspective
Drag horizon and vanishing point anywhere on or around the canvas
Edit individual lines, panels, and projection
Scale paint automatically with Transform to match perspective sets
Improved Interface 
User InterfaceClassic and Docking Modes

Classic:
  • Familiar ArtRage pods, intuitive layout, all tools easy to access

Docking (improved Workbench): 
  • Clear-screen interface mode that hides all panels and presents a collapsed, customisable quick access bar with all the important features.
  • Customize and streamline your workspace with menus docked to right and left, or clear your screen entirely
  • Precise Color Picker option

Lights Out Mode
Updated icons and menu designs
Large & small layer thumbnail previews   
Performance & Technical Requirements  
File Handling Improved saving process that reduces the chance of losing painting data from corruption and interrupted saves
Allows significantly larger canvas sizes
Easily rotate canvas from Edit menu
New documents use size of image on clipboard
Tablets & TouchscreensWintab, RealTime Stylus, AES Driver Support
Performance  Noticeably improved performance (smoother strokes, faster rendering, a more stable program and larger possible canvas sizes) on existing hardware  
Operating SystemsWindows Vista, 7, 8 & 10
Mac OS 10.8 & later
ArtRage 5 does not have increased hardware requirements. Ideally, your computer should have 8GB+ RAM for best performance, but this will only affect the size of the canvases you can comfortably work with.
Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian
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