Previous Desktop Editions
ArtRage 2, ArtRage 3 (Studio / Studio Pro), and ArtRage 4 are previous editions of our desktop painting software for Windows and Mac OSX. These have now been discontinued, but may still be found bundled with some hardware (e.g. Wacom graphics tablets).
If you own any of these earlier editions, you can upgrade to ArtRage 5 at a 50% discount.
Existing owners of previous desktop editions of ArtRage 2, ArtRage 3 (Studio & Studio Pro), or ArtRage 4 may be eligible for a 50% discount when upgrading to ArtRage 5.
|Drawing & Painting Tools||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| Real Media Artist Tools
Oil Brush, Pencil, Palette Knife, Paint Tube, Color Sampler, Crayon, Eraser, Chalk, Paint Roller, Marker Pen, Glitter Tube
|Watercolor, ‘Gloop’ Pen, Inking Pen||✓||✓||✓|
| Digital Drawing & Editing Tools
Flood Fill, Cloner, Sticker Spray, Selection Tool, Transformation Tool, Text Tool
|Cloner, Gradient Fill, Pattern Fill||✓|
|Canvases & Paper||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| Realistic canvas and paper textures
User Definable Canvas Presets
Default Canvas Presets
Import custom canvas grains
|Set custom Canvas as Default||✓||✓||✓|
|Canvas Patterns – Image based canvas color with tiling options.||✓|
|Drawing Guides & References||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| Tracing Images
Add scalable tracing image
Adjust opacity and location
Automatically choose colors from Tracing image.
Convert Tracing Image to Paint
Scale Options: Tile to Fit, Manual Scale, Stretch to Fit, Fit Inside, Fit to Fill
| Reference Images
Multiple pinnable reference images, can be moved, rotated and scaled
Zoom in on part of reference image
Make Reference a Tracing Image
| Drag References off the canvas window
Pin Scraps to the canvas: Independent pieces of canvas for color mixing or test painting.
Pin Views to the canvas: Viewports that can be independently zoomed and panned for alternative views in to the canvas.
Adjustable opacity and colour
Snap To Grid feature
Customisable pixel size
Grids on References
| Paint Symmetry
Symmetrical stroke mirroring of tools during painting
Mirrored or Rotational Symmetry
Adjustable numbers of axes of symmetry, center point, and rotation
|Advanced Custom Resources||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| 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
(Individual pre-made images that can be applied and positioned on their own layers)
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)
Default Preset Groups with a variety of readymade stickers
|Sticker Sheet Creator||✓|
| Sticker Spray
(Custom brush spray based on Stickers)
Sticker Sheet Selection
Photoshop .abr brush head file import
Auto-Flatten (Micro-Layer, post spray editable objects),
Advanced Shadow Settings
Spray Variation control (advanced custom brush settings)
|Variation Symmetry (uses Symmetry feature)||✓|
|Layers||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| Basic Layer Management
Move, delete, hide & duplicate layers
Merge all or individual Layers
|Layer Groups with Group management||✓|
| Layer Transformations
Linear Transform (Scale, Rotate, and Move Layer Contents)
|Non-Linear and Perspective Layer Transformations||✓|
| Layer Locks
| Layer Export
Export individual layers
Create Stencils from layer contents
|Export Layers to Channel Maps for external 3D use||✓|
|Filters & Blend Modes||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| Image Filters
PSD Filter Support
| Layer Blend Modes
Full range of ArtRage & Photoshop standard layer blend modes
Bump Blend Modes (3D paint texture effects)
|Watercolor Blend Mode||✓||✓||✓|
|Saving, Importing & Exporting||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| Saving & Export
Saves as PTG by default to preserve unique ArtRage paint data.
Import & Export PNG, BMP, JPEG, TIFF, GIF
Import & Export PSD with layer and blend mode support.
Import Image File to Layer
|Support for Photoshop editable text files
Photoshop .abr brush head file import to Sticker Spray
JPEG Quality Control
| Automatic creation of Backup Files when you save.
Play Back Scripts at any resolution
| Record paintings as Script Files:
Annotate Scripts during recording
Play back handwritten script language files:
|Define script playback resolution in screen or print units:||✓|
|UI & Interaction||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| Interface & Menus
Simple, easy to access user interface
UI menus and pods can be hidden as required
Quick access control: Pods.
Stencils and Rulers on the canvas
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.
| Tear-Off and move anywhere: Color Picker, Tool Picker, and Menu Bar
|Font Picker Previews: Scroll through previews of selected fonts
Workbench Mode: Clear-screen interface mode that hides all panels and presents a collapsed, customisable quick access bar with all the important features.
| Shortcuts & Multitouch
Default shortcuts for all commonly used tools and features
| 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.
|Color||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| Color Modes
Real Color Blending (Yellow+Blue = Green)
| Color Pickers
Picker Modes: HL/S, HS/L, RG/B, RB/G, BG/R
User Definable Custom Color Pickers
Precise Color Picker
|Popup On-Canvas Color Picker||✓||✓||✓|
| Color Samples
Default color sample collections
Custom sample collection creation Local color samples stored with each painting
|Global color samples
Color Sample Sorting by Name and Color Values
|Add Samples to Toolbox||✓|
|Hardware Support||ArtRage 2||ArtRage 3: Studio||ArtRage 3: Studio Pro||ArtRage 4.5|
| Operating System
|✓||✓||✓||Up to version 4.0.6 Only|
| Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10
|Mac OS 10.4||✓|
| Mac OS 10.5
Power PC Macs
|✓||Up to version 3.0 only||Up to version 3.0 only|
|Mac OS 10.6 & later||✓||✓||✓||✓|
| Processing Power
| Support for Wacom Stylus Features
Wacom Stylus Recognition: Individual styluses can be set to remember specific tool settings.
User assignable stylus properties for individual painting tools (e.g. Tool opacity linked to stylus pressure)
Assignable Airbrush Wheel & Art Pen Barrel Rotation.
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