420 - ArtRage
ArtRage is a digital artist’s studio with a full range of familiar tools that look and work like the real things. It’s a canvas for thick, expressive oils and delicate watercolors, a sketchpad with a full set of pencils, and a sheet of paper with a stack of wax crayons all in one. ArtRage is the latest release from Ambient Design. It is a full-featured digital painting program for Windows and macOS that brings together the convenience of digital editing tools, the realism of traditional paint texture and colors and the fun of creating art in one easy to use, professional-level, program.
ArtRage helps you create art more easily, letting you just start painting without struggling with either the cost of materials or figuring out complicated brush settings. It also offers many advanced features designed to help you get exactly the result you need. The app makes art fun again and lets you work with realistic tools!
Features and Highlights
Richly Realistic Traditional Media
The software has always been well known for traditional media, and that hasn’t changed in the tool. The Watercolor tool still allows you perfect control over your art, and the Oils let you blend and mix as realistically as ever, but now it comes with a very natural pencil, flexible custom brush editing, and faster performance!
Traditional Canvas Textures
The program’s brushes interact with your canvas as you draw. Customize your paper to get exactly the effect you want, whether that’s a smooth digital background, fine sketch paper, rough canvas, or a custom pattern of your own creation. Skim the bumps of your canvas with the pencil, watch the watercolors spread around cracks and crevices, scumble with oils and turn up the texture effects with your custom digital brushes.
Ideal Software for Traditional Artists
Whether you can’t afford the materials, have run out of space in your sketchbook, break all your pencil leads, keep smudging your inks, don’t want to wait while the paint dries, the cats keep eating your pastels, or you are allergic to solvents, you can transfer your traditional skills over to digital and keep working with all the same familiar tools. If you would like to learn a new painting medium, then the program is also a low cost, low-pressure way to familiarize yourself with paint and pencils or create quick studies before attempting a complicated project.
Designed for Digital Artists Too!
If you aren’t into natural media but are looking for something closer to Photoshop, then the program still has plenty to offer you. The latest edition lets you design custom brushes, composition tools, masking, adjustable selection tools, Pattern and Gradient Fill, filters, an airbrush, customizable stylus properties, automatic line smoothing, highly controlled color picking, and the most intelligent flood fill around.
Flexible Graphic Design Tools
Plan out your composition using grids, guides and perspective, and easily mask areas and draw custom shapes with Stencils. Use the perspective transform option to map your drawings to one or two-point perspective in perfect scale and draw more easily with the snap to line and symmetry functions.
You can make the app yours and adapt the software to your needs. Save your own presets for every tool, set up your own custom canvas textures, design a custom perspective grid, and rearrange your workspace to enhance your workflow and creative process. Import new stencils, add new custom brushes and stickers from your own images, create color samples and color pickers, and build the perfect drawing tool to help inspire and assist your art.
Tweak your images using filters, layer effects, layer blend modes. Use Photoshop standard blend modes like Multiply and Screen as you work, and add editable glow, emboss and drop shadow effects to individual layers. You can even emboss your image using custom textures. Clean up your scanned sketches to remove the dirty white paper so you can color the lines with the Remove Color Matte and distort your images using Warp (liquify). You can add blur or noise, or easily adjust the colors and contrast of a layer. If you need to repaint a layer, use the Lock Transparency and other selection and lock options to control your changes.
Multiple Platform Support
The software comes in both desktop and mobile editions, with fully compatible file formats that will preserve paint data and layers between different versions of the tool. This means that you can paint a field study on your iPad Pro and then continue it with the same tools on the desktop. Or sketch ideas on the train on your Android phone, and develop it properly when you get to a more powerful computer. You can also easily switch between macOS and Windows without any problems.
Record Your Paintings
The product offers script recording, which lets you record the entire painting process and play it back later in Art Rage. This is extremely useful for screen recording sessions, studying your painting process, and recreating your smaller mobile paintings at a much larger size. A script will repaint every stroke at your chosen size, so you won’t lose painting quality by resizing your image.
Note: Limited functionality in the demo version.