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ArtRage 2.5 Full Edition

Reported by Nicole Seitler

ArtRageArtRage is an amazing (and addictive) little program that allows you to paint with your computer! ArtRage was specially designed to mimic real world painting tools, like oil paints, pastels and markers with as much realism as possible. Each tool also has multiple ways it can be adjusted to help you achieve the same effects you can in the real world. For example, with the oil paint brush you can adjust all sorts of variables like the size of the brush, the amount of pressure for each stroke, how much paint thinner is added to the stroke, how much paint will be laid down, if you’d like for the brush to auto clean itself, etc. Here are some different effects I got from trying a few different brush settings (with a brush size of 30%):

Settings

As you can see, the strokes are realistic! They look like I took a snapshot of a canvas I painted on. But it’s 100% digital–amazing!

One really neat feature in ArtRage are the easy to use Tracing tools. Simply open up an image in ArtRage and not only can you use it as a guide to paint over it, you can also sample your paint color directly from the original image–automatically!–with each paint stoke! There’s no need to stop and sample from the image with an eyedropper tool. The brush is smart enough to do it for you. Using that feature, I was able to easily turn this photo of a flower:

flower

into this little painting:

painting

And I’m no artist! Well, now I feel a little like one, thanks to this awesome program.

Another cool feature of ArtRage that appeals to many Digital Scrapbookers is the ability to create your own realistic glitter. There is an option in the paint palette to add metallic pigment to your colors. Using this option on the color palette and the Glitter tool, you can create your own beautiful digital glitters like so:

painting

Then you can simply save your file (export it as a .jpg file), open it in your photo editing software and clip it to any object to create your own glittered embellishments!

Pros:

  • Lets you create realistic looking art;
  • Lots of variables to let you control your tools;
  • Great tracing tools!
  • Fun tools, like Glitter, Markers and Crayons.

Cons:

  • When exporting images, files are automatically saved at a resolution of 96 dpi, so watch your file size!

ArtRage is available as a free download. To unlock many of the features of the program, you will need to purchase the full version for $25.00, which for software like this is an incredibly low price!

If you’d like learn more about what you can do with ArtRage, be sure to check out the handy tutorials they have on their site. I hope you enjoy playing around with this fun little program! If you’ve played with ArtRage, be sure to tell us about your experiences! We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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6 Responses to ArtRage 2.5 Full Edition

  1. Julia Stainton July 2, 2008 at 12:45 pm #

    Ohhhh very cool! THis looks like a toy I’d love to play with!

  2. NanaBeth July 2, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    This looks super cool. I’m going to try the free download to see if I like it.

  3. Donna July 3, 2008 at 9:38 am #

    Oh no! Another toy to play with. I’m so excited. Must make time to do this!

  4. Sharon July 7, 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    Very interesting Nicole…will have a look at their site….

  5. Anonymous November 30, 2008 at 9:05 pm #

    You can set the dpi.. I like using a standard 300 dpi for photo prints.. or 72dpi for web

    The real power of this program is that you can save it as a photoshop document and have fun there too… kind of a crafter dream product

    On my laptop kids can run this program.. way better than a coloring book…

    can you tell I love it

  6. Anonymous July 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    Oh my god, I love this. First ran into it at school (believe it or not, all of my school’s computers have the free downloaded version of “Artrage 2.5 starter edition”).
    Experimenting with this one is the key; finding new techniques and so on. You can make a pretty damn good abstract drawing with no talent whatsoever.