|Stencil Picker Panel|
The Stencil Picker is a very nice feature that can have many applications. The stencils and rulers work in three modes. In the Stencil mode, you can use the stencil or ruler as a mask to prevent paint from touching the canvas. In the Ruler mode, the stencils and rulers act as a combination straight edge and snap to function. As you move your paint brush along the edge of the stencil, your brush will automatically snap to the edge of the stencil giving you a nice clean edge. The Guide mode works like the Ruler mode but allows paint to spread under the stencil or ruler, giving a softer edge. ArtRage comes with a nice selection of preset stencils and rulers. You can also create and store you own.
Import Export Formats
ArtRage can import several image formats including JPEG, BMP, PNG and PSD. Imported images are automatically converted to digital oils which allows you to manipulate the imported image as an oil painting. When working on your artwork, you will want to save your image in ptg format which will maintain the layers and paint information. You can export in several formats including JPEG, PNG, BMP and PSD. The PSD and PNG formats maintain the layer's transparency.
Besides the built-in resources such as color samples, preset paper types, trace images, stencils and rulers, ArtRage comes with several video and pdf tutorials, sample paintings, quick start guide and a nice user manual. There is a website dedicated to ArtRage which has a nice forum, gallery and tutorials. (http://www.artrage.com/artrage.html)
I almost feel embarrassed to suggest additional features. But if I had a "wish list" for ArtRage it would include just a few things. For art media tools, I would like to see a watercolor brush and a drawing pen with a really fine point. As for new features, I would like to see selection tools and tooltips. Although ArtRage does have a multiple undo feature, it would be nice to have a history panel.
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