Nameloc Oct 4, 2012 @ 3:47am
Quick ArtRage3 Review
This is for anyone who's not entirely sure about buying this amazing piece of software.
It's literally a better version of coral, gimp, and photoshop. (It takes a lot from photoshop, yet I'd say with it's easy-to-use system it's better than PS. That and you can record your drawings.)

Pros:
-Simple UI
-Realistic canvas textures
-'Scripting' lets you record every brush stroke, save it, and be able to watch it later or send it to a friend
-STEAM CLOUD (Any file created can be saved in a special Steam cloud folder. Never loose your work!)
-No DRM hassle. If you get a new computer just pop steam onto it and re-download it. No CD keys or anything.
-Can export files as a .PSD
-Low price, when compared to Photoshop/ Coral.

Cons:
-Can't change percentages by using numbers, have to click and drag the mouse. (Not too much of a problem, haven't checked it out fully yet so you could disregard this.)
-Fairly hard to have a completely blank/ white (non-textured) Canvas. There is an option for a 'Cel' canvas yet when getting paint bucket and filling with white, it's slightly shaded starting from half way to the bottom.
-It's under the 'Software' part in your Library. I literally freaked when I didn't see it. (Source Film Maker used to be under 'games', and that was Software. Now there's the Software selection.)

I hope this helps people who are not sure on buying the program or not.
It's totally worth the $53.99 sale price.
If you've ever used Photoshop, Coral, GIMP, Paint.net, ect. then this program will be incredibly easy to use.
Last edited by Nameloc; Oct 4, 2012 @ 4:01am
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Annuschka Oct 4, 2012 @ 6:13am 
Photoshop = Photo Editing. ArtRage = Digital Drawing and Painting. Painting with PhotoShop is like using a spoon to cut a steak (a 2000$ spoon that is).

ArtRage has a lot more PROS:
-Color Blending and REAL color blending (which even CorelPainter doesnt't offer), smuding, smearing, mixing
-Stamps as custom brushes are equal or even better than the PS custom brushes
-Supports Wacom/pen-tablets and touch gestures and is optimised for tablets
-Make or install "packages" easily for new canvases, tools, stencils etc
-Loads a lot faster than PS and is instantly ready to draw and sketch (in my experience)
-EASY to learn, and yet sophisticated enough for professionals
-Supports PS Plugins / Filters (Irfanview Plugins too, i guess)
-I totally agree! The PRICE!

CONS:
-It's not made to be precise, so it is not the best solution for eg. Pixelart or Interface Design.
-You can use many of the PS-Painting-techniques, but some are a bit "hidden" - like the layer mask = making a stencil from a layer first.
-While it doesn't support vector drawings, you can still import a graphic as png-stencil.

I love it. I used it for professional work. I recommend it. And with the low price it is a no-brainer. Get yourself a low cost wacom bamboo too and you have PRO equipment for under 100 Euro. Ready to masterpiece!
Nameloc Oct 4, 2012 @ 9:19am 
I've actually seen quite a few digital drawings/ paintings made soley in Photoshop, which is why I threw that in there. (My Art 180 class even talked about it breifly.)
But yeah, I have to agree with everything you've said.
I don't have the Wacom Bamboo tablet, how good is it?
Looks interesting although I'm pretty tight on cash atm.
ArtRage  [developer] Oct 4, 2012 @ 1:46pm 
Originally posted by Nameloc:
Pros:
-Simple UI
-Realistic canvas textures
-'Scripting' lets you record every brush stroke, save it, and be able to watch it later or send it to a friend
-STEAM CLOUD (Any file created can be saved in a special Steam cloud folder. Never loose your work!)
-No DRM hassle. If you get a new computer just pop steam onto it and re-download it. No CD keys or anything.
-Can export files as a .PSD
-Low price, when compared to Photoshop/ Coral.

Cons:
-Can't change percentages by using numbers, have to click and drag the mouse. (Not too much of a problem, haven't checked it out fully yet so you could disregard this.)
-Fairly hard to have a completely blank/ white (non-textured) Canvas. There is an option for a 'Cel' canvas yet when getting paint bucket and filling with white, it's slightly shaded starting from half way to the bottom.
-It's under the 'Software' part in your Library. I literally freaked when I didn't see it. (Source Film Maker used to be under 'games', and that was Software. Now there's the Software selection.)

Thanks for the review!

-Regarding the percentages, if you click on the number beneath a settings dial, you should see a dialog pop up which allows you to edit the percentages via text entry. If not, let me know where you're looking and I can check that for you.

-If you want a completely blank canvas, you can use any canvas setting you like. Go to View -> Canvas Settings and set the opacity to 0%. This way you can use your current canvas settings but have a transparent canvas.

Shading: ArtRage uses a 3d lighting model in order to simulate natural media. A light source is projected from the top left which allows us to simulate things like texture, paint thickness and so on. This means that the top left is closer to the light source than the bottom right which means that there will be a slight gradient.

You can turn off lighting entirely if you want to by pressing F5 ( or under View -> Canvas settings by clicking the lightbulb ). This will remove any lighting effects, although as a result you won't see paint texture effects and so on.

Dave

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Nameloc Oct 4, 2012 @ 7:00pm 
Awesome.
I had only used it for 3 hours and recently found the percentages thing.
Thanks for helping out!
Saidosi Oct 4, 2012 @ 10:20pm 
Hello,

I'm also enjoying the software. Is there a way to adjust the lighting or angle?
ArtRage  [developer] Oct 5, 2012 @ 5:10pm 
There's no way to adjust the lighting angle currently, it's tied in to the optimisation of the renderer that handles the surface texturing. You can turn the lights off (F5 by default, also available in the Canvas Panel) but that removes the visible paint texture as well).
Saidosi Oct 5, 2012 @ 6:47pm 
Thanks for the reply. It's very disapointing that I can't tinker with the lighting. I'm still enjoying the demo though...
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