Artrage 4 Review
ArtRage 4 is the latest release of the drawing and painting program that is easy to use and has plenty of features for beginner to advanced artists.
Ease of Use, Performance: 5/5
Look & Feel: 5/5
How much I enjoy: 5/5
Recommendation: 5/5 Stars
While other painting programs have numerous revisions ArtRage is only on revision 4 but it does stand out from the crowd as an inexpensive paint and artistic program. ArtRage 4 is an easy to use program much like Corel and Adobe’s offerings but centers on artistic painting and drawing instead of image enhancement.
When you open ArtRage you are confronted with a quarter circle of tools in one corner and a color palette in the other for easy use of both. The program is quite responsive and has a unique look but it more than gets the job done for artistic drawing and painting.
I like the assortment of tools like pencil, pen, brush and even stamps but the most unique for me and interesting is the palette knife. I did some fooling around with the program and drew not only free hand but some tracing and had some fun with the various tools and techniques.
I would only consider myself an amateur artist as I only took a class in high school but I do enjoy drawing and painting but ArtRage makes it so much easier. I think that is why I like the program so much; it is pick up and play easy without much in the way of a learning curve.
After installation you can quickly and easily start drawing, painting and airbrushing with ArtRage using the corner tool selectors. You also have movable panels for things like tracing, layers and references which you can shrink or enlarge.
The menu holds a lot of functionality but you can also collapse it for a full view of your picture except for the bottom corner tools. You can minimize these as well down to the small panels to get the most unobstructed view of your work with the least amount of interference.
New features include a lot of tablet and touch enhancement as well as a few notable ones like paint symmetry which is a clone type feature. The clone tool works just like Photoshop and other programs where you press Alt and click a spot you want to clone from and then using the cursor you clone that spot elsewhere.
Symmetry goes one step further and allows you to paint on different parts of the canvas at the same time with a variety of settings. Both tools are unique and allow you to customize your style and help create a unique piece of art that is all your own.
Other new features include the resource panel but most of the new features are not in the form of new tools but better workflow and just a better program. ArtRage 4 works well and is easy to use for an easy art or drawing program for freehand drawing, painting and other uses.
Artistic tools for ArtRage include pencil, paintbrushes, airbrush, paint straight from a tube and specialty ones like glitter, stencils and stamps. Major features of ArtRage for better drawing and for artistic freedom include tracing, the clone tool, layers and even a variety of paper and canvas.
The most recent edition of ArtRage is mostly about making a good thing better with a few new features but mainly just a tweaked and updated program. ArtRage is a fantastic and affordable drawing and painting program that is easy to use for beginners and has enough features that professionals will continue to enjoy it.
I highly recommend ArtRage 4 for anyone wanting a drawing or painting program whether you’re an amateur or serious artist.
Easy to use even for first timers
Geared toward artists