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Software Review: ArtRage

One of the most versatile tools out there, ArtRage was created with the traditional painter in mind. Instead of boring rectangular panels, your tools are laid out just as you would lay out your palette in real-life. The most recent version does include an option for a more classic workspace in case you prefer that instead. I stumbled upon ArtRage way back in 2008 and was hooked from the first stroke! If you love painting in Oils, this is definitely the tool you should try. You can lay out thick gloops of paint, play around with different palette knives, all without getting a spot of paint on yourself. The Watercolor brushes blend beautifully and have a range of options to control the flow of water.  Some of the must haves in this tool are the stencils (create lovely airbrush art), tracing mode (onion skins/light box for your canvas), and the more recently added, custom brushes. ArtRage also has mobile versions for both iOS and Android. It costs around $4.99 and includes most of the

Software Review: Krita

Krita is an open source tool which looks and acts way beyond it's price (It's really Free!!). It's chock full of features and is an easy replacement for Photoshop. If you are a teacher planning to introduce your students to digital painting, this should be the easiest to get your school board to approve :-)

It's one of the few tools that offer Symmetry (horizontal and vertical) and is an amazing tool to use if you are into creating rangolis, mandalas or anything with repetitive motifs.  Another thing that sets it apart is you can also use it for Animation!

Cost: Free!!!!!
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[Image from Krita.org since I don't have it installed at this time]

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