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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

Getting Started: Painting Your Masterpiece

If you are new to Digital Painting and want to know what you need to get started, check out this five part guide. And in the final piece of the series, you will now complete your first Digital Painting. What fun! In this jam packed video, you will learn:

- How to use the power of layers - creating your basic shapes
- How to paint within boundaries
- How to pick colors like a pro with the color wheel
- How to paint awesome textures
- How to organize your layers like a pro

Part 1: What is Digital Painting?
Part 2: Tools & Software
Part 3: Understanding your Software
Part 4: Making your First Marks

Part 5: Painting your Masterpiece

Learn more about the Digital Painting Academy


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