Painting Lemons with ArtRage

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Chastain, Sue. "Painting Lemons with ArtRage." ThoughtCo, Mar. 3, 2017, thoughtco.com/painting-lemons-with-artrage-4123027. Chastain, Sue. (2017, March 3). Painting Lemons with ArtRage. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/painting-lemons-with-artrage-4123027 Chastain, Sue. "Painting Lemons with ArtRage." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/painting-lemons-with-artrage-4123027 (accessed September 21, 2017).
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Adjusting Pressure

Adjusting Pressure
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ArtRage Painting Tutorial

Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

This is the first of a series of ArtRage tutorials. You will find the program easy to learn and navigate and a wonderful transition from traditional media to digital. ArtRage is compatible with Windows and Mac OS X! With ArtRage you can paint with oils, sketch with pencils and even sprinkle glitter. This tutorial requires the full version of ArtRage 2.5 (or higher). One of the advantages of ArtRage is the great price!

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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

ArtRage is a great program to use with a Graphics Tablet that supports pressure. Using a mouse is fine as well, you may just need to adjust the Pressure Dial if you find that your strokes needs adjustment.

1. Pressure Dial

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Save Reference Image

Choose Tracing
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

Begin by selecting a reference image. You can use the image I have supplied or one of your own.
[lemons reference image]

1. Open ArtRage and choose Tracing from the Tool Box.

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Apply Tracing Image

Tracing Image
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

Next, choose the image you want to use for your reference and open it. You will notice when the image opens that it has a soft film over the top. Think of this as a translucent layer where you now can see the image below making it easy for you to create a tracing from the image.

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Add New Layer

Add New Layer
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

Add a new Layer. This is the layer where you will create your sketch.
1. To add a new layer click on the "Add Layer" located on the Layers Palette.
2. Keep the sketch on the top layer and use this layer to create your sketch.

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Sketch in The Details

Sketch in The Details
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

Begin by choosing the Pencil or Chalk from the Brush Selector and softly trace the details, giving you just enough information to get started. Use the shortcut key "T" to toggle the Tracing Paper off and on. Do this occasionally to track your progress.

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Edit Tracing Paper

Edit Tracing Paper
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

From the Toolbox choose Tracing > Edit Tracing Image.

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Adjust Opacity

Adjust Opacity
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

This pane allows you to change the scale and position of the Tracing Image, along with how transparent it is as it is displayed. For this exercise, you only need to adjust the Opacity level if you find that it is not strong enough and you are having trouble seeing the cast of the image.

1. To adjust how opaque the Tracing Image is when displayed on your painting, adjust the Opacity dial to the right of the pane. Click Done when you have finished making adjustments and the interface will return to normal once again.

The Scale button opens a menu that allows you to select one of 5 types of scale:

  • Manual Scale: The image is not automatically scaled. With this option selected you can use the Move and Zoom tools on the panel.
  • Tile Image to Fill: The image is tiled repeatedly to fill the canvas. With this option selected you can use the Move and Zoom tools on the panel.
  • Stretch Image to Fill: Stretches the image so that it fills the canvas completely.
  • Fit Image Inside: Stretches the image so that its largest edge fits inside the canvas. This doesn't change the aspect of the image.
  • Let Image Overlap: Stretches the image so that its smallest edge fits inside the canvas. Note that this means some parts of the image will be outside the area of the canvas.

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Add Painting Layer

Add Painting Layer
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

From the Layers Palette click on the "Add New Layer" icon and add a new layer. This is the layer we will begin to paint on. Remember to keep the "Sketch" layer at the top of your layer hierarchy. To move an existing layer, click the sketch layer and drag it to the top.

1. Click on "Add Layer" to add a new layer.
2. Example of new layer added.

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Add a Reference Photo

Add a Reference Photo
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

Now that your sketch is complete we are going to turn off the tracing image and use the Reference Photo to work from.

Use ArtRage lets you load in an image to use as a painting reference. Unlike Tracing Images, References are ‘pinned’ to your canvas so that you can glance at them for reference rather than tracing directly. Reference Images are great when you’re trying to recreate something but don’t want to trace. You can have as many as you like and place them wherever you want, so it's there to glance at.

To load a Reference Image, click the Refs button on the Toolbox Panel which sits at the bottom of the ArtRage window, or select ‘Open a Reference Image’ from the Tools Menu. A file picker appears and allows you to select an image. When the image opens, it appears on your canvas with a pin.

  • To move the Reference Image, click and drag inside the pin head, or in the center of the image itself.
  • To scale the Reference Image, click and drag in one of the corners of the image.
  • To rotate the Reference Image, click and drag in one of the edges of the image. The cursor will update as your mouse pointer passes over the Reference Image to indicate what would happen if you clicked and
  • dragged there.

Right clicking a reference image or its pin head brings up the Reference Menu:

  • Set to Normal Size and Rotation: Returns the reference image to its default size and straightens it out.
  • Make this a Tracing Image: Turns the reference image in to your current Tracing Image.
  • Remove this Reference: Removes the reference from your canvas.

Tip:

Want to sample color from your reference? With the Sampler Tool selected you can click inside the reference and that color will be selected. Alternatively, hold down Alt and click inside the image to sample from it!

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Select a Paint Brush

Select a Paint Brush
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

Select the Paint Brush from the Brush Selector. Change the size as you work. Use a larger brush to fill in larger areas, and a smaller brush tip to add detail.

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Begin Your Painting

Begin Your Painting
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

Use the Color Picker to sample colors from your Reference Photo. Once you sample a color you can save the color for future use by choosing Tools > Show Color Samples Panel. Here you can add many of the colors you may wish to use again in your painting. Begin painting on the new layer which you added previously. Use the sketch to guide you or choose "T" to toggle the Tracing Paper which will reveal the source image. Begin painting paying attention to the direction of your strokes. Keep them moving in the direction of the shape you are working on.

1. Select the Color Picker or choose shortcut key "9" to activate the Color Picker.
2. Paint on this layer.

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Adding a Background

Adding a Background
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

Once you have finished painting the foreground then its time to create an interesting background. Make good color choices while working on your background; darker colors will recede, adding depth to the painting. Add a new layer when you begin your background.

The position of the new layer is important, it should be located directly underneath the fruit layer. Notice that when you begin to paint the edges are very clean and sharp. Once the layers are dropped you can then go back into the image and do some additional blending.

Remember to change the brush tip size often to create the most realistic brush strokes and texture.

1. Add new layer
2. Paint your background on the new layer, position it correctly.

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Blending

Blending
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

A good choice for blending the paint is the Palette Knife. You can also change the opacity of the brush from the Brush Controls. Remember that you are working on layers.

1. Palette Knife
2. Brush Controls

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Drop the Layers and Final Touches

Delete Layer
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

When you have completed the painting you have the option to retain the layers, which is handy should you want to come back and work further on your painting, or you can drop all the layers and add your finishing touches. You also have the choice of retaining the sketch layer or deleting it. In this case I will delete the Sketch layer to finish the painting.

To delete the Sketch layer, click on the layer, then right click and choose Delete Layer.

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Merge All Layers

Merge All Layers
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Repeat the step but this time choose "Merge All Layers". This will drop all your layers to the Canvas layer.

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Save the Finished Painting

Save the Finished Painting
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Tutorial by Karen Bonaker

When you are finished with your painting save your work. Choose File > Export Image. By saving in this fashion you can then save the image in a number of different formats including Photoshop PSD.

To save your painting, use the Save Painting option in the File Menu. When you save an ArtRage painting it is saved using the .ptg format, which contains all the information on the layers and paint that you have created so far. If you wish to save your painting in a form that can be read by other applications, you can use the Export as Image option in the File Menu. That allows you to save your painting as a JPEG, PNG, BMP, or Photoshop format file. If you have used multiple layers, saving as any format except Photoshop will flatten your image down to one layer in the exported version. This is a good choice should you wish to share your images with others. The painting in ArtRage will still have all its layers.

Tip: If you have created a painting with multiple layers, exporting as a Photoshop file keeps those layers intact.

Happy Painting!

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Your Citation
Chastain, Sue. "Painting Lemons with ArtRage." ThoughtCo, Mar. 3, 2017, thoughtco.com/painting-lemons-with-artrage-4123027. Chastain, Sue. (2017, March 3). Painting Lemons with ArtRage. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/painting-lemons-with-artrage-4123027 Chastain, Sue. "Painting Lemons with ArtRage." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/painting-lemons-with-artrage-4123027 (accessed September 21, 2017).