Macworld Masterclass: Paint a masterpiece with your mobile

Use the ArtRage app to put virtual pen to virtual paper

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  • anno Intro
  • Step1 Step 1: Colour Choice
  • Step2 Step 2: Tool box
  • Step3 Step 3: Create a masterpiece
  • Step4 Step 4: Layer it up
  • Step5 Step 5: Tracing paper
  • Step6 Step 6: Save, share, start over
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Intro

Creating a work of art is something many of us love to do. Whether we’re professional artists or simply enjoy a doodle, it can be satisfying to put pen to paper and create something. But what if you’re out and about when inspiration hits, and you don’t have any art tools?

That’s where ArtRage comes in. This app can be used to paint or draw a simple image, or something more intricate and detailed. You don’t have to worry about spilling paint on the train or carrying markers that might leak in your bag either. Everything you need is in one, portable place.

Here, we show you how to create a masterpiece on your mobile using the ArtRage app for iPhone.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPod touch/iPad    
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: Depends how long you want to spend using it

What you need

iOS 3.2 or later
ArtRage app (69p; £2.99)

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Creating a work of art is something many of us love to do. Whether we’re professional artists or simply enjoy a doodle, it can be satisfying to put pen to paper and create something. But what if you’re out and about when inspiration hits, and you don’t have any art tools?

That’s where ArtRage comes in. This app can be used to paint or draw a simple image, or something more intricate and detailed. You don’t have to worry about spilling paint on the train or carrying markers that might leak in your bag either. Everything you need is in one, portable place.

Here, we show you how to create a masterpiece on your mobile using the ArtRage app for iPhone.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPod touch/iPad    
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: Depends how long you want to spend using it

What you need

iOS 3.2 or later
ArtRage app (69p; £2.99)

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Colour Choice

When you launch the app, you’ll be greeted by a blank canvas. Drag your finger across the screen and you’ll see that you can draw. To change colour, tap the icon at the bottom right of the canvas. The right-hand circle shows your current colour, while the left circle shows the original colour. Tap it to return to that colour.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Tool box

To change tools tap the icon in the left corner of the canvas. You can change the size of the tool using the white box at the top by dragging your finger to the left to make it smaller or right to make it bigger. When you choose a tool, you’ll get different type options beneath it. Here we’ve chosen the Basic oils Oil brush.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Create a masterpiece

With ArtRage, the tools are designed to be realistic, so you can experiment with blending and textures. For example, you could try using the Paint Tube tool to create two different coloured blobs of paint on the canvas, and then using the Knife Palette or the Dry Brush, blend them together.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Layer it up

Once you get the hang of ArtRage’s tools, you might want to create something more detailed. You can use Layers, similar to Photoshop, by tapping the far-right icon beneath the colour picker. Tap the ‘+’ button to add layers, the eye icon to hide them, and the slider to change the opacity.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Tracing paper

If you want to create something from a photo, you can use the trace option. Tap the Trace icon and select an image. You can then choose how to fit your photo onto the canvas using the Stretch, Fit and Fill buttons, and change the opacity by using the slider at the bottom. Your photo will then appear on your canvas.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Save, share, start over

Tap the folder icon to the left of the toolbar, and it’ll save and take you to your gallery. To rename a painting swipe left on it’s name. To create a new canvas tap the ‘+’ icon, and to export, tap the arrow at the bottom of the Gallery screen. You can send to Photos, iTunes, by email, or to an AirPrint compatible printer.

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