iPhone Life Magazine Awards
ArtRage for iPad "Editor's Choice"
- by Mike Riley, iPhone
- VISUAL DESIGN ON THE iPAD
PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL APPS FOR THE SERIOUS ARTIST AND DESIGNER
By Mike Riley
THE WORK OF IPAD SCREEN ARTISTS IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING; ITíS
HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SUCH IMAGERY WAS CREATED WITH A FINGER, AN
IPAD, AND A FEW APPS.
We all have some experience using our fingers as a drawing tool.
Our first introduction may have been finger paints, poster
boards or even drawing on wet sand. As we hone and refine our
talent, we extend our skills with pencils, makers and brushes.
Reverting back to finger drawing can be uncomfortable at first,
but our early instincts quickly resurface, and even the most
stubborn of us end up embracing the iPad Ďs touch interphase.
iPad art apps usually fall into two categories: amateur and
professional. Letís take a look at the best professional-level,
visual design apps on the iPad.
iPhone Life Magazine Editor's Choice
- Based on the desktop version of the same
name, ArtRage for iPad is a high-end drawing program that
simulates all essential drawing surfaces and mediums. These
include traditional painting tools like oil and watercolor
brushes, and paint rollers and airbrushes that you can apply to
simulated canvases with varying textures and drawing properties.
You can also select sketching and inking tools like pencil,
chalk, crayon, ink and felt pen types. Each tool simulates
effects in the visual style and properties you would expect from
real-world counterparts. Colors are available via a standard
color range palette or via a more organic paint tube and palette
mixer. You can use your finger on the screen to smear in just
the right amount of paint blob for each color. ArtRage also
features unique tracing tools that let you import photos and
match the paints and inks to the photoís color palette.
Multi-Touch gestures give you the ability to effortlessly scale
and rotate images, making it easy to work on highly detailed
areas. Speaking of Multi-Touch, ArtRage makes extensive use of
touch within its user interface. Like other serious art
programs, all ArtRage tool palettes are off-screen to give more
space to the drawing surface. It takes a little effort to get
oriented to the collapsible Ďpodsí that can pop on and off the
screen. Fortunately, palettes can be tacked to the screen for
permanent access. This can be especially useful if youíre
frequently selecting colors and drawing tools, and it can help
you get better acquainted with the location and function of
various palette items.
ArtRage files can be sized up to 1400 by 1400 pixels. They are
compatible with the desktop version of the program and can be
transferred via iTunes, Photo Library export or sent via email
attachment directly from within the application. After
overcoming the orientation jitters, I found ArtRage to be one of
the most polished and professionally optimized iPad drawing
programs designed for serious artists looking for a
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