Join Gaeton Laprade for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a new painting, part of Learning ArtRage.
- At some point, you're going to want to not be using the default canvas. You're want to kind of add some character to your painting. When you want to start a new one, what you're going to do is go ahead and select file, then you're going to select a new painting. That'll open up your new painting panel. You'll see some basic options here that you can pretty much expect to see when you're doing something like this, such as height and width. You can see at this point, it's set up to use pixels. That's how many pixels that are being shown on your canvas at the time.
Right now it's 1360 pixels wide with 719 pixels high. If you are more comfortable setting things up in terms of inches or centimeters, and what not, you can go ahead and select the print size. That's going to shift everything to the left and then you'll see what it's going to look like in inches. I have an 18 by nine inches basically, and if I go over here, I select to use either centimeters or millimeters. I'm going to go ahead and select 20 by 20, and you can see down here it says screen size is 1440 by 1440 pixels.
If I went back to screen size, you'd see that that would be represented right there. Also, I should note that you're working for pixels per inch here, so right now it's going to be working at 72 pixels per every inch of your canvas. If you were to change that to say 300, you'd notice that your inches stay the same, but your pixels jumped up to 6,000. That's representing the additional pixels that are going to be within each inch. You get a little bit better screen resolution with that.
I'm just going to keep it at the default, 72 for our purposes today. At this point, you'd want to select what type of canvas you want to use, or what type of tracing you might want to include through your work, but I don't really like to do that at this point, just to show you that you can do it, I'm going to go ahead and click on the canvas collection and show you what opens. This is the canvas settings panel that opened, and I could go ahead and change all of these options available to me right now. The downside to doing this at this point is that the only way you can see what's happening is through this little teeny preview window at the top.
So if I were to change the opacity, you can actually see the opacity of the canvas changing, but you don't really get a really big view of that happening, unfortunately. I'd like to hold off on doing all these options until the next step, which I'm gonna get to in just a moment. Again, that's the same with the tracing, so if I were to click on the tracing here, it would open up an option where I could go ahead and select one and load that in, but again, I choose to use that at a later time. What I'm going to do is go ahead and click OK, that's gonna create a new painting for us, and as you can see, it did take the height and width changes I made.
At this point, you're probably saying, well what if I do want to change the canvas grain at this time? To do that, what you could do is go into view, and select canvas settings, and that's going to open up your canvas settings panel again. This is the same panel that you saw earlier, it's just a different way to open it. The cool thing about it at this point though is you can actually work on the canvas you currently have. For instance, if you make a mark on there, you could say, no, that's just not what I wanted. I want to see something different, so you can go ahead and change that on the fly by selecting grain, select from collection, and that'll open up the paper grain panel here.
Then you could just go ahead and check mark whichever one you want to use. I'm going to select the coarse canvas and click OK. You can see that that changed here and here, but it also visually changed it on the actual canvas itself. This is a live change. I'm just going to go to 100% view so that you can see this happening. That's what that canvas actually looks like. This is on the fly, so if I change the grain size, you can see that changes for me right there. If I change the roughness, you can see that changes.
It's much better in my opinion to do it at this point, than it is to do it while you're creating it. Just so that you can see what the grain actually looks like when you're using the different tools, I'm gonna use the pastel tool here, just lightly make a mark over the canvas, and you can see how that looks with light pressure on my stylist, but if I press down, it actually digs into that canvas grain a little bit more, so you get a darker mark and it fills in those crevices a bit better. You can really dig it in if you wanted to with a lot of pressure. You do have some other options available to you.
For example, if I want to change the metallic option, I can increase that. You can see that it actually changes the shimmer of that canvas, so the more metallic you put on there, the higher gloss it's going to have reflected that light back on you. You can change the opacity, so if you lower the opacity down, you can actually remove what you're seeing visually. However, if you use your tool, it will still pick up that grain. A light pressure picks up just the top of that grain. Apply pressure, you get dug into it a little bit better.
Increase that opacity back up so we can see our canvas again. I want to note the canvas lighting option. ArtRage uses, what they call a 3D light rendering system, basically it has a virtual light being cast down on the canvas at all times which is giving us that metallic look at this point. That effects, not only the tools, but how the canvas looks. If I were to check that off, you could see the canvas change very dramatically. You can't even see the texture at this point.
All you can see is the marks themselves, and they look pretty flat. All that grain is lost in there. All you see is what the tool itself picked up. That also works for the tools, as I mentioned. If I were to use the oil brush, that looks pretty flat, but if I were to turn that lighting back on, you can see that it picked up that texture better. Those are the canvas options, and you can also change the color here, too. If you selected this, you could go ahead and move that around. Select whatever color you want, you see right there, click OK and that takes effect on the canvas itself.
That will not mix with the pigment though. Keep that in mind when you're changing your colors around. The paint only mixes with whatever paint is on the layer, not the canvas. As I said, you can also select your tracing at this point. You can do that by just clicking on the tracing pod here. You give that a click, it'll open up the panel where you can go ahead and select whatever image you might want to use as your tracing. Then, you'd click open and you'll see that that appears on your screen as an overlay. I'll get more into that later in the course.
There's one more thing I forgot to mention. That's with the canvas settings. If you happen to find a set up that you like, you can go ahead and select this little triangle here, and that opens up a menu and on that menu you have some different options there for you. As I said, what you can do is select add canvas preset. If you click on that, it's gonna open up your add canvas preset panel, and what you can do is go ahead and select a group to put it in or you can select that menu and select add group, which would allow you to title and create another group that you can create yourself for it.
Then you can name that preset whatever you want. I'm just gonna call it, my canvas, and I'm going to put that in the regular canvas folder and click OK. At any time in the future, if I ever want to use this canvas again, I can always just go up to this menu here, select canvas collection. That will open up my canvas collection panel, then I can just go ahead and find my canvas, which you can see here, which is located in the canvas group. If I select it and click OK, it'll always open up this particular canvas for me to use in the future.
With that, you can go ahead and close out that canvas settings and you can get painting.
Join Gaeton as he shows how to set up the workspace, create your first painting, and start working with ArtRage's expressive tools, which respond just like traditional oils, pastels, watercolors, and pencils. Then learn to maximize the full potential of the program with the image editing, tracing, and cloning features. Gaeton even shares a method for recording your process, so you can share your own "joy of painting" with others.
- Setting up ArtRage to fit your painting style
- Creating a new painting
- Choosing colors
- Painting with oil, watercolors, and the airbrush
- Sketching and drawing with dry media
- Daubing and pouring paint
- Masking areas of a painting
- Writing with the Text tool
- Recording and playing drawings with ArtRage scripts