Join Gaeton Laprade for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the grid, part of Up and Running with ArtRage.
- The grid feature is a handy option. It can be used with the reference images to help space out drawings or used as a guide in aligning images for use with the sticker sheets. It even has a snap feature for those looking to stick to perfectly straight lines. Now, the image I have here is the grid file that you'll find in the Exercise Files, and I'm just going to have you click on the Layer pod real quick and just hide that for a moment and then add a new layer because I'm going to be showing you some of the features for that grid and we'll be drawing a little bit. So, the grid is found right here, if you just hover over that little hash mark, you just click on that and it opens up the grid settings panel.
And what you'll see here right off the bat is the "show grid" options, so if you click that you'll immediately see a grid is overlayed over your picture, and if you see "snap to grid" here, if you click on that, you'll notice that if you start to draw over that layer, that ArtRage sticks to your line right to those grids. So wherever you drag that pencil, it's going to try to keep right on top of those grid marks. All right, it kind of does that with a little bit of leeway there okay, so it's kind of wobbly looking, and that's just the ArtRage crew saying, "Well, you know, they probably don't want "it to be perfectly straight, we kind of want it "to look a little bit traditional." But if you ever do want a perfectly square shape, you can always click and drag from one point to another, lift your pen, click and drag again, click and drag again, so on and so forth until you get a perfectly straight square.
So "snap to grid" might be useful for you. I'm just going to uncheck that for now and clear my layer by going over to the layer menu and selecting "clear layer." Now, maybe light blue doesn't do it for you so if you want to change the color of that you just give that a click, drag that color around or type it in if you so choose, select "OK" and that'll change that grid color for you. If it's too dark, you might opt to change the opacity by switching over the opacity dial, and then you have spacing.
So, you have two choices when it comes to the size of those squares. Right now I have spacing by pixels, and that means is all these squares are going to be exactly the same size all the way across, and that has two options available for it, so I can choose to have it what it is now, so right now it's aligned to the upper left of my screen. So right here is a perfect square, and down here, depending on the size of my canvas, it might be a little off center, so this square has gotten lopped off on the edge because I didn't have enough canvas to make another full square.
And I can change the size of those squares by changing the grid spacing, so if I drag it to the left they get smaller, I drag it to the right, they get larger. Now, the other option for spacing is squares, and with squares you still have that center grid option so if you click on that it centers it again. But you have two other options here now which allows you to not only change what size they are as a square, but you can make them rectangular, so if I do just across, you could see I'm actually stretching this and I'm adding extra columns to this, and if I do down, it goes the other way.
You could have different amounts of lines going across than you do down. So I like to use these two things for separate things. For instance, if I use pixels, I might use this for spacing out stickers because they're perfect squares, so it's always going to be dead center right there, right there, right there, so that's good for spacing things out, but if I were going to draw a picture, I might want to use a grid to help me line up my lines a little easier for my traditional drawing and that's where this image comes into play, so I'm going to go ahead and show that one more time.
And right here where it says "reference," you're going to click on that and you're going to show that by clicking this little eye icon, and there's a reference I have loaded. So as you could see I've already started sketching this reference, and I'm just going to sort around these panels for us a little bit. Now, when I'm doing a traditional drawing like this what I like to use is squares because then I can kind of align my grid a little better to my personal choice and I like using a larger grid, so I'm going to use four and four here, and I'm just going to hide that grid settings panel by clicking on that "X" and I'm going to finish this off by filling in this ball area, so what you do is you basically just pinpoint where that ball meets up with that grid, okay, so on that reference image you can see that that grid that I have on my layer here is actually overlayed on that reference, so right here you could see that ball kind of comes up about halfway, just under, okay, so that's one point on that grid and right here it kind of ends right about there.
On the top it just barely hits right about here and it only touches the bottom corner of that grid. And about right here, comes back through, so at this point I've plotted my points and all I have to do is kind of connect the dots with that arc, so I'm kind of helping myself know where I gotta go while I'm drawing here, thanks to my grid. I'll just finish that off coming through here, and there I go, so now that I've kind of flushed that out for myself, I could start shading this in just like the rest of it and then I'd be ready to paint over it.
So, if you ever want to check how accurate you are with your grid drawings, you could always right click over your reference image, and then select "make this a tracing image" and as you could see, Art Rage overlays a tracing image onto your screen, and that tracing could be accessed right here on the tracing pod and if you want to see that with a little more opacity, you can just kind of drag that left or right and you could see just how close you came to matching that original image for your reference to your actual drawing.
So, I was little off here on the leg, and somewhat on the chain here. You could see I was pretty close, so it kind of helps you out. When you need to space out something for images or you need a grid for plotting your reference points, the grid feature should be the right tool for the job.
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