updated 04:00 pm EST, Fri December 18, 2009
Studio Pro adds extra editing capabilities
Ambient Design has launched new illustration programs, ArtRage Studio and ArtRage Studio Pro. The releases expand on the original ArtRage, which features 12 painting tools in an interface set up for beginning artists. Studio adds an improved interface with customizable keyboard shortcuts. New painting tools include text, watercolor, a sticker spray and both gloop and inking pens, with auto-smoothing features. Unlimited layers and layer groups are supported, with blending options. The app also allows for placing pre-made objects called peel-off stickers.
Studio Pro adds extra editing functions, such as wet blenders, feathering and support for Photoshop filters. Color adjustment options include blur, blending and tint/tone pickers. Stickers can be custom-created, and sprays can be altered after a sticker has been placed.
The new ArtRage releases require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher; versions for Windows XP, Vista and 7 are also available. Studio is launching for $40, while Pro costs $80.