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Yes! ArtRage for iOS lets you share files via iCloud Drive using Import and Export options. The app also supports the iOS Files app which allows you to share your files with other apps on your device including apps that provide cloud services.

For iOS.

To Import images for painting on iOS follow these steps:

  1. If you are currently painting tap the ArtRage logo button on the ArtRage toolbar and go to your Gallery using the option in the menu that appears.
  2. Tap the + button at the top right of the Gallery screen.
  3. Select one of the three Import options in the menu.

The ‘Import Files’ option opens a file location browser for you to import files from standard locations on your iPad or from cloud services you have installed such as Dropbox.

The ‘Import from Photo Library’ option allows you to import an image from your iPad Photos app.

The ‘Import a New Photo’ option allows you to take a new photo and import that.

When you have selected an item to import you will be asked to select where to put it in your Gallery. Select a folder and the file will be imported as a new Painting for you to select and paint on.

To Export or Share images on iOS follow these steps:

Access the Export option as follows:

  1. If the painting is currently open tap the ArtRage logo button in the ArtRage toolbar and select ‘Export Image’.
  2. If you are in the Gallery, tap the painting you want to export once, then tap the Export button at the bottom of the screen (the button next to the Open button).

The Export interface appears and allows you to select a type of file to export:

  1. If you want to export or share a normal image file other apps can understand, select the JPG or PNG type.
  2. If you want to export the full Painting file so that you can paint on it in another version of ArtRage, select the PTG type.
  3. If you have been recording a script and just want to export the script from the painting, select the Script type.

Once you have selected an export type, you will be asked to select a target for export using a standard iOS export picker. Only targets that understand the type of file you are exporting will be displayed. For example, if you export a PTG file only targets such as Mail or Dropbox will appear, as other apps don’t understand the contents of the file.

Note: Most types of sharing (Facebook, Twitter etc.) require a normal image type, use PNG or JPG for this purpose.

Select the target and the file will be exported.

For Android

To Import images on Android follow these steps:

  1. Open the main menu by tapping the ArtRage logo on the menu bar, then tapping ‘Gallery’ in the menu.
  2. Once in the Gallery, you can tap the Import Image button at the top right (looks like an image with a + at the top right corner).

After selecting your image, a new painting will be add to the Gallery with this image as the first layer.

To Export or Share images on Android follow these steps:

Access the Export option as follows:

  1. If the painting is currently open tap the ArtRage logo button on the menu bar and choose the ‘Share’ option.
  2. If you are in the Gallery, tap the painting you want to export once, then tap the Share button at the bottom of the screen.

When you do this, you will see two options:

  1. ‘Export Image’ lets you export a JPG or PNG image to Android’s Pictures folder.
  2. ‘Share Painting’ allows you to share your painting file with other applications on your device.

When you select the Share option you will need to select a type of file to share:

  1. If you want to share a normal image file other apps can understand, select the JPG or PNG type.
  2. If you want to share the full Painting file so that you can paint on it in another version of ArtRage, select the ArtRage Painting type.
  3. If you have been recording a script and just want to share the script from the painting, select the Script type.

Once you have selected an share type, you will be asked to select a target for sharing using a standard Android Activity picker. Only targets that understand the type of file you are sharing will be displayed. For example, if you share a PTG file only targets such as Gmail or Dropbox will appear, as other apps don’t understand the contents of the file.

Note: Most types of sharing (Facebook, Twitter etc.) require a normal image type, use PNG or JPG for this purpose.

Importing Images

You can import a standard image file to use as the basis of a new painting by opening the File menu and choosing ‘Import Image File’.

Images can also be imported to existing paintings as a new layer by choosing ‘Import Image to layer’ in the File menu. After importing the image, you can scale, rotate and resize it, then either click the check button in the Transform window or press enter to confirm.

Exporting Images

To export your painting as a standard image file, open the File menu and choose ‘Export Image File’. You can select the type of image you want to export here.

ArtRage for Android allows you to import images to create new paintings from other apps on your device (for example, the default Gallery and Photos apps, Dropbox, and other apps that support image export, like Autodesk Sketchbook).

Interacting with other apps is controlled by the Android operating system, not ArtRage. If you chose to set one of these options as the default option and now need to use one of the others, you can reset your default settings in the other application’s settings.

For example, if you have set ArtRage to always import from Dropbox, you would reset your Dropbox default settings (note: this will also reset any other apps that default to Dropbox). Simple go to your Application Manager > Dropbox and look for the ‘Default Settings’ section and reset it (you may also be able to go to Settings > Default Applications > Set as default > Dropbox).

Note: The exact names of the menus may vary on different devices, but the path will be the same.

There are three different ways to import a photograph as paint to work on directly in the iPad app.

1. Start a new painting from an imported photo.

To do this, go to the Gallery view, click the ‘+’ symbol in the top right, and choose ‘Import Image’. This will automatically create a new image as close to the size of the imported image that ArtRage supports (the max size is 2048×2048).

2. Import a photo into a layer in your current painting.

Open the Layers menu, and tap the cog symbol right at the top (the one for ALL layers). Choose ‘Import Layer’.

3. Copy/paste from the iOS clipboard.

If you have copy an image to the iOS clipboard elsewhere (e.g. if you tap the ‘upload’ arrow on a photo in the gallery, one of the options is ‘Copy’), you can then Paste it as a new layer in ArtRage. This is in the same place as ‘Import Layer’ – open Layers > tap the cog symbol at the top > choose ‘Paste from iOS Clipboard’.

How to share paintings from the iPad

Can I transfer between the iPad and the desktop version of ArtRage?
You certainly can transfer to and from the iPad. The iPad has a range of export options in three image formats (JPG, PNG, PTG).

Choose the Export menu (the small arrow in the centre of the bottom menu bar) while in the gallery view to access the options.

  1. Send to the iPad ‘My Photos’ Folder (JPG)
  2. Send to iTunes (JPG or PNG)
  3. Email it from the iPad (JPG, PNG, PTG)
  4. Upload it to the internet directly by connecting to a supported app
    • Submit it to DeviantART (JPG)
    • Share it on Facebook (JPG)
    • Export it to online storage apps: DeviantART St.ash, Dropbox, Creative Cloud (PTG, JPG, PNG)
  5. Print Painting (your iPad will need to be connected to a printer)


If you are trying to work on a painting across both the iPad and the desktop, you have two more options:

  1. Record a Script on the iPad and play it back on the computer.
    • You will need to start the script recording when you are creating the painting (in the canvas settings). You can only play it back on the desktop, but you can replay it as often as you need to, and stop it at any point.
    • Exporting a script will appear as an option in the Export menu if a Script is available.
  2. Transfer files in and out of the iPad using iTunes (You can move files onto the iPad as well with iTunes).


About the file types:

  • PTG is the ArtRage proprietary file type. This file will contain all the layers, depth and paint effects from your painting. You can import a different image file to work on, but it will not have layers or any of the special effects.
  • JPG is the smallest file type and the most suitable to share online. If you edit JPEGs, you will lose a small amount of quality.
  • PNG is the best file type if you wish to continue editing the painting in other programs.


There is a diagram of the various export options here: Exportable File Types for the iPad

Why can’t I import my Photoshop documents?

Check that you are not trying to import a CMYK document. ArtRage is an RGB application and does not currently support CMYK.

If you are using the old, free version of ArtRage 2, then you will not be able to import documents with multiple layers as ArtRage Starter Edition does not have layer support.

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