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10-31-2010, 06:59 AM
Many of the free textures available on the web come with bump maps. Importing those maps into your canvas picker gives you all sorts of surfaces to work with. Below is an example of ArtRage tools on a brick wall texture. Have fun! :D

10-31-2010, 08:13 AM
How are jpegs, bmps, tiffs, psds, etc loaded into AR as a canvas? I tried that the other day but quickly found out I don't know how.....

10-31-2010, 09:38 AM
How are jpegs, bmps, tiffs, psds, etc loaded into AR as a canvas? I tried that the other day but quickly found out I don't know how.....

I wrote a step by step for this just the other day, in this thread (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31773). Here's the steps as I wrote them there:

To Import a Grain and use it in a Canvas Preset:
1 - Bring up your Canvas panel.
This panel automatically opens when you begin a new painting, but if you already have the painting started, you may go to View > Canvas Settings to bring it on screen.
2 - On the left hand side of the Canvas panel, just above the Opacity dial, you'll see a Menu tab (the box with four black, horizontal lines in it). Click on the tab and select "Choose Canvas Grain" to open the Paper Grains panel.
On the Paper Grain panel, you'll see a list of groups available to you, and a window showing which grains are currently stored for use in the highlighted group. Grain images with the small lock icons on them (located in the upper left corner of the windows) mean that those grains are default grains that came with the program.
3 - To import your own grain, it is advisable to create your own group to store it, and others. To do this (if you haven't done so already), click on the Add Group button, input a name, and click OK.

4 - With your group created and selected, click on the Import Grain button, and browse to the image file you wish to use for your grain and open it.
Once you do this, you'll see the grain added to the window with the grain images on the right side of the panel.
5 - If you have more grains to import, just repeat steps 3 and 4 now. If not, highlight the grain you wish to use now and select Ok.

6 - With the grain selected, you may now change its size and roughness using the Grain Size and Roughness dials on the Canvas panel (the changes can be seen in the preview window on the top left of the Canvas Panel).

7 - With the changes made, you are ready to test the grain. To do this, X-out the Canvas panel (click on the x in upper right corner of the Canvas panel). If you find that the grain is to your liking, it would be a good idea to save the Canvas as a preset. To do that, just open the Canvas Panel again, select a group (or create a new one) to save the canvas in and click on the New button. Type in a name for the preset and click Save, and the canvas preset will be available for instant use next time you open the program.

11-01-2010, 01:30 PM
Thanks muchly... You blokes rock!!!