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08-27-2011, 07:35 PM
Putting a grid on a reference image

Some people use grids on their reference images to help with of their art. I didn't find a tutorial on this, so I made up a quick one for ArtRage Studio / ArtRage Studio Pro.

I will be using the grid script called grid.arscript from AndyRage (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35943&highlight=grid). Make sure you download and save the scrip in a place you can find.



Launch ArtRage Studio / ArtRage Studio Pro

Click File>Import Image File
<This option will create the workspace the size of the image>

Select the image you want to put a grid on
<The image I selected is an apple I found on the internet>

Click on File>Play Script
Select grid.arscript

Select the number of squares across and down
<I selected a 10x10 grid>
Click OK
<You should see the image with a 10x10 grid>


Click File>Export Image File
<This will save the grid on image for later>

Click File>New Painting
Select options for the new painting

Open reference of grid on image


Click on File>Play Script
Select grid.arscript

Select the number of squares across and down
<Make sure it is the same as the grid on image - 10x10 grid>
Click OK
<The grid is on a separate layer. Make sure you don't paint on the grid layer >


If you want, you can open reference of original image without all the lines


There we go. Start painting.

08-27-2011, 08:02 PM
Great tutorial Fugu-Guy :):)
I've added it to the tutorial list

08-28-2011, 08:17 AM
Thanks Fugu :)

08-28-2011, 10:37 AM
Fugu, How did you get two copies of the reference open?

BTW: This is a very excellent and useful tutorial. Thanks for posting. Any other useful scripts haning around somewhere?

08-28-2011, 12:17 PM
Nice Tutorial fugu-guy :)

How did you get two copies of the reference open?

I usually use my shortcut key (which can be changed), but here's a couple of ways to open the Reference panel, to add them via the "New" button:
1st Method:
1 - Click on View...

2 - ... the select Reference Panel, to open the Reference Panel.

3 - On the Reference Panel, click on the "New" button, to add additional reference images.
2nd Method:
A - Click on the Reference pod to open the Reference Panel
NOTE: If you haven't already selected a reference image, clicking on the pod will directly open your image browser instead, because AR assumes that you're planning to open your first reference. Otherwise, the Reference panel should appear.
B - Click on the "New" button, of the Reference panel, to open a new reference image.

08-28-2011, 12:40 PM
This is great stuff. Something I learned early on that helped me with drawing. It's a highly excellent tool.

If you have a particularly large image, sometimes it's good to use a numbering system. But I'm not sure how one would do that in a digital format. I've only done grid-work on paper.

08-28-2011, 05:38 PM
I know nothing about scripting, but maybe this script could be changed to have a painting layer of any format with a grid that shows the golden section (golden rectangle, golden spiral, whatever)

This is no critic, just thinking aloud,hoping someone could do this.....
I think that would be a great addition.

Great tutorial, very useful.Thanks.:cool::cool::cool:

08-29-2011, 12:34 AM
nice presentation fugu-guy. nice images.

for me the file didn't download but it opened in another tab of my browser.
so I just copied the script. opened notepad and pasted the script in.
then I saved it as a text file with the title being grid.arscript.
then I chose play script in artrage from the file menu and found the file.
it worked perfectly from there.

08-29-2011, 12:58 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments.

ArtRage allows multiple references to be displayed at the same time. If you want to paint a bowl of fruit, you can have references of all the different fruit as well as the bowl. This way, you don't have to have find a reference image of a bowl with fruit in it.

About any other useful scripts, I have not checked any of the scripts that are available. I ran across the grid script because I use grids to make sure the faces on my portraits are symmetrical.

Thanks for the mini tutorial on how to put reference images on the ArtRage workspace. I'm a point and clicker. I didn't even know about the shortcut key.

I know nothing about scripting either, but since you mentioned about golden ratio, I created another tutorial to make your own golden ratio grids. Follow the URL below:

I'm glad you were able to get the script going.

02-06-2021, 11:12 AM
Anyone know whether this should still work in ArtRage6? I've downloaded it and tried but it just opens a new window and prints a load of Chinese characters into it.

02-06-2021, 11:46 AM
If you are referring to putting a grid on a reference image, ArtRage6 already does this for you.


10-17-2021, 09:57 AM
Great tutorial Fugu-Guy

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