Hiya ArtRage blokes and lasses...
I'm really in very dire need of an easier-to-navigate and faster-operating blend menu. Seriously.
I use ArtRage professionally as a visual facilitator, and I simply cannot use the blend menu in the very high-pressured visual facilitation environment.
There are two separate and distinct issues I have with the blending options.
1. The user interface requires WAY too many mouseclicks. At the same time, it has no keyboard shortcuts. I want to be able to roll through the options using my arrow keys, or my mouse roller (yes... I use a mouse AND my tablet pc pen, cos I need the speed). Just like Photoshop lets me do.
2. The speed of execution is simply unusable. ArtRage is WAY too slow. For me to use the blend tool while I'm painting live is not even something I'm prepared to think about in the current incarnation of ArtRage. And I really don't understand why ArtRage's blend engine takes so long, while bloated Photoshop CS3 is instant. How come? It makes ArtRage significantly weaker as a professional art-making tool.
Is there a possibility of having ArtRage plug seamlessly into Photoshop? That way it could use Photoshop's blend options and engine, while retaining ArtRage's look and feel. Any chance?