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Thread: The 'How to' thread for downloading and installing ArtRage Resources

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    [QUOTE=DaveRage;172447]Hi all!

    You might be wondering how you can use the resources people have provided in the Art Supplies forum. Here's a guide which explains how to use each type of content.

    Package Files

    If you have ArtRage 3.5 or later, you can install package files. These are collections of any type of resources packaged up by another user. If you see a post sharing a package file you should see a link to an .arpack file in the post.

    Click the link, then save the file. When the download is complete, double click it to install it into ArtRage. A window will pop up with a summary of all of the items you are about to install. You can choose to install all of the resources, or only some of them. When you've decided, click the install button and all of the of resources will be automatically installed.

    Package files are a way to automate the installation of resources from other users. You can find more information on packages in your ArtRage manual ( Help -> ArtRage Help in the application ) in the 'Package Files' section.

    Color Pickers

    If you see a thread with a color picker you want to use, right click the image of the color picker and choose to save the image somewhere handy on your computer.

    ArtRage 2: To use your custom color picker, click the arrow in ArtRage's color picker just to the right of the Metallic slider to bring up the menu. Go to 'Custom picker' then 'Load custom picker' and open the file you saved. Your colour picker will now be loaded in place of the normal color picker.

    To get back to your normal colour picker, open the Color Picker menu again and select 'HS/L Picker'

    ArtRage 3/4/5: At the bottom right corner of the Color Picker, click the current colour and then select 'Custom Color Picker Collection'. Then select the group you wish to import the color picker to and click 'Import Color Picker'. If you want to import it to a new group, you can create one by clicking 'Add group' in the stencils panel.

    Color Sets

    If you see a thread with a color set you'd like to use, click on the .col file listed at the bottom of the post and save it to a handy location.

    ArtRage 2: To use the new color set, in ArtRage open your Tools menu and select 'Show Color Samples Panel' to bring up the color samples panel. Alternatively, you can just press the S key. Click the arrow at the top left of the color samples panel to bring up the menu and choose 'Load Colors' then open the new file you saved. You'll now see all the new colors there ready to use.

    ArtRage 3: Click on 'Samples' to open the samples panel and from the menu ( top right ), choose 'Import New Local Color Sample Set', browse to the .col file you downloaded and open it. This loads samples to the current painting, which means they will be saved with the painting.

    ArtRage 4 & 5: a color samples collection which you can add new color samples to. First add the samples to your user color samples folder. You can open this folder via Tools -> User Content -> Open user Samples Folder. Put your new .col files in this folder. Now they will be available from your color samples collection. For example: Open the color samples panel, click the menu at the top right, choose 'replace samples' or 'add samples' then 'from collection' to open the color samples collection. Your new color samples will be in the 'Samples' group.

    Sadly, I think this info is out of date. I have Artrage 6 and following the instructions for loading colours doesn't work. I went Tools> Show Colour Samples Panel.... that just isn't on the menu, so don't know what to do now and can't find any up to date info.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Hello Hey Ottist and welcome to the ArtRage forums
    If you are trying to add a .col file to AR6, then the instructions for AR5 should still work although, yes, some of the phrasing has changed slightly since AR4.
    To add a .col colour sample file to AR6;
    From the Menubar you need: Tools > Brows Content Folders > Colour Samples Folder.
    Last edited by markw; 04-03-2020 at 12:37 PM.
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  3. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    Thanks Markw

    I finally figured it out by using the little box menus on the canvas and managed to download some really cool stuff.

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