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Thread: Hello from Shar

  1. #1
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    Smile Hello from Shar

    Hi Everyone. I have just discovered ArtRage and am already spending too much time on it - very addictive.

    I am a kindergarten teacher, and my search for graphics software started recently when I discovered that my favourite teaching resource site was owned by a guy who has been jailed for nasty child pornography Clearly I don't want to support this guy in any way so no longer use the site. I am sad though as I (along with many, many other teachers) use/d this site regularly. So - I have decided to make my own. My husband gifted me a sexy little red MacBook Pro - with no software for creating graphics - and so, here I am!

    I want to be able to produce simple but attractive posters, banners and worksheets etc. I dont have time to learn a complicated programme and I love that I was able to produce a resource immediately (my ladybird) with ArtRage. Next step is to decide which version I need, and to start thinking about graphics tablets as the mouse is not working for me.

    Would love to know if anyone else is using ArtRage for similar work, and any feedback at all would be appreciated. Looking forward to exploring the forum and possibly getting to know some of the members.

    Cheers

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    Hi Shasha,

    For you, I'd recommend the "Pro" version of ArtRage Studio. Even if you don't intend on using all of the extra features it offers, it's likely you'll begin to lean toward wanting them once you become more familiar with the program. I figure you've already checked it out, but just in case, here is a link to the .pdf file the ArtRage team put up showcasing the differences between the various ArtRage programs:

    http://www2.ambientdesign.com/files/artrage_product_comparison.pdf

    The extra features, like layer blurring and color adjusting and the various types of selection methods for the selection tool will likely be beneficial in creating your banners and work sheets.

    If you plan to allow the students themselves use the program at all, ArtRage 2.5 is probably the best program for the job. It's perfectly capable of producing quality images itself and it's easily the most user friendly art program I've ever come across.
    Nothing is easy to the unwilling.

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    Welcome Sasha, what a disturbing story about the resource site.

    I completely agree with Someonesane's recommendations for both yourself and for the classroom.

    I would add that you would probably find the ability to create your own stickers in studio pro a valuable asset. That way the lady bug you created could be made up as a sticker and used over and over as you can turn any artwork into a sticker. Kind of like stamps in the real world.

    Anyway goodluck with whatever you decide on.
    "I paint because I love to cut mats" (Arthur Alexander)

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    Hello Shar and welcome to here. If you hang around here long enough you'll learn that it's hard to disagree with the always great advice of SomeoneSane. I hope you'll be sharing not only your works but those of your students. There's a thread just for children in the Art Projects section. It's a Sticky thread so it's always at the top and it's called Kidz Korner.

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    Thank you...

    so very much for the feedback The Pro is sounding like the way to go!

    I hadn't considered using ArtRage with my children. I have 4 and 5 year olds and I do have a gorgeous (huge) Interactive Whiteboard in my classroom with the added advantage of having the stylus I can already see lots of fun ways of using it - so thanks for that great idea! My 6 year old daughter is very excited about it too - but the poor child hasn't been able to get on yet as her mama keeps hogging it I will definitely post any work done by the children in the Kidz Korner Robert.

    Thank you again for the feedback, your thoughts are much appreciated.

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