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    Putting a grid on a reference image

    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 ( 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>

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    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

    Name:  Open reference.jpg
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    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 >

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

    Name:  Open reference 2.jpg
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    There we go. Start painting.

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    Great tutorial Fugu-Guy
    I've added it to the tutorial list
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    Huntsville, On., Canada

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    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?

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    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    NC, USA
    Nice Tutorial fugu-guy

    Quote Originally Posted by dcahall View Post
    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.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    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.

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    Mar 2006
    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.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    washington, usa
    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.
    Last edited by screenpainter; 08-29-2011 at 12:37 AM.

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    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.

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    Feb 2021
    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.

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