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    how do I

    How do i get an image from my mail into Ar an on to the canvas, I am using the demo and having a hard time.My wife toke the photo, sent it to me an now I have been trying to load it as a ref.and then a transparent.Having no success.

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    Hello DJM...There are several ways to load an image into ArtRage. You should see the Tracing Pod somewhere around the edge of you canvas. You can click on it to load an image or you can go to the Tools menu at the top of the screen and choose Tracing Options>Load Tracing Image. You can do the same thing if you just want the image to view as a reference by selecting Reference Options>Load Reference Image instead. Hope this helps.

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    Hello DJM,
    As jmac says there are lots of ways to do this including, if the image/s only exist in the email still, dragging & dropping them directly from the email onto the ArtRage application icon, or canvas if AR is already open. You will then get a dialog window open, asking what you want AR to do with the image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markw View Post
    Hello DJM,
    As jmac says there are lots of ways to do this including, if the image/s only exist in the email still, dragging & dropping them directly from the email onto the ArtRage application icon, or canvas if AR is already open. You will then get a dialog window open, asking what you want AR to do with the image.
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    OK. tried Jmac's suggestion and markw ,had issues with J, Marks got image to AR I figured out how to revel the image as aline drawing but can't paint in it. What now guy's.What am I missing?

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    When you got it to ArtRage, which option did you use from the 'open file in ArtRage' menu? (the screenshot above).
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    Quote Originally Posted by HannahRage View Post
    When you got it to ArtRage, which option did you use from the 'open file in ArtRage' menu? (the screenshot above).
    I tried both,create tracing and reference. Could not find where the image went.Did get a tracing once and could not remember how I got it into AR.Tried to paint on it with no success,it seemed the paint was hidden behind the image and came out as a shadow.Looks like I need more reading and research.I am headed for the manual now.Thanks all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJM View Post
    I tried both,create tracing and reference. Could not find where the image went.Did get a tracing once and could not remember how I got it into AR.Tried to paint on it with no success,it seemed the paint was hidden behind the image and came out as a shadow.Looks like I need more reading and research.I am headed for the manual now.Thanks all.
    Okay, Tracing will create the 'shadow' effect you describe. Adding a tracing image adds the image as a 'ghost' layer over the top of your drawing. You can adjust visibility by opening the Tracing pod over on the right.

    References are pinned up next to your drawing as small, moveable images.

    If you want to paint on your picture, you need to Import as a New File - this will then create a new canvas with your picture as paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HannahRage View Post
    Okay, Tracing will create the 'shadow' effect you describe. Adding a tracing image adds the image as a 'ghost' layer over the top of your drawing. You can adjust visibility by opening the Tracing pod over on the right.

    References are pinned up next to your drawing as small, moveable images.

    If you want to paint on your picture, you need to Import as a New File - this will then create a new canvas with your picture as paint.
    Thanks Hannah. I did get your mail from tech support and will most likely get the same answer,which I will investigate. Seems i spend more time learning then doing,but these beginner steps need to be understood before anything can even get started.Unfortunately I am time limited so my learning curve is a long longer.

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    Another technique - import to file

    Hi,
    Personally, I prefer using import to file. I keep a folder of reference photos on my desktop called "things to paint" Open Artrage, Go to FILE/Import Image file. That imports the photo and sizes your canvas to size of your reference. I then add a new layer and trace or start painting. Usually, I end up with several layers, with different things on them, so that I can change the composition as I go. If something is on it's own layer, it can be moved or made larger or smaller. Typically, I don't copy every detail of the photo, but simply take some things and then when I have enough to go from, I simply turn off the layer and paint. I often load the photo as a reference object also, so I can see it on the side as well.

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