I do very much like the cool little features added to Artrage 2.5.
However, although glitter and stencils etc..., are all wonderful little features, originally I was under the impression that Artrage was to be focusing on being a "natural media" type software.
I think what Artrage definitely needs is to focus on improve natural media effects with it's brushes. We desparately need more true to life painting tools, brushes with all different but real world type brush-heads ( i.e. round brush-heads, flat brush-heads, rigger type brush heads for long detailed stroke work , etc ...) .
Having a flat brush would require the stroke not tapering from small to large when using pressure sensitive tablets. The line would then be for consistent, but a setting needed to have the "pressure sensitivity" of the tablet pen control how much pant is applied, or maybe it's transparenty.
Also would be proper blending tools to realistically blend paint, using different ways, such as dry brush, using smooth soft brush effects, or using more bristle typr (hard/rough) brushes.
There are many different kind of blending methods that need to be considered, eg. scrumbling or glazing ( where if glazed with oil and a soft brush in real world, will not produce and obvious egde).
Which is another natural media brush requirement, having to be able to set how "soft" or "hard" the edge of the stroke will be.
I hope natural media similation is the main focus for the next artrage.