If you ever wanted to paint again the way you did when you were in Kindergarten, then Art Rage may be the right program for you. The free version is limited but sufficient for anyone who just wants to play around.
I think it would especially be a very nice application for kids because they surely will enjoy the ease of use and ways of painting that art rage offers to them.
It is possible to create a wide variety of images. The website hosts a so called gallery forum where artists show off their work and some looks very impressive.
They also offer a tutorial about creating the cartoon figure in the left picture. I like it, will show it to my nephew who is four years and I bet he will enjoy playing with it.
The program has been designed to simulate real painting and drawing tools which may be more intuitive to use for painters and those interested in the art than regular image editors.
One interesting feature is the ability to import a photo for use with the application's Tracing Image system so that you can use the photo as a painting guide. This works similar to how graffiti is created.
Update: Art Rage is no longer available for free. Users who like to use the program need to purchase it. It is available as ArtRage 4 for Windows or Mac Os, ArtRage Studio, an advanced version of the program, and as special versions for Apple's iPhone and iPad.
We have removed all links pointing to the website from this article, as the review is no longer reflecting what the software is all about.
If you are interested in what the software can do, you can take a look at a video of this Art Rage live session that has been posted on YouTube. You find many more videos about the program on the video hosting site.
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