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Stroke Gap in ArtRage (It isn't actually lag).



ArtRage - all editions, from the desktop to Android - uses real time calculations to track your strokes and reproduce them as closely as possible. However, ArtRage can't predict exactly what you're going to do next and there are far too many variables involved to guess (will you stop, turn, blend colours, increase pressure?).

This means that the area of the current brush stroke - the area indicated by the Outline cursor on the desktop - will always be blank. The stroke continues after you lift the cursor or move on.

This gap is much more visible on mobile apps which do not have a visible cursor.

It is not the same thing as lag, which is when your device isn't quite able to keep up and the stroke itself gets further and further behind. But it does make lag look worse, or can be mistaken for lag by people unfamiliar with ArtRage.

If you're having problems with ArtRage and can't tell if it's lag or the normal stroke gap:

1. Lag means the program runs more slowly. The stroke will get further and further behind if you draw faster, or use more demanding tools (e.g. Watercolours). It will vary depending on what you're doing, how larger your canvas is, and how much free memory is on your device. A more powerful device should have less lag. You can free up memory in ArtRage by removing unneeded References and Tracing images, and closing and reopening the program to clear out the undo history.

2. Stroke Gap will remain constant. You can see it get larger with larger tools, and smaller with smaller tools.

ArtRage is a natural media painting program developed by Ambient Design. You can learn more about it here
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Daniel-Aubert's avatar
Good to know. But there should be an option to switch it on and off. I know this feature is probably built in Artrage's engine, but sometimes I wish I could disable it. Like when I'm using the pencil, for example. It gets in the way of precision, I guess.