Pure Ref Review – Possibly The Best Image Viewer and Organizer for Artists

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Rating and Conclusion

9.5/10 – I use Pure Ref for almost every drawing I do. It’s an integral part of my process.


What is Pure Ref?
Pure Ref is an image organizer aimed at artists who would like to make better use of their image reference collection.

Why is it needed?
For artists, creating artwork often requires multiple image references to be easily available. Before PureRef, I would assemble images for a new project in a folder on my desktop. Opening and viewing images this way while working on artwork adds just enough friction to the creative process to be an unwanted distraction.

With PureRef, all of my image reference is in one easy to navigate canvas, making viewing image reference as frictionless as possible.

Here’s some of┬áPureRef’s Features That I use the most

Importing Images
Drag and Drop new images to add them to a PureRef image collection.

Reorganize Images
Move, resize and zoom into any image.

Rotate and Flip Images
Often it’s useful to be able to rotate and flip images.

Each PureRef Image collection is stored withing a single, self contained file.
This may be an overlooked “feature”, but I find it very useful to be able to collect my image reference for each project in a single PureRef image file. This makes it easy to keep my project specific image reference with all of the other project files.

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