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Fresh Paint For Windows 8: A Microsoft Guide

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The following Fresh Paint guide was exclusively delivered to App Champ by Microsoft’s own Fresh Paint Team.


Introduction

Microsoft believes that expressing your creativity should be natural.

Fresh Paint for Windows 8 is a fun, realistic and shareable painting app designed to help people of all ages unleash their inner creative.

Fresh Paint is painting for the modern age. Here’s what makes Fresh Paint different:

Delightfully real. The paint in Fresh Paint looks like real paint. It acts like real paint. It flows onto the canvas, blends, and works with the texture of the canvas just like real paint.

Mix of mediums. The technology behind Fresh Paint recognizes how different mediums, such as oils or acrylics, mix and how much material soaks into the digital canvas for an incredibly realistic experience.

It’s simple. Also, because not everyone likes to start with a blank canvas, get started with easy-to-use paint templates and coloring pages.

Masterpiece in minutes. Turn your photos into paintings with Fresh Paint. Import a photo, and then just brush and blend the colors to transform your picture into a beautiful oil painting.

Fun, shareable experience. Fresh Paint makes sharing your creations amazingly simple. With the sharing charms in Windows 8, you can show and inspire the people you care about by sharing your handiwork with a couple of flicks of your finger.

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Behind the Scenes

Fresh Paint was originally created by Microsoft Research as a prototype for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City Materials Lab interactive painting installation.

The prototype gives museum visitors the opportunity to create their own works of art.

Fresh Paint has been a part of the Materials Lab for over a year and a half and has been used by more than 60,000 museum visitors.

 

Download Fresh Paint

Getting started on Fresh Paint is easy.

On your Windows 8 device, tap on the Store live tile. Once you’re in the Windows Store, swipe in from the right edge to access Search, Share, Devices, Start and Settings – select the Search charm.

Type Fresh Paint in to the text box, touch the search icon – your search will default to the Store – and select Fresh Paint from the search results. Or just look us up in the Entertainment category.

Now that you’ve found Fresh Paint, tap Install to download.

The Fresh Paint tile should appear on your Start screen. And once it’s downloaded, you’re ready to start creating!

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Fresh Paint Basics

Start by taping on the bright yellow Fresh Paint tile on the Start screen.

The first page you see is the whale activity.

So, you can start painting right away or tap the back button, which brings you to the Gallery.

From here, you can create a new painting, see paintings you’ve already created or start from an activity pack – swipe to right to reveal all of the activity packs, like the free Fun Pack.

Choose a new painting or an activity pack to get started – it’s that easy.

Once the canvas is open, you can begin your masterpiece.

Select a brush from the Tools lineup and choose a color from the palette. Touch the canvas to hide the app bar and start painting.

Blending and mixing colors is easy – create a new color in the palette or blend colors on the canvas. When you want to change colors you can just clean your brush and select a different color in the palette.

Your recent colors also show up on the palette, so you can easily go back to a color you already created.

As you begin painting, notice how real the paint appears on the canvas. This is the hallmark of the Fresh Paint experience.

Check out these features that make your Fresh Paint painting experience even more fun!

Zoom: Use two fingers to zoom in to the painting and see the details.
Dry: Tap the fan button to dry your paint, so you can layer colors on to your painting.
Redo: Not what you wanted? Tap the redo button to erase your last stroke.
Erase: You can erase some of your wet paint too with the eraser Tool.

Quickly bring the menu bar back by swiping up from the bottom edge to choose a new paint brush, color or surface – choose one of the many paper or canvas options or select a color background.

Sharing your masterpiece is easy! Once you’re done, swipe left from the right edge and tap the Share charm. Select an app or email to share your creation, or save it to SkyDrive to share it later.

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Bring Your Photos to Life

Fresh Paint also lets you turn a regular photo in to a beautiful painting.

From the Gallery, select a new painting. Then select Import to use an existing photo or use the Camera to take a new picture to use – it’s that easy.

Once you select or take the picture you want to use, it’s dropped on to the canvas. A brush will be automatically selected for you, now start blending away.

Notice how the colors blend together, making it appear to be an oil painting.

 

More Features

Fresh Paint has multiple packs to help inspire people so they can relax, paint and play.

All of the templates are reusable so people can enjoy them over and over. Current packs available for
purchase move from 1.49$ to 1.99$.

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  • Skipper

    best app ever!!! i already forgot the old paint

  • Skipper

    best app ever!!! i already forgot the old paint

  • Skipper

    best app ever!!! i already forgot the old paint

  • Skipper

    best app ever!!! i already forgot the old paint

  • discussit

    any mobile app planned??

  • discussit

    any mobile app planned??

  • discussit

    any mobile app planned??

  • discussit

    any mobile app planned??

  • julie

    how do you find the whale again? my husband did it but now my daughter wants to do it and we can’t find it. thanks

  • julie

    how do you find the whale again? my husband did it but now my daughter wants to do it and we can’t find it. thanks

  • julie

    how do you find the whale again? my husband did it but now my daughter wants to do it and we can’t find it. thanks

  • julie

    how do you find the whale again? my husband did it but now my daughter wants to do it and we can’t find it. thanks

  • Jeree

    I don’t know what a ‘whale’ is. What I do know is that there are no instructions whatsoever. Just a paint palette and tools. I somehow got a canvas and drew a yellow squiggle, but again there were no instructions or anything and there was no back button so all I could do was close the app. I can’t even find a ‘how to’ video on YouTube for Fresh Paint.
    What the hell has gone wrong with Windows? No help, no instructions and no way to close or minimize any of the apps or programs. Why on earth have I got to go Googling all over the place to find how to do the simplest thing in Windows 8? At least I managed to find a downloadable app that re-instates the old Start button and gives a proper list of all the programs and apps (and no, the ’tiles’ do not do this – where is ‘Command Prompt’ for instance?). I’m in the process of trying to find ways of making the thing usable, but it’s a frustrating job and there is so little info.
    Hell, I’m too old to be ‘painting’ anyway. If I feel the urge again I’ll find a piece of paper and a felt tip pen :)

    • Cherie

      A whale is an aquatic mammal.

  • Jeree

    I don’t know what a ‘whale’ is. What I do know is that there are no instructions whatsoever. Just a paint palette and tools. I somehow got a canvas and drew a yellow squiggle, but again there were no instructions or anything and there was no back button so all I could do was close the app. I can’t even find a ‘how to’ video on YouTube for Fresh Paint.
    What the hell has gone wrong with Windows? No help, no instructions and no way to close or minimize any of the apps or programs. Why on earth have I got to go Googling all over the place to find how to do the simplest thing in Windows 8? At least I managed to find a downloadable app that re-instates the old Start button and gives a proper list of all the programs and apps (and no, the ’tiles’ do not do this – where is ‘Command Prompt’ for instance?). I’m in the process of trying to find ways of making the thing usable, but it’s a frustrating job and there is so little info.
    Hell, I’m too old to be ‘painting’ anyway. If I feel the urge again I’ll find a piece of paper and a felt tip pen :)

  • Jeree

    I don’t know what a ‘whale’ is. What I do know is that there are no instructions whatsoever. Just a paint palette and tools. I somehow got a canvas and drew a yellow squiggle, but again there were no instructions or anything and there was no back button so all I could do was close the app. I can’t even find a ‘how to’ video on YouTube for Fresh Paint.
    What the hell has gone wrong with Windows? No help, no instructions and no way to close or minimize any of the apps or programs. Why on earth have I got to go Googling all over the place to find how to do the simplest thing in Windows 8? At least I managed to find a downloadable app that re-instates the old Start button and gives a proper list of all the programs and apps (and no, the ’tiles’ do not do this – where is ‘Command Prompt’ for instance?). I’m in the process of trying to find ways of making the thing usable, but it’s a frustrating job and there is so little info.
    Hell, I’m too old to be ‘painting’ anyway. If I feel the urge again I’ll find a piece of paper and a felt tip pen :)

  • Jeree

    I don’t know what a ‘whale’ is. What I do know is that there are no instructions whatsoever. Just a paint palette and tools. I somehow got a canvas and drew a yellow squiggle, but again there were no instructions or anything and there was no back button so all I could do was close the app. I can’t even find a ‘how to’ video on YouTube for Fresh Paint.
    What the hell has gone wrong with Windows? No help, no instructions and no way to close or minimize any of the apps or programs. Why on earth have I got to go Googling all over the place to find how to do the simplest thing in Windows 8? At least I managed to find a downloadable app that re-instates the old Start button and gives a proper list of all the programs and apps (and no, the ’tiles’ do not do this – where is ‘Command Prompt’ for instance?). I’m in the process of trying to find ways of making the thing usable, but it’s a frustrating job and there is so little info.
    Hell, I’m too old to be ‘painting’ anyway. If I feel the urge again I’ll find a piece of paper and a felt tip pen :)