By: Radu Tyrsina
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Fresh Paint app for Windows 8 and Windows 10 users is both fun and relaxing
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Fresh Paint for Windows 8 and Windows 10 is not the update for the Paint program that all Windows users have tried at least once. You can still find the “old” paint inside the Windows Store. Even I prefer the actual Paint on my Windows 7 system because it’s much more easier than other programs to use it. But let’s see in our review what comes new in Fresh Paint for Windows 8 and Windows 10. Artists, starting designers, kids and average Windows 8 and Windows 10 users will find this applications pretty entertaining, I can guarantee you that.

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The Fresh Paint application for Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows RT devices has been amongst the first that have been released in the Windows store and for quite a while, it was actually the top application in the Entertainment section. The biggest drawback of this application is that it won’t work that great unless you’re using it on a touch surface. And like I said, this isn’t meant to replace old Paint program, it’s a new, different approach.

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Your kids will love this application

Fresh Paint for Windows 10 update notes

Fresh Paint for Windows 10 was released in 2015. This version includes many interesting features like :

  • Allowing you to print your files in HD
  • You can now import images and photos to paint
  • Support for stylus, touch and mouse
  • Accelerated graphics rendering algorithm for a realistic painting experience

Fresh Paint for Windows 8 and Windows 10 review

Fresh Paint for Windows 8 and Windows 10 is a painting simulator that will prove to be useful to those that want to create some forms and art, but more likely, it will appeal to kids that can now play around with colors and shape without making a mess in the entire house. To some extent, this is also a parenting application, too.

Everything that you create inside the Fresh Paint application is automatically saved and you can boast with your collection or your kid’s artwork at any time, by opening the gallery. The application beautifully imitates a real scenario where you hve your palette and you can mix colors, too. Here are the tools that you will find inside the application, located on the top of your own painting screen:

  • Brushes
  • Crayons
  • Pencil
  • Blender
  • Eraser.

After you choose one of these tools, you can do an action that is found inside the old Paint, as well – changing the thickness. But the real beauty of the Fresh Paint app is the palette which has swatches, a bowl of water and an area where you can amalgamate colors in order to find the perfect one for your drawing. And to make it even more real, you can clean up your brush in that boil of water, and the water will inherit the color of your brush.

Features and why Fresh Paint for Windows 8 and Windows 10 impresses

At the top, where you find the above mentioned tools, you will also find the option to change your canvas and to open up the gallery. If  you think your painting has become a real mess and you’re not satisfied with it, you can use the “dry” button on the lower part of the screen. You also have “Undo” and “Redo” buttons there, also the option to Center your drawing. PCAdvisor gives it a 4.5/5 rating and says the following:

Colour and texture are taken very, very seriously, so that you can just pick up a brush and slap some paint about, or mix and stain exactly the right shades. The way that colours interact is very realistic – you’ll get a tiny thrill the first time two strokes run in to each other and smear together into a different shade. With a bit of practice such multicolour streaking is a useful artistic tool. It’s also where ‘Dry’ comes in. Hit this and the colour you just laid on the page dries instantly, so that it won’t run into the next colour layer you apply.

For those of you that have a pen or stylus as an accessory for your tablet, you’ll discover how accurate your drawings and artwork will become with it. Fresh Paint for Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows RT is an application made by Microsoft itself, just like the Microsoft Minesweeper game that we’ve recently reviewed. You might think that you won’t be able to create too much art with this application, but the ability to insert image (as the one below) and to slightly modify them can trick your friends into thinking you’re an awesome artist.

I particularly enjoyed smudging images that are already created by great artists (reminds me of Johnny English and that painting that he ruined). Everything becomes very, very real and for some seconds you forget it’s a tablet that’s in front of you and there’s only an application, not real brush, not a real palette. The majority of users’ review are positive, albeit there are some that report often crashes. Other want such features as  higher output for resolution, fine tune adjuster for brushes. To recap, here’s what you can do with Fresh Paint for Windows 10 and Windows 8:

  • Use the tools to create realistic paintings.
  • Helps kids develop their imagination and express themselves.
  • Use asy-to-use paint templates, coloring pages and enough tools to paint awesome.
  • Import a photo, edit it, and convert it into a painting.

See the video below if you’re curious about the Fresh Paint application for Windows 8, Windows 10 and RT. The download link is at the bottom of the page.

[Download Fresh Paint for Windows 8 and Windows RT]

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November, 2012 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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