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Note: Special thanks to Sasha Stowe for consulting this review.You can find her art Instagram When twitter..
A significant number of “applications” have migrated to the switch. It is usually something like this: YouTube, calculator, NetflixThat being said, there are now full-fledged digital art programs. Colors Live.. Not only is it a clone of MS Paint, it also has an ace on the sleeve in the form of a sonar pen. We’ll talk more about this later. But can the switch really provide a suitable hardware environment for such software?
In a nutshell, Colors Live is a fairly simple and straightforward art creation suite. colour! 3D With 3DS. You have a brush, a rubber (or an eraser if you want to measure butter by volume), and to be honest, that’s about it as far as the tools available in terms of actually affecting the canvas. Blending modes, polygon tools, textures, gradients, none of these exist, so it all feels like “returning to basics”.
This simplicity seemed like a big limitation at first, but after a while I was surprised at how far I could reach without them. In a sense, the lack of tools forced a different kind of creativity than we did, and we had to think of it as if we were using traditional media.
But without a complete improvement in digital quality of life, you won’t get stuck. With a comfortable and robust layering system that supports a total of 10 layers, you can easily switch between on-the-fly, expected undo and redo buttons, zoom, and individual layer opacity sliders. All of these are wrapped around a surprisingly generous 2560×1440 maximum resolution canvas. (Of course, when viewed from the switch’s 720p screen). You can also look back at the entire artwork drawing process in video format to see the creative process from start to finish.
So the situation looks pretty good so far, but one of the problems is the lack of bucket tools. The inability to fill the space quickly feels like a big gap in the already limited toolset, and we can’t really think of why it’s omitted. Sure, traditional media doesn’t have that luxury, but it doesn’t get the other additional features mentioned above, which makes the exclusion even more complicated.
But digital tools are terrible, how about this Physical The tool we mentioned, the sonar pen? In short, it’s a stylus with a transparent conductive disc at the tip, which can be relatively accurate (and see what you’re doing) on the switch’s touch screen. This technology has been around for some time, but what’s very interesting is that the large horn cable comes out of the top and plugs into the headphone socket. As a corollary, there is no audio throughout the app, so I want to play smooth jazz on another nearby device to give something to my ears.
Through clever tricks, the sonar pen can be used sound It measures the pressure applied to it and communicates it appropriately to the application. As a result, the pen becomes pressure sensitive. This isn’t what most people expect from something on a console, but it works much better than we expected. Palm removal was also adopted and worked for most of the time, but as with pressure sensitivity, it is clear that it is only possible with a workaround. It’s commendable, but it doesn’t have the reliability of its pressure-based cousin, so we ended up using a true hover-hand technique that was tried and errored to get through.
The main control acts as a hotkey for the various features provided, which can greatly speed up your workflow. In addition, everything can be mapped to right-handed or left-handed users and can be completely remapped if desired. This is a small inclusion, but it has received the highest ratings from us in terms of accessibility. The pen itself has buttons, but it’s actually pretty cheap and hard to press, so I relied on console buttons most of the time.
When it comes to modes, you’re basically stuck with just two, one of which is just the standard paint mode, which will surprise a lot of people. The other, called Colors Quest, offers a set of challenges to overcome in an artistic sense. In some cases, you only need to complete a limited color palette, a limited toolset, or a theme and a partially created image. It’s a nice inclusion, but the puzzle is that if you complete only one, you’ll be aggressively locked from subsequent challenges that you want to complete all day long. You can adjust the date in the console to avoid this, but if you want to complete more tasks, you don’t need to do this.
Bright Notes allows you to upload your paintings to Colors Live’s own server and gallery for sharing with people around the world, or any device with an internet browser (and the ability to download images) as uncompressed PNGs. You can export to. You can use the screenshot function of the system. This is useful, but don’t do it as it will reduce the resolution of your artwork, make it crunchy, and fill it with JPEG artifacts.
Oh, when I try to dock it, it runs as standard, but there’s no meaningful way to control anything.
Overall, Colors Live is a useful art application with some weird limitations. Sonar pens and layers are absolutely welcomed in our eyes, but the lack of bucket tools, limited brush styles, and many other staples left us a little craving. That said, people are already creating tremendous artwork, demonstrating that every medium is as powerful as an artist’s skill set. For those who wanted to see a more complete digital art package, but already own a Switch and want to scribble the screen with something other than a finger, ColorsLive provides a simple and easy entry point.
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