Invigorate Your Inner Artiste
Back when the Nintendo 3DS originally came out more than a year ago, the system did not have an online shop. It was up until months later that the 3DS would get an eShop, and even then the pickings were quite slim. Now over a year later, the eShop has built a steady catalog of original content. Nintendo seems more interested in quality over quantity this go around as evident by the small selection of 3DSWare titles. One of the latest is Collecting Smiles' painting application (also available in 2D on iOS) Colors! 3D. It's the type of app that is beneficial and fun even for people without a sense for artistry.
Starting off with a blank canvas can be quite intimidating. The creative juices need time to get flowing, the ideas need to come pouring in, and you need to become familiar with the tools given to you. The latter problem is alleviated by the various help options Colors! 3D presents to the user. Every facet of the program is labeled clearly.
The controls of the application are easy to learn too. For instance, pressing the L button pops up the color wheel and brush settings. You can utilize an entire range of colors, shades of colors, and hues at your leisure. You can adjust the levers on the right side to make your brushstrokes as large or as small, solid or as fuzzy, and full or as translucent as you desire. Meanwhile, the R button is used as an undo function. Additionally, the d-pad is utilized in various ways such as moving around the canvas, changing the color of your brush to one that is already a part of your painting, and numerous other features.
|The color wheel has a seemingly infinite |
amount of hues to choose from.
|With five layers to work with,|
your paintings can come to life.
After your work of art (or lack thereof) has been completed, you can upload it to the Gallery. First, however, you must set up an account. All you need to do is use your 3DS to put your artist name, put in an e-mail, and set a password to have an account. You can view other artists' works and see them drawn out in real time. You can also save your favorites to your own personal gallery, add a comment, like it, and save it to an SD card. If you lack a 3DS and want to see works by aspiring artists, you can log onto the official Colors! 3D website where you can view paintings by artists and subjects. The level of expertise created by the community is incredible. The majority of the art is fantastic, though there are a fair share of duds such as people putting their system's friend code as the sole attraction of their piece. Sort of missing the point on not only the program, but also how friend codes are supposed to work.
|Watch a blank canvas turn into a completed |
project with the timeline function.
|Colors! 3D's interface is amazingly simple to use.|
[SuperPhillip Says: 8.75/10]