A couple of weeks ago, I finally upgraded my computer! I've been running a Macbook Pro since I was pregnant with my oldest son - he'll be 5 in December. Clearly it was time for a new computer...
This time around, I wanted something I could draw directly onto. I've had a Wacom connected to my Macbook forever and loved it, but I wanted something more direct. There were a few options. Some - like the Wacom Cintiq Companion - were a little pricey. Others weren't quite powerful enough. I decided to get the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
And it's exactly what I wanted! I've been playing around with Fresh Paint. It's a pre-installed natural media painting program. I thought it would be a good way to learn how to use the Surface pen.
I'm not exactly sure how these will print. If there are ways to customize the size & resolution I haven't found it yet. Fresh Paint saves as a png file and that's easily imported into Photoshop. The image default size is slightly less than a standard letter size, with a resolution of 96 dpi. I left it like this for now.
At some point I'd like to do a full tutorial about Fresh Paint. I'm still trying to learn how to use my entire computer, so that tutorial may take a while! It's been a big switch going back to a Windows computer - I actually had to go between 2 computers just to upload the PDF!
This was fun - I recommend checking out Fresh Paint if you have access to it!
Download the Fresh Paint experimental paper doll pdf here.