Ok. Less chit-chat, more screenshots. Let’s look at the part of Colors! 3D you will see most of.
This is the most important screen in Colors! 3D. It instantly opens up when you press L or R. It’s all there: The color circle, the size / opacity sliders, the color preview box, and the three core brushes and the eraser. But see the tab bar at the bottom? These are the 5 tabs that expose all the key functionality when you are painting.
The second tab is the paint-tools tab and it just contains 6 buttons that should be pretty self-explanatory. Undo can also be done directly with one of the 3DS buttons (along with zoom, eyedropper, scroll, layer-changes and an opacity-modifier), so you don’t have to enter this screen to access it.
These are all the tools to controls layers and 3D. While you use the Circle Pad to quickly go between layers while you are painting, you can go in to this tab to rearrange, copy and clear individual layers. Also, there are a few different options on how the layers are displayed while you are painting.
Using a photo in your painting is something new for Colors! and has a few complications with the gallery that I will talk about in a later post. But as everyone knows, it’s always fun to draw moustaches on friends and family, and who would I be to prevent you from doing that?
The final tab is to control a Paint with Friends session. Go here to make it possible for someone to connect your 3DS. Then come back again to kick them out when they start drawing obscene things (which based on focus-testing sessions will be about 90% of the time).
And the frog that you see in the background I actually found in the gallery, made by the Nintendo Certification team. I’m using the gallery to keep a close eye on them. They seem to have fun. Perhaps that’s why it’s taking them so long? :)
Colors! 3D is coming out soon for Nintendo 3DS eShop for $6.99. It’s still in testing with Nintendo, so no release-date has been set yet. All Jens can do is wait patiently by the phone.
And yeah, I hope to announce the results of the Colors! 3D Early Access Challenge tomorrow.