New Windows 8 TV ad focuses on Fresh Paint app

Way back in late May, when Microsoft launched the final Release Preview version of Windows 8, it also released the first version of its own in-house Fresh Paint art app. The app, which started life as a Microsoft Research project in 2011, allows its users to create artwork that seems to be hand drawn via the touch screen features of Windows 8.

Now the Fresh Paint app is front and center in a new TV commercial for Windows 8 that's been posted on the official Windows YouTube channel. The TV spot, which features clips that were used in Microsoft's very first Windows 8 app, show a woman  who replaces a girl's art easel with a Windows 8 PC. In this case, the PC is Sony's Vaio Tap 20 all-in-one PC, which can also be used as a really big tablet for a few hours under batter power.

While the TV spot concentrates on the girl making her art creations in Fresh Paint and then printing them out, you do see features such as the "snap" view for using two Windows 8 apps at once. The girl is also seen using Skype to chat with her father. All in all, the ad seems to have the theme of Windows 8 not being just for work but for play as well.

Source: Windows on YouTube

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I tried it and found it to be surprisingly nice. I'm not an artist or anything, but I was pleasantly surprised when I played with it.

Anyone that is an established artist shouldn't be expecting to get anything worthy of production done using a free tablet app anyway. Although I have a buddy that made a pretty nice drawing (that I could never do) using Fresh paint.

I hate Fresh Paint. I rely on the old classic MS paint without the anti-aliasing and padding the line tools give you; it's all about pixel-to-pixel lines, bro. I'm a pixel artist, so I think I'd have to install the old MS Paint when running Windows 8 when I upgrade. I rely on Paint a lot for 2D graphics creation for games.

I drew this on the old paint a few years ago: http://i197.photobucket.com/al.../badman10_2007/vegeta-2.png

The concept of the Fresh Paint is great for kids. I do see my nine year old sister really enjoying that when I pick up my Surface . Using obsolete painting software to meet my needs makes me feel somewhat ancient and old-fashioned now and I don't like it - especially considering the fact I'm 20. I do think Fresh Paint is a great way for kids to get interacting with modern technology. Visual learning is the way forward. F*ck textbooks!

Zeikku said,
I hate Fresh Paint. I rely on the old classic MS paint without the anti-aliasing and padding the line tools give you; it's all about pixel-to-pixel lines, bro. I'm a pixel artist, so I think I'd have to install the old MS Paint when running Windows 8 when I upgrade. I rely on Paint a lot for 2D graphics creation for games.

I drew this on the old paint a few years ago: http://i197.photobucket.com/al.../badman10_2007/vegeta-2.png

The concept of the Fresh Paint is great for kids. I do see my nine year old sister really enjoying that when I pick up my Surface . Using obsolete painting software to meet my needs makes me feel somewhat ancient and old-fashioned now and I don't like it - especially considering the fact I'm 20. I do think Fresh Paint is a great way for kids to get interacting with modern technology. Visual learning is the way forward. F*ck textbooks!

LOL, but Paint, Wordpad, calculator, audio recorder and all the Old Windows Apps from Windows 7 are Still for Windows 8/RT

Heh, I marathoned DBZ not so long ago and I can't believe how much the drawing style improved between the first and the last episodes.

Marcin Kurek said,
Heh, I marathoned DBZ not so long ago and I can't believe how much the drawing style improved between the first and the last episodes.

Agreed! New anime movie is out in 2013 too which emeans an even more improved drawing style!

IvoFajardo said,

LOL, but Paint, Wordpad, calculator, audio recorder and all the Old Windows Apps from Windows 7 are Still for Windows 8/RT

Partially. Paint on 7 was different to classic paint, and was the first paint to introduce that annoying padding/ anti-aliasing I mentioned . I remember raging about this problem at 7's launch xD. I installed Paint XP on my 7 installation to meed my needs so it was (and still is) no biggie. I'm just real picky and really enjoyed the classic paint .

When you need to make 16-color bit images and have them stay at that depth, paint for 7, 8 and RT isn't the best for it.. that padding and anti-aliasing breaks the properties of color depth and then I'd need photoshop to fix it. To me, given my needs, it's impractical. However, many other people will get by and enjoy this for sure. Really interested in trying it out when I get my Surface though!

All the other apps were directly the same though.

Guth said,
Has anyone tried this app?
Any good on desktop? I have a feeling it may be hyperbole from MS

Other than the fact that a recent app update is causing crashes (a fix should be here soon), the app has hundreds of 4-5 star reviews in the store. It's generated quite a bit of positive buzz.

Guth said,
Has anyone tried this app?
Any good on desktop? I have a feeling it may be hyperbole from MS

I have played around with it a bit and I would have to say that it is quite impressive. It's similar to software such as Art range studio that simulates real mediums.

Guth said,
Has anyone tried this app?
Any good on desktop? I have a feeling it may be hyperbole from MS

It's one of the best painting apps i've tried on any OS. MS have worked on this app for a long time, i remember seeing a tech demo a long time ago before Win 8 was announced.