Coming October 18 - The New Fresh Paint!

I am posting this on behalf of Ira Snyder, General Manager in the Startup Business Group.

Today we are announcing new versions of Fresh Paint for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.
A few months ago, we shared a Preview version of Fresh Paint for Windows 8.1 and our first Windows Phone app. The feedback from the community has been tremendously exciting and helpful--thank you to all those who have contributed via our communities or sent email! We’ve taken that feedback to heart and have been working hard to deliver the highest quality, most realistic painting and drawing experience possible.

Today I’m excited to announce that the new Fresh Paint will launch in tandem with Windows 8.1 on October 18 and that we’ll also have new features coming to the Windows Phone version on October 14. Best of all, Fresh Paint will continue to be free, and everyone who updates to Windows 8.1 will get the improved experience.

Included in the new Fresh Paint are all the features we announced in the preview like watercolor, a new graphite pencil set, and a new clean, modern user interface. We are also adding the ability to make high quality canvas prints, new ways to work with photos, improvements to stylus pressure, more realistic rendering for watercolor, in addition to a large refresh for Fresh Paint on Windows Phone.
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Introducing CanvasPop!
One thing we’ve heard from people over and over is the desire to make high-quality canvas prints of their paintings and sketches. We’re thrilled to share that we’ve partnered with CanvasPop to make this possible. CanvasPop provides high-quality canvas prints using the best materials and craftsmanship, from archival grade canvas to hand-stretching by skilled workers.

Fresh Paint is the first painting app to integrate CanvasPop’s new printing API. We believe in pushing the boundaries of what is possible with art in the digital age. We’re bringing that to life by helping you turn your digital paintings and drawings into amazing physical pieces that you can hang in your living room or give as gifts. This new functionality is a direct result of user feedback. And, we’re making it easy.

After putting the finishing touches on your painting in Fresh Paint, just swipe up from the bottom of your canvas and tap print. You’ll get a customized page where you can select your size and framing options, and we’ll take care of everything from there including handing off a special, high quality version of your painting. CanvasPop then prints your piece, hand frames it, and ships it to you.
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Our team and the folks at CanvasPop worked hard to make this experience seamless and simple. One of the challenges we tackled was how to make it possible to print large, high-quality prints from small devices. With many graphics programs the user needs to choose the file size before beginning. We felt that would interrupt the user experience, make the product more complex, and knew it would be challenging for small devices to handle very large files.

Instead, we developed a way to scale the paintings after they were completed. We do this by analyzing the painting pixel by pixel using bilinear filtering, and then smoothing out pixels as it scales. It is the equivalent of zooming in very close to the painting, taking a ton of pictures of it, and then stitching all of them together to make a giant rendering of the painting. This allows us to render very large prints even from small devices in a way that keeps the user experience simple, magical, and fun.

I’m also pleased to share that we are making some special offers available for our fan base. Check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds for special offers the week of Oct 18, or visit canvaspop.com/freshpaintoffer.

New Features on Fresh Paint for Windows 8.1
We’ve also been hard at work on a number of new features and improvements to Fresh Paint for Windows 8.1. 
First, we know that sometimes it can be tough to know where to get started, or maybe you just need a little inspiration. That’s where the new Inspire Me feature comes in. Just click on the Inspire Me tile in your gallery home page, and you’ll find inspirational images you can then import, apply a filter to, and paint.
Because this image search is powered by Bing you can even type in your own query to find amazing, inspirational pieces. And, of course, we’ve tuned the search to be safe for everyone in the family.
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We’ve improved our image filters too. The Oil Daub has been improved to highlight unique oil textures, and we’ve added a filter that turns your photo into a watercolor wash. Just add water and watch the painting come to life.

Beyond photos, we’ve been really focused on the details. We’ve improved pen and stylus input to better work with pressure and the eraser (pick up a Surface to try out a great stylus experience). We’ve added the ability to save custom palettes, so if you have a favorite set of colors you can keep them handy. And, we’ve made dozens of other little changes throughout the product–such as adding the ability to import a painting directly from SkyDrive.

New Features for Windows Phone Too
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