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Colors! 3D Receiving Update Before The New Year

Posted by Andy Green

A new kind of social network

There have been a fair amount of artistic games released for 3DS since its arrival, and one of the more impressive applications around has been Colors! 3D. It's a tool which allows you to paint on five different layers to create a three dimensional painting that, with a bit of practice, can look good enough to hang on your wall – not that we’d recommend nailing your 3DS to a wall, mind you.

The application is one of the most downloaded titles on the 3DS eShop and its developer, Collecting Smiles, has now revealed there will be an update coming before the year is out that will address the niggling bugs and add some new features.

The main feature being added will make it a lot more social. Now users will be able to ‘follow’ a particular artist in the same way you may do on other social media services such as Instagram. Once you follow an artist their works will appear on the front page of your gallery for you to admire.

On top of this your ‘favorites’ will be renamed to ‘liked paintings’ and will now become public, allowing you to discover new paintings more easily and of course see what your friends are liking. Also mentioned was a filter which will apparently play an important role in finding a good solution for the divided opinions in the community regarding tracing. This is something the team has promised to elaborate more on in the future.

There’s no confirmed release date for the update yet, though when it does become available it will be free of charge. We gave Colors! 3D 9/10 in our review, so there’s nothing abstract about it, this is a great little application for budding artists and part-time doodlers alike. Are you looking forward to being a bit more social with this artistic application?


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KAHN said:

i dont think anyone will give a flying hoot about this app when flipnote memo comes out. COME ON NINTENDO.



Retro_on_theGo said:

@OLD_SK0OL_PUNK Seeing as Flipnote memo is for short animations and this is for painting I see no reason why people would abandoned this just because Flipnote came out. I'll still be using it. Less, but still will be using it.
Nintendo totally forgot about it too.



RupeeClock said:

So it sounds like the Colors 3D update is mostly just in regards to the gallery, but anything that helps to bring exposure to artists is great.

One thing in particular I would want out of Colors 3D is a fix for the 3D effect.
When you adjust the 3D slider, the layers are basically pushed forward towards the screen. This is a big problem for cropping a large portion of the edges off the screen.
What they need to do is allow strictly horizontal repositioning, with no scaling used. That will address all of the major cropping issues when enabling a 3D effect.



Prof_Clayton said:

This is great, it was much needed.
Good job on collecting smiles too, I guess they actually visit their gallery. So many people have made pantings very similar to the new update for the past few months, and those pics are in best of the week usually. Glad for filtering too, there are lots of... questionable... things on there.



Smitherenez said:

I hope that they add the ability to draw straight lines and perfect circles too, since I cannot draw them on a touchscreen.



RupeeClock said:

Try zooming in and taking your time with careful strokes.
For circles, try using a brush on the largest size to draw a large dot on one layer, and using that to draw your circle on the working layer.



Fudge said:

Nice, looks good. The ability to find more good stuff and people finding mine will be sweet.



Flowerlark said:

This sounds like an amazing update! Can't wait! Hopefully it can help filter out all those tracers if you want it to.



HaastMK7 said:

I am pleased to see some more improvements to colors3D, though I more looking forward to Memo than a Colors Update.



Tsuchiya said:

"On top of this your ‘favorites’ will be renamed to ‘liked paintings’ and will now become public, allowing you to discover new paintings more easily and of course see what your friends are liking"

Let's hope you don't have a penchant for naughty doodles



SheldonRandoms said:

They should put more art tools on Colors! like @Smitherenez said, straight lines, perfect circles and curved lines would help for drawings, Also still waiting for Flipnote memo/ Flipnote Studio 3D because I think that helped me too become a better artist, it would be nice to continue the Sheldon and Mr.Randoms series on the 3D version of flipnote as I have many ideas what to do with the 3d feature, and the most important feature they need to add in the next flipnote is to be able to transfer your account to another 3ds, like the login feature that Colors! has.



Freelance said:

Don't really need these new features. I rarely check out the gallery, but they sound like nice features for those that do.

I don't draw much but when I do, I usually use AA instead for the better pencil feel.



Kujo1597 said:

I'm looking forward to the Colours! 3D update. I hope that you will be able to check who all "Liked" a picture you drew. I tried that once by clicking on a star and that's why my Meru picture has 5 Likes. XD

@Thos who want straight line tool; Horizontal and verticle ones are pretty simple. You can use the edges of your touch screen. But I'm sure you already figured that one out. But I do wish there was something that chould be done about diagonal lines. My hands are super shaky. :/ I'm, glad I know about the borders though. Yeesh, just look at my first comic's borders and compare them to my last comic's borders.



TeeJay said:

Whoa. Didn't think people tracing was such a big deal to people. Anyway, any update to streamline the browsing system is welcome. I'd like to see tags placed on pictures with a proper search function.



Kujo1597 said:

Ah, I totally forgot about wanting a search feature on the actual program. The search function on the site used to look in both the title and description but it stopped doing it after an update. Which kinda sucks since you can't look up "Firion" and find my comics. There are also times where the title doesn't say the thing/character but it's in the description. It can help people be more likey to get noticed while still keeping a title that isn't a paragraph long.

I'd like on on the actual program still. The site sometimes takes a while to load and I really like the gallery layout on the program. It's faster and you can see more thumbnails at a time.



RR529 said:

Can't wait! I don't make any new paintings (due to my small SD card), but I do love checking out the gallery once or twice a week, to see all the amazing stuff artists post.



Megumi said:

...Any word on fixing that bug with the touch screen? It seems its off by a tiny bit with the stylus on the screen...(which screws me up when drawing something or whatever...)



Drawdler said:

This is good, I guess.
Now I just need to start using my larger SD cards, ha ha.



Kujo1597 said:

@Erica_Hartmann That's the result of the developers not wanting to have invisible barriers around the edges. <a rel="external" href=""></a> Here's their words on the Support section the Colors! 3D gallery:
Question: When I paint, why doesn't the brush cursor always match the stylus position?

This is a consequence on how Nintendo exposed the stylus to us developers. There is no stylus movement reported at the 5 pixels closest to the screen edges. As we worked with that limitation, we decided that it was better to compensate for that and let the brush cursor position go all the way to the edge of the screen rather than have it hit an invisible barrier.

If you use Colors! 3D a lot, you can actually calibrate it to get around this. If you in the calibration screen touch the red circles a few pixels further out than you normally would, you will be able to paint accurately even at the edges of the screen. Of course, this has an slight effect on all other titles and while that is usually only noticeable during drawing and similar activities, you might only want to do that if you plan to spend a lot of time in Colors! 3D.

So I don't think it's something that's going to be fixed. I can see how it bugs you though.



Megajack said:

I might want this now. It sounds kind of like a Youtube community but with pictures, not video's.



lanabanana said:

@0LD_SK0OL_PUNK I'm pretty sure it's gonna be a while 'til this comes out. Nintendo hasn't said anything about it so they're probably still working on it even though they 1st mentioned it over a year ago. In the meantime, lets enjoy Colors 3D

In my opinion , Colors 3D is already better than Hatena as it is. With this update , it's gonna be even more awesome Can't wait.



KiwiPanda said:

@Alien_Mosky #12
Thank goodness some other people in the community realize Victor S. is the most unoriginal cocky artist on Colors 3D. A block button does sound like a good idea.
@Aaron_Leonard #17
Just saw your avatar and remembered liking it months ago. Cudos to you for making that!

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