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Kaleidoscope

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Fun and unique kaleidoscope inspired art program filled with over one hundred brushes and tools.


iu_234714_8019019.png Main menu (top right) - options like save, load, print, import, invert colors, grayscale, sepia, clear canvas, flip, rotate


iu_234717_8019019.png Color palette (top left)


iu_234718_8019019.pngBrush/tool menu (top left) - over one hundred brushes and tools to paint, erase, and modify existing art


Any brush can be used as an eraser. Just change the drawing mode at the top to erase, click the mode button to change it from green to red, or press (e) for erase.


Brushes that show as only white are one color. Brushes that show as white and blue are two color. Brushes that show as a rainbow of colors will use those colors when painting.


You can change color 1 or 2 by clicking on 1 or 2 at the top, then clicking on any color at the top or in the palette. 1 and 2 are available only when 1 or 2 color brushes are selected and correspond to the colors to be used.


Clicking the home icon at the top will change the background color to the last selected color.


Your most recent color choices will automatically show to the left of the other color choices at the top.


Your most recent brushes used will automatically show at the top of the left bar.


The numbers on the right represent the available layers and as indicated, the higher the number the higher up the layer is. This allows you to draw above an existing layer and rotate a different direction at a different speed when spin (bottom left) is selected.


Opacity (bottom right) will change how heavy a brush draws and also changes how much a tool like blur, smudge, melt and more affect your drawing.


Press (z) to undo the last brush stroke, press (y) to redo it. Both options are also available under the main menu.


If you haven't tried tools like melt and swirl on your existing drawing you are really missing out on some serious fun.

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Ok. There is a lot I want to say here, but I'll keep it short. This isn't really a game, but I understand it's an interactive tool, and not really many other places to put it. So, FYI, my score DOES NOT knock you down points just because this isn't a game.

There is a LOT of functionality here, this seems like a really cool tool, and I could spend hours here messing around. But it's overwhelming, and after about 20 minutes, I still can't quite figure out how to get this thing going, and I use photoshop, apophysis, coreldraw, and illustrator on a near daily basis, as well as 3d modelling programs. I can tell by watching the premade shows, there are some amazing things that can come out of here. But again, it's just overwhelming. We really need a little bit more direction than this. Why not integrate a tutorial. Just a simple one with a couple shapes you draw on screen, we copy, and execute, teach us the gist of how things work, and get to to a basic point to be able to draw shapes, do simple color and transforms to them, work with 2 or 3 layers, adjust timing, start a show, and export it. I think the various effects become self-explanatory if you can show us how to get to that point.

I can see most people just getting lost in what to do here and not having the patience to really dig into this. Like, I really really really suggest integrating accompanying tutorial videos.

Suggestions from what I can figure out. I'd like to be able to export as an SCR or GIF. I don't know if this is possible, but it seems like these beautiful dynamic scenes you're showing us, and we're making, should export into a format that better lets us maintain the flowing forms.

For some reason, It feels like this is on the border of becoming a bullet-hell dodge game. I'll refer you to Bullet Heaven by Matt-Likes-Swords as to why I think this.
https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566417
Yes, your kaleidoscope is drastically different, but I'm brainstorming applications for this type of program.

Wow this is so fun! I'm yet to figure out the rest of the options, but I think this is a really creative game idea, and very fun to paint in. Only suggestion I would have is some kind of instructions, either in game or in description, especially for key features such as saving the game. Keep up the amazing work :)

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Feb 1, 2021
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