[Etoys] Smaller onion skin for painting

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Sat Sep 29 09:14:47 EDT 2007

On Sep 28, 2007, at 10:58 , subbukk wrote:

> Hi,
> When presented with a large onion skin for sketches, I noticed kids  
> tend to
> treat it like a large sheet of paper and draw whole pictures  
> instead of
> drawing small objects and assembling them into widgets. The skin  
> distorts the
> colors of objects already in the world, so kids shuffle it around  
> when using
> color picker.
> Since Etoys is all about encouraging kids to assemble widgets,  
> shouldn't the
> default size be reduced? I tried various sizes and found 320x300 to  
> be a nice
> default. It leaves enough of the screen estate visible (for picking  
> colors)
> while giving enough area to draw small objects.
> defaultPaintingExtent
> 	^320 @ 300

Interesting thought, in particular since we still have the full- 
screen drawing capability for the background (the World's paint halo- 

- Bert -

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