[Etoys] Smaller onion skin for painting

Karl karl.ramberg at comhem.se
Sat Sep 29 09:52:30 EDT 2007

Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> 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- 
> handle).
> - Bert -
Kids tend to make a drawing of the whole scenario in one sketch and then 
they want to make the pieces move. To draw the pieces one by one is 
counter intuitive for beginners and a hurdle that could be avoided. It 
could be something like a handle with a scissor to cut a sketch up into 
individual pieces.

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