This week, Martha led a great session in which she showed the ninjas how to use a painting program. There are of course lots of reasons why this is useful for coding:
- For animation, as we have been working on in recent weeks
- For graphics for websites, including logo design as the HTML group are working on
- For buttons, icons, and other graphics in other apps and programs
The specific program that Martha used is Paint.NET. This is free (though not open-source) and is pretty easy to use, while being quite a bit more advanced than either the Paint editor in Scratch or Microsoft Paint that is installed in Windows by default.
You can download Paint.NET here: http://www.getpaint.net/download.html
Paint.NET works on Windows only: if you have a Linux or Mac laptop, many of the same functions are available in other painting packages, and the mentors will help you bridge the gap. One good alternative is Pinta Paint, which is multi-platform and its functionality is based on that of Paint.NET.
Here are the notes from the day (PDF format): CDA-S2-Challenge17-LearnAboutPainting.pdf
As usual, get in touch on Twitter or in the comments if you would like the PowerPoint version of the notes.
Also this week, our ninjas demonstrated models they had built in plasticine and graphics they had created – follow this link to see them!