The Microsoft app, which requires at least 1 GB RAM, lets you make original works of art, or turn your photos into beautiful paintings with just a few taps. Use the Lens feature to get a live preview of your photo through various filters, like Sketch and Oil. When you’re painting something original, Fresh Paint lets you custom mix colors, choose different brushes, and adjust your brush size as needed. Make a mistake? Just tap undo. When you’re all done, you can share your new creation via text message, email, or SkyDrive.
(Did you know Fresh Paint started life in a Microsoft Research lab and made its first public appearance—under an identity-protecting codename—at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City? Yep. And here’s where to find out more about the app’s fascinating backstory.)
Updated November 7, 2014 7:18 pm