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Windows 10 Tip: A guide to the basic tools in Paint 3D

Paint 3D is a built-in creative application that comes free with Windows 10*.  It is designed to be simple yet powerful by allowing you to create professional or fun creative projects by easily combining 2D and 3D tools. The best part is that you don’t need any design experience – Paint 3D can be used by anyone.  Its approachable interface makes it easy to customize existing 3D models from our built-in 3D library or create 3D designs from scratch.
Getting started: Paint 3D’s basic navigation

Brushes: Expand your artistic abilities with unique pens & brushes that mimic real materials without the mess. Try transparent watercolor that beautifully washes the canvas or oil painting so real that you can see the paint smudging.  These artistic brushes work both on both the canvas and on 3D models with professional effects such as polished metal and matte to help personalize your designs.

2D Shapes: It is easy to draw perfect shapes with our collection of 2D shapes and the line and curve tool. Use the control circles to manipulate the curvature to your desired angle.  You can also click Make 3D to turn the shape into a layer with additional rotation options.

Give it a go! Click here to view the circuit board model on  Bring it into Paint 3D and use 2D shapes to add the correct symbols to the circuit diagram. Then use the line and curve tool to fill in the correct waveform patterns. Watch this video for tips on 2D Shapes.
3D Shapes: There are many ways to get started in creating in 3D. Use pre-made shapes to jump start building a new model or use the 3D doodle tool to instant turn your 2D sketches in 3D models.  Simply trace a design from a photo or draw one free hand and watch as it instantly pop into a 3D model.  The sharp edge 3D doodle creates sharp lines, perfect for drawing a star.  The soft edge 3D doodle creates a soft curve, perfect for drawing a cloud.

Click here to view the chair concept image on  Bring it into Paint 3D and use both 3D doodle tools to trace around the image and pop it out into 3D. Watch this video for tips on the 3D Doodle tool.
Stickers: This is a unique and easy way to add texture to your creations. Use this tool to experiment with materials such as wood or marble or upload your own photo to create a custom texture sticker.  It will instantly wrap around 3D objects–no prior 3D knowledge needed!  You can also adjust the opacity of the sticker.

Text: Add words using our 2D & 3D text options. 2D will anchor the text to the canvas while 3D text will allow you to move it around the canvas and rotate to different directions.
Effects: Create unique moods such as calming Mist or mysterious Night by changing the environment and lighting in your 3D scenes. You can even move the sun around a light wheel to change the direction of the lighting.

Canvas: This digital canvas mimics a painter’s canvas. This tab allows you to resize and control the dimensions, including turning off the 2D canvas so you can freely design your 3D model.
Magic Select: Easy to use tool that allows you to select the part of the image that you want to cut out and remove it from the background. The tool instantly and almost magically pops out your selection onto another layer and intelligently auto-fills the background to hide any gaps.

3D library**: Browse our huge catalog of thousands of free 3D models for you to edit. Choose from our pre-curated collections to get started quickly or search for your desired model in the search tool bar.  With a tap, you can instantly import the 3D model into your project and begin recoloring and customizing right away.
History Slider: You can undo and rewind all your actions, it’s like an unlimited undo button! The history slider records every change in the scene and allows you to scroll back through time.  You can even create a video of your design process to share with friends by click on the start recording button.
3D View mode: This allows you to move around and see your content from any angle. There are also controls to help you zoom in and out of the canvas with the ability to enter a precise zoom amount.

Click here to view the shark scene on in into Paint 3D and use 3D view mode to position the fins correctly. Then use the 3D doodle tool to add and position a dorsal fin.
Watch this video for tips on using 3D view mode.
Mixed Reality: This takes your 3D model from Paint 3D and launches it into the Mixed Reality Viewer application so you can visualize the 3D model in a real world context. You can snap a photo or record a short video of the 3D object interacting with your world to share with friends.
Paint 3D makes it easy to unlock your creativity and bring your ideas to life.  To check out these features for yourself, you can get started by opening the Paint 3D app. If you are new to Paint 3D, check out our video tutorials on Paint 3D here.
* To access all the latest Paint 3D features, you will need to update to the latest Windows 10 April 2018 Update.  To learn how to get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, check out this blog post. 
**3D Library is available in select markets.  Check out the online library here. 

QNAP TS-251+ Turbo NAS / 2x3TB WD RED / Upgraded 8GB Ram

Hey, i’m reluctantly selling my NAS… Reason for sale is I simply don’t use it anymore. It was mainly a Plex/torrent box but most of the TV shows are available on the streaming services I use.

QNAP TS-215+ Turbo NAS
– Intel Celeron Quad-Core J1900 @ 2Ghz
– 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
– 8GB Ram (upgraded from the standard 2GB)
– Remote Control
– Boxed with all packaging, remote control, all cables, 2 x ethernet, HDMI, etc..
– Excellent condition, less than 2 yrs old…

QNAP TS-251+ Turbo NAS / 2x3TB WD RED / Upgraded 8GB Ram

Dell Inspiron gaming laptop

I have for sale my Dell Inspiron 15-5577 laptop. Since getting a new macbook this has not been used. It comes boxed with charger and is in pretty much as new condition it was purchased new Sep 2017 not refurb from Curry’s. Specification below.

Dell Inspiron 15-5577 UK laptop
Intel I5 7300HQ
Nvidia GTX 1050 4GB
1920×1080 IPS screen
256GB M.2 SSD
1TB Sata HDD
Intel 2×2 WiFi 826mbps
Backlit keyboard
Single screw access to main components
Windows 10…

Dell Inspiron gaming laptop

iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)

Hi everyone,

iMac here for sale. It’s in perfect condition and functions the same. Running the latest version of macOS, High Sierra. I am selling this machine to switch to a 4K monitor with USB-C which I will use to hook my MacBook Pro into

The item comes with everything it shipped with except the Magic Mouse. No mouse will be supplied. You will receive a Wireless Apple keyboard. I will include the original box and the original shipping box so it arrives safely should we agree to have…

iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)

external mac cd drive

Anyone have one? need to shift some pics onto my mac then into cloud..

Location: Liverpool

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external mac cd drive

raspberry pi 3 with case and 64gb micro sd card

hi ive got my pi3 which dont get much use now as i got a pi3 b+ and a bigger sd to go with it

the pi is in excellent working order and condition,comes with case and fan,also has heat sinks on too

it comes with a 64 gb sandisk micro sd so its ready to use you will just need a either a psu or a micro usb which can give it enough power to use it,i used to run it from my pc no problem and a joypad

Price and currency: 45
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country…

raspberry pi 3 with case and 64gb micro sd card

GTX 660 or Radeon HD7870 or similar

I’m looking for an older graphics card something around the same power as a GTX 660 or Radeon HD7870.

The card I’m looking for needs to be 2gb and DDR5 I use this site to compare as I’m not very experienced with GPU.

This is to upgrade to an old system I have running a FX Radeon HD 4350 Low Profile 1GB.

Let me know what you have and price…

GTX 660 or Radeon HD7870 or similar

GTX 970 or 6GB GTX 1060

Looking for either of the above cards. Hoping to pay around £120 for a 970 or £170 for a 6GB 1060. Could be wishful thinking on both counts, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get!!

Let me know if you can help.


Location: Chandlers Ford near Southampton

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GTX 970 or 6GB GTX 1060