an app for Windows
Sketch 360, a Microsoft Garage project has a single screen which is split between a drawing surface on the left and a 360 view on the right. When the user draws on the left in 2D, it is represented on the right in 360- the user can move around each view by panning with their finger. Sketch 360 then lets you export the drawing a JPEG with the necessary metadata so that when you upload the image to sites like Facebook and kuula.co they are recognized as 360 pictures and are shown in their 360 photo viewer.
• Trace along embedded gridlines designed for 360 degree scenes
• See your design come to life with a side-by-side, dual interface
• Create designs in a variety of thicknesses and in any of 30 colors, powered by Windows Ink
• Use pen or touch to make your masterpiece, best on Surface with the Surface Pen
• Adjust the settings for your preferred drawing experience including sketching on the right or left pane, changing gridline opacity and canvas color
• Cut, Copy & Paste ink and move it around the canvas
• Export your creations as JPEGs with 360 metadata that immersive experience sites like Facebook and Kuula enable or embed in full websites (HTML, CSS, JS, JPEG)
• Senor-enabled devices allow you to tilt and rotate the image
• Import Sketch 360 files to edit and collaborate on a design
• Work offline or on-the-go, works great on Surface Book 2 or Surface Go
• Supports drawing with pressure-sensitive pens as well as touch and mouse
• Created with ease using Windows Ink APIs
Learn more about Sketch 360 by visiting The Garage Blog
Meet the team
"Its usefulness is not only for drawing the real world, but visualizing the virtual and creating immersive sketches to prototype virtual reality and mixed reality"
San Francisco, CA
Michael Scherotter is a California native, who has spent the past 30 years keeping rich journals with drawing and water-coloring since studying Architecture at University of Arizona. In the early 90’s Michael realized that computers with pens would be the perfect creative tool for architects, setting him on a path to craft tools for creators. Now a creative experience engineer at Microsoft, Michael injects his passion for creative design tools and drawing into all of the products he touches and partners he works with. With the advent of 360 cameras and video, he saw an opportunity to hack the workflow and create 360 drawings. The Surface Pro combined with Windows Ink became the perfect canvas to build a brand new experience for designers and artists alike to sketch both the real and virtual worlds. Sketch 360 is the final result, an app that allows artists or VR designers to sketch out a world on a flat plane while simultaneously previewing what it would look like as a 360 image.