Unfortunately there is not a way to turn off the screen flash that accompanies the fan but, and I don't know whether this will help, but if you use a pen stroke on top of the watercolor, it has the same effect of setting the spread of the "water."
The teams are definitely considering the addition of recording capability in the drawing apps.
Hope that helps a bit.
Thanks for replying so quickly,
Pleased to know that a recording feature is being considered, it does come hand in hand with creativity.
Will your team's think about the flash when they come to develop the recording feature as the problem will still be there?
I don't know... I can certainly submit it as a feature request.
I do know that we do need some visual indicator that the watercolor is being dried. So a quick question: For you, what would effectively do that and, at the same time, be less visually disruptive?
Thank you for your honesty, some of my ideas:
If it can be done, a small simple message in a container that appears not on but near where you last touched the stylus to the screen, depending on left or right handed options it can be positioned where the user would see it, right handed, on the left side of where the stylus last touched the screen. This might be better as it is more subtle, i don't know about other users but that is where i am looking when i dry the page.
Now i can see that jumping about and some users maybe not liking that, especially on a large piece zoomed out...
Maybe a small notification "watercolour dried" attached to the top right or left of the screen, depending on which hand the user draws with, this would be visible and not covered by arms or hands. However this is difficult as what if you are drawing up in the top corners.
Maybe to just simplify it, a "recording friendly" option, tick box in the settings, which will just turn off the flash, if the guidance on that box will say it will turn off the screen flash when using the watercolour brush, it might be that people don't need as big of a visual indicator and that the fan icon greyed out is enough. Maybe just a flash/colour change around the black bar with the brush details on (colour, flow). the eye was already there when pressing the fan icon.
This definitely needs to be user tested.
This is a difficult one but really beneficial if your teams can get it right for those who want to share their processes. (those who are excluded from recording by primarily using watercolour).
Wow. Thank you. For such a considered response about this particular "notification" element.
It's interesting before you mentioned it, I never really even noticed the flash when tapping the fan icon. Now I can completely understand how it could seem a bit "excessive." I will definitely be sharing your comments with the product team.
Thanks for all your time.