Microsoft Paint lastly will get assist for layers and transparency

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​Microsoft is lastly rolling out assist for layers and picture transparency to the Paint picture editor utility 38 years after its launch.

The long-awaited new options can be found with Paint model 11.2308.18.0 or larger, as Dave Grochocki, Principal Product Supervisor Lead for Home windows Inbox Apps, mentioned on Monday.

“Now you can add, take away, and handle layers on the canvas to create richer and extra advanced digital artwork. With layers, you possibly can stack shapes, textual content, and different picture parts on high of one another,” Grochocki mentioned.

To get began, click on on the brand new Layers button within the toolbar, which is able to open a panel on the facet of the canvas.”

Microsoft additionally revealed as we speak that an upcoming Paint characteristic is assist for picture transparency, which is able to add the flexibility to open and save clear PNG information.

Throughout modifying, customers will discover a outstanding checkerboard sample displayed on the canvas, serving as a visible indicator and highlighting the clear areas inside the picture.

This ensures that when content material is erased from the canvas, it’s fully eliminated, eliminating the necessity to cowl undesirable areas of a picture with white fill.

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​In additional advanced initiatives involving a number of layers, erasing content material on one layer yields the impact of showing the content material on the layers beneath it. This provides to the flexibility of the modifying course of, offering customers with higher inventive management.

Two weeks in the past, Redmond additionally introduced the addition of background removing capabilities to the Home windows 11 Paint utility beginning with model 11.2306.30.0 that might allow customers to take away the background of any picture with a single mouse click on to get a cutout of the picture topic.

The Home windows Pictures app was additionally up to date final week with assist for background blur, content material seek for OneDrive-backed images, and Movement Pictures captured on Samsung and Google units.

“While you mix layers, transparency, and different instruments in Paint, you possibly can create thrilling new pictures and paintings,” Grochocki added.

“For instance, when mixed with the brand new background removing characteristic, you possibly can rapidly create attention-grabbing layered compositions.”