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Microsoft Paint gets updated with layers and transparency support similar to Photoshop

Microsoft Paint gets updated with layers and transparency support similar to Photoshop

Image source: Microsoft.

In a blog post, Microsoft announced an update to the Paint app for Windows 11 that includes layers, transparency, and (in an earlier update) background removal. It will be rolled out first to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.

With the update, you can now add, remove, and manage layers on the canvas to create richer and more complex digital art. With layers, you can stack shapes, text, and other image elements on top of each other.

To get started, click on the new Layers button in the toolbar, which will open a panel on the side of the canvas. This is where you can add new layers to the canvas. Try changing the order of layers in this panel to see how the order of stacked image elements on the canvas changes. You can also show or hide and duplicate individual layers or merge layers together.

The transparency update will include the ability to open and save transparent PNGs. When working with a single layer, you will notice a checkerboard pattern on the canvas indicating the portions of the image that are transparent. Erasing any content from the canvas now truly erases the content instead of painting the area white. When working with multiple layers, if you erase content on one layer, you will reveal the content in layers underneath.

Image source: Microsoft.

With background removal, you can now remove the background of any image automatically in just one click leaving a smooth cut-out of the subject. Background removal can detect the subject from the entire canvas or from a selection using the selection tool.

These welcome updates are available with Paint version 11.2308.18.0 or higher the post said.

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