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Microsoft improves Paint

by on19 September 2023

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Software King of the World Microsoft has made some improvements to its rather elderly Paint programme.

Writing in its bog, Vole said Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels (version 11.2308.18.0 or higher) will notice that Paint will have support for layers and transparency.

"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," the blog said.

"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."

Vole said it was adding support for transparency as well, including 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, the bog said.

Last modified on 19 September 2023
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