Microsoft Paint Gets Better With Layers and Transparency

Layers and Transparency

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Microsoft has introduced support for layers and transparency for the Paint app. This update is currently being rolled out in a phased manner to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev Channels. You need not have to install any Windows Insider Preview Builds to experience the new feature.

You will be able to add, remove, and manage layers on the canvas. You can easily stack shapes, text, and other image elements on top of each other. The end result is the creation of richer and complex digital art.

The first step is to select the new Layers button in the toolbar. A dedicated Layers panel will display on the side of the canvas. You can then add new layers to the canvas by selecting + icon located above the Layers panel. You can change the order of layers to view how the stacked image element appears on the canvas. You can also display or hide duplicate individual layers or merge layers together.

In addition to Layers, Microsoft has also added transparency support with the ability to open and save transparent PNGs. You will view a checkerboard pattern on the canvas when working with a single layer. This indicates the portions of the image that are transparent. If you erase any content from the canvas, it truly erases the content instead of painting the area white. In case of multiple layers, you will view the content in layers below even if you erase content on one layer.

Microsoft reveals that you will be able to create exciting new images and artwork when you combine layers, transparency, and other tools in Paint. You can quickly create interesting layered compositions when you combine with the new background removal functionality. The new update will be available in a phased manner to all Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dec Channels.

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