Windows 11's Paint Gains New Features: Layers and See-Through Effects

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Microsoft Paint has been a part of Windows for a long time, but for most of that time, it was quite basic. It could do simple things like adding brushes, text, and shapes to pictures, but for more serious editing, people had to get programs like Photoshop or GIMP. However, it seems that Paint is trying to change that image. One way it's doing this is by adding two very popular features: transparency and layers.

The first addition, transparency, is a big deal. Before, when you had an image with a transparent background, Paint would just turn it white, which was not very helpful. Now, Paint can handle real transparency, complete with a checkerboard pattern. This means you can open and save transparent PNG images without worrying about losing the transparency.

The second addition is layers. Instead of working on just one blank canvas, you can now use multiple layers that you can put on top of or beneath each other. This is something you find in other image editing programs, and it's very handy.

Windows 11 Paint

These new features come after Paint recently added an automatic background removal option, although it was a bit limited at first. Now, it can truly remove the background and keep the subject isolated, making the background transparent. With these changes, it's clear that Microsoft is trying to turn Paint into a more capable editing tool. However, keep in mind that most of Paint is still the same as before, with these new features being a small part of it.

If you want to try out the new Paint, you'll have to wait for the next major Windows update. It's currently available for Windows Insiders, but it's pre-release software, so be cautious if you decide to give it a try.

Source: Microsoft

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