Microsoft Paint gets a 3D overhaul

Microsoft's Paint accessory app, included with Windows in one form or another since the very beginning, is finally getting a huge revamp. The application got a rework in Windows 8, but nothing like what the company has in store now. In addition to becoming a Universal Windows app, the new Paint is tuned for pen and tablet input, and supports object creation and painting in 3D.

Tom Warren at The Verge got his hands on an alpha build of the new Paint, and says it serves its purpose well. He remarks that the app is missing some advanced image editing features like layering and multi-file editing. That isn't all that surprising, given that Paint has never been intended as a serious image-editing tool. For basic drawing and image editing, the new version of Paint is likely just as capable as the old version.

The big-ticket item this time around is the ability to draw in 3D. The video above (leaked by WalkingCat on Twitter and rehosted by Mr. Warren on YouTube) demonstrates the feature quite clearly, turning a simple 2D illustration into a convincing cartoon fish. The final release will apparently include some method for users to share 3D objects to an online community.

Microsoft confirmed today that it is holding an event on October 26 to announce new Surface hardware. We heard rumors of this event a while back. The Verge expects that the new version of Paint will launch at that event, alongside various touch-enabled devices targeted at artists and other content authors.

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    • DreadCthulhu
    • 3 years ago

    I think Microsoft would have been better off just buying Paint.net, and shipping that as the new Paint.

      • sweatshopking
      • 3 years ago

      and then uwp wrapping it?

        • RAGEPRO
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah, this is why I’m glad they DIDN’T buy paint.net.

        Because it would be UWP.

          • sweatshopking
          • 3 years ago

          more uwp hate? come on now. not one thing inherently bad about the platform, yet positives exist.

            • LostCat
            • 3 years ago

            Hey I like UWP, but the Store…is only great when it works right.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 3 years ago

    Wait, have they just made mspaint.exe complicated? *facepalm*

    You know it’s nice that they’re trying new things (no, no it’s not nice at all), but it would have been great if this could have been called Paint3D.

    But no, we can’t have what we’re used to using, that would just be too simple.

    EDIT: If I sound unreasonably negative, it’s because I fear they’ll end up with an unnecessarily fiddly software that’s really designed for touchscreen/pen input.

      • funko
      • 3 years ago

      Fresh Paint is the touch screen version of Paint

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      Some folks complain about free ice cream.

      • dyrdak
      • 3 years ago

      It’s universal app so you get the worst of both worlds. Now bend over and let MS service you.

        • Horshu
        • 3 years ago

        My favorite part of UWPs – when you launch them to do some quick task, and it immediately asks you to provide feedback on the app. I’ve never given one of those more than 2 stars. More modals is not what I would call progress.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Cool!

    MSPaint.exe is a classic that has been long in need of a facelift, and they look to have kept it simple and quick enough to still be rapid.

    People can do amazing things with limited toolboxes if they can master the toolbox. Giving people complex toolboxes just leads to mistakes and confusion.

      • Horshu
      • 3 years ago

      There was the ribbon from a few years back. But that really was just a face lift. I’m glad that they’re adding new features to it. Now, if they’d just collapse StickyNotes, Notepad, and Wordpad into a single app (with simple and complex “modes”), they’d be on to something.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 3 years ago

    They’ll miss out on a huge opportunity if they don’t provide some way to use paint to create new character skins (or even object models) for Minecraft. Building simple objects and painting directly on them is a great way for the average kid to customize something like that and it’d give MS major points with the gaming and Minecraft communities.

    For some reason I doubt they’ll do this, even though they have the ideal situation for it. What other company has ever had the best selling PC game of all time (by a massive margin) that has a gigantic modding\customization community, while also owning the most universally recognized image editing program that everyone with a Windows system has at least played with at some point over the past 20 years… and the means to cross merchandise them through the OS that everyone already has.

      • gerryg
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, hoping they support that segment. My son and I are learning game development (cheaply) and I’m wondering what kind of file formats this new Paint can export to. Looks like they have fully 3D objects in 3D scenes, so looks promising. We’ve been messing around with Blender for 3D modeling and it’s very robust but not terribly easy to learn.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      There are lots of websites that already do this. If you click the custom skins on the minecraft site, it takes you to Google search results listing those sites. I agree MSFT should implement an easy way to make skins in Paint.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 3 years ago

    Meme market crash 2017? Or is this Win10 only and DOA?

      • sweatshopking
      • 3 years ago

      it’s UWP. obviously 10 only.

    • flip-mode
    • 3 years ago

    Dang that looks cool. And she found Nemo.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    If it supports touch they could rename it as… Finger Paint.

      • crabjokeman
      • 3 years ago

      msfpaint.exe ?

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      For the haters it will just be known as Middle Finger Paint.

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