Practical Paint 3D, the new Windows 10 art app from Microsoft, has been updated with several new and improved tools. Here’s how to use them
The latest tools in Paint 3D
Microsoft is dropping its Paint program from future versions of Windows, although you can still get it by downloading it from the Windows Store. The reason given by the software giant is that it wants to focus on the newer Paint 3D. This app lets you create, load and manipulate 3D models, as well as paint and draw in 2D, just as you can in Paint. Paint 3D has been updated to include Magic Select, and new Line and Curve tools, so make sure you have the latest version of the software installed. Type store in the Windows 10 search box and press Enter. In the app that opens, click your account profile picture next to the search box, then ‘ Downloads and updates’ and ‘Get updates’.
One of Paint 3D’s more impressive features is Magic Select. This intelligently draws around items in a photo so you can copy and paste them elsewhere – transporting your kids from the back garden to the Taj Mahal, for example. Drag a photo to Paint 3D 1 and click the ‘Magic select’ button. 2
Magic Select needs to know what you want to cut out from your photo. To point it in the right direction, focus in on the object, then click and drag the handles 1 until the box closely surrounds the target area. When that’s done, click Next 2 and Magic Select will go to work.
If the objects you’ve selected stand out from the background, the tool should automatically select them for you. However, it may miss part of an object, such as the shoes in this example; 1 or include part of the background or another object that you don’t want.
To add anything that’s missing from the selection, click the Add button 1 and draw a line inside the area you want to include (don’t try to draw around the missing part). To get rid of unwanted selections, do the same with the Remove button. 2 You may need to make multiple changes. Click Done. 3
You can resize the selected object using the handles at the corners and sides, 1 and manipulate it in 3D with the buttons around the outside of the box. 2 You can also create a sticker from the object 3 and cut, copy, paste, delete 4 or flip it. 5 The app will try to intelligently fill in any missing background.
The scene you’ve created can be manipulated in 3D. Click the ‘View in 3D’ button 1 in the zoom box. Zoom in and out with the slider, 2 and click and drag with the left mouse button to change the 3D view. Click and drag with the right mouse button to move the scene around.
The new Line and Curve tools are found under the Stickers tab. 1 Select this and click the Shapes tab 2 in the sidebar on the right. You’ll see the Line and Curve options at the top, 3 with a selection of Shapes 4 below. Click a line style to draw something on your canvas.
Manipulate the shape of the line by clicking and dragging the various points. 1 Use the handles in the surrounding box 2 to resize the line. The sliders and boxes in the sidebar let you change its colour, thickness and opacity. 3 To add the line to your canvas, click the stamp button. 4