Microsoft Paint, the notoriously rudimentary image editing app that comes bundled with Windows, is getting a major upgrade: Layers and transparency, just like Photoshop and other fancy programs. Program manager Dave Grochocki announced the new features in the release notes for a beta version of the software being made available to members of the Windows Insiders program – but regular users will have to wait a while.
You can now add, remove and manage layers on the canvas to create richer and more complex digital artwork. Layers let you stack shapes, text, and other image elements on top of each other. First, click the new Layers button in the toolbar, which will open a panel on the side of the canvas. Here you can add new layers to the canvas. Try changing the order of the layers in this panel to see how the order of the stacked image elements on the canvas changes. You can also show or hide individual layers and duplicate or merge layers.
“Yes,” he said, nodding with his beatific smile. Golden light shone behind him, brushing through his hair and softening the air. “Yes. You can even open a transparent PNG inside.”