Microsoft Paint, that trusty old software we’ve had for nearly four decades, has just received a cool new upgrade. Imagine being able to remove backgrounds from images with a single click – well, Microsoft is testing this feature right now.
Here’s how it works: If you’re part of the Windows Insiders program in the Canary and Dev Channels and have version 11.2306.30.0, you’re in luck. You can now use Paint’s new background removal tool. Simply open an image in Paint and click the background removal button on the left side of the toolbar. Paint will do its magic, automatically detecting the main subject and removing the background. If you want more control, you can also manually select the part of the background you’d like to remove.
This upgrade is a game-changer for Paint users. While many of us turn to Paint for quick image edits like resizing, cropping, and annotating, removing backgrounds usually requires third-party apps. Some of these can be a bit inconvenient, with features hidden behind paywalls or requiring account setups.
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Take Canva, for example. It locks background removal behind a paywall, making it less accessible. Adobe Express isn’t any better, as you need an account to use it. With this new background remover in Paint, things will be much faster and more user-friendly.
But Microsoft isn’t stopping there. They’re also reportedly testing a text-to-image generator within Paint. It’s a sign that they’re serious about keeping Paint a valuable tool for users.
This background removal tool comes after Apple and Samsung introduced similar features on their mobile platforms. Apple did it in iOS 16 last year, and Samsung included its Image Clipper tool with the Galaxy S23 series in February.
We’re thrilled to see Microsoft adding this feature to Windows and Paint. Let’s hope that Chrome OS follows suit soon, as a native background removal tool would be a welcome addition to the world of computing.