Microsoft Paint to finally add layers, actual transparency

Microsoft Paint

Microsoft announced that Microsoft Paint (MSPaint) would finally be adding features like layers and actual transparency to the program.

For decades, MSPaint has lagged behind higher end software in these basic functions. While MSPaint worked fine for most users, our increasingly meme-savvy world requires our image editors to allow for more creativity.

Now, instead of deleting to white and hoping that you can “transparent selection” your way to a decent image, you can actually erase to transparency and see the familiar checkerboard pattern representing the void.

Right now, the update is available to a limited few users in the “Canary and Dev channels”, but hopefully these changes will be coming live to a majority of users soon.

You can read the full blog post from Microsoft concerning the MSPaint patch here.

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