Microsoft announces Paint 3D, a massive update to the classic image editing suite

Microsoft announced Paint 3D during the company's Creators Update event. The new release of the much-loved software suite offers an array of new features and functionality. It's now possible to take photos on the phone, import into Paint and transform items into fully rendered 3D objects. The company demonstrated this ability by taking photos of a sandcastle, which was then edited in 3D using Paint.

These objects can then be edited, cropped, rotated and more. The new 3D functionality ties into for 3D objects available online. There's even the option to doodle with a supported pen into 3D directly. Those of you who enjoy using emoji, you'll be able to create and paint your own. Lastly, objects edited in Paint 3D can be shared on social media, including Facebook.

The new version of Paint 3D will make its way into the Creators Update. Remain tuned to Windows Central for more on Microsoft and 3D.

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  • Very happy to see old Windows applications get revamps. Hopefully WordPad gets a new paint job, too.
  • Can't wait to do even crappier jobs in paint now that I have another dimension to worry about.
  • I hope that they give Sketchup something to be afraid of. Bringing something alike Sketchup made by Microsoft will be a new addition to 3Dapps. :D
  • Math is hard - Barbie!
  • Export into a 3D printer would be great.  Capture a 3D image of a sandcastle that your kid (or yourself) builds on vacation, tweak it in paint as needed (maybe emboss date/location on bottom?), then print them out a copy as a keepsake!
  • All nice, but how about supporting equirectangular spherical images?
  • How about their Fresh Paint, all its features included?
  • I just think that calling it "Paint 3D" instead of just "Paint" will make it sounds like an additional program, and not as a replacement of the old one.
  • Within a few years, people will have forgotten what Paint used to be, like back in the XP era. My kids'll probably never believe that Paint used to be a fun little doodling software...
  • Wonder if we can export 3D objects to 3D max and Autocad. Can scan real furniture and use for rendering, it would be a game changer! So looking forward to this
  • Exactly!  I would love to be able to use some "home-made" models in Inventor!
  • Yeahc:D