Paint 3D picks up new features and tools to make editing even easier

Microsoft has rolled out some new tools and features to the Paint 3D app that should make it a little easier to use. Included is an improved magic selection tool, as well as new line and curve tools that help to quickly draw and create shapes.

First up is the magic selection tool, which is typically used to crop backgrounds out of pictures. You can then use magic selection to turn a flat picture into a sticker or wrap it onto a 3D object. Starting today, Microsoft says, you can "magic select content directly into a scene" without the need to move the object off canvas first. Overall, it sounds like this just makes the process of transposing selected objects to a new scene quicker.

On top of the magic selection improvements, Microsoft has introduced line and curve tools. The line tool will let you make a 2D line on any projects, with thickness and opacity controls. The curve tool then lets you add up to three inflection points on a line.

Finally, Paint 3D now supports the new open standard for 3D file sharing, called glTF, from the Khronos Group, which makes 3D asset transfers quicker and more efficient. A glTF asset is stored within a .glb file which can easily be shared across other programs as a universal format.

This allows for faster and more efficient transfer of 3D assets by outputting only one container for all assets, minimizing the file size and the ability to use the files across other programs as a universal format.

When it was introduced as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, the whole goal of the Paint 3D app was to help make 3D content creation easy and accessible. These additional updates make that process a little easier and should be fun to toy around with, if nothing else. If you want to check out all of what's new, you should be able to grab the updated Paint 3D now.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • But its still PC only, isnt it? Sad. Would love to see this coming to Windows 10 Mobile.
  • How would it work on mobile though? There is no precise input methods to make it a viable 3D editor in my opinion.
  • It probably will in some way
  • Hello
  • Just had my 8 & 10 years old kids just finished the MS Youthspark Camp using Paint 3D and they had an amazing time. They were doing things that a few years ago would have required a course in post educational institution. To think this would have been thousands of dollars for the programs and numerous instructional hours. This has opened doors for my children to explore their creativity. Thank you to all the hard work by the people behind it!
  • I am still waiting for the option to connect to the remix community!
  • Still having a hard time getting used to it. I prefer Paint.
  • What ever happened to that nifty phone camera/scanner app to walk around an object and then bring it into Paint 3D as a 3D object? They demoed that eons ago it seems. I would probably use Paint 3D a lot more it that app was available.
  • I hope it will be in the fall creators update
  • The options aren't showing up on mine. the paint 3d app hasn't updated recently either. what's wrong?
  • The magic tool is a great addition!
    I am able to save a lot of time on removing the background on product images. With a little work, this tool is better than that of Adobe CS2's :D