Microsoft Designer just added this feature it should have had on launch day

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Microsoft Designer can now make landscape images like this coloring book example of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. (Image credit: Future | Microsoft Designer)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Designer now supports creating landscape and portrait images.
  • Previously, the AI image generator could only create square images with a 1024 x 1024 resolution.
  • Now, users can have the tool create images in portrait (1024 x 1792), landscape (1792 x 1024) or square (1024 x 1024) orientations.

Creators now have another option for generating images through OpenAI's DALL-E language model. Microsoft Designer, which uses DALL-E for image generation, now supports creating portrait and landscape images. Until a recent update, the tool could only generate square images. The previous limitation was quite restrictive, as portrait and landscape images are commonplace on social media and other formats.

"Excited to announce Microsoft Designer now supports landscape and portrait images, in addition to square," said Derek Johnson, Director of Product for Microsoft Designer on X (formerly Twitter).

"This is incredibly useful when you need to create an image for everything from a presentation to a Reel, or even a wallpaper for your desktop or phone."

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Microsoft Designer is a handy tool for making social media posts and other graphics. In addition to being able to generate images with AI, Microsoft Designer is a web-based design tool. It has a variety of templates to use as starting points or you can create graphics from scratch. When you make an image with Microsoft Designer's AI generator, you can either save that image or import it into a new project by clicking "edit."

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You can now choose between three orientations when generating an image with Microsoft Designer. (Image credit: Future)

I use Microsoft Designer often to create posts for the American football teams I run. I also have had quite a bit of fun making stickers with Microsoft Designer's new sticker creator.

You can use Microsoft Designer for free, but you'll run into a limit on how much you can use the tool in a single day. Free users get 15 boosts per day at no cost. Upgrading to Microsoft Copilot Pro for $20 per month gets you 100 boosts per day plus a range of AI features in Office.

Copilot Pro | $20 at Microsoft Store

Copilot Pro | $20 at Microsoft Store

Copilot Pro builds off the free version and has better performance and priority access during peak times, as well as more image creator boosts that let you create more AI generated images in a single day. Copilot Pro also enables AI features in Office apps.

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