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How to download and install new Paint 3D for Windows 10

Paint 3D is the brand new Windows 10 app that everyone is raving out because of how easy Microsoft made it for non-professionals to create 3D objects by drawing or scanning. It is expected to be bundled with Windows 10 Creators Update, the next major release of Windows 10 which should become available in March 2017. Here is how you can get the official preview of the app.

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Paint 3D is going to be a new Universal Windows Platform app and its user interface will be completely different from Classic Paint. It supports 3D objects and pen input. It comes with tools like markers, brushes, various art tools to help users create objects. The app has tools to transform 2D drawings into 3D objects.

If you would like to try out an early preview of the Paint 3D app, Microsoft offers an official way to test it. Here is what you have to do.

  1. Install one of the builds which represent the "Redstone 2" branch of Windows 10. These builds are a preview of the upcoming "Creators Update". The most recent build as of this writing is build 14955.
  2. Sign in with a Microsoft account.
  3. Point your browser here:Download new Paint 3D for Windows 10

Follow instructions on the page you open.paint-3d1

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Unfortunately, there are a few limitations to the Paint 3D Preview version.

First of all, it is officially available only for users in USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. For other users, it is not yet displayed in the Windows Store. To bypass this limitation, you can change your region and location in the Control Panel.

Microsoft states "DirectX 10 or greater" support in your system's GPU for better performance.

The application supports .fbx, .3mf, .stl, and .obj file types. FBX and OBJ are very popular 3D file formats, supported by many software packages. 3MF and STL are 3D printing file formats. Like the classic version, the new Paint 3D also supports most 2D image formats like .png, jpg, jpeg, jpe, jfif, bmp, dib, gif, tif, tiff and ico.

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That's it. Tell us your impressions about the app in the comments.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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