Paint 3D: make edits from any angle

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In a recent update, Microsoft added a new feature to its Paint 3D app which should make the app a lot easier for editing 3D content. Let's see what has changed.

Windows 10 comes with a new Universal (UWP) app called Paint 3D. Despite the name, the app is not a proper continuation of the classic MS Paint. It is a completely different, modern image editor which allows creating and working with 2D and 3D objects and comes with a number of effects and tools which were not available in the classic app.

Microsoft has included the Paint 3D app in addition to the classic Paint app since Creators Update. It supports pen input too. It has tools like markers, brushes, various art tools to help users create objects. The app has tools to transform 2D drawings into 3D objects.

In recent releases of Windows 10, Paint 3D got integration with Snipping Tool and Microsoft Paint. Both apps now come with a special button on the toolbar which allows opening Paint 3D from them.  The integration between Snipping Tool and Paint 3D is very smooth. The screenshot you've taken with Snipping Tool, will be opened in Paint 3D, so you can edit it directly. Once the image opens in Paint 3D, you can move or delete objects from it with Magic select, annotate it, add 3D objects etc. However, if you have some drawing opened in classic Paint, its Paint 3D button doesn't work as expected. The drawing won't be opened in Paint 3D. The button just opens the Paint 3D app with a blank canvas.

The Paint 3D app comes with a feature called Free View. Free view can be used to navigate inside the canvas and its objects using touch or a mouse, and viewing the 3D objects from different angles as if rotating them in 360 degrees.

Earlier, when you tried to edit an object, the app would automatically switch to the regular 2D view.

The company today announced that the app's 3D View mode will allow you to perform edits as well. The reason behind this change is to allow people using the app to make edits from any angle. This feature was previously known as "Free View editing".

The enhanced 3D View will allow you to make changes to objects on the screen as you pan and rotate them. The active object remains in focus. You can also change objects covered by other items of the scene. The following video demonstrates the new feature in action.

These changes are really impressive. Paint 3D users will definitely like them, but then again, we don't think the average user is into 3D creation or is going to be excited by this change.

You can get the updated app from Microsoft Store:

Paint 3D on Microsoft Store

What about you? Do you use the Paint 3D app? Do you like these changes?

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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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