Microsoft tests new layout drawing tool, adding one-click background removal AI function
Microsoft is testing a new background removal tool in Paint. The feature, now rolling out to Windows Insider members in the Canary and Dev channels (build 11.2306.30.0), removes the background of an image with just one click.
To use the tool, testers simply open an image and click the background removal button on the left side of the drawing toolbar. From there, the paint tool will automatically detect the subject of the image and cut out the background. Microsoft also notes that users can also manually select portions of the background to remove.
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The effect after removing the background
This improvement will make the drawing tools more useful. While I typically use Paint tools for quick image editing, such as cropping, resizing, and annotating, when it comes to removing backgrounds, I often have to use third-party apps, which can be quite inconvenient. For example, Canva makes background removal a paid feature, while Adobe Express requires users to create an account to use it. The process of background removal would be greatly accelerated if background removal functionality could be accessed directly within the drawing tool.
In addition to the new background removal tool, Microsoft is reportedly testing a text-to-image generator in its Paint tool. This move may further enhance the capabilities of the Paint tool, making it a versatile image editing tool.