Sunday, November 5, 2023

How to Use Layers in Microsoft Paint

Microsoft Windows 11 Paint
Have you ever wished for a simple tool that could help you create complex designs? 

Have you ever wanted to experiment with layers without having to navigate the intricacies of professional software like Photoshop? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Check out the new layers feature in  Microsoft Paint for Windows 11.

Microsoft has recently introduced a layers feature in its Paint application for Windows 11.

This feature, typically found in more complex software like Photoshop and Gimp, allows users to stack multiple images, text, and graphics on top of each other, which can then be manipulated individually1.

Here's how to do it.

  • Open Paint on Windows 11.
  • Click the Layers button in the command bar.
Microsoft Paint
fig. 1 - Microsoft Paint Layers

  • Click the Plus (+) button (Ctrl + Shift + N) to create a new layer.
  • Insert an image or create a shape with the tools available in Paint.
  • Drag the layers to change their order and bring a layer forward or backward.
  • Right-click the layer and choose the “Delete layer” option to remove it from the file.
  • Right-click the layer from the right pane and choose the “Duplicate layer” to create another instance of the same element.
  • Right-click the layer and select the “Hide layer” to work on another layer.
  • Right-click the layer and choose the “Merge down” option to combine the layer with the layer immediately below it.
Microsoft Windows 11 Paint Options

fig. 2 - Microsoft Windows 11 Paint Options

  • Each layer can have it's own paint object(s).
  • For example, in this example, each layer has its own object: background, Person and Text.

Microsoft Paint - Each Layer Has Its Own Object

fig. 3 - Microsoft Paint - Each Layer Has Its Own Object
  • Click the Save button.

Microsoft Paint with Layers Example

fig. 4 - Microsoft Paint with Layers Example


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