[Video & Pics] Hands on with the New MS Paint – New and Removed Features



Hi, Folks! Nazmus here, and today we go hands on with the new MS Paint for Windows 10 Redstone 2. This new paint has a ton of new features, but, unfortunately, it also has some key features from the previous versions of paint removed! But we are getting ahead of ourselves

Please watch the video demo of the new paint. It’s the best way you will get a feel for how the app behaves

One of the best things I noticed about this app is that it is very performant. It opens instantly and is very responsive. I was worried whether this would the be case. While I use Photoshop, I still like Paint’s lightweight behavior and snappy performance. Thankfully, this is preserved with the new version. Every tool functions with no lag. In fact, it even feels snappier than the current version of Paint!


Now, there are some important features removed in the new version of MS Paint. Some are crucial to how Paint functions. My only hope that these features make a return quickly. The removed features include the lack of having two colors in use, with one applied with left click while other with right-click. The ability to set a color as transparent in a selection is also missing. Also unavailable is the longstanding feature of cloning selected objects and creating a trail effect of a selected object. Drawing in a straight line using the pencil tool is also removed.


My favorite picture that’s returned with the version of Paint is the Pixel Pencil, a tool that is crucial to the pixel arts made with paint as well as the ability to use the Fill Bucket tool without any jagged edges.

Let me know what you think of the new Paint!

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    Patrick3D Alpha Member #994 - 2 weeks ago

    Looks like it will make existing workflows take longer for the sake of a minimalist toolbar with tons of wasted white-space. All I use Paint for is to paste screenshots, draw arrows and boxes around things then select-all/copy to paste into an email or Word document. Sigh.

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      NazmusLabs - 1 week ago
      In reply to Patrick3D:

      I can see what you mean by wasted space.

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    Edward_Grego - 2 weeks ago

    Maybe I'm just not familiar, but who cares about Paint?  I've used it maybe 5 times in the last 15 years, with all the other drawing platforms MS is coming out with, I don't understand why MS is waisting time with this drawing app. 

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      mattbg Alpha Member #293 - 1 week ago
      In reply to Edward_Grego:

      Glad you said it. I can't believe this many people actually use Paint ever, let alone look forward to the latest upgrade :)

      Sort of like Notepad. Does anyone who really wants Notepad to be better really still use Notepad rather than one of the many excellent alternatives?

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      NazmusLabs - 1 week ago
      In reply to mattbg:

      Paint is like notepad. It loads fast and is faster than opening photoshop or other big drawing apps to crop images, draw arrows, or even make a transparment PNG non transparent.

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      hrlngrv Alpha Member #1159 - 1 week ago

      In reply to Edward_Grego:

      Those who don't use it won't care. Those who do use it may care. MSFT is in part playing to different audiences. Some serous Paint users may not give a rat's ass about Xbox gaming or WordPad improvements.

      In my case, I use paint to crop and annorate screen prints for use in documentation. This new Paint would make that more difficult mostly because I'd need to learn a new UI. Fortumately the Windows XP version of very old Paint still runs on all newer Windows versions (as well as under wine under Linux), and as long as that holds, I can maintain my productivity the 10 minutes a month (on average) I use Paint.

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    lordbaal1 - 2 weeks ago

    This is mainly meant for pen. But other features that are missing will be coming. It's only in alpha now.

    I hate it when people complain about pre release software that is still in beat or alpha.

    And second. Performant isn't a word.

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      hrlngrv Alpha Member #1159 - 1 week ago

      In reply to lordbaal1:

      Picky: dictionary.com shows performant as a noun, though it's not an adjective. Is it fair to expect grammar from a computer artist?

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    FalseAgent - 2 weeks ago

    Very informative video and post, thanks! The app does look like it's very performant. I definitely see myself the new caligraphy tool.

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    J_Numan - 2 weeks ago

    Really enjoyed your video and your recent insider build one.
    Keep up the good work.

    As for MS paint, I us it a lot, but have been using more drawing tooling with onenote recently.
    Looks like the new paint still has a lot to be added.
    Do we expect it to appear in an insoder build soon?

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      NazmusLabs - 1 week ago
      In reply to J_Numan:

      Glad you like it. I try to do insider build tours as soon as they come out (sometimes, I am a couple days late). For builds that have substantially new features, I'll post them in the forums. For builds that have only few features, you can find them on my YouTube channe. :) Thanks for watchign. :)

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    NazmusLabs - 2 weeks ago

    Sorry for the random link in several places. The image was supposed to pop up. It didn't. I don't seem to have a way to even edit the post so I can attempt to fix it. This forum needs improvements in this area