Gallery: Microsoft Paint Preview Build 0.820.13407.0

Posted on October 9, 2016 by Rafael Rivera in Windows 10 with 33 Comments


Paint, the indispensable drawing tool, has been with Microsoft Windows since the beginning. Windows 1.0, for example, shipped with a licensed copy of ZSoft Corporation’s PC Paintbrush app that supported the drawing of smiley faces with a wide color gamut of, err, grays. It got replaced with a new colorful Paintbrush app in 3.0 and has steadily been tweaked ever since.

But as Brad wrote about yesterday, Paint is about to get its biggest update in decades — rumored to be revealed and released at Microsoft’s Windows 10 event on October 26.

We got our hands on an early preview build of Paint (0.820.13407.0) and will have a full write-up for you… as soon as we’re done doodling around with it. Here’s some screen-shots in the mean time.

Paint - WelcomePaint - NewPaint - Drop Target Paint - Selection ToolsPaint - Resize ToolsPaint - Paint Tools Paint - Text Tools Paint - 2D ShapesPaint - 3D ShapesPaint - Community Paint - Print Dialog  Paint - Menu   Paint - About Dialog

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    rbwatson0 Alpha Member #1592 - 3 months ago

     I hope they update the UWP print dialog along with these types of apps. Paint and Photos could benefit from a more robust set of print options, that handles stuff like printing borderless photos, scaling to fit, etc. much better.

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    lightbody Alpha Member #2190 - 3 months ago

    Good to see this.

    For years I've used Paint.Net - which was originally a project within Microsoft to do a modern version of Paint.  It fulfills my needs.

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    Billzeal Alpha Member #191 - 3 months ago

    Looks really good.Have to give MS credit for doing this when I would think they were not expected to do so.

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    harmjr Alpha Member #1431 - 3 months ago

    I hope it they dont slow the application down like they did calculator.  

    I hope they make this apart of the ink space offerings for quick access.

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      Rafael Rivera Alpha Member #3 - 3 months ago
      In reply to harmjr:

      That's a huge concern for me too, but I will say -- this app is the fastest UWP app I've ever used (aside from caclulator). Let's hope it stays that way.

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    madthinus Alpha Member #94 - 3 months ago

    Can we then combine the photo editing capabilities with paint and have one image creator / editor?

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    Wolfbyte Alpha Member #2466 - 3 months ago

    There is only one thing I would ask for Microsoft to include...


    Please!  This looks so awesome.  The only dealbreaker (I understand its free) is if it has layers or not.  The same problem applied with the "Fresh Paint" App.

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    TeeJaySD Alpha Member #1605 - 3 months ago

    I'm not sure why they don't just partner with and put it in the store and call it a day?  That app kills Photoshop for 99% of most users every day needs.  

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    Narg Alpha Member #420 - 3 months ago

    I personally believe mixing 2D and 3D within the same program will end up with a lackluster offering.  There are enough differences, that the combination of the two will not give either an advantage.  3D modeling is complex enough it needs focus.  2D painting benefits from 3D structures, but not in the same way a modelling program does.  I feel it's just odd and unproductive to combine the two schools in this way.  There should be two seperate apps for these very different needs.

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      Demileto Alpha Member #2054 - 3 months ago
      In reply to Narg:
      To be fair Paint in its current incarnation is already a lackluster offering for anyone but the beginner user, if you so much need intermediary user use cases like layers you require 3rd party software like Paint.Net or GIMP. And that's by design: anything more sophisticated and the app would be a product in the company's portfolio, not something bundled for free with the OS. Think of the new Paint as a showcase to the potential of UWP and pen/touch input in Windows to the creatives, not as a flagship feature to Windows.
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      chrisrut Alpha Member #193 - 3 months ago
      In reply to Demileto:
      I agree.
      Good analysis. In another post, Paul mentioned this 3-D capable Paint in the same paragraph as "Microsoft has spoken about its plans to integrate the Windows Holographic shell into mainstream Windows 10 versions." That seems to telegraph the context.
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    glenn8878 Alpha Member #2387 - 3 months ago

    Ho hum. Updating is fine. I wish they will take an extra step to blow it out of the water, but unlikely. These apps are largely free and thus, have low expectations. They don't even bother with a paid Pro version. I would love to see that. 

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    skborders Alpha Member #1309 - 3 months ago

    I am looking forward to this. I use paint pretty regularly as I do not have the expertise to us a Photo Shop type program. Yet I still need to make some diagrams or other drawings for PowerPoint presentations.

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      hrlngrv Alpha Member #100 - 3 months ago

      In reply to skborders:

      You don't have/use Visio for diagrams? Or the drawing tools in Office?

      I use Paint fairly often but mostly for cropping and annotating existing images.

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    bbold Alpha Member #669 - 3 months ago

    Woah. I like. :D