We have previously discussed Microsoft's plans to redesign MS Paint on Windows 11. It will be the first significant overhaul of the application for years as Microsoft readjusts its native Windows app for the Flow design language. In the latest information about the Paint redesign is it comes with a dark mode.
Of course, Windows 11 has a dark mode, so it makes sense for apps to fit into that platform-wide aesthetic. As he has been doing in recent weeks, Microsoft Windows and product chief Panos Panay teased the new MS Paint app on his Twitter account.
In the video, we can see the new dark mode and how the design tweaks Microsoft has made results in a smoother Paint app… at least in terms of looks.
As I have written before, I am happy Microsoft is not messing around too much with the look and feel of Paint. This is not an ill-fated complete remaining of the experience like Paint 3D was. Instead, Microsoft is making subtle tweaks so Paint looks more at home on Windows 11.
Here's another @Windows 11 first look. This is the beautifully redesigned Paint app, coming soon to Windows Insiders. Can't wait to see your creations! #Windows11 #WindowsInsiders pic.twitter.com/jiKyfqQFUV
— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) August 18, 2021
MS Paint has a simpler design with less emphasis on the now aging Ribbon concept. The header is instead based on Microsoft's Fluent Design. Users still get the familiar “File,” “Edit,” and other options. The header is also where you will find the icons for common Paint tasks.
Panay's teaser does not show layer options for the new Paint. It is unclear whether layers have been remove, which would be a mistake, or just this video does not show how to access them. That is at least one more reason to keep a close eye on this new MS Paint in the lead up to Windows 11's launch.
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