Paint 3D is a modeling application that was introduced along with Windows 10 Creators Update. The program has the same functionality as Microsoft Paint but now offers support for 3D shapes. You will find 3D stock images such as people, animals, text, geometric shapes, and doodles in the app. It also allows you to insert other 2D and 3D images from your device and from your OneDrive account to the app. 3D Objects can be rotated and resized to fit your preferred dimensions. You can view your finished work from different angles as the canvas or workspace can also be rotated.
Tools and capabilities
Paint 3D is part of the Windows 10 line of applications that support three-dimensional objects. It was launched alongside View 3D, Windows Mixed Reality, Holograms, and 3D Builder. The program is a middle ground between MS Paint and 3D Builder as it is capable of editing 2D and 3D animation in one file. You can also work on several projects or files simultaneously as the app supports multi-windowing. In addition to opening multiple projects at once, 2D editing supports jumplists or allows you to view documents pinned to your taskbar.
Microsoft is aiming to give every Windows 10 user the ability to create 3D designs on their computer or tablet. This is why Paint 3D comes with a chock-full of tools. The basic navigation tools are: Brushes, 2D Shapes, 3D Shapes, Stickers, Text, Effects, Canvas, Magic Select, History Slider, 3D View Mode, and Mixed Reality. 3D Library by Remix 3D is also one of the tools but note that it is available in select markets. Out of the 11 tools, you will be using the brush tool the most.
It actually offers effects that mimic brushes and pens that can be applied on both the app’s canvas and 3D designs. Brush and pen effects are important in laying the foundation and color of your work so Microsoft has provided a large selection of sizes and textures to choose from. You will also be spending a lot of time canvassing and picking the 2D and 3D shapes. Both can be molded, resized, and refined to meet your desired appearance. This means you can use your mouse or stylus to curve or sharpen any lines.
Windows Mixed Reality is both a tool in Paint 3D and a platform in Windows 10. It provides a holographic and semi-realistic experience. From the Paint 3D application, click on the Mixed Reality tool. This will send your work to the Mixed Reality Viewer and allow you to see the design in augmented reality. You can then snap a photo or record a video of the 3D object interacting with physical objects.
Feature-rich Windows application
Paint 3D is a great addition to the line of applications for Windows 10. The program’s layout is easy to understand and well laid out, allowing you to explore the different tools you can use to create any 2D or 3D model. Overall, it is a great app to use if you want to start creating your own animations and designs.