Whether you’re an artist, student or mobile professional, Surface Dial optimizes your digital workflow by bringing your most-used shortcuts and tools to your screen with simple presses and turns of the Dial. You can also use Dial to do things like play music or skip tracks in Groove Music, scroll through web pages in Microsoft Edge, scroll through documents in Microsoft Word off-screen, and so much more.
Today, we’re going to show you a couple ways you can get started using your Surface Dial with the Paint 3D app in Windows 10.* If you have the new Surface Pro or the Surface Studio, you can use the Dial with Paint 3D directly on your screen.**
Make sure you have the Surface Dial connected via Bluetooth to your device. You should be able to press and hold the dial to see a context menu pop-up. Open the Paint 3D app to get started and make sure you are in the Paint 3D app when you are using the Surface Dial to access the features below. The dial will have haptic feedback as you use different features in Paint 3D.
Change the color easily using the color wheel
It’s super simple to change brush colors. On the Surface Studio, press down on the Surface Dial to select the color palette and the color wheel will pop-up. Turn the Dial and the dot will move to show you what color you have selected. Press down to select the color.
On a Surface Pro device, press down on the Surface Dial to select the color palette. Turn the dial and the color selection in your tool bar will move to the right and left. Press down to select the color.
Be playful as you adjust colors & brushes
There’s no need to stop painting just to change the color or brush thickness. Create seamless tapered strokes by turning the Surface Dial to adjust color, brush thickness, and opacity while drawing.
Click on the art tools button, and select a brush. To change colors dynamically, press down on the dial and select color palette. Use your pen to draw and turn the dial simultaneously to instantly change from one color to the next. To change the thickness, press down on the dial and choose thickness on the context menu. Press down to select. Turn the dial to the left to taper the line smaller and to the right to make the line thicker.
Rotate objects while painting
The Surface Dial makes it easy to rotate as you paint. Using your digital pen, use the 3D tools to draw a 3D object or pull a model from the Remix 3D community. Click on the art tools button and choose a brush and color. Start painting on your 3D model and keep your pen stationary while turning the dial to rotate the object underneath.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with easy access to the undo button on the Surface Dial. Press and hold for the context menu, and scroll to the last button, undo. Press down on the dial to select and turn the dial to roll-back any changes you’ve made.
Stamping and stickers
Click on the Stickers Tool and select a pre-made sticker, or upload your own. Choose where to position the sticker 3D model and simply press down on the Dial to stamp the sticker onto the 3D object. It’s super fun and easy.
*Surface Dial is compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled, Windows 10-enabled PC, laptop, and tablet running on Windows 10 Anniversary Update. ** Surface Dial is on-screen compatible with Surface Studio and Surface Pro only.
Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app. Amidst today’s commentary around MS Paint we wanted to take this opportunity to set the record straight, clear up some confusion and share some good news:
MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free.
Paint 3D – the new app for creativity, also available for free with the Windows 10 Creators Update, will continue to get new feature updates. In addition to the new 3D capabilities, many of the MS Paint features people know and love like photo editing, line and curve tools, and 2D creation are in Paint 3D.
So, thanks for all the MS Paint love, keep the feedback coming via the Paint 3D app, and keep creating!
The Paint 3D app is a 3D creation app on Windows 10 that makes it easy to create anything in 3D, whether you draw from scratch or pull from our online 3D community, Remix 3D. Since the release of Paint 3D as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update earlier this year, we’ve been listening to feedback from our fans to improve the experience and bring you the features you want. Today, we’re excited to announce updates based on that feedback to further empower the creator in everyone.
First, we’ve made editing and personalizing your creations even easier with improvements to the popular magic select tool, which instantly lets you crop the background of any picture to turn into a sticker or wrap onto a 3D object.
Second, we’re bringing one of the most popular features from MS Paint to Paint 3D, the ability to draw and create shapes with the straight line and curve tools to Paint 3D. No need for impossibly steady hands!
Let’s take a closer look at these new features:
Updates to magic select
Magic select is an amazingly powerful tool that lets you instantly crop out the background of any picture.
One of the most common uses is to “lift” a person or object out of one image for use in another scene – think a family picture, or the family pet – to personalize your 3D creations.
You can even turn the flat picture into a sticker or wrap it onto a 3D object. As of today, you can now magic select content directly into a scene, even after the scene has been partially composed so there is no need to move the object off canvas first.
Line and Curve Tools
Starting today, we have simplified the process of drawing and creating shapes with the straight line and curve tool – by bringing a key feature from MS Paint to Paint 3D. This will help you create perfect lines and curves with a few simple clicks. We added the straight line and curved line tools alongside other 2D shapes in the ‘Stickers’ menu.
The Line tool gives you the ability to control the thickness and opacity and the Curve tool has one, two, and three inflection point controls that allow for the creation of lots of interesting objects. When you use these tools across 3D shapes, the line and curve tools act just like other stickers, which means that they can be seamlessly applied to both the canvas and 3D objects.
Paint 3D also now supports a new industry-wide open standard for 3D file sharing called GLB, a part of gLTF (GL Transmission Format). This allows for faster and more efficient transfer of 3D assets by outputting only one container for all assets, minimizing the file size and the ability to use the files across other programs as a universal format.
Whether you’re an artist or just want to try out these new features for the first time, Paint 3D makes it easy to unlock your creativity and bring your ideas to life. To check out these new features for yourself, you can get started by opening the Paint 3D app. If you’re new to Paint 3D, check out this blog post on tips for getting started with Paint 3D!
Lastly, we want to hear from you! We’ve got more updates coming but hearing our feedback is what inspires us to deliver the best experience possible. Use our feedback hub in settings in Paint 3D to share your thoughts!
The Windows 10 Creators Update will begin to roll out to customers around the world on April 11, and will bring exciting new features and security enhancements to the devices already running Windows 10. Over the last several months, we’ve worked closely with our device partners to ensure customers will enjoy great Windows 10 Creators Update experiences on the devices they’re using today. They’re excited, and so are we! These OEMs are building innovative new devices designed to light up the new creativity and gaming experiences enabled by the Creators update.
You can read about the exciting new features in the Windows 10 Creators Update including the all new Paint 3D app and Remix3D.com community, gaming innovations, Windows Mixed Reality, Windows Defender Security Center and more in Yusuf Mehdi’s blog post. All these features combined with additional security capabilities and privacy tools, really come to life on the amazing devices our partners have created. This includes Dell Canvas, ASUS Zenbook Flip, HP Spectre x360, and many others partners will make available in coming months.
The Dell Canvas, for example, is a smart workspace technology that channels the innovative possibilities of Windows 10 Creators Update. This vestal 27-inch QHD smart workspace lets content creators and designers create, communicate and express ideas naturally with touch, digital pen, and totems or dials. The Dell Canvas allows you to turn drawings into part of the digital workflow with Windows Ink or by marking up web pages in Microsoft Edge.
3D for Everyone in Windows 10
With Paint 3D, you can easily change color and texture or turn 2D images into 3D works of art. Remix3D.com offers pre-made 3D art in a growing online library and provides a space where you can capture, create and share in 3D. 3D in Windows 10 really shines in the powerful HP Spectre x360. This slim device is light, fully-convertible, and boasts 14-hour battery life. It includes Windows Hello and HP Fast Charge to power the device up to 90 percent in just 90 minutes.
Another great device harnessing the power of 3D for Everyone is the ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360UA, an ultra-thin (less than ½ inch thin and 2.64 lbs.) 2-in-1, featuring a beautiful aluminum shell and premium feel. It is fully-convertible with a FHD or QHD+ display, 12-hour battery, and optional Windows Hello fingerprint reader.
ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360UA
The Lenovo Miix 720 2-in-1 detachable is best paired with the Lenovo Active Pen 2 that works with Windows Ink, an integrated infrared camera that unlocks Windows Hello facial recognition, an ultra-crisp 12-inch QHD+ display for superior screen resolution, and a precision touchpad-enabled keyboard that makes for an awesome input experience really brings 3D for Everyone to life.
Lenovo Miix 720 2-in-1 detachable
Game Mode and Beam offer more for Windows 10 PC gamers
Windows 10 Game Mode aims to offer the best and most consistent gaming experience on your Windows 10 PC by dedicating more system resources to your PC games. Microsoft’s newly acquired, ‘sub-second latency’ streaming solution, Beam, also invites Creators on Windows 10 PCs to stream gameplay and interact with the community in near real-time using Beam’s ultra low-latency – no extra hardware or software required.
ASUS ROG Strix GL502
The ASUS ROG Strix GL502 and the Dell Alienware 15 R3 provide great options for PC gamers to try Beam and Game Mode in the Windows 10 Creators Update. They both feature the VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series and have 15.6-inch Full HD display graphics offering amazing visuals.
Dell Alienware 15 R3
Windows Ink is a lot more fun and productive in the Creators Update. You’ll now be able to do things like draw or write directly on maps, photos and videos using the built-in Maps and Photos apps. Create 3D objects from scratch with Paint 3D. Even write or draw directly on a Microsoft Edge web page and mark up digital documents in Microsoft Word.
Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba, all offer unique Windows Ink experiences on their new devices. The Acer Spin 7 convertible has a 13-inch all-aluminum unibody that houses a 14-inch FHD IPS Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen display with a narrow bezel, perfect for drawing with Windows Ink or marking up web pages in Microsoft Edge. The HP EliteBook x360 has a powerful thin and light design has up to 16 hours and 30 minutes of battery life, is optimized for Windows Ink and offers a full-size Wacom pen and digitizer. The Lenovo Yoga Book 2-in-1 includes a Wacom dual-use stylus that writes on paper and screen, and real ink tips so one can write on pieces of paper that cover the multi-use keyboard panel. Everything from doodles and drawings to notes is then instantly digitized and saved on Microsoft OneNote. The Toshiba Portege X20W includes TruPen using Wacom Feel technology, which can detect 2,048 levels of pressure, perfect for taking notes, drawing on web pages in Microsoft Edge and using Windows Ink.
OEMs and ODMs will help us bring the Windows 10 Creators Update to consumers and businesses around the world, and we are thrilled by our partners’ ongoing commitment to Windows. We’ll continue to showcase their work on innovative devices that light up Windows 10 experiences. We look forward to seeing even more new devices soon.
Creativity has led the inspiration of our world’s greatest inventors, architects, educators, entrepreneurs, developers, and students, delivering advancements that move our world forward. Today, people value creativity more than ever, placing us on the cusp of a new wave of exploration, advancement, and impact.
We designed Windows 10 to empower the creator in all of us. To us, that means that everyone has the power to dream big, whether that involves starting a company, developing a lesson plan, inventing a product, developing or broadcasting games, or imagining a whole new world in Minecraft or mixed reality. And we want Windows to be the place you love to create and play, with the tools to help you make your mark on the world.
Windows 10 Creators Update coming April 11
Today, I’m excited to share our latest update to Windows 10, the Creators Update, will begin to roll out on April 11. The Creators Update is designed to spark and unleash creativity, bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling every gamer to be a broadcaster. Beyond creativity, it brings new features to Microsoft Edge, additional security capabilities and privacy tools, and so much more.
Whether you’re already a Windows 10 customer or looking for a new Windows 10 device from Surface or our partners, here are just a few of the new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update.
3D for Everyone and enabling mixed reality
With the new Paint 3D app in the Creators Update, it’s simple to create 3D objects from scratch, easily changing colors, stamping textures, or turning a 2D picture into a 3D work of art.
The 3D industry is estimated to grow by over 62% by 2020, and we want to empower everyone to experience, create and share in 3D with the Creators Update.
Most of us have been limited to a two-dimensional canvas with existing tools, yet we live in a multi-dimensional world. With 3D, we can communicate ideas and express ourselves better, and learn faster because it’s much more representative of the world we live in. The 3D industry is estimated to grow by over 62% by 2020, and we want to empower everyone to experience, create and share in 3D with the Creators Update.
Windows has long been home to creation, with the original Paint seeing over 100 million monthly users as one of the most popular creation tools. With the new Paint 3D app in the Creators Update, it’s simple to create 3D objects from scratch, easily changing colors, stamping textures, or turning a 2D picture into a 3D work of art. Remix3D.com offers pre-made 3D art in a growing online library for your use or you can share your own creation with this creative community.
From 3D to mixed reality, the Windows 10 Creators Update enables immersive experiences that blur the lines between the physical and virtual worlds. Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will ship the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality-enabled headsets with the Creators Update, starting at just $299 USD later this year. These headsets will contain built-in sensors to enable inside-out, six-degrees of freedom, allowing for easy setup and free movement without the need for external markers or sensors in the wall. These devices will light up with new, immersive Windows Mixed Reality apps and experiences, which developers are creating on the recently available Windows Mixed Reality dev kits.
Watch, participate, chat and interact in real-time with Beam
Built-in game broadcasting on Windows 10. Now you can effortlessly stream your gameplay using the Game Bar—just hit Windows + G, click Broadcast, and start streaming on Beam—all without the need for additional log-ins.
We’re committed to making Xbox the best place to create and play games across Windows 10 and Xbox One. As part of that, we are unifying players across Xbox console and PC with Xbox Live and through programs like Xbox Play Anywhere, which enables you to buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
With the Creators Update, we are delivering more ways to play, interact, share and enjoy across Windows 10 and Xbox One. With Beam, we’re inviting Creators on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One to stream gameplay and interact with community in real-time using Beam’s ultra low-latency – no extra hardware or software required. With Beam, you don’t just watch your favorite game streams, you can chat, interact and participate with streamers and community in entirely new ways.
With Windows 10 Game Mode our goal is to offer the best and most consistent gaming experience on your Windows 10 PC by dedicating more system resources to your PC games. Once you’ve enabled Game Mode, you can apply it to any game. Learn more about the corresponding Xbox One update and new features here.
Microsoft Edge is faster and safer with better browsing and entertainment
Set your tabs aside for easy access; Microsoft Edge is the default reader for books in Windows Store.
Because so much time is spent online, we’ve designed Microsoft Edge to be the best browser for Windows 10. People are choosing Microsoft Edge because it is safer and faster than Chrome, with better battery life. With all the dangerous security threats online today, Microsoft Edge blocks 9% more phishing sites and 13% more malware than Chrome* – helping protect your identity and information; speed matters on the Web and according to Google’s own benchmarks, Microsoft Edge is faster than Chrome**. Finally, Microsoft Edge makes your battery last longer so you can stream up to 1.5 hours of video longer than Chrome***.
But that’s not all. With the Creators Update, we’ve added new features like advanced tab management to help you find, organize and open tabs you’ve set aside without leaving the page you’re on. You can now discover and get your favorite e-books in Windows Store and read them in Microsoft Edge across all of your Windows 10 devices. And, it is the only browser that can play Netflix movies and TV shows in 4K Ultra HD resolution ****.
From sleeping better to easily managing your children’s screen time
Sometimes it’s the little things that delight the most. And with the Windows 10 Creators Update, there are many delightful updates and features based on your feedback.
By reducing the blue light emitted by your screen, the night light feature helps you sleep better. With night light, when you’re working late your brain is more ready to power down for a good night’s sleep. Smartphone users love this feature and now, it’s coming to Windows 10 with the Creators Update.
The mini view feature lets you keep an ever-present small window on top of what you’re doing. This means you can do things like binge-watch your favorite show, carry on a Skype conversation or control your music, regardless of what else you’re working on.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, parents familiar with screen time limits for Windows 10 will now find a similar set of controls for Xbox One. With screen time limits parents can manage how much time their children play games across the console and PC, giving you an extra hand, say, when your younger family member has played enough Forza Horizon 3 for the day. With screen time limits, parents can set a daily time allowance for each child and your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC will automatically sign them out when time is up. For Windows 10, you can even get a report telling you what your child played each week. To set up screen time limits, head over to account.microsoft.com/family, sign in with your parent account, and select “Screen time” for your child’s account.
Windows Hello can use any paired iPhone, Android or Windows Phone to detect when you step away from your PC or tablet, automatically locking it behind you for an extra measure of security and privacy. This remote lock feature works with smartphones, fitness bands or any device that’s paired to your PC or tablet.
Additional security and privacy protection
The new Windows Defender Security Center dashboard coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update gives you visibility of your device security, health, and online safety.
Customers like MARS, Adventist Health Systems, and the Australian Department of Human Services are choosing Windows 10 because it is the most secure enterprise platform. Businesses and people at home need advanced protection because security experts are seeing increased efforts to make common malware and ransomware more prevalent and difficult to track and defend against, putting everyone at greater risk. With Windows 10, we’ve built the most robust security protection into Windows to protect you from these threats whether you are visiting a website, sending an email or storing files in the cloud.
With the Creators Update, we offer a new service to help you monitor your security, the Windows Defender Security Center. It offers a single dashboard display so you can control your security options from one place – everything from anti-virus, network and firewall protection; to assessing your device performance and health; to security controls for your apps and browser; to family safety options. And there’s more: The Device Health Advisor gives you information on the vital signs of your device, and new settings give you more control over app installation. For our business customers, the Creators Update will continue to bring new tools and capabilities that help simplify IT – making it easier to better deploy, manage and support Windows 10 devices – and to help stomp security threats.
Your privacy deeply matters to us and to you, and the Creators Update makes it easier than ever to manage your privacy with Windows 10 and other Microsoft services with a new set up experience that lets you choose the settings that are right for you. A new Microsoft privacy dashboard lets you see and manage your activity data across multiple Microsoft services.
The Creators Update will start to roll out via Windows Update on April 11. We will be rolling it out in a measured way to ensure the best possible customer experience.
Surface Book and Surface Studio coming to more markets
Surface Studio turns your desk into a creative studio. It is a new class of device that transforms from a desktop PC into a powerful digital canvas, unlocking a more natural and immersive way to create.
Since we introduced Surface Studio, Surface Dial, and Surface Book with Performance Base last fall, we’ve heard amazing feedback on how these devices are transforming the way people bring ideas to life. Surface Studio has captured people’s imagination with a completely new way to create at your desk. And Surface Book with Performance Base has delivered an unprecedented combination of performance, battery life, and portability. We’ve heard from engineers, developers, Silicon Valley startups, designers, and photographers about how Surface devices not only help them get more done but to interact with their work in new ways. To help meet the demand for Surface devices as part of the modern office setting we are investing in partnerships with companies like Steelcase to help businesses unlock the full creative potential of their employees. With Surface and Windows 10 we are helping people realize their full creative potential and we are excited to bring that experience to more people around the world today.
Surface Book with Performance base is available for pre-order today in Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and will be available for purchase on April 20th. And, Surface Studio and Surface Dial are available for pre-order today in Australia, Canada and New Zealand and will be available for purchase starting April 20th.
Windows 10 Creators Update for Surface Hub
Last but definitely not least, Surface Hub customers worldwide will receive the Windows 10 Creators Update for Surface Hub. The update delivers some of the top requested features to make Surface Hub an even more powerful collaboration device. The updates include an improved new start screen that allows you to sign on with your credentials and access your Office 365 apps and OneDrive materials as well as new manageability tools to simplify large-scale deployments. Apps like Skype for Business are being improved to help you connect better and the Whiteboard app will now easily enable real-time collaboration between Surface Hubs. Expect a more detailed update on the great Surface Hub improvements coming in Creators Update before April 11th.
Stay tuned right here on the Windows Blog for more information soon about how to get the Windows 10 Creators Update. We are so excited to deliver the Creators Update to you and for more of you around the world to experience the amazing Surface devices that bring creativity to life.
*Based on NSS Labs report. **More information on benchmark here. ***Windows data found here. ****Exclusive DRM privilege to allow 4K stream for Microsoft Edge and Netflix app on Windows 10 on compatible Windows PCs.
Flying pigs, bunnies with wild eyes and ninja cats. In 3D. Since the launch of Paint3D, people have been creating and remixing crazy 3D creations. Today we’re highlighting some of our favorite weird and wonderful designs. If you are eligible to join the Remix3D Preview community, you can download and remix any of these models (and more!) to kick start your own creations.
Could it “bee” any easier?
When we set our remixers loose on our various creations, everything from cats and dogs to sharks and starfish, we saw a number of unique hybrids come to life – including this multi-legged bee, complete with matching yellow feet. And his happy facial expression shows how easily you can give personality to any kind of object you want.
Fly the friendly skies
With just a few simple pieces and the drawing tool, our remixers can take to the skies, literally and figuratively. This easy-to-create little plane promises a safe and enjoyable trip, and is customized with drawn-on windows. The happy clouds and sun provide the right backdrop, with just a sky-blue square and stickers.
Ice cream astronaut
An ice cream cone large enough to ice skate on. This cold creation combines two of our favorite frozen things – skating and sweets. It also shows how easy it is to change perceptions using 3D. The artist resized the image of the skater and the ice cream to create a new vision of reality. The future looks delicious.
Manipulate shape and color in a whole new dimension with the easy and simplicity of the Paint we know and love. You can even change a 2D image into a 3D object. Start by creating objects, which you can rotate and see from every side, then add a splash of color with the new and improved brushes, such as transparent watercolor or oil brushes so real that you can see the paint smudging.
Manipulate shape and color in a whole new dimension
Find your inspiration withRemix3D.com Community
Paint 3D allows you to easily pull from 3D art in Remix3D.com’s growing catalog for you to customize, edit, and share. Remix3D.com is your online home for 3D content and community. Connect with other creators, showcase your own creations and get inspired.
Pull 3D art from Remix3D.com, like this patch of patch
Add fantastic new textures or materials such as sparkling gold, stained hardwood, or soft grass to your creations and watch them pop! Make any object come to life.
Add realistic textures to any object to make them come to life
Unique MEME Creator
Personalize shapes with 3D stickers or even wrap your own photos around objects. Stickers automatically wrap around 3D objects and contour to fit. Have fun applying pictures of friends to 3D figurines and emojis.
Add stickers that automatically contour to fit 3D objects
Bring your ideas to life with 3D Doodle
Doodle like never before. In the new Paint, your doodles will jump into 3D. You can even take your drawings for a spin and view them from every side. Let your imagination break free.
Use 3D Doodle to draw puffy clouds
Paint can do a lot more than it used to. These are just five of our favorite features, but with a little digging you’ll discover tons more. Jump in and explore.