Microsoft’s Paint app, which has been around for over 30 years, is finally getting a much-needed update. The new version of the app, which is currently rolling out to Windows Insiders, adds support for layers and transparency.

You can now add, remove, and manage layers on the canvas to create richer and more complex digital art. With layers, you can stack shapes, text, and other image elements on top of each other.

Dave Grochocki, Principal Product Manager Lead for Windows Inbox Apps, said on Monday.

To get started, click on the new Layers button in the toolbar, which will open a panel on the side of the canvas. This is where you can add new layers to the canvas. Try changing the order of layers in this panel to see how the order of stacked image elements on the canvas changes. You can also show or hide and duplicate individual layers or merge layers together.

Microsoft is also adding support for transparency as well, including the ability to open and save transparent PNGs! When working with a single layer, you will notice a checkerboard pattern on the canvas indicating the portions of the image that are transparent. Erasing any content from the canvas now truly erases the content instead of painting the area white. When working with multiple layers, if you erase content on one layer, you will reveal the content in layers underneath.

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When you combine layers, transparency, and other tools in Paint, you can create exciting new images and artwork!