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Microsoft Photos update for Windows 10 brings editing, drawing and interface improvements

Microsoft released an update for the built-in Photos app for Windows 10 yesterday that brings editing, drawing, and interface improvements.

The Photos app for Windows 10 is a basic photo viewer and editor. Like many other apps that come with Windows, it’s sufficient for basic tasks but isn’t feature-rich or super-fast when it comes to opening and displaying photos.

Third party image viewers: FastStone Image Viewer, Honeyview, Fast Image Viewer or XnView – best suited for image browsing.

The Photos app also launched yesterday for Microsoft’s Xbox One.

Microsoft Photos for Windows 10

windows pictures

You’ll get a short “What’s New in Photos” message the next time you open the Photos app in Windows 10 after it’s been updated.

This post highlights the three new features in Photos, namely new theme options, photo drawing, and better editing options.

dark and light theme

dark mode photos

The new version of Photos includes options to switch between a dark and light theme.

If you’ve used Photos before, you know that it uses a light theme by default. You can change that to dark by opening Settings and enabling the option there.

You may also notice that the interface has changed in another way. The navigation bar is now displayed horizontally instead of to the side.

New editing filters

photo app filters

If you like to edit your images using Photos, you may also notice an improved design of the editing interface.

Common operations, such as cropping, are now focused on the editing window, while others have been moved to the enhancement or adjustment areas.

Microsoft added a bunch of new filters to the Photos app that you can apply with a single click or tap.

He drew

photo app drawing

Drawing has been the focus of Windows 10, and the Photos app’s drawing capabilities add to that.

You can draw with your mouse, a stylus, or tap to draw on images. The feature supports three different pen types, an eraser, and the usual sharing options with services like Facebook.

You can create animations by drawing on photos.

An interesting drawing option is the ability to draw on videos, and not just on images.

You can also draw on videos, and the ink will play in the right places when others see it. Use the pen to mark the peewee league soccer video like the pros. Or give stage direction for the school play. Or just add funny comments, thought bubbles, and mustaches to brighten up a goofy video.

closing words

If you use Photos as a basic image viewer, you may not benefit much from the new capabilities introduced by the update.

While you might like the retooled interface or the dark theme option, there’s little else that’s changed that improves image display.

New editing and drawing options are added to the app, although some of the options may be better suited to the new Paint 3D app in my opinion, as you now get some overlay features.

Now you: Which image viewer do you predominantly use?

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