Microsoft has recently launched a redesigned version of its classic Paint app as part of the Windows 11 update. This new iteration of the beloved application replaces Paint 3D with a refreshed look and new user interface features.
The updated Paint app now sports a minimalist design, featuring new icons based on simple geometric forms and modern metaphors that are easily comprehensible. Microsoft has also introduced new fonts to the collection, including Segoe Fluent Icons, which aligns with Windows 11’s geometric aesthetics. The new design language emphasizes progressively rounded corners, nested elements, and consistent gutters, reflecting the shape, size, and position of UI elements.
However, the redesign has not been without its criticisms. Users have reported that the new menu system is more cumbersome than its predecessor, requiring more clicks to access different options. The menu closes after each click, adding to the inconvenience. Additionally, some users have experienced a slight delay when launching the program, causing a jarring effect.
Microsoft’s principal program manager, Dave Grochocki, has assured users that future updates will address these issues and introduce new features such as a dark theme, a centered canvas, and updated dialogs.
The redesign also includes a significant reduction in text within the ribbon. The expanded view now contains just seven words compared to the previous 20-word ribbon from Windows 10. This change has made navigation and tool discovery more challenging for users. Tooltips also offer less detail than before, with tools like “Resize and skew the picture or selection” now simply labeled as “Resize.” Brush sizes are now labeled, eliminating the need for users to guess the size based on a small icon.
Despite these criticisms, the new design has been praised for its improved aesthetics. However, the changes have led to a decline in usability, indicating that Microsoft may need to strike a better balance between form and function in future updates.