Microsoft is testing a DALL-E-powered text-to-image creator in Microsoft Paint for Windows 11, the company announced in a blog post. Called Paint Cocreator, the tool creates art based on a description the user types.
Alternatively, users can select an art style and Cocreator will generate three variations. After choosing the one they like, customers can edit the artwork, for example by adding layers, a feature that is also new to Paint.
However, it remains to be seen how well OpenAI’s latest DALL-E imaging model converts text to image: previous generations of DALL-E have struggled to correctly interpret text input. Aside from that, DALL-E has been prone to racial and gender bias. In its blog post, Microsoft says it has taken steps to prevent the creation of “harmful, offensive, or inappropriate” images, but did not offer many details.
Paint Cocreator should be available to all Windows 11 users in a few weeks, but for now, Microsoft is slowly rolling out the feature to Windows Insiders. Users must join a waitlist to gain access to the preview. They will then receive 50 credits, each of which will allow them to create a new set of images. This credit system could change after the preview period ends and it seems that users may have to pay in the future.
Paint Cocreator is currently available in preview for English users in the US, UK, France, Australia, Canada, Italy, and Germany.
Cocreator is one of many new AI-powered creative updates that Microsoft recently added to Windows 11. A new feature in the Microsoft Photos app for Windows 11, for example, blurs backgrounds and highlights the subject or area the customer prefers. . Users can also adjust the intensity of the blur.
Other new AI-powered tools include the Windows Copilot sidebar, which is an AI assistant that lets you adjust PC settings, launch apps, ask questions, and more.