On Windows 11, the Microsoft Paint app now includes support for layers, and in this guide, you will learn how to use the feature.
Starting with version 11.2308.18.0, you can add, remove, and manage layers on the canvas of an image file. Layers refer to the ability to stack multiple images, text, and graphics on top of each other, which you can then manipulate individually.
Usually, you would only see layers of more complex software, such as Photoshop and Gimp, but Microsoft has been improving its Paint app to make it more useful. In a previous update, the company even added the ability to remove background images with one click.
This guide will teach you the steps to use layers on the Microsoft Paint app for Windows 11.
How to use layers on Microsoft Paint
To use layers for images on Paint, use these steps:
Open Paint on Windows 11.
Click the Layers button in the command bar.
Click the Plus (+) button (Ctrl + Shift + N) to create a new layer.
Insert an image or create a shape with the tools available in Paint.
Quick note: When you insert new elements in the canvas, they will apply to the new layer.
(Optional) Right-click the layer and choose the “Delete layer” option to remove it from the file.
Drag the layers to change their order and bring a layer forward or backward.
Right-click the layer from the right pane and choose the “Duplicate layer” to create another instance of the same element.
Right-click the layer and select the “Hide layer” to work on another layer.
Right-click the layer and choose the “Merge down” option to combine the layer with the layer immediately below it.
Click the Save button.
Once you complete the steps, the layers will be saved into a single image.
Paint version 11.2308.18.0 also introduces support to open and save transparent “.png,” which means you can import images with transparent backgrounds into layers and save a transparent image with a white background. You will notice that an image has a transparent background because of the checkerboard pattern on the canvas.