How to Use Microsoft Paint 3D: Creating Stunning 3D Sceneries

Bethany Walsh

Mar 09, 2022

With Windows 10*, Paint 3D is a built-in creative application. By merging 2D and 3D tools to produce professional or entertaining creative projects, it is meant to be accessible yet powerful.

If you don't have any design knowledge, Paint 3D is a great option. Using our built-in 3D library or developing new 3D designs from the start has a simple-to-use interface.

Know What You Want To Do Before You Begin

Using Paint 3D, you may create your 3D objects, place them in a scene, and use the Magic Select tool as either a 2D or 3D editor for your creations. It's been a while since you constructed a diorama in school. In a nutshell, that's Paint 3D.

With the current version of Paint 3D from Microsoft, you're thrown into the deep end without any explanation. The good news is that our efforts have improved our great trip. Let's get started by clicking the vast "New" button.

When you start Paint 3D for the first time, it's not immediately clear what you're seeing. The bottom of your screen has white space on a fragile grid. Is this a place where I can work? What do you mean a window? I don't think so.

It's the Canvas, a 2D digital backdrop for your scenario. To the right, you should recognize a few standard painting tools. Try painting a wavy blue line across the bottom of the canvas by clicking the crayon and then drawing a wavy blue line.

3D Object Creation: Paint3D's Flesh

There are many similarities between the classic Paint software and a simple rudimentary 3D model. Click on an item in the right-hand menu, such as a cone, and then press the left mouse button to create it. You have complete control over the aspect ratio.

When you let go of the button, a box with four circle-shaped handles will envelop the object. The cone may be rotated in space by using three of the grips. Cones will be drawn toward or away from you by the fourth (at the nine-o'clock position).

The Sphere symbol may emerge if you paint it a different color. You can rotate the item to investigate it, but it should return to its original orientation when you're done. There is a help icon in the upper-left corner if you're unsure how to use the application.).

You'll quickly learn that Paint3D's user interface is the most challenging part of the game. Rotating a single 3D object is not difficult. When working with two, you'll need to consider their relationship to one another.

3D Doodle Adds Joy to Paint 3D

One of 3D Paint's most significant flaws is the lack of customization options. You can't even design a simple pyramid or spiral at this stage. You can't twist a cylinder into a snake-like shape.

There are no plans for this at this time, and a Microsoft spokesperson told us when we inquired about it. Inflating 2D doodles into 3D, the 3D Doodle partially compensates.

Try it out by clicking the "soft" 3D Doodle on the right-hand side of the 3D objects page. Make a puffy cloud form by clicking and dragging the primary workspace.

You'll be able to extend, shrink, flatten, or puff out the pillow-like shape once you've finalized the design in Paint 3D.

Using Stickers and Messages to Create Art

The choice is yours: paint your items or the scene before assembling it or the other way around. Tools, stickers, and text are effective means of embellishing your creations.

The process of painting an item in Paint 3D is relatively simple. Choose between matte, gloss, dull or polished metal, and other textures in the Tools sidebar to customize your look.

(The latter two do an excellent job reproducing metallic effects like gold, copper, and others.) The paintbrush and other tools appear like they apply a thin coating of 3D Paint on the item.

Stickers, on the other hand, are surprisingly potent cosmetics. A sticker texture may be used to automatically map to a 3D surface, saving you the time and effort of manually painting in small features such as an eyeball.

There are a lot of eyes, ears, and spectacles stickers under the Smiley Face option under Stickers. You'll immediately understand how it all works if you place the sticker on top of the 3D model and resize it. Press the Stamp icon (at the 3 o'clock position) and adjust the opacity to your preference to apply the texture.

Microsoft's 3D Cheat Sheet

Learning to position, resize, and paint 3D objects in Paint 3D is fundamental to the program's training. However, Microsoft's community site, Remix 3D, has an extensive collection of pre-rendered 3D imagery that you may utilize to populate your environment without having to spend time creating your own.

There is a Remix 3D icon located in the Paint 3D app's upper-right corner (which looks somewhat like the Share icon in Office). A sidebar appears when you click it, allowing you access to remix 3D.

When it comes to bookmarking objects, Remix 3D gives a virtual Board, but the most useful function is the search box, which allows you to type in words like "pine tree" or "treasure chest." There are a plethora of options.

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