Microsoft’s latest update to the iconic Paint app for Windows 11 brings a plethora of new features, including layers, transparency, and background removal. But what’s capturing most of the attention is a groundbreaking new feature called Cocreator. This DALL-E powered tool allows users to generate images from textual descriptions, and, via the Windows Insider Program, PhantomOcean3 has had a chance to get hands-on with it, and posted this demo below.

How to Access Cocreator

Cocreator is currently in preview and accessible to Insiders on the Canary and Dev channels. To get started, users need to sign in with their Microsoft account and join a waitlist by clicking the new Cocreator button in the Paint toolbar. Once you’re in the preview, you’ll receive an email notification and 50 credits to start creating images.

Creating Art with Cocreator

Much like Bing Image Creator, Cocreator lets you simply type what you want to create. For instance, if you type “hill, sunset red like fire, beautiful scene,” Cocreator will generate images based on that description. To add a creative flair, you can also select one of eight art styles, ranging from pixel art to oil paintings to photorealistic styles. Each credit allows you to generate a set of three different image variants, giving you options to choose the one that best suits your vision.

The Power of DALL-E

Cocreator leverages the capabilities of DALL-E, a powerful AI model known for its ability to generate diverse and realistic images from textual descriptions. Whether you’re looking to draw a dragon, a unicorn, or a futuristic cityscape, Cocreator can transform your words into a piece of art.

Credits and Limitations

The preview version comes with a credit system, where each credit allows the generation of a new set of three images. While the system is subject to change, it’s an interesting approach to rationing the use of this powerful tool.

Safety and Ethical Considerations

Microsoft has put measures in place to ensure responsible AI practices in Cocreator. The tool comes with content filtering and other safeguards to prevent the generation of harmful, offensive, or inappropriate images. Microsoft is also committed to refining these features based on real-world usage and feedback.

Regional Availability

The preview of Cocreator is currently available to users in English in the United States, France, the UK, Australia, Canada, Italy, and Germany. Microsoft plans to gather user feedback and optimize the service before rolling it out to a broader audience.

Final Thoughts: A New Horizon for Digital Artistry

Cocreator is not just an add-on feature; it’s a revolutionary tool that could change how we approach digital art. By harnessing the power of AI, Microsoft has essentially democratized the art creation process, allowing anyone with a vision to generate art at the click of a button. While the feature is still in its infancy and has some limitations, it offers a tantalizing glimpse into the future of AI-assisted creativity. As Microsoft continues to refine and expand the feature based on user feedback, Cocreator promises to be an indispensable tool for both amateur and professional artists alike.