Microsoft releases updated photo editing experience for Windows 11

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  • There are some new filters available in the Filters tab.
  • In the Adjustments tab, controls are displayed by default. The clarity control is removed, as is the red eye removal and spot fix features.
  • Now you can use markup to draw on images, just like you can with shapes.

If you often share or view photos through the Windows 11 Photos app, then it is worth noting that the application just got better upgrades

According to XDA Developers, new features in the latest public beta version include improved image editing tools.

What to expect

An update released this month, version 2021.21120.8011.0, will bring these improvements:

You’ll discover a new cropping tool and new options for the Image tab in your Page Layout workspace, including aspect ratio options and image mark-up tools.

Many of the improvements are visible to users and have moved directly under the Edit button on an image instead of in a sidebar, as in Windows 10.

New changes 

The Crop tool now opens under an image rather than on top of it. A new option, Flip Horizontal, allows you to flip an image as well as adjust its aspect ratio.

The adjustments panel has moved to the right side of the app. It sits next to the new filter menu, which is outlined in a darker shade.

Finally, there is a new markup function, which doesn’t open in a separate mode as before. Microsoft has been on a roll lately, with recent updates to their app store. In the Windows Insider Program, Beta Channel users got a newly updated Notepad app.

Are you excited to see the new changes in the photo editing app? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.