Microsoft announced in a blog post
last week that it will be opening the public preview of Microsoft Designer to all, adding new features and removing its waitlist.
Microsoft Designer is a Generative AI-powered app that allows users to create images from text. Users can input prompts to create graphics for any number of uses, such as social media posts, digital postcards, or illustrations. Designer can create images from scratch or improve existing ones.
A new integration in Edge means that users can create content straight from their web browser. For example, users can resize their social media posts
directly online using the Designer icon in the Edge sidebar.
In addition to suggesting design elements such as fonts to best enhance the image, users can also improve the text that accompanies their images. The tool “now offers suggestions you can choose from to assist in crafting the perfect captions and witty hashtags that align with your design.”
Other updates include the addition of animated backgrounds, text with transitions, and the ability to resize graphics more easily. Users can change the size of the canvas they are working on and all the elements will be resized accordingly.
Another planned update for Microsoft Designer will allow users to add a background to an existing image or expand an existing background. Users will also be able to remove people or objects from backgrounds or completely replace a background with a new one.
During the preview, users will have full usage rights
of the content they create, allowing them to use their graphics for commercial purposes.
First released in public preview in October, Microsoft Designer
currently does not have a full release date. Microsoft has said that there will be a free version and a premium version for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers, but without providing details on which features will be considered premium.