Microsoft's Cocreator AI Revitalizes Paint

by Voinea Laurentiu

Microsoft’s new AI feature, Cocreator, is making waves by revitalizing Paint. This feature, announced alongside the controversial Recall, has captured attention for its impressive capabilities.

Cocreator allows users to transform a quick sketch into a realistic image by adding text descriptions. This process happens in real-time, though patience is required as the first attempt might not always be perfect. The more detailed the description, the better the outcome.

Paint now includes three options in the top right: Layers, Cocreator, and Image Creator. While Image Creator generates an image based solely on text input, Cocreator combines text and sketches to produce the final image. Additionally, there is a Creativity slider to adjust image quality and a Style drop-down menu with choices like Charcoal, Digital Art, Oil Painting, Watercolor, Pixel Art, Anime, Photorealistic, and Ink Sketch. These tools enhance the creative process, with quick responsiveness and fast image generation.

Although Cocreator might be seen as a simpler version of Microsoft Designer, it is quite effective. However, it does require a Copilot+ PC equipped with an NPU (neural processing unit). This exclusivity means that despite potential capabilities of a laptop’s GPU or CPU, Microsoft restricts this feature to its Copilot+ devices.