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- Microsoft Designer is an AI-powered application that allows users to create graphic products and designs using prompts.
- It appears that Microsoft has quietly removed the AI-powered brush removal tool from the platform.
- The tool helped users remove unwanted parts from AI-generated images.
- Many users took to social media to express their frustrations.
Like Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat), Microsoft Designer initially shipped in limited availability, with users required to register on a waiting list before accessing the platform. However, the AI-infused app was made widely available in April 2023 and is powered by DALL-E 3 technology.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
It comes with many capabilities and features that allow users to generate products and graphic designs, including an AI-powered brush removal tool. It comes with Designer’s Image Creator (formerly Bing Image Creator) and has Microsoft Copilot built into it.
While the Designer app is handy, Microsoft has apparently decided to remove the AI Brush Removal Tool from the platform (via MSPowerUser). A decision that is not very pleasant for users, as echoed by disgruntled Redditors who spotted the change.
Did Microsoft Designer remove the AI removal brush? by r/bing
If you’re not familiar with the tool, it allows users to remove unwanted parts from AI-generated images. According to one of the users who also confirmed the change:
“Yes, they did. And yes, I am very disappointed. I too have often used it to remove unwanted parts from generated images (extra fingers, braces I don’t want, text describing characters floating on their heads, etc.) .)”
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Another user also pointed out that the AI-powered brush removal tool in Microsoft Designer was much better than the one you’ll find in Canva. In the thread, another user speculates that Microsoft might be working on a paid version of the app.
According to my investigation and analysis, the tool is no longer available in Microsoft Designer. It’s not yet clear why Microsoft decided to remove the feature from the platform or if it will return, but it’s obvious that it was a hit among most users if the Reddit thread is anything to go by.
Users can still take advantage of the Remove Background and Blur Background features as close substitutes for the AI-powered brush removal tool. Microsoft and OpenAI have made major investments in AI, and they have made it clear that it is quite expensive to run AI-based chatbots. For example, OpenAI uses up to $700,000 every day to run ChatGPT.
As such, it’s not a stretch to think that Microsoft could have removed the feature from Microsoft Designer as it plans to launch a paid version of the app or even add it to Copilot Pro. It’s also possible that Microsoft is using this measure to get ahead of the AI deepfakes that are increasingly surfacing on the internet.