Microsoft has announced an eraser powered by generative artificial intelligence for photos, giving you an easy way to remove unwanted elements from your photos. Windows Photos has long had a Spot Fix tool that can remove parts of an image for you, but the company says Generative erase is an improved version of the feature. Apparently, this newer tool can produce “smoother and more realistic” results, even when large objects such as passers-by or background clutter are removed from the image.

If you recall, both Google and Samsung have their own versions of AI wipe tools on their mobile devices. Previously, Google was exclusively available for the newer Pixel phones until it was rolled out to older models. Microsoft’s version, however, gives you access to an AI-based photo eraser on your desktop or laptop. You just need to launch the image editor in Photos to start using the feature. Just select the Delete option and then use the brush to create a mask over the elements you want to remove. You can even adjust the size of the brush to make it easier to select thinner or thicker objects, and you can also choose to select more than one item before erasing them all.

However, access to Generative erase is currently quite limited. It’s not yet widely released, and you can only use it if you’re a Windows Insider via the Photos app on Windows 10 and Windows 11 for Arm64 devices.

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