The Latest Update to Windows Photos App introduces a significant enhancement to its editing capabilities with the addition of the “Generative Erase” feature. This advanced tool builds upon the app’s existing “Spot fix” functionality, utilizing AI to allow users to effortlessly remove unwanted elements from their photos, such as background objects or any visual distractions. The “Generative Erase” feature is designed to produce more seamless and realistic outcomes, especially noticeable when removing larger areas from a photo, ensuring the edited parts blend naturally with the rest of the image.

Before  using generative erase to remove unwanted objects from the photo. (Image Source: Microsoft)

After using generative erase to remove unwanted objects from the photo. (Image Source: Microsoft)

This Update, which also includes other AI edit features like “Blur background,” “Remove and replace background,” along with “Generative Erase,” is now rolling out to Windows Insiders across all channels, including those on Arm64 devices and Windows 10 in the Release Preview Channel.

This development signifies Microsoft’s continued investment in AI to enhance user experience in photo editing, making sophisticated editing tasks more accessible to everyday users without the need for professional editing skills.

How Can We Use It?

To use the new “Generative Erase” feature in the Windows Photos app, ensure your app is updated to version 2024.11020.21001.0 or higher. This feature enhances the existing “Spot fix” tool with AI capabilities, allowing you to remove unwanted elements from your photos more seamlessly and realistically, even in larger areas.

Select the areas you want removed and watch unwanted objects disappear (GIF Source: Microsoft)

Automatic Erase:

  • Hit the Windows + E keys to open File Explorer.
  • Locate the photo you’d like to open in its select folder, right-click on it, and select Open with > Photos.
  • On the top menu, click on the Edit Image option.
  • Next, select Erase and the Generative Erase option will open to the right of the image.
  • Auto Erase is enabled automatically once you start using the tool, so all you have to do is select and adjust the brush size to your desired precision.
  • Using the slider, adjust the brush size until you get your desired operating size. For precision, opt for a smaller size and zoom in to get a cleaner job.
  • Brush over the object to erase the unwanted elements in your photo and release your mouse for automatic erase.
  • Generative Erase works by removing the brushed-over section with a similar background that blends into the picture.
  • Generative Erase goes beyond the previous Spot fix tool by creating a seamless and realistic result, even when erasing large areas. For finer control or removing multiple objects simultaneously, you can disable Auto Apply and add or remove masks.

Add masks to remove multiple objects at once (GIF Source: Microsoft)