How to Add Realistic Textures to Paint 3D Creations

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Creating shapes and objects is just the start of the process with Microsoft’s Paint 3D. The fun comes from adding the finishing touches -- lighting, textures, and shapes -- that help to bring your artwork to life.
text-heroTextures offer a prime example. From a simple cylinder, we now create something resembling a tree stump… resembling being the key word.

  1. Open Paint 3D and press New to start a new project.
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  2. Start by placing an object on the board. If you don’t know how to do that, we’ve got a tutorial here. The TL;DR version is this: click the 3D shapes icon in the top menu and select any object from the sidebar. This will suffice for this tutorial, as will adding your own artwork from a previous project.
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  3. Select the Sticker icon from the menubar at the top. It’s the circle icon that looks like one side is being pulled away from the surface.
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  4. In the sidebar, choose the icon to the right of the smiley face under the Stickers heading. This will bring up the texture menu.
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  5. Click any texture, and then click again on your object to place it.
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  6. Grab any corner to resize the texture to fit the object. You can also rotate it or flip it from here if you’d rather position it at a different angle.
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