Microsoft Paint overview

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What is Paint?

Paint is a drawing tool used to create drawings. These drawings are saved as bitmap files. You can also use Paint to work with pictures, such as .jpg, .gif, or .bmp files.The drawing's extension is (bmp).

NOTE :

To use Paint Program, click Start | All Programs | Accessories.

GENERAL :

Common tasks

NOTE :

The Text in brackets stands for the Text you will read when you move your mouse over the button.

To draw a straight line


In the toolbox, click ( Line ).

NOTE :

You can draw a perfectly horizontal, vertical, or 45-degree diagonal line by holding down SHIFT while dragging.

To draw a freeform line


In the toolbox, click ( Pencil ).

To draw a curved line

  1. In the toolbox, click ( Curve ).
  2. Draw a straight line by dragging the pointer.
  3. Click where you want one arc of the curve to be, and then drag the pointer to adjust the curve.

NOTE :

Repeat this step for a second arc. You can only create two curves for each line.

To draw an ellipse or circle

  1. In the toolbox, click ( Ellipse ).
  2. Below the toolbox, click a style.

NOTE :

You can draw a circle by holding down SHIFT while you drag the pointer.

To change the border thickness

To draw a rectangle or square

  1. In the toolbox, click ( Rectangle or Rounded Rectangle ).
  2. Below the toolbox, click a style.
  3. Drag the pointer to draw a rectangle.

NOTE :

To draw a square, hold down SHIFT while dragging the pointer.

To draw a polygon

  1. In the toolbox, click ( Polygon ).
  2. Below the toolbox, click a style.
  3. Drag the pointer to draw a straight line.
  4. Click once at each position where you want a new line segment to appear. Double-click when done.

NOTE :

To use only 45-degree and 90-degree angles, hold down the SHIFT key while dragging the pointer.

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To type and format text

  1. In the toolbox, click ( A ).
  2. To create a text frame, drag the pointer to the size you want.
  3. On the text toolbar, click the font, size, and style you want for the text. If the text toolbar is not displayed, on the View menu, click Text Toolbar.
  4. Type your text. You can also paste text into a text box, but not graphics.

NOTE :

You can only enter text into an image when you are in normal view. To display the normal view, on the View menu, point to Zoom, and then click Normal size.

To erase a small area


In the toolbox, click ( Eraser ).

Below the toolbox, click an eraser size.

NOTE :

To change the eraser color, right-click a color in the color box

To erase a large area

  1. In the toolbox, click ( Select ) or click ( Free-Form Select ).
  2. Select the area you want to erase.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Clear Selection.

To erase


On the Image menu, click Clear Image.

NOTE :

The current background color will be used to fill the cleared area.

To stretch or skew an item


In the toolbox, click ( Select ) or click ( Free-Form ).

  1. Drag a box around the item you want to change.
  2. On the Image menu, click Stretch/Skew.
  3. Under Stretch, type the percent to stretch your picture horizontally or vertically.
  4. OR, under Skew, type the number of degrees to skew your picture horizontally or vertically.

To change the size of your picture

  1. On the Image menu, click Attributes.
  2. Under Units, click ( Inches, Cm or Pixels ).
  3. Type the measurements in Width and Height.

NOTE :

You can also resize your picture by dragging the image resize handles.

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To paint with a brush

  1. In the toolbox, click ( Brush ).
  2. Below the toolbox, click a brush shape.
  3. To paint, drag the pointer over the image.

To create an airbrush effect

  1. In the toolbox, click ( Airbrush ).
  2. Below the toolbox, click a spray size.
  3. To spray, drag the mouse pointer over the image.

To fill an area with color


In the toolbox, click ( Fill With Color ).

To fill with the foreground color, click the area; to fill with the background color, right-click the area.

NOTE :

If the shape you want to fill has any breaks in its border, the fill color spreads to the rest of the drawing area. To find and close any openings, click the View menu, pointing to Zoom, and then click Large Size or Custom.

To use black and white instead of color

  1. On the Image menu, click Attributes.
  2. Under Colors, click Black and white.

To change the color of a line

  1. In the toolbox, click Fill With Color.
  2. In the color box, click a different color.
  3. Click the line you want to change.

To flip or rotate a picture or object

  1. In the toolbox, click ( Select ) click ( Free-Form Select ).
  2. Draw a box around the item you want to flip or rotate.
  3. On the Image menu, click Flip/Rotate.
  4. Click one of the options under Flip or rotate.

To display gridlines

  1. On the View menu, point to Zoom, and then click Custom.
  2. Under Zoom to, click a percentage of zoom greater than 200 percent, and then click OK.
  3. On the View menu, point to Zoom, and then click Show Grid.

NOTE :

You can remove the gridlines by repeating step 3 and clearing the Show Grid check mark, or by clicking View, pointing to Zoom, and then clicking Normal Size.

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