Introduction to Ms Paint
Ms Paint Introduction
Microsoft Paint is drawing program rarely used by many computer users. There are those that even don’t know if it exists. I always take my students through the Ms Paint introduction even if it is for two or three days.
Paint program can be used to create simple to detailed drawings, but of course it will depend on who is doing it. The best thing is that these drawings can be done either in black and white or in colour.
Ms Paint Window
Apart from creating new drawings, paint can also be used for editing pictures. It can be an important program for hubbers who want to edit pictures to use for illustrating purposes in their hubs. For example, I capture screen shots using the print screen and paste them in paint. Then, from there, I modify them before using them for my hubs. You can check on this hub of a fellow hubber on how to edit photos using Ms paint.
The drawings you make can be printed, e-mailed to your friends, used as a desktop background, copied to another document, and sold for a profit not to mention a host of other uses.
To start the paint program
- Click on start
- All programs
The Ms Paint window features
Note: If you are using windows 7 or other advanced operating systems, you will find a much more improved paint.
At the very top, we have the title bar written untitled – Paint. Once you save your file, the name untitled will be replaced by the name you are going to assign your drawing.
It consists of the following menus
- File menu – For creating a new file, saving, printing, setting as desktop background, etc.
- Edit menu – For undoing, redoing, copying, pasting, etc.
- View menu – For displaying tool box, colour box, status bar, text toolbar, zooming and viewing bitmap.
- Image – This menu is used for flipping, stretching, inverting colours among others.
- Colours – You can use this menu for editing colours.
- Help menu – This provides comprehensive help about the paint program.
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The tool box
The tool box is very useful because it contains the tools you will use in order to come up with your drawing. It contains the following tools:-
- Free-form select and select tool – for selecting a specific object which then you can copy and paste in another location, or you can opt to delete that selection.
- Eraser/colour eraser – this is for erasing your drawing or the colour you have applied.
- Pick colour – this picks a specific colour you want and makes it the active colour, meaning that whatever you do next will have that colour.
- Pencil – you will use it for drawing.
- Airbrush – for spraying your object with colour.
- Line tool – for drawing a line. To make your line straight, hold down the shift key and then drag your mouse holding the left button. Select the thickness of the line below the toolbox.
- Rectangle tool – for making rectangles. You can also draw a square by holding the shift key.
- Ellipse – for drawing an ellipse, you can also draw a perfect circle by holding the shift key before you start dragging your mouse.
- Fill with colour – as the name suggests, you use this tool to fill an object with colour at once.
- Magnifier – this is a zoom tool, you can use to magnify a part of your drawing.
- Brush – use this for painting, just like you would paint your house.
- Text – you will use this for entering text.
- Curve tool – for drawing a curve.
- Polygon tool – for drawing a polygon but still you can draw a lot of other objects.
- Rounded rectangle – this tool helps you to draw a rectangle with rounded corners.
The colour box
The colour box contains the colours that you will use for painting your drawings.
Having known the tools used in paint, it is time to come up with a drawing. Open paint and think of something to draw. It is only by a lot of practicing that you can make yourself perfect.
Setting your drawing as the desktop background
After drawing, make sure you save your work. To set your drawing as the desktop background, click on file set as desktop background. Try both centered and tiled to see which one you like.
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