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Overview

Welcome to the Microsoft Paint Guide- where all of your questions about Microsoft Paint will be answered! I'll be your guide, Grape_Candy, as we explore the often skipped and ignored wonders of MS Paint! Use the links above to conveniently travel throughout this page if you would like.

Paint is a drawing tool you can use to create simple or elaborate drawings. These drawings can either be black-and-white or color, and can be saved onto your computer. You can print your drawing(s), use them for your desktop background, use them as webpage graphics, and much more! You can even use Paint to view and edit scanned photos.

You can also use Paint to work with pictures that are in the JPG, GIF, TIFF, PNG, or BMP format. With a GIF file you can use the GIF Animator to animate your Paint drawings! A tutorial on how to do so will be explained later on.

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Basics

Ah, an excellent choice; the basics. Let's get to know the triggers and levers (metaphorically speaking) of MS Paint.

This is your basic template. Which buttons to click? Which ones not to click? Everything is explained in the next picture.

Every tool has a different function and is explained to your right.

This is how the buttons work in action:

Free Click & Drag:
Click & Drag:
Erase:
Paint Can:
Absorb:
Magnify:
Free Draw:
Paint Brush:
Spray Can:
Text:
Straight Line:
Note: You can create a perfect diagonal line when holding down the shift button.
Curved Line:
Rectangle/Square:
Note: You can create a perfect square when holding down the shift button.
Polygon:
Definition: A three or more sided figure.
Circle:
Note: You can create a perfect circle when holding down the shift button.
Rounded Square:
Note: You can create a perfect rounded square when holding down the shift button.

File:
New-
Start over with a new sheet.
Open...- Open a file.
Save- Save picture.
Save As...- Save a picture as a title you choose.
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From Scanner or Camera- Insert a picture from your scanner or camera.
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Print Preview- Preview your picture before you print.
Page Setup...- Adjust how you want your picture to print.
Print...- Print picture.
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Send...- Send picture through e-mail.
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Set as Background (Tiled)- Set your picture as your desktop background, repeating.
Set as Background (Centered)- Set your picture as your desktop background, centered.
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1.- Open the file before.
2.- Open the file before the first.
3.- Open the file before the second.
4.- Open the file before the third.
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Exit- Exit Microsoft Paint.

Edit:
Undo-
Undo last mark.
Repeat- Repeat the undid mark.
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Cut- Cut out selected area.
Copy- Copy selected area.
Paste- Paste your copied image.
Clear Selection- Delete selection.
Select All- Select whole picture.
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Copy To...- Copy picture to a file.
Paste From...- Paste a picture in.

View:
Tool Box-
Remove or put back tool box.
Color Box- Remove or put back color box.
Status Bar- Remove or put back status bar.
Text Toolbar- Remove or put back text toolbar.
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Zoom- Zoom in.
View Bitmap- Picture is centered on the computer.

Image:
Flip/Rotate...-
Flip/rotate the picture at a multiple of 90 degrees.
Stretch/Skew- Stretch out your picture.
Invert Colors- The colors of your picture change into their opposites.
Attributes- Adjust the length and width of your picture.
Clear Image- Clear entire picture.
Draw Opaque- Makes the current section either opaque or transparent.

Colors:
Edit Colors-
Get a color of your choosing and put it on your color box.

Help:
Help Topics-
Ask a question, and, hopefully, find an answer.
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About Paint- Find out more about MS Paint.

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Drawing

Now that we got all of the technical stuff outta' the way, let's get to the moment we've all been waiting for!
Drawing!

Our goal is to draw a flower. First, let's start out with a main shape. I used the circle button to draw the circle.
Next, lets add the petals. Notice that we're making a 3D look so there's extra lines. I used the curved line button to do the petals.
Now, let's erase the extra lines. Use the eraser to erase the lines.
The flower needs something to stand on! I used the curved line button again to do the stem, and the straight-line button to connect the two lines at the bottom.
Add some grass... and I used the free draw button to do so.
Add a couple of clouds for a nice touch. I used the free draw button again. Practice your clouds. They're more difficult than they look.
Draw some leaves here and there with the curved line option...
Now, we get to the moment we all have been anticipating...
Coloring! Let's start coloring were we started drawing. Use the paint can for easy filling-in.
You can use any colors you wish. But let's make it somewhat realistic. ;D ((Extra Hint: Use the Edit Colors option under Colors to choose colors that best fit your choosing.))
With the edit colors option, choose a darker shade of orange for the petals in the back. Then paint the back petals with that color. They're darker because the front petals are blocking the light from the sun. Therefore, the back ones are darker.
Grass is not just one color. Let's add some dark and light grass.
The sky might look fine, but the real sky is dark at the top, and light at the bottom.
The clouds need a touch-up to make them look more cloud-like and fluffy.
Finally, let's make a signature at the corner so people know that you made it.

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Advanced Drawing

The last lesson was just a simple demonstration of what MS Paint can do in a little amount of time. Now, if you're willing to spend more time on your art, you have come to the right section.

Let's draw a little sketch of our picture. Use any color that stands out from white, so you can actually see what you're drawing. Your lines don't have to be perfect, so just use the free draw option for the entire thing if you would like. random_geyser likes to use his tablet whenever he draws something like this.
Now we want to outline our picture, like so. Use the curved line option, circle option, etc. to make precise lines. Or, if you feel especially daring, use the free draw option again.
Now fill the entire thing with the color you used to sketch so that all those sketch lines will dissapear.
Now fill the black with white, so that all you have is the orange outline.
Just fill in the last little splotches and fix some lines...
Time to color! You can use the coloring tips in the Drawing section above as well as the shading tips below. random_geyser used his tablet again to color and shade and highlight and all that good stuff.

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Shading

As exampled in the last couple of lessons, shading is an important part of drawing. It makes things look more realistic and professional. There are several kinds of shading to do in MS Paint. Some shading depends on what kind of material you're shading on.

Smooth Shading
Smooth Shading is the most simple shade of them all. All you do is choose colors both darker and lighter than your base color.

Let's say you have a ball. It's base color is already filled in, like so:

Now let's choose three darker shades than the main color, and three lighter ones. You can choose more if you wish if you want to create a very smooth shade.
Now, let's use them on the ball as shown below.

Dotted Shading
Dotted Shading is like Smooth Shading, only we add dots to, even more smoothly, shade.

Let's use the ball again.

Now, let's smooth shade.
Here's the dotting part. The purpose of the dots is to even more gradually shade; it adds extra subtlety. Add dots of the next darkest color to the next lightest color. I'm having a little trouble explaining this; the picture below will be a better teacher than my words.

Sketch Shading
This is pretty much exactly like Smooth Shading, except that you use the free draw tool to do the shading.

Again, the ball:

Choose at least three colors to shade and highlight with...
...and use the free draw tool to shade. random_geyser used his tablet.

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Picture Editing

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  • Texture
  • Stretching
  • Cut-outs
  • Opaque-ness
  • Custom Text


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    GIF Animator

    Note: Remember that saving an image as a GIF lowers the quality of the image, and in doing so, changes the colors of the images. Be wary of this fact when making your animations.

    AWESOME TIP: Save your frames as a GIF BEFORE you start drawing (as a blank picture). By saving the image before you draw, the colors will not become distorted as opposed to saving it after you colored.
    Thanks to waterbird333 for the tip! :)

    Yes, you can animate your images on MS Paint- for free!
    First, however, you must have a tool that you can download by:


    1 Asking for permission from your parents.
    2 Go to your preferred search browser.
    3 Type in, "GIF Animator.
    4 Click the link with the website named jhepple.
    5 Click the second blue bar that says, "Download the EXE file only.
    6 Click Run both times.

    With this tool (shown below), you'll be able to animate your MS Paint images. A tutorial is below for your convenience.

    Now that you have your animator handy and ready-to-go, we're ready to start. Our goal is to draw a pencil drawing (sounds a little redundant). Begin by starting with your first image or frame. Make sure you save all of your frames as a GIF file! If you're having trouble saving your files to a format of your choosing, please visit the Saving section.

    Move on to frame two by moving the pencil and drawing the pencil line.

    Same principle as with the previous step. You want to continue this process until your animation will contain all of the frames you will need. This can vary from two to hundreds.

    Now open your GIF Animator. Click the folder to start inserting your frames.
    My owner likes to start with the last frame because when you add frames, as you will see, the new frames go before the one you just inserted. Therefore, it makes more sense to start with your last frame and move up to your first.

    When you add new frames by clicking the button shown below, as stated before, go from your last frame up.

    To delete a frame, press the button shown below.

    When you have all of your frames in, you can adjust the time span of your frames by clicking the Image section of the -blocked- Below, you can see how to adjust how much time your frame will last.

    Once you have your frames adjusted to the speed that you want, go to the section of the Animator that's labeled Animation to adjust how many times you want your animation to play. You can do this by selecting the loop option. From there, you can either make the animation play for only a certain number of times, or you can select the Repeat Forever option.

    To test out your animation, press the play button shown below.

    When you are satisfied with your animation, click the button shown below to save your image with a chosen title.

    A window should open up like the one below so that you can name your finished file.

    And you're done! You're finished product can now be displayed for everyone! I tried to animate my name, but I have horrible hand-writing. ^^;
    NOTE: THE ANIMATION MAY TURN OUT SLOWER THAN PREVIEWED WHEN YOU UPLOAD IT ONTO AN IMAGE HOSTING SITE.

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    Smooth Lines

    Smooth lines?! That's impossible on MS Paint!

    Wrong! It is possible to create smooth lines on MS Paint. And this tutorial will show you how.

    1. First, draw a curved line.

    2. Then, choose a color slightly lighter than the curved line.

    3. Then choose another color slightly lighter than the last.

    4. Now, add a dot of the second darkest color on every corner of the curved line.

    5. Now, add a dot of the lightest color next to the second darkest color.

    6. Then, magnify to normal view, and you'll see that your line is much more smoother than your pixely line at the beginning.
    Pixel: A single dot on a computer screen or in a digital image.

    A comparison between our smooth line, and the pixely line we started out with:

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    Emotions

    These kinds of faces are mostly used for anime, but you can use them however you wish! I use these in comics to bring out more feeling for a comical sense. Here are a few:

    This face is used to show a knockout, or kill.
    On the NeoBoards, such a face is used like this:
    x.x, x-x
    This one is used to show tiredness or is overwhelmed.
    On the NeoBoards, such a face is used like this:
    -_-, -o-, =_=
    These are just eyes. Add eyebrows and a mouth to add emotion!
    This face is used to show dizziness or somewhat of a sickness.
    On the NeoBoards, such a face is used like this:
    @_@, @-@
    This one is used to show blushing.
    On the NeoBoards, such a face is used like this:
    -^^-
    This one is used to express, "Duh," or, "Oh my gosh."
    This face is used to show anger or frustration.
    This face is kinda' like a smiley face for, "Hehe."
    On the Neoboards, such face is used like this:
    ^^;

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    Saving

    Some people have a confusing time saving their pictures, especially if they need to save it as a certain file. This section of the guide will explain how to save pictures.

    Click Save As... to save your picture with a title and file of your choosing.

    Then a screen like this will open:

    Now, go to the place you want to save your picture in. Perhaps you should create your own folder to save your pictures in. To your convenience, create your folder in My Documents.

    Mitchell is my owner's name, but don't tell him I told you! ;)

    Now that you have your own file, double-click it. It should be empty. Create more files to have organization and to know where things are.

    Double-click the file you want to save it in. This should be empty if you just created it. Now, name the file your saving and select the kind of file you want to save it as. This can be done near the bottom where it says, "File name:" and, "Save as type:

    File Types
    (Listed in order of preference)
    PNG
    The perfect file type to save an image as. It won't distort the image in anyway, and can easily be uploaded on to most, if not all, image uploading websites.
    BMP
    If for some reason you cannot save your image as a PNG, BMP is the next way to go. Again, the file type doesn't distort your image, but it may become smaller if uploaded onto an image uploading website if the image is too large.
    GIF
    This file should only be used for the GIF Animator. It distorts the image by changing some colors and pixel-ating the image even more than it already is. :P
    JPG
    Unless absolutely necessary, never use this file. In my owner's view, this is even worse than a GIF because it blurs the image to the point that the quality of the image is laughable.
    TIF
    This file type doesn't distort the image, but is not uploadable/supportable by many image hosting websites. Just use a PNG instead because there is little difference between the two.
    Thanks lil_monkey_real_fun for the info!

    Hit Save, and you just saved a file!

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    Extra Fun

    Here's some extra tips and tricks to do while on MS Paint.

    Create a perfect circle. Then surround it by the click and drag option. Hold down shift, and move the image throughout the page. Make sure it's in transparency mode, though! When you click on the click and drag button, you'll see two images below the tools. Select the bottom one for transparency. Soon enough, you'll have something like this:

    To do something like the picture below, you need to choose a color first. Then make a blob and fill it in with the same, or different color. Cut into it with the free selection option, hold down shift, and drag it around the area. You may or may not want to use the transparency button for this one. By the end, it should look something like this:

    Or we could do something like this with the same principles as the previous two examples. You should use the transparency button if there isn't any white in the image you're copying.

    Now here's a little something I learned while on the NeoBoards with my owner. Right click a color on the color box. Then choose the erase option. Start erasing and you'll have something like this:

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    Examples

    Here are some examples of some MS Paint art.

    By centerskies:

    By my owner, random_geyser:

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    Reviews


    Score: 93%
    First Impression: 19/20 Your site looks pretty darn organized!

    Layout: 19/20 Your banner seems chopped, other than that, I like your layout!

    Neatness: 10/10 Everything looks like it should be there!

    Spelling and Grammar: 5/5 I didn't find any errors.

    Content: 15/15 I loved your guide! It informed me so much!

    Updates: 0/5 You should have at least a few updates....

    Organization: 10/10 Everything looks nice and organized I can find everything pretty quickly.

    Originality/Uniqueness: 10/10 The whole guide was created by you!

    Links: 5/5 All the links I checked were ok.

    Comments/Suggestions: Just get some updates, that all I think.

    Total Score: 93/100 or 93%! Good job!


    Score: 88%
    First Impression, 18/20. I've always been bothered by even the slightest thing such as the side borders' color not matching the background. I understand that the lighter part is supposed to stick out, but the background of that is what bothers me. I don't think it looks very good if it's a different color. I know you probably used MS Paint, but you can probably get closer colors if you tried. Other than that, the banner was well made and the other colors match. Another problem you might want to take a look at is that you have to scroll down a bit for the guide to actually start. Maybe consider putting the navigation in a sidebar?

    Updates, 5/10. What, no updates? I let you keep some points because with a guide like yours, you don't really have to update that much, but I still you think you should.

    Content, 19/20. You explain things very clearly, and your finished products are very nice. Just for extra measure, I got my friend to draw something using your guide and it actually turned out better than she normally draws. There is something I want to bring up though: this guide would only work for Microsoft users. It's not for Mac or any of those other ones.

    Grammar, spelling, 10/10. Good for you! I saw no grammar or spelling errors.

    Quality, 10/10. Like I said before, the finished product always come out great.

    Organization, navigation, 9/10. I like how your navigation all links to the correct place. The only problem is, once I go down, I have to scroll to get back up to the navigation. See if you can add links to go back to the top.

    Layout, 9/10. Everything is in the right place, but that background problem still bothers me...

    Uniqueness, 3/5. I've seen guides like yours before, but yours includes a lot of extra stuff the others don't have. For example, the others don't have a GIF Animator tutorial in their MS Paint tutorial, now do they?

    Other, 5/5. You show that you really can make great art in Microsoft Paint!

    Congrats! You scored a well-earned 88/100. Just work a bit more on your guide and it should be great!


    Score: 86%
    First Glance: 10/10. It seems to be rather well-organized. The first thing I see is a navigation table. That's really nice - most people don't even have navigation! The main picture's really neat as well - if you made that in Microsoft Paint, I'd really want to learn how you do these things! MS Paint is a standard program on all PCs, and most people can't do much more than a badly scribbled drawing on it. I want to learn more...

    Spelling/Grammar: 10/10. I didn't see anything, although I might have gotten a little carried away while reading. I read through everything and was in the process of opening MS Paint before I realized I still had a review to finish! Along with, of course, the Creative Writing project I've been putting off and the other graphic requests that I have to finish...If your guide is good enough to make me forget about all the millions of the things that I have to do just when I'm reading through it for spelling errors, I think that you're doing a good job.

    Neatness: 9/10. Everything's well laid out & you've got yourself a fantastic navigation section...but you're missing something very important! What could that be...? "Back to Top" links! Nobody wants to scroll back & forth, up & down, all the time just in order to see one thing! Be sure to add some "Back to Top?" links in there somewhere - those are as important as the navigation!

    Colors: 10/10. Gray & white is a nice color scheme - it matches everything, and it's simple. For a tutorial, nothing's better than something simple. Great job.

    Music: 10/10. Music on a MS Paint tutorial would make absolutely no sense, so good job keeping the page music-free!

    Age of Site: 10/10. You have a good number of affiliates, visitor hits, and a good amount of content. Good. Most people think that affiliates and hits don't matter, but they do - affiliates are your friends. They are there to help you.

    Quality: 10/10. Wow. I am shocked. I never thought that MS Paint was good for anything other than the random scribbling that I do on my screenies. But after looking at this guide - I'm amazed. I think I'll have to put a little more thought into my screenies....and figure out what I can do with such a good guide at my disposal!

    Updated List: 0/10. Ooooh no. You have a total of zero updates. That's absolutely NOT good at all! Updates tell people what you've changed, what you've added, & what you've taken away from your site. Not only does it help you get better grades on your reviews, but it allows you to keep track of your site. Try adding an updates section. It might help a little.

    Other Problems: Really, the only things that I saw were the missing-in-action update list, and the "Back to Top?" links that probably need to be added. You should check into those ^.^

    Overall Score: 69/80. That's an 86%. Congratulations! That's an awesome score, particularly for your first one from me! Keep working on your site - it's awesome, and you've most likely helped a lot of people. I really like it!


    Score: 97%
    First Impression -10/10- Very organized. A little long but organized. Well done!

    The Layout -15/15 Like I said, well organized. Your page is just a little long but hey, what can you do? You have TONS of helpful paint information.

    Information/Content -24/25- Your tutorials are really detailed and fully explained but you're missing something. I'm not completely sure what it is but I think you're missing the Mitchell touch.

    Neatness -9/10- Your site is very organized and neat. It is just a tad long.

    Spelling/Grammar -15/15- As far as I could see, I didn't find any spelling or grammar issues.

    Updating -9/10- Well done on the updates box but I think it should be UNDER header 1 instead of above it.

    Links -5/5- All of the links I checked seemed to be working fine.

    Overall Impression -10/10- You just have a few little things to tweak but other than that, your site is a GREAT guide to microsoft paint. If I hadn't self taught myself, I would have one hundred percent come to your page.

    the_pokemon_fanatic
    Score: 95%
    First Impression: 20/20 I knew It would help by the start!

    Layout: 19/20 Its preety good :D

    Neatness: 10/10 Check and organized,random_geyzer!

    Spelling and Grammar: 5/5 No errors.-^^-

    Content: 15/15 It Helped me learn so much!Thanks!

    Updates: 1/5 Update more -_-;

    Organization: 10/10 I find everything in a jiff.

    Originality/Uniqueness: 10/10 You made it all by yourself!

    Links: 5/5 The Links worked!

    Comments/Suggestions: Update more. Thats all. :D

    Total Score: 95/100 or 95%! You did awesome!

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