[Introduction]
[Tools]
[Draw Opaque]
[Pixel Stretch]
[Making Geometric Shapes]
[Adding Lines]
[Flip and Rotate]
[Inverting Colours]
[Making Perfect Circles]
[Colour Replacer]
[Multiplying Image]
[Other]
[Goodbye]

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Welcome, houseguest to Jacqueline's (houseguest) Guide to Paint! Want to make great lookup or graphics but only have Microsoft Paint? No problem! You don't need fancy, expensive programs to make lookups. Paint comes with practically every computer, and if you know how to use it, you can make great lookups!



Tools
Throughout my explantations, I explain everything as if you already know what all these tools mean.

Picture Name Description
Free-Form Select Click and drag around an image you want to move.
Select Click and drag to make a rectangle you want to move.
Eraser/Colour Eraser Erases images. Sizes are 10x10, 8x8, 6x6 and 4x4.
Pick Colour Just click on any colour of you image and that colour will become your active colour. After you click on a colour, it will automatically go back to the tool you were using prior.
Magnifier Magnifies your image 1, 2, 6 or 8 times.
Fill With Colour Fills a space of the same colour with you active colour.
Pencil Use to free hand draw.
Brush Use to free hand draw with a choice of pixel size and shape.
Air Brush This is like spray paint. Choose from 3 different sizes.
Text Adds text.
Line Draw lines (Click and drag). Choose from 5 different widths (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 pixels).
Curve Makes curvy lines. Click and drag to draw one line, then click above, below or around your first line, and part of it will come up to where your mouse is.
Rectangle Click and drag to draw rectangles or squares. Choose from making a rectangle border, or a solid rectangle. If you are making a border, you can choose the size of the border by using the Line tool to change the size of your lines.
Polygon Makes geometric shapes. Start by drawing a line then just click on other places with your mouse, and it will draw another line connecting your mouse point to the other line. Draw as many lines as you like. When you're done (if you select another tool, ect.) the beginning and ending line will automatically connect. Choose from making a border, or a solid. If you are making a border, you can choose the size of the border by using the Line tool to change the size of your lines.
Ellipse Click and drag to draw circles or ovals. Choose from making a circle border, or a solid circle. If you are making a border, you can choose the size of the border by using the Line tool to change the size of your lines.
Rounded Rectangle Click and drag to draw rectangles with rounded corners. Choose from making a border, or a solid. If you are making a border, you can choose the size of the border by using the Line tool to change the size of your lines.

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Draw Opaque
Almost all the time, you're going to have to turn "Draw Opaque" off. This means that white won't show (like if you copy and past an image over top of another image, instead of the white parts covering the image, you'll just see the image underneath. To turn it off, press "Image" at the top, and in the drop down list, press "Draw Opaque" (last one), so that there is NO check mark next to it.
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Pixel Stretch
We'll start out with something easy, pixel stretch. Let's say you're going to stretch the bottom part of your image. Select the part of the image you would like to stretch (in this case, the bottom). After you selected that part of the image, click on "Image" at the top. Then from the drop down menu, select "Stretch/Skew". In the "Stretch" box for Vertical, change the 100 to 500. Leave the Horizontal one as 100, and don't do anything with the other two boxes, those are for "Skew", which we're not using. Then press ok. Your image will stretch out a bit. You can't go anymore than 500 at once though, since that is the limit. You need to do this 4 or 5 times. While you're doing this, it will look kind of bad, like it's not working, but when you finish, it should look right!


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Making Geometric Shapes
First, turn Draw Opaque off. Then, with the circle or square tool, start drawing the shape you would like. It is best do make this shape in a very bright colour, that isn't used in the image you are using. If you use black and later decide to change the colour of the shape border, you might not be able to just paint it another colour, because if there is black in the image that is touching the border, it will also change that colour. I like to use the bright red. Then, you will have to erase all the lines that aren't on the outside of the shape (it helps if you zoom in). Like in my example, I would have to erase all the blue lines.



Once you erase the inside lines, you will have your shape! Next take any colour (I like to use the bright pink), and using the Paint Can, paint the white that's on the outside of your shape. Leave the inside white.



Open another window of paint, and put the image you want to have on it. Turn "Draw Opaque" off. Then, copy and paste your shape over top of the image. Using the Paint Can, paint the bright pink (or whatever colour you used) white. Then, paint the border of the shape any colour you want. Now you have your final image!
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Adding Lines
Now it's time to learn how to add little lines across your images (like on my background). You can make the lines vertical, horizontal or diagonal. In this example I will make mine horizontal. First, choose the colour you want the lines to be, and the width of the line. Make sure the area you will be working with is bigger than the image you plan to add the lines to. You also need to turn "Draw Opaque" off. Draw one straight horizontal line all the way from one side to another. Now, copy that entire line, and paste it. Place that line next to your first line, making it the distance apart that you would like. Then copy both of those lines. Paste it, and match up the top line of the two you just pasted, with the bottom of the two that were already there. This way, all your lines will be the same distance apart. Do that a few more times. After you have 5 or 6 lines, copy all of those and paste. Do this until you feel you want to copy again (if you have more lines copied, it will go faster). Eventually you will fill up the whole page. Now, open another window of Paint, and put your image on there. Make sure "Draw Opaque" is off. Now, copy your entire page of lines, and paste it over top of your image. The only problem with this, is if you have a weirdly shaped image, it's going to be a huge pain to erase all the extra bits of line. You're going to have to zoom in an erase around your image. If you are using an image that you make into a geometric shape like I explained above, you can just paste the shape over it again (when you have the background bright pink or whatever colour you chose). Not only can you use this technique to add lines over your images, you can also do other shapes, such as circles or squares.



You can also have it where you shapes are just in the backound, but not covering the image (this will only work in some cases, you need to have a white background, and an image like how mine is. With this, it would be like the white had the pattern on it, but not the chomby.) All you do it instead of pasting your lines or other shape over your image, paste you image over you lines.
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Flipping and Rotating
Pretty much sefl-explanitory. Doing this flips/rotates your image. Select the image or part of the image you would like to flip or rotate. Then press "Image" at the top, and from the drop down menu, press "Flip/Rotate". Choose which way you want to flip or rotate it (Note: Rotating goes clockwise).
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Inverting Colours
This basically changes the colours to their opposites (well colours don't really have opposites, but black goes to white, red goes to blue, ect.) Select the part of the image you would like the invert the colours of. Than, press "Image" at the top, and from there press "Invert Colours" And ta da! It's as easy as that!
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Making Perfect Circles
This one is quite easy. Just hold down shift and start drawing a circle, and keep holding shift while you draw the circle. This will make perfect circles and not ovals. This will also work with the square tool, and the rounded edge tool. This also works to get perfect angles when using the line tool (thanks to musicmind311 for that one).

Credit:wowwy2004
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Colour Replacer
Ok, let's say you have a red line and you want to make it blue. Yes you can just use the paint can tool, but this is a different way. Notice how there are two little squares by all the colour choices? Well, you need to make the bottom one the colour you want (in this case blue). To do that, you need to use that blue somewhere, than with the eye dropper tool, right click on it. Than set the top colour square to the colour you already have (in this case, red). Now, set your tool to the eraser. Then, hold down the right mouse button, and go over the red and it will turn blue!!

Credit:wowwy2004
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Multiplying Image
Heh, I didn't really know what to call this. Ok, using the square select tool, select something (draw opaque must be off). Then hold down shift, and move your mouse around. You'll get a cool looking image like this.



Credit:wowwy2004
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Other
I would say, one of the most important things of Paint is the "Undo" button. Everyone makes mistakes, and this allows you to erase those mistakes. You can only use this up to three times in a row. Like say you have 5 circles drawn. And you decide to paint them all red. So of course, you have to do them one at a time. But then if you decide you don't like them like that, you'd only be able to undop painting three of them red. The same thing goes with the "Redo" button.
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Goodbye!
Well, I hope my page was useful to you! Of course, there are many other things to do in Paint. I don't know everything you can do in Paint, but I do know a few more things, but those are things which will make my lookup and graphics more unique, since not as many people know how to do it (since I'm not going around plastering it on pages =P) Thanks for coming!
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