Windows provides a drawing program called Paint. We can use Paint to create a logo or picture. Paint is a drawing tool you can use to create simple or elaborate drawings. These drawings can be either black-and-white or color, and can be saved as bitmap files. You can print your drawing, use it for your desktop background, or paste it into another document. You can even use Paint to view and edit scanned photos. You can also use Paint to work with pictures, such as .jpg, .gif, or .bmp files. You can paste a Paint picture into another document you've created, or use it as your desktop background.
1) FREEFORM SELECT AND SELECT. Use the mouse to draw around an area of the image. You can then move the contents of this box with the four-headed arrow. The box created by the selection tool acts as a frame for the object. Frames are used for images in all programs. The frame allows you to shrink, stretch and move the image. Use the resize handles on each corner to stretch or shrink the selected area.
2) FILL TOOL. Use the fill tool with foreground or background color. It is best used with the geometric shapes. Freehand shapes may have gaps where the paint can spill out.
3) GEOMETRIC DRAWING TOOLS. The Line tool can be used freehand, or hold down the Shift key and draw for a true vertical, horizontal or diagonal line. The Rectangle, Polygon, Ellipse and Rounded rectangle are used for more regular shapes. For a perfect square or circle, hold down the Shift key as you draw the shape.
4) TEXT TOOL. Select the Text tool, click, drag and draw a box on the paper where you want the test. Then type as normal. The Text toolbar should appear, allowing you to select the font style, size and format. When creating text, avoid clicking outside the text box until you are finished. When you do, the text box disappears and must be created from scratch.
5) With several tools, when selected another small window pops up to allow you to choose the size of the area painted.
Now it’s time to play…
· Bring up the graphic ‘Girls In Hats’. Insert > Picture > From file. OR – you may want to just play with Paint’s tools for awhile before you start?
· Make all hats red. Make bands purple. Two hats are O.K. the way they are.
· The first thing you want to do is View > Zoom to a very large size. I used custom > 400%. The magnifier tool will also allow you to magnify the area you want to paint.
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