Paint tools

Paint is a program you can use to create drawings on a blank canvas or on top of other pictures. The program features a toolbar on the left side of the window. The following tables describe how to use each of the tools on this toolbar.

Tool Description
Tool
Picture of the Free-Form Select tool
Description

Use Free-Form Select to select any irregularly shaped part of the picture. Click Free-Form Select, and then, in the options box just below the toolbar, click a background style. Drag the pointer to select the part of the picture you want to work with.

Tool
Picture of the Select tool
Description

Use Select to select any square or rectangular part of the picture. Click Select, and then, in the options box just below the toolbar, click a background style. Drag the pointer to select the part of the picture you want to work with.

Tool
Picture of the Eraser tool
Description

Use the Eraser to erase areas of your picture. Click Eraser, click an eraser size below the toolbox, and then drag the Eraser over the area of the picture that you want to erase. Any areas that you erase will be replaced by the background color.

Tool
Picture of the Fill With Color tool
Description

Use Fill With Color to fill the entire picture or an enclosed shape with color. Click Fill With Color, click a color in the Color box, and then click inside the area you want to fill. To remove the color and replace it with the background color, right-click the area where you want to remove the color.

Tool
Picture of the Pick Color tool
Description

Use Pick Color to set the current foreground or background color. Click Pick Color, and then click the color in your picture that you want to set as the foreground color, or right-click the color in your picture that you want to set as the background color.

Tool
Picture of the Magnifier tool
Description

Use the Magnifier to zoom in on a section of your picture. Click Magnifier, and then click a zoom level just below the toolbar. Use the scroll bars to move around the picture. To return to a normal view, click the Magnifier again, and then click in the picture.

Tool
Picture of the Pencil tool
Description

Use the Pencil to draw thin, freeform lines or curves. Click Pencil, click a color in the Color box, and then drag the pointer in the picture to draw. To draw using the background color, right-click while you drag the pointer.

Tool
Picture of the Brush tool
Description

Use the Brush to paint thick or shaped freeform lines and curves. Click Brush, click a shape just below the toolbar, click a color in the Color box, and then drag the pointer to paint. To paint using the background color, right-click while you drag the pointer.

Tool
Picture of the Airbrush tool
Description

Use the Airbrush to create an airbrush effect in the picture. Click Airbrush, click a spray pattern just below the toolbar, click a color in the Color box, and then drag the pointer to paint. To paint using the background color, right-click while you drag the pointer.

Tool
Picture of the Text tool
Description

Use Text to enter text in the picture. Click Text, and then, in the options box just below the toolbar, click a background style. Click a color in the Color box, and then click in the picture and type your text. You can resize and move the text box, and change the font, font size, and text formatting until you click another tool or click outside the text box within the picture.

Tool
Picture of the Line tool
Description

Use Line to draw a straight line. Click Line, click a line width in the options box just below the toolbar, click a color in the Color box, and then drag the pointer in the picture to draw the line. To draw a line using the background color, right-click while you drag the pointer.

Tool
Picture of the Curve tool
Description

Use Curve to draw a smooth, curved line. Click Curve, click a line width in the options box just below the toolbar, click a color in the Color box, and then drag the pointer in the picture to draw a straight line. After you have created the line, click the area in the picture where you want the arc of the curve to be, and then drag the pointer to adjust the curve.

Tool
Picture of the Rectangle tool
Description

Use Rectangle to draw rectangular shapes. Click Rectangle, click a color in the Color box, and then click a rectangle style in the options box just below the toolbar.

To draw a rectangle, drag the pointer diagonally in the direction you want. To draw a square, hold down SHIFT while dragging.

Tool
Picture of the Polygon tool
Description

Use Polygon to make a shape with any number of sides. Click Polygon, click a color in the Color box, and then click a polygon style in the options box just below the toolbar.

To draw a polygon, drag the pointer to draw a straight line. Then, click each point where you want additional sides to appear. Double-click when you're done. To create sides with 45- or 90-degree angles, hold down SHIFT while making sides.

Tool
Picture of the Ellipse tool
Description

Use Ellipse to make ellipses and circles. Click Ellipse, click a color in the Color box, and then click a fill style in the options box just below the toolbar.

To draw an ellipse, drag the pointer. To draw a circle, hold down SHIFT while dragging.

Tool
Picture of the Rounded Rectangle tool
Description

Use Rounded Rectangle to draw rectangular shapes with rounded edges. Click Rectangle, click a color in the Color box, and then click a fill style in the options box just below the toolbar.

To draw a rounded rectangle, drag the pointer diagonally in the direction you want. To draw a square with rounded edges, hold down SHIFT while dragging.

Tool
Picture of the Color box
Description

The Color box indicates the current foreground and background colors. To paint with the selected foreground color, drag the pointer. To paint with the selected background color, right-click while you drag the pointer. To change the current foreground color, click an available color square. To change the background color, right-click an available color square. To mix a new color, double-click in any color square, and then click Define Custom Colors.

Option Description
Option
Picture of the Solid background and Transparent Background options
Description

Choose Solid Background or Transparent Background when you copy and paste part of a picture using the Free-Form Select or the Select tool. When you use the Solid Background option, the background color is included in your selection when you paste it somewhere else in the picture. When you use the Transparent Background option, the background color is not included in the selection, so any areas using that color are transparent and allow the rest of the picture to appear in its place.

Option
Picture of the outline options
Description

Choose the desired line thickness when you draw lines and curves.

Option
Picture of the fill options
Description

Choose the desired fill effect when you draw shapes.