Paint is a feature in Windows that you can use to draw, color, and edit pictures. You can use Paint like a digital sketchpad to make simple pictures, creative projects, or to add text and designs to other pictures, such as those taken with your digital camera.
Open Paint by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Paint.
When you start Paint, you'll see an empty window; drawing and painting tools are located in the ribbon at the top of the window. The following illustration shows the different parts of the Paint window:
The ribbon in Paint includes a handy collection of drawing tools. You can use these tools to create freehand drawings and add a variety of shapes to your pictures.
This section describes some common tasks. For more detailed information on how to use the different tools in Paint, see Using Paint.
Some tools and shapes, such as the Pencil, Brush, Line, and Curve, let you make a variety of straight, curved, and squiggly lines. What you draw is determined by how you move the mouse as you draw. You can use the Line to draw a straight line, for example.
In the Colors group, click Color 1, and then click the color you want to use.
To draw, drag the pointer across the drawing area.
Your drawings don't have to be composed of only straight lines. The Pencil and Brushes can be used to make completely random, free-form shapes.
To draw, drag the pointer across the drawing area and make a squiggly line.
If you want to make a line that has a different appearance, use one of the Brushes, instead.
To add a ready-made shape, drag the pointer across the drawing area to make the shape.
To change the outline style, in the Shapes group, click Outline, and then click an outline style.
If you don't want your shape to have an outline, click No outline.
In the Colors group, click Color 1, and then click a color for the outline.
In the Colors group, click Color 2, and then click a color to use to fill the shape.
To change the fill style, in the Shapes group, click Fill, and then click a fill style.
If you don't want your shape to be filled, click No fill.
You can also add text to your picture. The Text tool lets you add a simple message or title.
Drag the pointer in the drawing area where you want to add text.
Under Text Tools, on the Text tab, click the font face, size, and style in the Font group.
In the Colors group, click Color 1, and then click a color. This is the text color.
Type the text that you want to add.
If you make a mistake or need to change part of a picture, use the eraser. By default, the eraser changes any area you erase to white, but you can change the eraser color. For example, if you set the background color to yellow, anything you erase turns to yellow.
In the Colors group, click Color 2, and then click the color that you want to erase with. If you want to erase with white, you don't have to select a color.
Drag the pointer over the area you want to erase.
The very first time that you save a new picture, you will need to give your picture a file name. Follow these steps:
In the Save as type box, select the file format you want.
In the File name box, type a name, and then click Save.