Using Paint Monday, September 1, 2014
Objectives • Start Paint • Save a Picture • Open a Picture • Draw Shapes • Draw Lines • Erase Part of a Picture
Start Paint • The Paint Window
What is Paint • A simple, easy to learn program you can use to draw pictures on your computer. • You can place the pictures you draw in other programs.
Options • The bottom portion of the Toolbar changes when you select some tools to reveal additional options or settings for those tools.
The Color Box • Area that displays the color choices for your pictures. • Click the left mouse button to choose an outline color. • Click the right mouse button to choose a fill color. Outline Color Fill Color
Edit Colors • If you want to change the color choices in the color box, click Colors on the Menu Bar. • Basic colors window opens. • Select the color you want from the choices shown.
Custom Colors Window • Allows you to select new colors that are not in the Basic colors window.
Selection Tools • Used to select portions of the image you’re working with. • Copy the selection • Move the selection to another area of the image. • Resize the selection. • Apply effects from the Image Menu.
Eraser Tool • Used when you want to remove part of your picture. • Changes the erased part of the image back to the background color. • TIP: The eraser color needs to match the background color of your picture.
Eraser Options • You change the size of the eraser in the options area. • You can’t change the shape of the eraser.
If you want to use a round "eraser“: Click on the paint brush. Choose the size you need. Use the background color (paint by using the right-button on the mouse). It will work just like the eraser! Eraser Tip
Fill Tool • Applies color to a large area of the image. • Caution: If you click in an unbounded area of the image, the color will "spill" out and fill more of the image than you originally needed. • Make sure the image is bounded on all sides and that no "paint" can "seep out" and get where it’s not supposed to go. • Find the "leak" and close it with the pencil or line tool, and then re-apply the Fill.
Eyedropper Tool • You want to reuse a custom color, but you don’t remember exactly what color it is. • Eyedropper can be used to "pick up" colors that you’ve already used in an image. • Click on the eyedropper, and click on the exact portion of the image that contains the color that you want. • Left click for line color • Right click for fill color • The active color for your paint tools will automatically change to the color that you picked with the eyedropper.
Zoom Tool • Used to get a closer, more detailed view of an image. • Useful if you’re working in close with the fine details of a part of an image. • You’ll have an option to select between 1x, 2x, 6x, and 8x magnification. • Click on the part of the image you want the magnification to center on.
Zoom From View Toolbar • You can also set the Zoom from the View menu. • Click Zoom, Large Size • When you finish, Click Zoom, Normal Size • Some people find this easier than using the Magnifier.
Pencil Tool • A free-form basic drawing tool. • You can draw in different colors. • You can do simple line drawings with the pencil if you have the coordination to guide the mouse with great care. • Tip: To draw straight lines, hold down the Shift key as you draw with the pencil. • Your pencil line will be limited to horizontal, vertical, or a 45-degree diagonal.
Paint Brush Tool • Similar to the pencil, but has more features. • Can be used in different colors. • The shape and size of the Paint Brush can be changed. • Draw thick freehand lines like you would with the pencil, or fill in color in unbounded areas. • Tip: If you hold down Shift as you paint with the Paint Brush tool, you can make perfectly straight horizontal or vertical strokes.
Air Brush Tool • More complicated than the regular paintbrush. • Instead of applying color to the image evenly, it applies it gradually. • Can use this effect to create subtle differences in tone and variation, and even achieve the illusion that colors are mixing. • Can paint in three different sizes.
Add Text • Used to position and enter text into your image. • Examples: • A title • An explanation.
Text Tool • May be of any color or font that you have active on your computer. • Text in Paint is not "live" once it has been put into the image. • If you try to highlight them with the mouse to Copy (etc.), you can't do it. • If you want to mix fonts, colors, sizes, or formats, you’ll have to use the text tool several times, with different settings each time.
Draw Lines • You can draw straight, wavy and curved lines in various colors.
Line Tool • Tip: Holding down the Shift key makes the Line Tool draw perfectly straight lines. • Examples: • Line without holding down shift key: • Line holding down shift key:
Line Width • You can choose the width of the line you draw with from the options.
Curve Tool • Trickier to use than the Line tool. • Can be very frustrating for beginners. • The Undo command can only be used to undo the last change you've made to your image. • May take a lot of getting used to before you get very good at making curved lines that are the shape that you want. • Can make lines in various thickness and colors.
Shapes Tools • You can draw shapes such as circles, squares and polygons in various colors.
Tip: To create a square shape, hold down the Shift Key as you draw the shape. Rectangle • Draws three types of rectangles: • Outline • Filled with outline Filled without outline
Polygon • Similar to the rectangle, but works a bit differently. • Draw the edges of the shape like you would use the straight line tool, but connect the last line to the first line you drew. • Options: Outline, Filled with outline, Filled with no outline. • Great for all creating irregular shapes. • Tip: Hold down the shift key to create 45 degree angles.
Oval (Ellipse) • Works like the Rectangle tool. • Since there are no corners, you will need to guess where the corners would be in order to place your oval where you want it to go. • Options: Outline, Filled with outline, Filled with no outline. • Tip: To create perfect circles, hold down the shift key as you draw the shape.
Rounded Rectangle • A cross between the Rectangle Tool and the Oval Tool. • Instead of having sharp 90 degree angle corners, they’ll be somewhat rounded. • Options: Outline, Filled with outline, or Filled with no outline. • Tip: To create rounded squares, hold down the shift key as you draw the shape.