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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Paint

Like Notepad and other tools in this group, Paint is fairly limited. It's not a substitute for a full-featured bitmap editor like Adobe Photoshop, but it does supply some basic tools for creating and altering graphic images.

Creating Original Art

The fundamentals are simple. Launch paint by choosing StartProgramsAccessoriesPaint. Choose ImageAttributes to select the image size and whether it's to be in color or black-and-white. Then click OK.

You make your sketch or painting like this:

  1. Click a tool on the palette at the left side.

    If you need help identifying one of these tools, point to it without clicking. A tooltip identifies the icon by name, and a help message appears at the very bottom of the window.

  2. If you've selected a painting tool, such as the paintbrush, pencil, or line tool, choose a "paint" color from the palette at the bottom of the window.

    You may also want to change the "brush" by choosing from the options below the tool palette, such as the three spray-paint splatter sizes shown at left in Figure 9-20.

    Left: The top two tools don't draw anything; instead, they select portions of the image for cutting, copying, or dragging to a new location. Middle: The photo shows a somewhat smudged penguin. Right: By choosing ViewZoomCustom, you can choose from several zoom levels to get the degree of magnifica¬tion you need. Here, the smudge is being edited away, one pixel at a time.

    Figure 9-20. Left: The top two tools don't draw anything; instead, they select portions of the image for cutting, copying, or dragging to a new location. Middle: The photo shows a somewhat smudged penguin. Right: By choosing ViewZoomCustom, you can choose from several zoom levels to get the degree of magnifica¬tion you need. Here, the smudge is being edited away, ...

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