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Chapter 10. Giving Your Right Brain a Wo... > Erasing Paint Mistakes - Pg. 114

Giving Your Right Brain a Workout with Paint 114 Figure 10.3. The Magnifier tool in action. Select. This tool lets you select a rectangular chunk--called a cutout--of the drawing, which you can then copy or cut out (hence the name). As you might expect, you use the Select tool much like you do the Rectangle tool. That is, you move the mouse pointer to the corner of the area you want to select, and then drag the mouse until the box encloses the area. Refer to the section "'I've Got a Cutout. Now What?'" later in this chapter for more tips on using cutouts. Free-Form Select. This tool is similar to Select, but it lets you mark an area using a free-form line. Click the tool, move the pointer into the drawing area, and then drag the mouse pointer around the area you want to select. Erasing Paint Mistakes While you're on the steep part of the Paint learning curve, you'll end up with lots of botched lines and mutinous shapes that you won't want in your final drawing. Here's how to get rid of these things (see also the Eraser tool, discussed in the previous section): · Most of the Paint tools operate by holding down a mouse button and then dragging the mouse. If you make a mess during the drawing, you can start again by clicking the other mouse button before you release the button you're drawing with. · If you've already completed the shape, select Edit, Undo (pressing Ctrl+Z will also get you there). Note that Paint allows you to undo the last three things you did. · If the drawing is a complete write-off, you can start over by selecting Image, Clear Image (or by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N).