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Chapter 8. Working with Pictures > Drawing a Picture

Drawing a Picture

Paint is a Windows accessory you can use to create and work with graphics or pictures. Paint is designed to create and edit bitmap (.bmp) files, but you can also open and save pictures created in or for other graphics programs and the Internet using several common file formats, such as .tiff, .gif, or .jpeg. A bitmap file is a map of a picture created from small black, white, or colored dots, or bits. Paint comes with a set of tools in the Toolbox located along the left edge of the window you can use for drawing and manipulating pictures. A tool remains turned on until you select another tool in the Toolbox. In addition to the drawing tools, you can also add text to a picture. When you create a text box and type the text, you can edit and format it, but once you deselect the text box, the text becomes part of the picture, which you can't edit.

Draw a Picture

Click the Start button, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Paint.

If you want, drag a resize handle on the canvas to resize it.

Click a drawing tool.

If available, click a fill option for the selected tool.

Click the color you want to use with the left mouse button to select the foreground color and the right mouse button to select the background color.

Drag the shapes you want by holding down one of the following:

  • The left mouse button to draw with the foreground color

  • The right mouse button to draw with the background color

  • The Shift key to constrain the drawing to a proportional size, such as a circle, square, or horizontal line


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