In order to learn all there is to know about this drawing program, open the Microsoft Tutorial page below. Do not save this to your folder. Practice using the different tools mentioned on this page in order to gain a better understanding of how to complete the assignments below.
Microsoft Paint Tutorial
Now that you have the basics, lets have some fun!!!!!!!
- Open Microsoft Paint (Start-Programs-Accessories-Paint).
- Set your canvas size to 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. (Click on image on your standard toolbar then choose attributes.)
- The first thing we will try is designing your name using different features in the program. Don't be afraid to try different things. Remember that if you make a mistake, use the Edit, then undo button. This will allow you to erase the last function you performed.
- To enter your name, click on the button that displays the letter A.
- While holding the left mouse button down, drag to open your text box on the canvas. A text dialog box will open. First assign the font size to 72, then type your first and last name.
- Set the font style to either stencil, impact, albertus extra bold, or any style that reflects a wide and full appearance which will allow you more room to paint. Use the zoom key to make intricate details. Make sure all opening are closed or your color will bleed onto your canvas. An example of this activity is shown below.
- Save it to your folder as My Name.
Now that you have all the features figured out you will now design a house similar to the one below. Make sure to use all your tools to get the look you want (example: using Paints Airbrush for smoke, clouds, flowers, trees).
Millions of people had their first hands-on computer graphics experience via a drawing and coloring program that could only save in a few file formats, and which could only be used to produce passable art by the very, very talented.
Yet despite its hurdles to achieving greatness, Microsoft Paint has inspired overwhelming affection in the many who have dabbled in the rudimentary software. And so the news that Microsoft is formally deprecating the 32-year-old application dredged up a wave of mournful nostalgia on social media Monday.
Paint has been a basic Windows feature since the very first edition of Windows was released in 1985. But Microsoft has announced that as of the upcoming Fall Creators Update to Windows 10, the beloved low-maintenance graphics program will be considered “not in active development,” which also means it “might be removed in future releases.”
The news inspired an outpouring of grief on social media, as would-be artists across the internet (many of them likely using their non-Windows devices) shared tributes and sadness over the passing of one of the greats.
A few people discussed the importance of MS Paint in teaching young or new learners vital tricks of the trade, from using a mouse to learning to draw.
Naturally, the news also inspired people to share their MS Paint creations, both good and bad.
Members of Reddit’s r/NBA and r/soccer forums were encouraged to “Go into MS paint, Draw your team's past 32 years in a nutshell and then kiss paint goodbye,” with predictably hilarious results.
Then there were others who had a snarkier take on the program, in particular its notoriously steep learning curve:
The difficulty of using MS Paint meant that if you were one of the few who could create a visually interesting/distinctive image in the program, you could basically become an internet god. Witness the masterpieces regularly churned out by Tumblr user Jim’ll Paint It, who made a name for himself doodling MS Paint prompts by request, or the stunning work of Flickr artist Martin Amend, or this epic fantasy in Paint form. Reddit user sonofjay’s 2012 Paint drawing of Morgan Freeman came with a 33-step process guide that remains a tour de force in internet art tutorials.
The pixellated nature of Paint drawings has often meant that anytime an artist has figured out how to make that pixellation work in their favor, the results are uniquely specific, capturing a gritty, nearly shaky-cam flavor of art that you can really only get in Paint itself.
Of course, the whole reason Microsoft can kill off Paint is that it recently unveiled a reportedly cooler alternative: MS Paint 3D. But the main object of Paint 3D is to make 3D objects, which won’t appeal to those who appreciate the obstacles and challenges of Paint — like trying to draw a straight line using only a mouse and the world’s most cantankerous basic art program.
Update: Perhaps because of the hubbub surrounding the news of Paint’s deprecation, Microsoft has now confirmed to Motherboard that has no immediate plans to sunset Paint, and a new update to Microsoft’s support page notes that it will remain available for free download in the Windows store.