How to Paint and Draw on the Computer
Painting and Drawing tools can really enhance your classroom. Here are a
few reasons why:
• Valuable tool for artistic communication
• Computer art projects can add a new look to your program
• Appreciate the robust features of computer art and the power the user
has to modify them
• Paint Programs work by using PIXELS (little squares displayed on the
screen). A cursor which has been assigned a particular color or
pattern, moves across the screen, painting each square it passes over.
Microsoft Paint is provided as an accessory in the Windows operating
system. It is basic, but free, and worth using.
• Draw Programs allow the user to create geometrically based objects.
These programs are better suited to projects that are more graphically
oriented with text included as an important element and generally not
suited for someone who wants to create a "free-hand" drawing or
painting. An example program is Microsoft Word.
Using Microsoft Paint
To gain access to the Microsoft Paint, choose the Start
Commonly Used Tools for Painting:
Use this tool to select a rectangular portion of the screen
Use this tool to spray a mist of the currently set foreground color
Use this tool to paint straight or irregular lines
Use this tool to erase an area of the image (Note: make sure your
background color is appropriate since this feature "erases" in the
Use this tool to draw
Use this tool to create text on an image
Use this tool to draw straight lines at any angle
Paint Bucket Tool
Use this tool to fill an area with the currently selected foreground color
Using Microsoft Word
To gain access to the Microsoft Word, choose the Start
In order to draw, the drawing toolbar must be present. Choose the View
Now create a drawing object, which can be an autoshape, curve, line, and
AutoShape Options Lines WordArt
There are several autoshape options to explore. See the various menus on
the next page.
Once an object is select, the color, size and frame of the outline, fill and
background of the object can be changed.
Printing Pictures from Paint or Word
To print a picture, on the File menu, click Print.
To see how the printed picture will look before you print, click the File
menu, and then click Print Preview.
To set margins or change orientation, click the File menu, and then
click Page Setup.
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