Windows Accessory:  Microsoft Paint Program  (Tool Identification)
Window 95, 98 & NT    
(Learn Tool Features, common to Other Paint Programs)
Location: "C:\Program Files\Accessories\MSPAINT.EXE"
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Windows packages a simple and basic Paint Program for rasterized images like bmp, jpg, and gif files. Only recommended if you have nothing else. Recommended: Adobe Photoshop, CorelPaint, and PaintShop Pro and in that order. There may be others I'm not familiar with, but Adobe Photoshop is the choice of professionals and my choice. However, MS Paint basic tools are all included in other Paint Programs, therefore is worth learning and can be very useful when you graduate to the powerful programs. Line Art Catalog is also available to create ideas not only for stationary, but other crafts; Rubber Stamp Art, Leather Craft, Glass Etching, etc., including coloring book for kids to used in a paint program or printed and colored with crayons or paint.  The line art Catalog is expanding and will include a coloring book that you can download from it's location. How To Get/Edit
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Copy from Web
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I do not recommend using this program to create images but you may find it satisfactory. Can be useful in editing an image created in another program. Copying a picture off the web is a good example where you want just a part of it, like a sprig of holly that's incorporated in a larger picture.

Let's Open MS Paint 
1. Note the locations of the tools: 
Toolbar is on the left
Canvas is white and selected. 6 dots are stretch locations for mouse to drag and size the canvas, fit the canvas size to the picture. Canvas determines total size of file. Therefore, the canvas should be resized to fit the image as close as possible without cropping the image.
Color Bar is across the bottom with basic colors
Color Selected are two square on top of each other in the lower left corner. The top color is foreground/left mouse click and the bottom color is background/right mouse click. In this example, the foreground/left mouse color is black and the background/right mouse color is white.
Eyedropper is associated with color selected. Selecting and placing eyedropper over a color in the color bar or picture pixel will change the selection in these two boxes. With eyedropper placed over color, left mouse click will set the foreground/left mouse color and right mouse click will set the background/right mouse color that are associated with the rest of the tools.
Gray Area Indented under tools will have available settings for the tool selected

Tool Bar (left side down)
Eraser: select, and the cursor will change to eraser image. use like an eraser. Be sure your background color matches the canvas as the eraser will erase the image and leave a color chosen for your background. Choose the size of the eraser by selecting options now visible in the gray indented area.
Eyedropper: See above for instruction.
Pencil: Free hand draws 1 pixel line with mouse down. Foreground color with left mouse down and background color with right mouse down.
Line; select, Choice of width in gray area indented. draws a straight line and ends when you release the mouse or called mouse up. Left and Right mouse colors apply as in Pencil tool.
(Right side down)
Rectangle Selection Frame: Draws a frame around a section of the image area. No crop tool so you have to select an area to delete, cut, copy and paste. Right mouse click will deselect or place the image in the selection rectangle. Note: choices in selection gray area indented: 
Paint Bucket is fill tool. Fills identical colored pixels with left or right mouse colors. Colors that are isolated will not be filled even though they are the same color if not connected to fill area.
Magnifying Glass enlarges image with left mouse and reduces image size with right mouse click. Selection gray area gives you magnifying choices.
Paint Brush is like pencil with choices of shape and size of stroke in gray area indented. Left and right mouse colors.
Capital A is Text tool.  Magnification must be 1:1 to use. Choose Style, Type, Size, Color is foreground color. Stretch box to fit the amount and size of lettering. No anti-alias filter so letters will appear jaggy on screen.
Squiggle Line: exactly like pencil but choice of size, shape of line. Left/Right mouse colors apply.

The most important tool in a paint program is the "UNDO" command located under menu "Edit", "Undo".  You can immediately undo a mistake by selecting undo. 

Let's talk about common web pictures 
images require a lot of memory or size and the internet & modems are slow in transmitting a large file. If it takes too long to download on a recipient's cpu, the recipient is bored and goes elsewhere. Solution is to reduce the size of a file to a satisfactory image quality. Technology is coming on board with fast Tier 1 and relay systems that the public may be able to afford in the future. Right now the public is stuck with slow copper wire telephone modem connections thus the need to be concerned with file size for electronic transmissions.

bmp files is bitmap 16 million colors and used to be the standard for quality pictures but requires excessive file size.  Some programs are capable of constructing a bmp file efficiently thus reducing the size, but most are not.  Bmp files should be converted to jpg or gif files.

jpg/jpeg files, I believe was created by Kodak to reduce picture size for digit cameras and storing more pictures on CDs. They contain 16 million colors and are excellent quality. Compression techniques reduced the file size even more, looking for that 16 million color quality and satisfying download time.
gif files, 256 colors was created by CompuServe to satisfy their internet needs.  gif files are normally the standard for the web because of their satisfactory image quality and sizable file size reduction. Converting a 16 million color image to a 256 colors will create an affect known a "Posterizing". Blocks of color in given areas are simularized which reduces the even flow between colors. However, Adobe Photoshop converts to a gif image without visible difference in my opinion. Note: Some jpg files are more efficient than a gif file of the same image but not often. A detail Professional will save the the file both ways and then compare the quality and size to determine which they will use.

Now practice each one of the tools I outlined on a blank canvas. Choose different settings.  Ready, let's go step by step through an actual edit. Click Here  Copy web art

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