Paint is a program that is included as an accessory with Microsoft Windows operating systems. It provides features that let you paint simple graphics, write text with a crayon or watercolour effect, or edit photographs. Photograph editing features include cropping, resizing, and joining two separate images as one. To locate Paint on your system, click the "Start" menu button at the lower-left corner of your screen,, then select "All Programs" and the "Accessories" folder. You will see Paint listed along with several other Windows utilities.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Windows operating system
Open Paint. On the horizontal navigation bar, you will see three ribbon tabs: "Paint," "Home" and "Edit." Select "Paint." From the drop-down menu, click "open" and use the browse window to select the first image you want to join. When paint opens the picture, you will notice it has three small squares placed around the border.
Place your cursor on the corner square. Holding your left-mouse button down, pull the corner square out to expand the canvas of your image and make room for the second picture. If necessary, use the other two squares as well. If you are not sure how much space you will need for the second image, make more space. When the space is ample, release the mouse button.
Go to the "Home" tab. Select the first option on the ribbon, which is "Paste." Click the downward arrow, followed by "Paste from." The browse window will reopen, allowing you to pick the second image. It will be placed on the canvas alongside the first picture.
Click on the second image. Holding the left button of your mouse or touchpad down, move the second image around the canvas until it is in the correct position. If necessary, you can resize the image by clicking on and dragging the small squares place around the border.
Click the down arrow under "Select" tab. This is located next to "Paste" on the "Home" ribbon. Choose a desired shape, then place your cursor in the top left-hand corner of your image. Again, hold the left button on your mouse down, while using the cursor to select the image. Remove any excess white canvas or other parts of the image that are not required. When satisfied that the image you want is inside your selected area, let go of the mouse button.
Click "Crop." You will find this icon next to "Select."
Save your image. The "Save As" function is on the "Paint" tab. You can save your image in PNG, JPEG, BMP or GIF formats.
Tips and warnings
- If you make a mistake when using Paint, click the "Undo" icon located on the top horizontal border of the program. Alternatively, press the keys "Ctrl and Z" on your keyboard.
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