Microsoft Paint Tips & Tricks for Windows Users

Microsoft Paint is one of the most neglected programs of Windows. MS Paint is usually the last choice of Windows users when it comes to image editing. Besides the basic image editing features like rotating, cropping, changing text colors, resizing an image, ability to save an image in black and white, there are many more features of Paint which are not usually known to the regular Windows users. In this post, we will learn about some not so common Microsoft Paint tips and tricks.

Microsoft Paint Tips & Tricks

1.Invert Colors

Not many of us know, but MS Paint lets you invert the colors of an image, which means the light colors in the image become dark and dark colors turn into light ones. You can invert the colors of the entire image or a selected area. If you want to invert the colors for an entire image, click CTRL+Alt -> right click your mouse and select Invert Color and if you want to invert colors of a select area, select the particular area and then click on Invert Color. The image with inverted colors looks like a negative image.

2. Transparent BackgroundMicrosoft Paint Tips & Tricks

Images with transparent background are easier to merge with other images. MS Paint lets you cut and copy a selected area of an image with a transparent background. To cut or copy a selected area with a transparent background, click on Select–> and click on Transparent Selection from the background. Now select the Free Form Selection, carefully mark the outline of preferred area and cut or copy as desired.

3. Clear Outlines

We sometimes want to shade a picture in Paint but are worried about the messy line-work. So this trick helps you shade freely without worrying about the outlines. Open the image in MS Paint, zoom it out completely and copy it to the clipboard. Make sure your selection is transparent. Zoom in the image again and shade out freely without worrying about the outlines of the shape. When done with the shading and other editing, hit paste or CTRL+V. Bang on! You are done!

4. Change the brush size

While painting you might need the brushes of different sizes but MS Paint has a preset size of all its brushes. No worries, you can easily make the brush larger or smaller as per your requirements. Select any brush you want and on your keyboard tap CTRL plus ‘+’ to make it larger and CTRL plus ‘-‘ to decrease the size. This works for Pencil, eraser, line and spray tool as well.

 5. Trace a pic in Paint

Select a picture you want to trace. Select black color in the color swatch and start outlining the picture. When done, press CTRL+A and invert colors. Now click on File tab and select Properties in the drop-down menu.

Tick on the checkbox of ‘Black and White‘ and click OK.  Now press CTRL+A and invert colors again. Use Eraser tool to clean the small spots and bingo, you are done!

6. Make Custom Brushes

Draw any kind of random shape for your custom brush. Select the shape and make sure that Transparent Selection is ON. Now hold, shift and drag your selected shape. Here on you get your custom shaped brush in MS Paint. 

7. Use Eraser as Color Replacement Tool

Open the image you want to make edits in. Chose the color you want to replace in color swatch 1 and select the color you want to replace with in swatch 2. Now select ERASER tool and wave it across the image while holding the right click button on your mouse. 

8. Create Gradient Effect

Open Paint and select the work area size as per your requirement. Now cut the image diagonally and fill in two different colors. 

Now go to Resize tab and edit the Horizontal value to 1. Make sure you’ve unchecked the aspect ratio checkbox. Now edit the Horizontal value to 500 thrice or more and you are done. More you change it to 500, smoother will be the gradients.

These were some not so common Microsoft Paint Tips and Tricks for Windows users.

Do let us know if you have some more ideas of having fun with MS Paint.

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