MS Paint

MS Paint is a free computer program made by Microsoft that allows you to create picture files as well as edit picture files saved on your computer. MS Paint is a simple raster graphics editor that has been included with all versions of Microsoft Windows. The program opens and saves files in Windows bitmap, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and single-page TIFF formats. The program can be in color mode or two-color black-and-white, but there is no grayscale mode.

The MS Paint toolbox is very useful, because it contains the tools you will use in order to come up with your drawing. It contains the following tools:

  1. Free-Form Select and Select Tool: For selecting a specific object, which then you can copy and paste in another location, or you can opt to delete that selection.
  2. Eraser/Colour Eraser: This is for erasing your drawing or the colour you have applied.
  3. Pick Colour: This picks a specific colour you want and makes it the active colour, meaning that whatever you do next will have that colour.
  4. Pencil: You will use it for drawing.
  5. Airbrush: For spraying your object with colour.
  6. Line Tool: For drawing a line. To make your line straight, hold down the Shift key and then drag your mouse holding the left button. Select the thickness of the line below the MS Paint toolbox.
  7. Rectangle Tool: For making rectangles. You can also draw a square by holding the Shift key.
  8. Ellipse: For drawing an ellipse, you can also draw a perfect circle by holding the shift key before you start dragging your mouse.
  9. Fill With Colour: As the name suggests, you use this tool to fill an object with colour at once.
  10. Magnifier: This is a zoom tool that you can use to magnify a part of your drawing.
  11. Brush: Use this for painting, just like you would paint your house.
  12. Text: You will use this for entering text.
  13. Curve Tool: For drawing a curve.
  14. Polygon Tool: For drawing a polygon, but still you can draw a lot of other objects.
  15. Rounded Rectangle: This tool helps you to draw a rectangle with rounded corners

PM Paint lessons for young students

  1. Introduction to the toolbox and simple drawing tools
  2. Experimenting with line color, line thickness, shapes, etc
  3. Select, copy, paste, rotate, resize, etc.
  4. Creating a simple drawing. How to fill shapes with colors, etc.
  5. Creating a more advanced picture

Here is my slideshow on how to create a schoolbus. in MS Paint The original slideshow can be downloaded from Slideshare. For more information on lessons in Ho Chi Minh, please contact me

Author: Piers Midwinter
I am an artist and a teacher. I am currently teaching at a Cambridge International School in Vietnam.