Editing and Saving an Image Using Microsoft Windows Paint

Not everybody has access to a professional image editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop. However, you can still perform basic image editing tasks (cropping, rotating, re-sizing, colour correction, adding text, saving to a new file format) with Paint, which is installed on every Windows computer.

Opening an image with Paint

To open an image in Paint right click on the file. Select 'Open with’ from the menu, then select 'Paint’.

Cropping an image in Paint

To crop an image, first you need to select the 'Selection’ tool (No.1) from the toolbar at the top of the window, then select the 'Rectangular selection’ tool (No.2) from the list. Next use this tool to draw a rectangle (No.3) around the area of the image you wish to keep. Now select the 'Crop’ button (No.4) in the toolbar. Your image will now be cropped to the area you selected.

Re-sizing an image in Paint

To re-size an image select the 'Resize’ button (No.1) in the toolbar. This will open the 'Resize and Skew’ dialogue box (No.2) allowing you to resize the image by either 'Percentage’ or 'Pixels’ (No.3). 'Percentage’ is a convenient means for you to understand the size change you wish to make. 'Pixels’, however, reflect the actual size of the image and are therefore an accurate reflection of the size change you are making. When using images in websites you will often find that the maximum size of an uploadable image is restricted – this size will always be represented in pixels. Therefore, it is better to work in pixels.

You should leave the 'Maintain aspect ratio’ box (No.4) ticked, as this will prevent your image becoming squashed or stretched. Never squash or stretch images as this leads to very strange looking images where people look odd and text becomes illegible.

Ignore the 'Skew (Degrees)’ options (No.5) when resizing an image, these will also lead to a very strange looking image.
Finally, select 'OK’.

Advanced image editing in Paint

Paint allows you to perform more advanced image editing tasks, such as drawing shapes and lines, adding text and making irregularly shaped selections. This tutorial will show you how to accomplish these tasks:

Using Paint

Saving an image in Paint

Simply selecting the 'Save’ icon will save an image in its original format. If you wish, or need, to save the image in a different format select the 'File’ menu, then select 'Save as’. You will be presented with a list of options. If your image is a photo, or you wish to use it in print, you should save it as a 'JPEG picture’. If your image contains mostly flat colours and/or text (like clip art) then you should save it as a 'PNG picture’; you could also save it as a 'GIF picture’, but this is a lower quality option than 'PNG picture’.