Microsoft Paint

Open graphic file or photo from the top file menu and locate the file you want to open on your computer or disk.

Open file.


Locate the folder and file on your computer or disk.  You will note that photos that you have not yet edited will have different types of numbering systems.  I recommend you keep the original and rename when you save your edited file.


Typically, Paint will use a file type that is not compatible with the web.  The default is typically bitmap - .bmp.  Some cameras typically use tiff or pcx or the MAC .pic, etc. For the web, you need the file to be either jpeg (.jpg) or gif (.gif).  When the web first began to use graphical interfaces, the early programmers selected jpeg from the MAC Adobe Photoshop format and gif from Windows Compuserve image file extension.  Use "save as" and locate the jpg and gif extensions.


A typical photo file taken directly from your camera will be high resolution and will be very large when you first open the file.


Sometimes the photo is so large when it opens, you can barely see what is on the photo on your screen.  Often you just see the floor or wall because of it's file size.


If you check the "attributes" from the image menu, you will be able to view the size of the photos or graphic file.


You will need to select "Stretch/Skew" from the image menu in order to resize the photo or graphic for the web.


You will use "stretch" to shrink the photo by percentages.  (Even though it's the opposite of "shrink"!)  You'll note that the photo is at 100%.


You will change the size by percentages.  In this case I chose 25% to resize the photo so I could view it properly.


Once you have changed the size by shrinking it, you will be able to view the whole photo on your screen.  You will note that the attribute size is now much smaller.


By shrinking the photo, you'll notice that the size of the file has been reduced from 2856 x 2142 to 714 x 536.  This is considerably smaller than the original, but still a bit large for the web.  However, we can now view the file and determine if the photo needs cropping as well as resizing.




By selecting a part of the photo to crop using the broken line select tool, we can pull out just a portion of the photo.


The main problem with Paint is the poor design of the program for cropping.  I have tried 3 different systems of cropping and none of them are ideal.  But, they get the job done.

1.  You can select your cropped image with the broken lined box and select either cut or copy.  You then have to go back and select new from the file menu.  Once you have a new page, you can then paste the cropped image. You then have to grab the bottom right handle of the canvas in the background and drag up to get rid of the extra white of the canvas.

2. You can crop by select the part of your image with the broken lined box and use the crosshairs to move the cropped section up to the left hand corner.  You can then grab the selection handle on the bottom right and drag up to cut out the rest of the old image.  Then save the cropped image.




Broken-lined Box to Select Portion of Photo



Paste image in new window.  Note large white canvas area.  If you save now, you'll save the canvas area as well, so you still need to crop out the background.


Drag bottom right handle of white canvas area up to the bottom right corner of the cropped and pasted image.  See red arrow indicating bottom right corner of white canvas.  The second image has been cropped and is ready to save.



Select save as and give your image a new name.  Be sure to save as either a jpeg (.jpg) or a .gif file in order to have a graphic file that will work on the web.