How to Edit Photos With Microsoft Paint

by Kirk Bennet

    If you have photos you want to resize or crop before you send them to your friends or upload them to the Internet, you can use Microsoft Paint to perform the edits. Microsoft Paint works with all major image formats, including BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, PNG and ICO. Paint is easier to use than most full-featured photo editors, but can still produce professional-looking results.

    Cropping Photos

    Step 1

    Launch Microsoft Paint from the Start menu and open the photo you want to edit.

    Step 2

    Click the "Home" tab at the top of the window to select it, if it's not already selected.

    Step 3

    Click the "Select" button in the Image group.

    Step 4

    Click and drag the cursor over the image to select the section you want to keep.

    Step 5

    Click the "Crop" button in the Image group to crop the picture.

    Step 6

    Press "Ctrl-S" to save the photo.

    Rotating Photos

    Step 1

    Click the "Rotate or flip" button in the "Image" group.

    Step 2

    Select "Rotate right 90 degrees," "Rotate left 90 degrees" or "Rotate 180 degrees" to rotate your photo.

    Step 3

    Press "Ctrl-S" to save the photo.

    Resizing Photos

    Step 1

    Click the "Resize and Skew" button in the Image group or press "Ctrl-W" to open the Resize and Skew window.

    Step 2

    Click the "Percentage" or "Pixels" radio button to change the way you resize the image.

    Step 3

    Type new values in the "Horizontal" and "Vertical" boxes. You can clear the check box from the "Maintain aspect ratio" option to resize the image freely, without maintaining the aspect ratio.

    Step 4

    Click "OK" to resize the image and press "Ctrl-S" to save the photo.

    Adding Colors

    Step 1

    Click the small arrowhead under the "Brushes" button and select the brush you want to use.

    Step 2

    Select a color from the "Colors" group. Some brushes require you to select two colors.

    Step 3

    Click the "Size" button and select the size of the brush.

    Step 4

    Click and drag the mouse cursor over the image to add color to your photos. You can press "Ctrl-Z" to undo the changes.

    Step 5

    Press "Ctrl-S" to save the modified photo.

    Adding Shapes

    Step 1

    Click the "Shapes" button in the Shapes group and select the shape you want to add to your photo.

    Step 2

    Click the "Shape Fill" button in the Shapes group and select a fill for your shape.

    Step 3

    Select one or two colors -- some shapes require you to select two colors -- from the Colors section.

    Step 4

    Hold the mouse button and drag the cursor over your photo to set the shape and release the mouse button to insert it.

    Step 5

    Click and drag the shape to position it on your photo according to your preferences. You can also click and drag the small squares around the shape to resize it.

    Step 6

    Press "Ctrl-S" to save the modified photo.

    Tips

    • If you want to retain the original, unedited photo, instead of pressing "Ctrl-S," click "File," "Save As" and rename the file.

    About the Author

    Kirk Bennet started writing for websites and online publications in 2005. He covers topics in nutrition, health, gardening, home improvement and information technology.

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