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Paint 101 – Hidden Tricks – Trails

I’ve been showing you the basics of Microsoft Paint – the free image editor that’s included with Windows – in a series of articles. To learn more about the basics of Paint, click here.  [1]We’ve also moved on to some hidden tricks that aren’t on the Tool menu. We’ve learned all about the stamp/clone tool [2]and now we’ll move on to making trails.

We’ll start out assuming you know how to open or create an image in Paint and have a basic understanding of the function of each of the tools pictured on the menu.  I’m going to show you a trick not pictured on the menu.

We will start out with this basic image.

I’ll use the Select tool to choose the square.

Simply left-click and drag over the image you wish to choose.

Now hold down the Shift key while you drag that selection and you get a trail.

Or we could use this photo of bats and the moon

Let’s choose the freehand selection tool.

We’ll zoom in on a bat with the magnifying tool.

Then we’ll outline a bat. You’ll do a much nicer job than I managed.

Then hold down the shift key and drag that bat wherever we’d like it to fly.

Have fun playing with Paint!

~ Cynthia