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How to Draw and Color Simple Images in Microsoft Paint

Robie is an artist who loves sharing what she has learned about art and painting in the hope that it might help other creatives.

Microsoft Paint is one of the basic software that come already installed when you purchase a PC.

It’s a simple digital graphic tool that can become very useful for basic image editing and for creating digital drawings and color images.

A daisy drown in Microsoft paint

A daisy drown in Microsoft paint

Drawing a Daisy on MS Paint

To showcase how to draw using shape tools or free hand in Microsoft Paint, we'll create a simple design: a daisy. The main shapes of a daisy are a round circle in the middle and oval-like petals.

We will use the oval tool to draw the center and the curve tool to draw the petals.

Open the Program Paint

A standard blank canvas will open and at the top you can see all the tools useful for drawing and painting.

When you open Paint, you see a standard blank canvas with menus and icons for the tools.

When you open Paint, you see a standard blank canvas with menus and icons for the tools.

Changing Canvas Size in Microsoft Paint

To Change the canvas size Click on “Resize”.
A Pop up window will open, and you can type the new values in percentage of the original, or in pixels.

The option of maintaining the ratio between height and width is automatically selected.

If you want to change only one of the two dimensions, deselect “Maintain aspect ratio”.

To change the canvas size, change one of the top the values. The other one adjusts automatically. To only change one dimension, uncheck "Maintain aspect ratio".

To change the canvas size, change one of the top the values. The other one adjusts automatically. To only change one dimension, uncheck "Maintain aspect ratio".

Drawing the Center of the Daisy

You can draw a daisy (or anything else) using shape tools or free hand.

First we’ll use the shape tools, making a circle for the center of the daisy.

  1. Select the oval shape by clicking on it.
  2. Click on Outline and from the drop-down menu select “Solid Color”.
  3. Click on Fill and select “Solid color”.
  4. Click on Size and select the thickness of the line outline.
  5. Draw by clicking and dragging.
  6. To move the whole shape you can use your arrow keys or drag it with your mouse.
Click on Fill and select “Solid color”.

Click on Fill and select “Solid color”.

My circle has an orange outline and it's fille with yellow.

Color 1 is the fill color: select yellow.

Color 2 is the line color, select orange.

Scroll to Continue

Start drawing by clicking with your cursor where you want your circle to start, and dragging - don't release the click until you are happy with the shape.

Release the click when you are happy with the shape.

After you release your click you see your circle surrounded by a square. That means that you can still move it around or change the size.

To change the size or the proportions you have to click on one of the little squares on the perimeter (handles) and drag it.

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Drawing the Petals

Select the Curve line tool. This line will draw straight at first, but you can click on parts of it and stretch it making it assume curvy shapes.

To make each petal draw a short segment of the curve along the circumference, then click about at 1/3 of the segment and drag it up. You’ll get a pointy shape. Then click down the longest side of the point and drag to make the oval of the petal.

Since this shape cannot be filled automatically, because it is only a line, you can fill quickly using the Shape Fill tool that looks like a bucket.

Using the Shape Fill Tool

When you draw a shape like square, arrow, heart, etc. you can specify how you want your outline and your fill to look.

  1. Select the shape you want to use.
  2. Select Color 1 and pick a color for the outline.
  3. Select Color 2 and pick a color for the filling.

You can pick how thick you want the line to be by selecting size and one of the available thickness settings.

Fill each petal with color using the Bucket tool.

Fill each petal with color using the Bucket tool.

Filling With the Bucket Tool

The bucket tool fills the whole shape with one color.

  1. Select the bucket icon.
  2. Select the color you want.
  3. Click on a shape and see how it automatically fills.

In the image below, I filled with the bucket tool the blue shapes. Notice how you can still see some of the blue pixels around the edges. To avoid that double edge effect, start from a shape that is one color.

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Drawing Free Hand in Microsoft Paint

An alternative, and more immediate way to draw in Microsoft paint is free hand using the brush tool.

You get to pick your brush type: brush, calligraphy brush1 or 2, airbrush, oil brush, crayon, marker, natural pencil, watercolor brush.

Brush tools in Microsoft Paint

Brush tools in Microsoft Paint

You also pick your stroke thickness: 1px, 3px, 5px, or 8px, and of course you pick your color.

Move the brush with your mouse, click and drag to draw.

Of course, free hand drawing will have lines less straight and perfect that using shapes, but that can add more personality to your drawing.

The daisy below has been drown free hand using the oil brush tool.

Brush types in Microsoft paint

Brush types in Microsoft paint

Daisy drown free hand using the oil brush tool in Microsoft Paint

Daisy drown free hand using the oil brush tool in Microsoft Paint

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Robie Benve

Comments

Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on February 01, 2013:

Thanks tirelesstraveler, I hope you had fun with it! :)

Robie Benve (author) from Ohio on January 30, 2013:

Hi Carol, that's exactly how I got to use MS Paint very often nowadays, to create illustrations for hubs when I don't have or find a suitable photo. This relatively simple program can come pretty handy! Thanks for your support. :)

Judy Specht from California on January 28, 2013:

What fun. I will take a try at it, I need something creative tonight.

carol stanley from Arizona on January 28, 2013:

I know this is all pretty cool but I still like the real canvas and paper..but this does have an important place particularly for doing illustrations for our hubs. Voting up and sharing and pinning.

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