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Right-click! Actually, the option still exists, but it's not found on the ribbon. You can only find it when right-clicking an image: The result: If you select everything or nothing, the entire image is inverted. Else, only the selection gets inverted: The result:


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Try Paint.NET for size. I tried GimpShop before, but did not like it. Paint.NET is to MS Paint what Notepad++ is to Notepad :) To change an image to have a transparent background: Install Paint.NET Download AlphaMask plugin Extract AlphaMask.dll to \Paint.NET\Effects (note you will likely need to unblock the file) Open Paint.NET Open your file Copy the ...


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I found this worked flawlessly in changing what Edit did, and you can choose any program you want. Open up the registry editor: Start → regedit Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\edit\command On the right-hand side double-click on Default and change the value to "C:\YOUR_PATH_HERE\APPLICATION.exe" "%1" This has the ...


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Something like gnome-paint ?


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Under the 'Select' dropdown menu on the top of the page click 'None'. Or Shift Ctrl A is the shortcut. This is just to deselect without another action.


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Nothing's wrong: This is how it is supposed to be. PNG images use lossless compression, whereas JPEG uses lossy compression. Lossy compression lets you reduce the file size, but it is not reversible. When you convert from a lossy JPEG picture, which stores the data in blocks, to a PNG image, which stores pixel-by-pixel values in a bitmap, you will increase ...


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Drawing lots of lines that are connected is usually something that calls for the polyline tool instead of multiple individual lines: Otherwise you can install Paint.NET where you get those handles too, but you can commit the drawn line with the Return key.


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Rather than deal with Paint, you should try GIMP. http://www.gimp.org It allows you to set any color you want to transparent so you can just fill the background of the image with some radical green or pink or something that doesnt show up anywhere in your star and then set that color to transparent. Since youre dealing with image manipulation for ...


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EDIT: Opps, misread the question. Windows Media player draws images on the screen in a special way. This stops you from taking screenshots, but has the side effect of being able to see video in MSPaint


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I use a dirty little hack for this. Make a small blank white JPEG image and save it to a place like C:\blank.JPG and make it read only right-click the paint shortcut in the start menu, and select "Properties" Append "C:\blank.JPG" to the end of the Target field (keep the quotes) now every time you open paint it will start with that JPEG image and the "...


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How are you saving them as .jpg ? Did you select JPEG in the file format options? (I believe paint defaults to .bmp, so you may have a .bmp save with a .jpg extension). However, as people have already said in the comments, Paint is not a great program for any serious image editing tasks. A good free alternative is Paint.NET, it has most of Paint's ease of ...


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It should be located in C:\Windows\system32 To install windows software, you need to go to add/removes program -> add/removes windows component.


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Try Paint.Net Edit: plugins for Paint.net, "random shape fill" plugin may fill your needs


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The best option is go to Save As, right click on JPEG picture, then Add to quick access toolbar. Not exactly ctrl+s convenient, but now you have a little icon that saves directly to jpg. Also, How can I make Windows Paint save by default as JPEG format?


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Ah, doing a Google search I came on a YouTube video which mentions a solution: Clicked start. Went to the Control Panel. Typed "cursor" in the Search of the top left hand corner of Control Panel window. Clicked "change the mouse pointer display or speed". Go to the Pointer Options tab. Remove the check from Enhanced Pointer Precision.


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Photoshop In Photoshop, to get outlines for any shape, check the layer's Blending Options…. Here, apply Stroke. Don't forget to set the right size: And you're done: Paint.NET Paint.NET doesn't do it by default, but it has an Outline Plugin you can use to achieve the same. Paint Paint is too limited in this regard. I wouldn't even try. ...


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There is an Outline plugin for Paint.NET which you can use: First the image (the text is on a separate layer above; the background is just so it's obvious): Then the Outline plugin: And voila: If you don't care about crisp, pixel-y edges of the outline, then you can simply do the following which doesn't need a plugin: Start with the text on a ...


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You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-I.


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For the Windows Vista / Windows 7 version of Paint, what I did was to right-click the "save as... JPEG Picture" menu option, and select "Add to Quick Access Toolbar". This put a shortcut of it onto said toolbar, which is pretty much the same thing that you want to accomplish, right? I searched the registry and found nothing useful, so that's the best I got....


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There is no easy tweak for this to my knowledge. There is, however, the old trick to opening it with a blank file by default. Create a small blank PNG file and place it somewhere that won't get deleted, such as the system32 folder. Open your mspaint shortcut and change the target to open this PNG as an argument to the mspaint executable. eg. %SystemRoot%\...


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Solved this by copying mspaint.exe to xppaint.exe on an xp computer. Then copied xppaint to a Windows 7 computer. When transparency is required, use xppaint. Many features in Win 7's Paint are better, but not this one.


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Paint is a pretty basic program, after searching the registry, the properties and and finding no guide on shell parameters, I'm reasonably sure this isn't supported.


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XPaint should do all those things. It's not pretty, but it should get the job done.


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The default extensions used in the standard Open/Save dialogs are controlled by each application. In this case, unfortunately, they are hard-coded inside the MS Paint executable. There's no way to change them, except from hex-editing mspaint.exe (not for the faint of heart). I would suggest using a file renaming utility to change the letter case of the ...


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What don't you like about The GIMP? That's pretty much the defacto open source standard. I haven't used these, but FYI... http://paintbrush.sourceforge.net/ http://sourceforge.net/projects/seashore/


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You should use the Pencil tool at its smallest size for accurate single pixel drawing with opaque colors. The Brush tools use antialiasing which leads to the properties you describe and don't want.


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AutoHotKey with the following script: ; print screen pastes into MS Paint ~Printscreen:: Run Mspaint WinWaitActive, Untitled - Paint { Send ^v } I tested this from Vista Business 64-bit with success, but your mileage may vary.


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Modify the script slightly to auto-crop the image. ; print screen pastes into MS-Paint ~Printscreen:: !~Printscreen:: Run Mspaint WinActivate, Untitled - Paint WinWaitActive, Untitled - Paint { Send ^v Send ^+x } (so now it pastes the image, and then crops it)


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If you want an application that looks and functions like Windows 7 paint, try PaintRibbon.



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