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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
If you want to draw your own graphics on a blank canvas or even on top of another image, you can use the paint accessory. The paint accessory is changed slightly in Windows 7, so let's take a look. We'll go to the Windows Orb and just type in 'paint' as opposed to navigating through all programs and accessories. Here you can see at the top under Programs, we have got our Paint application or accessory. That opens up a blank canvas and we are ready to start creating. We have got all kinds of tools. Here you'll notice we have got a ribbon across the top with two tabs, Home and View.
On the Home tab, you'll see different tools for drawing, add text if we wanted to, change brushes, we have got basic shapes we can add. We can change the Outline and Fill properties, line sizes, colors for any of the objects we draw. We've got a blank canvas and we're ready to go. Another option though is to open an existing image and draw on top of it. Let's do that. In this case, we'll go to the button just left of the Home tab and here's where we see all those things for creating new images, opening existing files, saving, printing, we can even send via e-mail if we wanted to and exit the program at the bottom.
But let's open one up. We'll click Open and let's just use one of the images that comes with Windows 7, our Koala bear here in the Pictures Library. Just click Pictures if you're not looking at it and it should be there. Now when you click Open, you're going to see it in full size. So we have got scrollbars, if we want to scroll around. We've also got a zoom slider to change the zoom level to zoom in, drag it to the left to zoom out. I am going to go back to 100% and just scroll down so we're focused on the face of our Koala bear.
Now we are going to start using some of the tools. Well, we'll go to the Basic Shape section here and click Oval, and just before we start drawing our oval, we can choose things like the line size. Let's go to the thickest line size, the color you can see, or foreground color is set to black and then the background color is set to white. That's if our object is going to use two colors. Well, we're not going to use a fill because we are going to draw glasses around the eyes of our Koala bear, nice round ones.
And we can go over here and draw another one. If you don't like where it's placed, no problem, just move inside. You can move it around, once it's deselected though it's a little bit trickier to edit. So once you got them in the right spot, let's try another shape, this time the curve line. We'll click and drag from the center of one lens to the other and now to bend it we'll go to the center, just drag that up, click and drag and you've drawn the glasses. Let's scroll up a little bit, so we can see the ears because we need to draw the arms on these glasses.
We could use the curved line or if you prefer a straight line. We'll just go from the right side here and drag that up. That might look better if it were a little bit smaller, so we can move it down to a thinner line. Let's go to the second last one, 5 pixels. Now when we draw the next one, it'll be the same. Use those same properties and there is the glasses on our Koala bear. Now we have made some changes to this image and if we want to save those changes, we can go up to the Save button, which will just save using the exact same name or if you prefer to change the name, we'll go to the button below the Save button on the quick access toolbar and choose Save As.
Now you'll notice a number of different formats to choose from. It could be a PNG or a JPEG, Bitmap, so we can change the format of this image as well. So let's go to JPEG and let's save it to our desktop. So click Desktop and down below we'll change the name from Koala to KoalaPaint, we'll just add paint on the end. And click Save. So we now got our image saved to the desktop. Here is another cool thing we can do. Let's go back to our Paint button and from here choose to set it as the desktop background.
We have some options. We could take it and tile it across the desktop, we could center it on the desktop or if you prefer, have it fill the entire desktop, that's what I am going to select. Choose fill the entire screen with his picture. So that means if we minimize Paint, look at the image on our desktop in the background, beautiful. We can go back to Paint from the Taskbar. One click brings it back. You continue to make changes as you please. You notice we've got rotating options.
You can erase things that weren't just right and recreate them, look at the different brushes you have to choose from, if you want to draw freehand. Lots to experiment using the Paint accessory. Let's just close this up to return to our Desktop, our brand new desktop, thanks to Paint.
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