Creative Graphics Practicum
Instructor: Chris Sanyk
Even though MS Paint is a very limited graphics program, as we have seen, it is capable of doing some useful tricks. It is perhaps most useful as an tool for introducing new users to working with graphics programs, as its simplicity and small size makes it easier to learn. Much of what we have learned in using Paint can be usefully applied to learning to use other, more sophisticated graphics programs.
But that does not mean that Paint is merely useful as an educational stepping stone, and useless for practical applications. If all you need is a very basic image editor, Paint is a pretty good choice. Its greatest feature, other than its simplicity, is the fact that Paint is distributed freely with the Microsoft Windows operating system. This means that anyone who is running Windows has Paint on their computer (unless they've deliberately uninstalled it decided to not install it in the first place).
Also, Paint does not require a great deal of system resources in order to run. This is an advantage if you're using an older computer that does not have a lot of RAM or a fast CPU. And, Paint is a very stable piece of software. I have never seen it crash, and, aside from some quirkiness with the Curve Tool, as far as I'm aware, it is as bug-free a piece of software as I have seen from Microsoft.
Now that you've gone through the lessons in this class, you should be somewhat familiar with Paint. Now is the time when you can build on that knowledge and begin to use Paint on your own. Remember, the more you work at it, the better you will get. Be patient, and refer back to these pages often, or use the Help menu to refresh yourself when you can't remember how to do something.