Assignment For Ms Paint

Lab 03:  Painting with Paint

Special Note to Windows 7 Users:  Many of you know that Paint is a drawing tool that can be used for simple drawings and basic image editing. Paint has been included in every version of Microsoft Windows, starting from Windows 1.0 which was released in 1985. After 24 years of development, Paint reached version number 6.1 in Windows 7. If you’re working with Windows 7 at home or in the COSC Labs, click here to for a quick Windows 7 Paint Tutorial:


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This lab will introduce Paint to create and edit drawings. Paint is a paint program for simple illustrations. In this assignment we will create a Tessellation with Paint. Tessellations (also often called "tilings") are repeated geometric designs that cover a plane without overlaps and gaps. Tessellations can be traced back thousands of years and illustrate how mathematics and art can be combined.

Paint is a somewhat basic software for image creation and symbol manipulation, keep that in mind as we work through the assignment. Using Paint should make us appreciate the options and complexity that Flash has to offer :)

If you have a mac, here is a link to the equivalent program (Gimp) for the mac at . The site also has tutorials on how to use gimp at .


1.     Open MS Paint by selecting Start / Programs / Accessories / Paint. The Paint toolbar is displayed towards the top of the screen. Use your mouse and move slowly over the icons shown in the toolbar to see an explanation of the tool.


Good to know.....

To draw a circle, use the oval tool and hold down the shift key while dragging out an ellipse, this constrains the form to a circle.

To draw a square, use the rectangle tool and hold down the shift key while dragging out a rectangle, this constrains the form to a square.

To draw (somewhat) more regular polygons, hold down the shift key while drawing the form, this constrains all angles to 45 or 90 degrees. This feature is helpful when drawing triangles.

When cutting and pasting objects, make sure to draw the rectangle only as big as the object and don't go beyond the corners of the object. If the selection rectangle is larger than the original object, the additional selected area is also copied as white space.

2.     This exercise will use geometrical or irregular shapes. Below are some sites you can consult for some ideas of shapes to use for your tessellation.

3.     Practice by drawing some rectangles and triangles. Fill them with color and use the Image / Flip and Rotate features on these shapes.

4.     Set the dimensions for the tessellation. Select IResize / Select Pixels, and make sure to set  width=512 pixels and height=342 pixels.

5.     Decide on your shape and draw the shape on the canvas. It does not matter if your shape is simple or sophisticated. It is usually easier to use the outline mode (the top shape in the options for selected tools box) when drawing the shape and filling the shape with color later. You may want to consider that some shapes can be created by drawing and connecting multiple smaller shapes. For example, a hexagon could be created from triangles. Just remember that there can be no overlaps and gaps.

6.     Save your file as a .gif file. Since Paint is a somewhat basic tool, saving the shape ensures that we always can go back to the original shape.

7.     Fill parts or all of the shape with colors of your choice.

8.     Now copy and paste the shape. Draw a rectangle around your finished shape using the select tool and select Edit / Copy. Now select Edit / Paste.  Move the shape so that it is directly adjacent to the original shape (it is most likely directly on top of your original shape). You may have to flip or rotate your shape by using Image / Flip-Rotate. Please consider that the rotation feature in MS Paint is somewhat limited and allows only 90, 180, or 270 degrees rotation.

9.     Save your file again as a .gif file, but this time use a different file name.

10.  Repeat this process until all of the white space is covered.

11.  Write your full name and section on your artwork. Use View / Text Toolbar to set the font and size of your text. Make sure to select the text tool in the tool palette first (just click on the A) to ensure that the text toolbar is active. Draw a large text box on your tessellation and set the text size to at least 14.

12.Textboxes can have a white or transparent background. Once you click on the text tool in the tool palette (click the A), two background options appear at the bottom of the toolbar. Click on the option showing the white background box if you like your text to appear in a box with white background. Click on the option with transparent background if you like your text to appear without a box and transparent background.

13.Save the current file to your H:\COSC109\CompletedLabAssignments folder under the filename Lab03_SUBMIT.gif   (Save the file using File / Save As and select the .gif file format for this work.)

Grading Criteria

·        Tessellation must cover the plane without overlaps and gaps

·        Tessellation may not have white space around the sides

·        Shape must be repeated at least 8 times

·        Image must contain your name and section

·        Final Image must be in .gif file format

Submitting your file

Send an e-mail to and attach one file: Lab03_Submit.gif
with the Subject Heading “COSC 109.102: Submitting Lab Assignment #3”


In order to learn all there is to know about this drawing program, open the Microsoft Tutorial page below. Do not save this to your folder. Practice using the different tools mentioned on this page in order to gain a better understanding of how to complete the assignments below.

Microsoft Paint Tutorial

Now that you have the basics, lets have some fun!!!!!!!

Assignment 1

  • Open Microsoft Paint (Start-Programs-Accessories-Paint).
  • Set your canvas size to 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. (Click on image on your standard toolbar then choose attributes.)
  • The first thing we will try is designing your name using different features in the program. Don't be afraid to try different things. Remember that if you make a mistake, use the Edit, then undo button. This will allow you to erase the last function you performed.
  • To enter your name, click on the button that displays the letter A.
  • While holding the left mouse button down, drag to open your text box on the canvas. A text dialog box will open. First assign the font size to 72, then type your first and last name.
  • Set the font style to either stencil, impact, albertus extra bold, or any style that reflects a wide and full appearance which will allow you more room to paint. Use the zoom key to make intricate details. Make sure all opening are closed or your color will bleed onto your canvas. An example of this activity is shown below.
  • Save it to your folder as My Name.

Assignment 2

Now that you have all the features figured out you will now design a house similar to the one below. Make sure to use all your tools to get the look you want (example: using Paints Airbrush for smoke, clouds, flowers, trees).


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