Application Suite: Paint



Paint is a pixel-based picture editor. You can use it to 'paint' coloured images by applying colours to an area with a variety of brushes and painting tools.

The pictures produced by Paint are kept in the form of sprites. A sprite is a graphic shape made up of an arrangement of pixels (the smallest unit the screen uses in its current mode). Sprites are stored in sprite files which may contain more than one sprite. Sprites and sprite files use a standard format, so you can freely export images produced by Paint to other programs that use sprites, such as Draw and various RISC OS desktop publishing programs. You can also use Paint to edit bitmap files produced by many other programs.

The important difference between Paint and Draw is that unlike Draw, Paint knows nothing about 'objects' such as rectangles and circles; all it knows is the colour of each pixel. Although you can paint regular shapes, you cannot then select them in order to delete, move or resize them.

When you export a sprite from Paint into Draw this remains true. Regular shapes forming part of the sprite cannot be edited like Draw objects. The whole sprite becomes a single object in your Draw diagram, and can be moved or resized, but not otherwise edited.

The first part of this document is a tutorial section that introduces some of the more common features of Paint and shows how they can be used to create a simple sprite.

Later sections contain more detailed descriptions of all the features of Paint backed up with examples demonstrating how each feature can be used.


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