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The Digital Inspiration blog suggests that while, yes, MS Paint can make hilarious stick figure illustrations, it can be used more skillfully than you might imagine, suggesting five lesser-known features of the ever-present Windows app.
The deviantArt image thumbnailed above, for example, was crafted entirely in MS Paint—perhaps with a tablet as well, but, still, it's an impressive showing of the app's creative capabilities. Digital Inspiration suggests a few tools that make it really handy for photo touch-ups or drawing your own images, like keeping a semi-hidden third colour selection handy for your drawing:
If you left click on a colour shade, it becomes the primary colour while right-clicking on another colour will make that a secondary colour. There's however an option to store a third colour in the palette as well.
Just select the "Pick Color" tool and CTRL+ left-click on any one of the shades in the Palette or the canvas window and then CTRL+ left-click to use this new 3rd shade without losing the 2 earlier shades. You can then access this colour by holding the Ctrl key while drawing.
What's the best image you've ever created using Paint, or creative use you've found for the Accessories menu staple? Tell us all about it in the comments.
MS Paint for Windows - Tips & Tricks for using Paint [Digital Inspiration]