How to Create Gradient Color With MS Paint

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Microsoft Paint is a basic image editing program included with any computer running a Windows operating system. While it does not offer control over an image to the extent of Adobe Photoshop, there is still quite a lot you can do in Microsoft Paint. One example is creating gradients. A gradient is a block of color that gradually changes to another color. Doing this is Microsoft Paint is as simple as a few mouse clicks.

  • Open Microsoft Paint. The icon can be found by clicking on the "Start" menu, selecting "Programs," clicking on "Accessories" and then on "Microsoft Paint."

  • In Microsoft Paint, Select "File" and then "New" to create a new blank image.

  • Click on the little square block of color at the bottom of the "Tools" window to specify the first color you want to include in your gradient color. You will be able to choose any color on the color wheel.

  • Use the "Brush" tool to draw a diagonal line across your new blank image with the color you have chosen. Completely fill one side of the image with that color.

  • Choose the second color you want to be included in your gradient. Use the brush tool to fill in the other side of the diagonal line with your second color.

  • Click on the "Image" button at the top of the Microsoft Paint program window. Select the "Stretch" option, and then the "Skew" button. Enter "1%" into the box that appears, and select the "OK" button. This will stretch your image in such a way that you've created a perfect gradient color. Your image will blend from the first specified color directly into the second.

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