How to Add More Colors to Microsoft Paint


Most personal computers installed with Windows operating system come equipped with "Microsoft Paint" as a graphics program. Chris Sanyk, of the Lakewood Public Library Learning Lab, says " 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." Paint provides a limited color palette consisting of only 28 different hues. With a few steps, you can expand the palette by adding your own "customized" colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Personal computer
  • Microsoft Paint

Creating A Customized Palette

  • Open the "Edit Colors" screen by clicking the "Colors," "Edit Colors" selections in the menu bar at the top of your page. This will open a separate pop-up on top of your basic window.

  • Use the "Define Custom Colors" button to expand the window to include the color selection chart.

  • Choose the color to add to your palette either visually by placing your cursor on a color and clicking or by adding the Red, Green, Blue (RGB) formula if known.

  • When you get a color you like choose the "Add To Custom Colors" button. You will see your color appear in the "Custom Colors" palette.

  • At this point, you may continue to add colors to the palette by repeating the process. If you are happy with your colors, select the "OK" button. You are now ready to create using your new color palette.

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