Issue in MS Painter

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Within MS painter, how to fill part of area (highlighted below), with specific yellow colour?

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HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAsked:
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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Hi HauMin,

First select the colour that you want to use, then click the Fill icon. then click in the area you want to change.

Fill option in MS Paint
Regards, Andrew
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
How to select only the highlighted area below to put Yellow inside?

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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
In MS Paint, if there isn't a box defined, then that's a little more difficult. You could select the Rubber tool and manually change the pixels to yellow, but to do this in a quicker fashion, you will need to use a more powerful graphics editor. If you're on Windows 10, try loading the image into Paint 3D and then use the Magic Select function.
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Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
try this:

1. select Rectangle in Shapes
2. click Fill dropdown and select Solid color
3. select the Color1 and select red color from Colors
4. select the Color2 and select yellow color from Colors
5. draw your box then
Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
btw, Outline need to be solid color as well.

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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Good thought Ryan, except the fill tool will also erase the text and graphic at the same time. MS Paint just isn't powerful enough for intricate changes like the OP wants to make imo.
Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
alternatively... just screenshot the original image and paste it into a powerpoint slide, and then add the necessary boxes for the highlighting. And then make it as another screenshot.
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
click Fill dropdown and select Solid color
Ryan,
How to Fill dropdown?
Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
try this:

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HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
Sorry to that I cannot fill the rectangle below with color.

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Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
do you want to fill the rectangle with solid color, or partial transparent color, etc?
Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
you can try select "Fill" with Marker, is that's what you need?

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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Sorry to that I cannot fill the rectangle below with color.
Please clarify the issue you are having. Which method are you attempting to fill with? What happens when you try?
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
What are the steps to fill the rectangle with color (inside) and also be able to see the background (words) of the rectangle?

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Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
that's easy... use PowerPoint as already mentioned, or in MS Paint:

1. select Rectangle in Shapes
2. set color1 = red color
3. make sure Outline = solid color
4. make sure Fill = No Fill
5. Draw ur rectangle there.
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
Very sorry, in MS paint, how to achieve it below?

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Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
hmmm,

think I already provided you solutions for both blank background or marker background

can you refer to previous comments I have posted and try it again?
Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
For marker background = White color, just select Color2 = White.
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
Very sorry, how to choose Marker background, in MS paint?
Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
how to choose Marker background, in MS paint?

See the comment above, the image I have uploaded
Marker Background
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
What are the steps to fill the rectangle with color (inside) and also be able to see the background (words) of the rectangle?
you cannot do this with MS Paint or PowerPoint
Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
I guess what @HuaMin Chen asking to create a rectangle with transparent or semi-transparent background, which I already shown above how to do that.
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
you cannot do this with MS Paint or PowerPoint
Indeed Paul, precisely what I said very early on in this question. The OP appears to want to perform intricate graphics manipulations with a tool that could be likened to an Etch A Sketch :)

HuaMin, I considered your question answered after the first few comments. Perhaps your question would have been better phrased by asking something like "How do I use the basic functions in MS Paint" if you wanted to learn how to do that? The other experts are trying their best to help you, but I think you need to understand the limitations of the tool that you are using.

I would suggest downloading and using a much more powerful graphics manipulation tool to achieve your desired results. Two such tools immediately come to mind.

Gimp - Pros: Very powerful, Free - Cons: Difficult to learn to use
PaintShop Pro 2019 - Pros: Very powerful, a little easier to use than Gimp - Cons: Payment needed after Trial period expires

By trying to use MS Paint to try and achieve the things you want to achieve, you will only end up frustrated because it does not have the capabilities to do much of what you're asking.

Hope that helps.

Regards, Andrew
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all.
Andrew,
I've set up GIMP. Can you please share with the steps to put one rectangle filled with color, by also showing the background words?
nobusCommented:
lol...
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Hi HuaMin,

I see you've chosen to install and use the harder of the two suggestions I made to learn, but that may serve you well once you master it, because GIMP is a very powerful tool with the bonus of being free. However, because of its power and many functions, it would be impossible to teach you how to use GIMP in a question, and I'm not sure that I'm the best expert to help you because my knowledge of using GIMP is relatively basic.

Start here;

https://www.gimp.org/tutorials/

I'd suggest you start with "Beginner > GIMP Quickies" and move your way down the available lessons on that page until you've worked your way through all of the exercises.

Once you feel that you've mastered the basics of using GIMP, you'll then be in a much better position to ask more questions about specific things you want to do with it. I'm sure that Experts Exchange has many GIMP experts amongst its members who will be pleased to help answer any specific questions you may have about using it.

This question was about achieving a specific thing with MS Paint - a very basic tool as you've now discovered, and the question you asked was answered.

You've now embarked on quite a learning curve, but I encourage you to persist and go through the helpful GIMP tutorials as you will end up with a much stronger understanding of how to manipulate graphics. Transparency in graphics work is something to concentrate on, as you will need to be familiar with that aspect to achieve your end goal. I highly recommend you complete the basic beginner tutorials first though.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew

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