Holy Crap: I'm an Official MVP for MS Paint

There are few emails that one will receive in his lifetime that will render him completely speechless. This past weekend, I received one such email. Its subject read Congratulations on your MVP Award!

I struggle with the words to describe how elated I am to be chosen for this award. Sure, I’ve worked my butt off in microsoft.public.accessories.paint, helping both newbies and vets solve their problems. But I never expected this. For me, it’s always been about my love of the Paint, and sharing my knowledge and expertise of Paint with the world.

I don’t want to bore you with me patting my self on the back, so I’ll just use the rest of this space to share my top three tips and tricks. I’ve got plenty more, so if you ever need some help with Paint, don’t hesitate to ask this MVP!


Why are some of my edges jagged?
You’ve discovered one of the dark secrets of digital art: pixilation. Because everything in your Paint image is made of small square blocks, the only way to make a diagonal line or a curve is to arrange the pixels in “steps;” these very steps give the image that ugly, jagged appearance.

Fortunately, we can help smooth out the jagged edges with a technique called anti-aliasing. The trick is to make the jagged edge an in-between color of the two bodies of colors. For our red circle and white background, all we need is pink, applied with the spray paint can tool.

And like magic, the jagged edge is no more!

How do I do shadows?
Shadows in Paint are incredibly easy to do:
1) Draw the shape you want to draw, but instead use black
2) Draw the shape you want to draw, using the colors you really want to use, but draw it at an angle slightly away from the black shape

Look ma, a shadow!

How can I make realistic looking Hair?
This is one of the more difficult things to accomplish in Paint. But it’s certainly doable. First, you need to figure out what hair style you want to use. Once you figure that out, it’s just a matter of using the right tool.

Curl

Believe it or not, this is a simple matter of using the wonderfully handy spray can tool. Just pick the hair color, and go crazy!!!

Baldy

This hairstyle is so ridiculously simple you’ll wonder why more cartoons characters aren’t bald. Simply apply the ellipse tool twice, above each ear, and you’ve got yourself a bald guy!

Side Part

When you want to make your character look neat and orderly, only the polygon tool will do. Here’s something funny: I like to part my own hair on the left, but draw it parted on the right. Funny, see, I told you!

Bed Head

Oh no, caught red handed without a comb! You can easily achieve this look with the use of the paint brush tool. Don’t go too crazy, it’s pretty easy to slip and go through an eye.


Be sure to congratulate Jason Mauss as well. He was awarded this year’s MSN Messenger MVP.

Published Sunday, November 13, 2005 10:47 PM by Alex Papadimoulis

Comments

Monday, November 14, 2005 5:05 AM by Frans Bouma

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hahaahah Bed head :D
Monday, November 14, 2005 2:31 PM by Jeff

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CONGRATULATIONS! This will look quite nice on your resume.

I am told that next year I am a shoe-in for becoming an MVP for Notepad. Wish me luck!
Monday, November 14, 2005 2:31 PM by Jeff

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(damn! that joke was already made!)
Friday, November 18, 2005 3:25 PM by Brendan Tompkins

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This is the funniest post I've read all year!
Friday, December 2, 2005 1:47 PM by Sergio Pereira

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I used to have "MVP MS-Paint and Notepad" in my email and newsgroups signatures just for fun. When I saw the title of this post, for a minute I thought the title actually existed :) LOL ! Searching google groups showed me that I'm not the only fake out there :)
Friday, December 2, 2005 2:11 PM by Derick Bailey

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i got my MVP for Start button award just a week ago. :)
Friday, December 2, 2005 2:13 PM by micah

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funny stuff! hey, where'd all the flare images go?
Friday, December 2, 2005 2:24 PM by TBrown

# re: Holy Crap: I'm an Official MVP for MS Paint

I want the CPB MVP! or for those not in the know the copy and paste buffer MVP.
Monday, December 5, 2005 4:25 AM by R3Sh33P

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I've been using different tools for the last ten years, but these tips were just mind bogglingly brilliant.

Your award is well deserved. Keep me posted if your doing some additional postings or when the book gets published!

Best regards and salute,
Jeff
Johannesburg
South Africa
Monday, December 5, 2005 6:26 AM by R3Sh33P

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and spelling, texts that is...
Monday, December 5, 2005 5:50 PM by Office Pleb

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Damn, I wish I could afford a licenced copy. Is there an OpenSource resource or is Paint part of Micro$oft's 'Visual Binary' project?
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 7:43 AM by Tony Morris

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<quote>
Keep me posted if your doing some additional postings or when the book gets published!
</quote>
<quote>
and spelling, texts that is...
</quote>
What about spelling the contraction for 'you are'? It is spelled "you're", not "your".
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 3:53 AM by R3Sh33P

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oi I'm dutch okay stop moaning, rather sort me out with the highlight tips! :)

thanks for the help non the less Tony M, related to Bony M?
Thursday, December 8, 2005 3:26 AM by roodles

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this dutchie is a fool... tony m is cool
Thursday, December 8, 2005 3:28 AM by roodles

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by the way the previous post was to the tune of "Daddy Cool"
Friday, December 9, 2005 7:21 AM by roodles

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humour is my middle name... no seriously now guys humour my first name.
Monday, August 14, 2006 1:48 AM by BM

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*pixellation

(apologies)

Friday, November 10, 2006 11:58 PM by sasa

# shss.. noob

ur noob dude.. u dont know how to use teh paint. its not a tool its a weapon for your mind.. you should use the paint with your soul... ur noob dude.. ur a noob! mvp ah.. u suck!