How to crop images with MS Paint
This tutorial will demonstrate how to crop a screenshot using Microsoft Paint (which comes with Windows XP). Cropping refers to modifying an image by eliminating parts of the image that you don't want. This is helpful for authors that upload their images as attachments to their mods. Uploading a 1024x768 image of a small dagger on the road isn't a good idea, cropping the image where it only shows the dagger is a good idea.
Cropping an Image with Microsoft "Paint" is tricky since they do not have a built-in crop tool. Here are the steps to crop an image:
- Start Paint (comes with Windows XP under Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories)
- From the menu, click Image, Attributes, change both Width and Height to 10. This will make the blank image very small.
- Close Paint and don't save the blank image. (it will remember the 10x10 size for new images from now on)
- Find your file and right-click on it and open with Paint.
- Select the tool on the top-right of the toolbar that looks like a dotted rectangle (called "Select")
- Click and drag a box around the part of the image you wish to keep. This will act like your crop-selection tool.
- From the menu, click Edit, Copy (shortcut key: Ctrl-c)
- From the menu, click File, New (should be a blank 10x10)
- From the menu, click Edit, Paste (shortcut key: Ctrl-v) (should now be the size of the copied image)
- Save your newly cropped image in JPEG format.
Alternatively, first open the image that you wish to crop. After selecting and copying the area you wish to keep (steps 5-7 above), open a new paintbrush window. Before pasting your image, scroll down to the bottom right hand corner of the (new) paintbrush canvas, the white 'drawing' area. Hovering the mouse over this corner brings up a cursor allowing you to drag and adjust the size of the canvas. Drag it up almost to the top left and release. You now have a very small canvas. Paste your image, and the canvas grows to fit the size of the pasted image.
Note this is necessary as the canvas grows to fit the size of a pasted image but does not shrink to fit the size.