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Can I add color to a clip art graphic?

by ksteil / February 5, 2006 6:00 AM PST

I've volunteered to create ID badges for a garden club. There were several suitable clip art images on the web. Some have color (the wrong one) and I've turned those into grayscale or a watermark and then tried to color them by hand.
Needless to say, the color isn't clear or brilliant doing it that way.
One graphic in particular is the one I'd like to use, but it has purple coloring - I need a light blue.
I tried the 'fill' option, but that adds color to the background, not to the image itself.
Can I change the color from purple to blue? and if so, how do I go about it?

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Re: clipart editing
by Kees Bakker / February 5, 2006 6:24 AM PST


A clipart file is just a graphic file (mostly a gif, I think). What I should do: try to open it in Paint, edit it, and save it again (with another name, of course). If Paint doesn't open that type of file, use free Irfanview ( to translate it to and from a format (like bmp or jpg) that Paint will read and save as.

Hope this helps.


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changing color in graphic
by ksteil / February 5, 2006 7:11 AM PST
In reply to: Re: clipart editing

Kees, I tried this and had fun with it.
It takes more practice to come up with something I can use.
I erased the existing color first, then used the brush to re-color. Will play with the airbrush next, so the color will be less saturated.
I noticed that it has a text box and I inserted a name. Do you know how to increase the size of the text?
It looks as though it is time for me to get a manual and learn how to use this program.

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Re: Paint
by Kees Bakker / February 5, 2006 4:30 PM PST


If I make a textbox (or select an existing one) a 'font toolbar' pops up (in the version of Paint that comes with Windows XP). It's easy to change than.

Paint is one of the basic programs that comes with Windows XP. There's a good chance you'll info on it in books titled like 'Introduction to Windows XP', 'XP for starters' (no real titles, I think, just examples).
But have a look at (I excluded shop because you're not interested - at the moment - in other programs like Paint shop pro).

Hope this helps.


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by ksteil / February 5, 2006 11:25 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Paint

Hi, Kees
thank you so much for all you input.
I'll definitely try out all of your suggestions asap.

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