A CDE Definition
(1) In computer graphics, to "paint" the screen using a tablet stylus or mouse to simulate a paintbrush. See paint program.
(2) To transfer an image as in the phrase "the laser printer paints the image onto a photosensitive drum."
(3) To create a screen form by typing anywhere on screen. To "paint" the screen with text.
An application that allows the user to simulate painting on the computer by using the mouse or a graphics tablet. The images are generated as "bitmapped graphics," which are a matrix of picture elements (pixels). Windows comes with Paint, an elementary paint program, and image editors such as Photoshop provide a basic set of painting tools. However, the foremost paint program is Corel's Painter, which provides an unbelievable number of features (see Painter).
An Artist's Canvas
Bitmapped images are much like an artist's canvas, as all the elements in the scene are "painted" together. Colors can be changed and parts or all of an image can be run through image filters to create a wide variety of special effects. However, unlike illustrations created in a drawing program, bitmapped images cannot be resized (scaled) smaller and larger without loss of quality. See graphics, image editor and SuperPaint.
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