How to Do a Skew in MS Paint

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Microsoft Paint provides you the ability to resize a picture either vertically, horizontally, or both. The Stretch/Skew command in MS Paint is for this exact purpose, and uses percentage parameters to resize an image. This is one of the easier ways to do resizing in simple desktop operations.

Step 1

Open a file in MS Paint.

Step 2

Load the picture you want to work with. Select the image file under the "File" menu or cut and paste it into a new MS Paint window.

Step 3

Now go to the "Image" drop-down list and move down to select Stretch/Skew.

Step 4

You will see the Stretch/Skew command panel. The "Stretch" command will resize your image by percentage. Just enter a number into the text box marked "Horizontal" and the text box marked "Vertical."

Step 5

Take a look at your finished image. If it isn't right, you have the option to redo the last command and enter higher numbers, or just reopen the command panel and enlarge the current scale.

Tips & Warnings

  • Making the 2 numbers in your Horizontal and Vertical boxes the same will give you a proportional resizing. Any other combination of numbers will give you a "stretched" image. You can stretch something horizontally (making it really thin) or vertically (making it really tall) but an image is hardly ever very aesthetically pleasing unless it has proportion, which is something to keep in mind.
  • MS Paint allows you to "skew" and image. The process for this is the same, but instead of using the 2 text boxes for "Stretch," use the lower 2 boxes belonging to "Skew." Filling all 4 boxes will result in an image that is enlarged (or stretched) and twisted in a certain direction.

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