(Updated: 2005/09/29)

Ultimate Paint

Created by: Kathy Lo

Revised by: Tanya Ellchuk, Leah Findlater, Holger Hoos

Comments to: Holger Hoos



Ultimate Paint is a powerful graphics program. In this lab you will learn how to create images and manipulate them using Ultimate Paint.

Before the Lab

Start thinking creatively and prepare to bring out your artistic side. You will need to be creative in this lab!

During the Lab

Part I: Getting to Know Ultimate Paint

Remember you can undo: Press Control-Z immediately after anything you've done that you want to undo. This can make it more fun to play around with different shapes and brushes. Be aware also that if you click on the Eraser (Clear Image) option of the paint toolbar, everything in your image will be erased. If you do this accidentally, you can click on Edit in the top horizontal toolbar, and then on Undo.

1. Open Ultimate Paint - Click on Start > Programs > Ultimate Paint > Ultimate Paint.
You should see a nice white window and a horizontal menu bar.

Note: Your window (background colour) may not be white. The background colour is visible when a new image canvas is created or when the Clear image button is clicked. To change the background colour, click the coloured squares at the bottom of the Toolbar:

If you want to change the background colour, click the outer square and choose a different colour from the window that pops up.

2. Choose Options > Toolbar.
A toolbar should appear with brushes, circles and squares.

3. Choose Options > Palette.
The Tools window should appear with a colour palette.

4. Fun things you can try:

Part II: Creating and Splitting an Image

1. Create an Image: Use Ultimate Paint to create a new image and set the size to 640 x 480 (SizeX=640, SizeY=480). To prepare your image, you are required to use the various shapes, colours, textures and effects that were introduced in Part I. Make sure as well that you use at least two different types of custom brushes that have been modified a few times (e.g., make the size bigger, stretch and bend the brush), and a custom filter.

Some possible images you could create that would make use of the many features of Ultimate Paint include drawing:

You are not limited to these suggestions. If you have an idea other than the above, create it! Just make sure to incorporate various shapes, colours, textures, etc. of Ultimate Paint. Try to come up with something that you could add to your web page.

You can also copy and paste together images from the web to create an image or add to your creation.

Save your image in a new folder. When you save your image, there are two things that you need to check in the Save File window:

  1. That the "gif" file format is selected. (You can also use "jpeg" for images to be included in web pages.)
  2. That the Transparent box is checked (it's in the lower half of the window) if you don't want to save the background as part of your image.

2. Split it up: (Make sure you save enough time for this step.) Next, you need to split your image up into 8 smaller images using the crop tool, like this:

Before you begin, make sure you are viewing the image at 100% zoom. The zoom can be adjusted using the zoom buttons on the top toolbar (). Click the up or down arrows until you reach "1".

The idea is to crop the image first into two rows, then to crop each row into four columns. This will create 8 separate images that you should save as pic0.gif, pic1.gif, etc. The heights of the rows do not have to be exactly equal, nor do the widths of the columns. To do this:


Show the original image you created to your TA, along with the 8 smaller images. If you like, add the original image to your web page.

Grading scheme for this lab: