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Rainbow Text for Headings

rainbow heading

Rainbow lettering like this heading is very easy and quick to make.

Directions for a curved rainbow background are here.

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You'll need a big page—wider than your intended text, and deep enough to have scroll bars. My page was 720 x 1016.

Draw Straight Lines

Line tool, thickest lineClick on any colour you fancy and hold the Shift key while you draw a straight line.

Click on a different colour and draw another straight line right below it and touching it. It doesn't matter if there's a bit of overlap, but don't allow any white between the lines.

Close-packed lines of different coloursKeep changing colours and drawing lines until you've used all the colours you want.

Duplicate the Lines

Now click the Rectangular Selection tool and the transparency icon below the toolbox.

transparency optionsThese two little icons, which appear conveniently when you click on the selection tool, control transparency. With the bottom icon highlighted, as shown here, your selection will be transparent.

If you're using Paint in Windows 7, here are directions for turning on transparency.

Duplicating block of coloursDraw a selection rectangle around your block of colours. Hold the Ctrl key as you begin to drag the selection downwards.

This block should be deep enough for most font sizes, but ig you want more depth, tap the Ctrl key again and drag another copy down.

Click away to cancel your selection, then draw a new selection rectangle around the whole big block of colours.   top

Arrow for stretchingStretch the Block of Colours

There's a little block half way down the side of the selection marquee. Hover your mouse over it until the cursor schanges to a double-ended arrow. Then press and pull to make the selected area wider.

Type Your Heading

If necessary, select the stretched block and drag it further down the page to make enough space to type your heading.

Click on the Text Tool and click on black.Text Tool

Text ToolbarSet your options in the Text Toolbar. It's a good idea to use Bold for this.

Your choice of font-size is not limited to the sizes shown in the drop-down list of sizes. You can type in any size you please. I used 80 for the text at the top of this page.

Draw a text box above your colour block and type your text. If the box you've draw isn't wide enough, as happened here...

Text box not wide enough

      ...you can stretch the text box just as you did the colour block. The text won't be stretched; you'll just have more space for your letters. (I was lucky enough to have room underneath for the text to wrap. If there's no room in either direction, you'll most likely get a warning sound from Windows. Just stretch the text box anyway. All will be well.)   top

Stretch text box

Adjust the Colour Block to Match

When you've finished the typing, Click again on the Rectangular Selection Tool, select the colour block and stretch it until it's definitely longer than the line of text.   top

Adjusted colour block

Invert Text Colours

Invert Colors menu itemPaint in Windows 7 right click selection menuNow draw a selection marquee around just the text you typed.

Go to the Image menu and choose Invert Colors.

In Windows 7, right click on the selection itself and choose Invert color.

Inverted colours


You are going to drag this black mask onto the block of rainbow colours.

Hold the Ctrl key as you begin to drag. You're dragging a copy of the typing and leaving the original for later use.

Drag the copy down onto the colour block so that you can see colour shining through all the white letters.   top

Black mask in position

Clear the Mask

Paint bucketClick the Flood Fill paint bucket button and, with white as your background colour, right click on the black oblong around the letters. Right click into each black space inside the letters, too.

Removing the mask

Pick up a Copy of the Rainbow Text

Select the rainbow text

Draw a selection marquee inside the white oblong, but outside all of the letters.

Press the Ctrl key as you begin to drag a copy. At this stage the heading looks a bit insipid and some colours get lost against a white background.

Drag the copy to the spare line of black text and place it almost, but not quite, on top of it, allowing just an edge of the black to show on either the left or the right. This gives the heading more definition.   top

Rainbow text with thin shadow.

Transparency in Windows 7 —Image Menu—Select

Contracted image menu Usual image menuFull image menu Depending on the size of your window, the Image Menu will look like one of these. When you click the down arrow just below the dotted rectangle, or just below the word Image, a menu will offer you further choices.

Before you can use the buttons on the right of this menu, you select the part of your drawing that you want to work with.

Transparent selection

Add to Quick AccessAt the bottom of the Select menu you'll see Transparent selection. You'll want to use this often, so it's a good idea to add it to your Quick Access toolbar. To do this, right click on Transparent selection and then click on Add to Quick Access toolbar.
On your Quick Access Toolbar, there'll be a checkbox in front of the words Transparent selection. Transparency with checkboxWhile that box has a tick in it, selections will be transparent.

To make your selections opaque, just click the checkbox to remove the tick.


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