First off, I do NOT want to download or buy anything, I just want to know if there is any way to get Paint to do what I want. (I've read a lot of random issues with paint and the first thing suggest is "download this or that".) Now on to my issue:
Last night I spent 8 hours googling and scouring "help" files (why on earth does the help button in Paint give me 30 results that have nothing to do with Paint? what happened to help files giving you help on the program you clicked "help" in?) trying to figure out how to get custom "colors" to work.
After 8 hours I eventually managed to define 16 custom colors (I needed a range of greys) only to find out I had to individually select up to 10 that I could actually use (why can I define 16 if I can only use 10?). I reconfigured my custom-defined greyscale to 10 shades of grey and eventually got them all to show up in the 10 boxes under the original colors.
My current problem is that apparently my custom (grey) colors are not having their defined RGB values respected. Both 0,0,0 and 28,28,28 are being treated as black when I try to use them (although they show up as different when I look at them on the ribbon) and if I use 57,57,57 (just slightly lighter) it jumps to being a medium grey instead of being just slightly lighter than the shade before it. Is there any way I can make my custom colors actually be used as the colors I defined? I've restricted myself to just using the pencil and paint bucket tools. I have avoided the brushes since I don't really want to blend my colors when I am drawing; I want the color I pick to result in actually drawing using the same color, not blend with whatever might be underneath.
In a nutshell, the custom color I pick on the ribbon appears to decide to mimic one of the pre-defined colors instead of be the color I created. How do I use custom colors andnot have them morph into a pre-defined color when I attempt to use them?