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January 29, 2007
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Windows XP/Vista
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Windows XP/2003 Server/Vista, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

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If you just want to retouch images a bit, Photoshop is overkill. Check out Paint.NET, an open-source freeware editor with all the essential tools, including those for cropping, rotating, resizing, adjusting colors, and creating collages.

Paint.NET supports the most popular image formats--JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and others--but not superhigh resolution ones like RAW. However, you'll find such basic effects as Red Eye Removal, Emboss, Mosaic, and Oil Painting, and a few higher-end features such as Clone Stamp, Lasso Select, and Magic Wand. Like a full-fledged graphics package, Paint.NET even supports layers and an actions manager. The interface is very convenient, and the panels are semitransparent, so you won't need to hide them.

Version 3 fixes many old quibbles. Multiple-image editing is done through a convenient thumbnail manager in the upper-right corner of the app; blurry tool icons have been sharpened as well. Paint.NET is far better than Microsoft Paint, and given its free price, it's a no-brainer for anyone who does a lot of minor graphical tweaking.

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    "I've always used this for image editing"

    July 06, 2014   |   By tomysshadow

    Version: Paint.NET 4.0


    Better interface and faster loading times and not as ugly as GIMP. Layout wise it is much more similar to MS Paint while your results will not look completely amateur. Has a huge plugin base and lots of support in their forum. Supports transparency and a decent amount of formats including Targa. Version 4.0 is way different from 3.5 but still fantastic and does everything it could before and more. It also supports layers.


    Don't install the Megalo plugin pack - that is a scam. Get the plugins and the program itself from the official site.


    Great when installed correctly

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