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July 11, 2008
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Windows XP/2003 Server/Vista, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

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If all you want is a quick image retouch, Photoshop is overkill. Paint.NET, on the other hand, is an open-source freeware editor with all the essentials, including tools to crop, rotate, resize images, adjust colors, and create collages.

Paint.NET supports common image formats--JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and others--but not high-resolution RAW files. There are enough basic and intermediate effects and features to keep image-tweakers happy, though the red-eye removal tool is notably weak; those images may require manual attention.

Unlike most free image editors, Paint.NET supports layers and has an actions manager. The pleasing interface boasts semitransparent windows for ease of use.

Version 3 fixes many old quibbles, including a convenient thumbnail manager for handling multiple image editing, and improved program graphics. Paint.NET is far more advanced than Microsoft Paint, and given its free price, it's a must-have for anyone needing to fix images.

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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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