Free, easy-to-use photo editor with support for layers
Paint.NET 3.5.4 Beta 1 Date added: February, 17th 2010 - (Freeware)
Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / Windows 7 / XP64 / Vista64 / Windows 7 64
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4.8 MB / Freeware
Paint.NET is free image editing software with long tradition of user support and growing online community that has produced wide range of friendly help, tutorials, and plugins. This Windows based software represent perfect program for both novices and professionals, with carefully crafted functions such as support for layers, special effects, unlimited undo and other tools.
Originally intended to be a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes bundled in every version of Windows, Paint.NET soon became famous free image editor that is today maintained by some of the original programmers from Microsoft that created it. As its features grow more numerous and powerful, many users started comparing it favorably against the professional industry leaders such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.
Paint.NET Main Features:
Simple, intuitive, and innovative user interface
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface.
Extensive work has gone into making Paint.NET the fastest image editor available. Whether you have a netbook with a power-conscious Atom CPU, or a Dual Intel Xeon workstation with 8 blazingly fast processing cores, you can expect Paint.NET to start up quickly and be responsive to every mouse click.
Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.
Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is the unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.
Paint.NET includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-use curve tool for drawing splines or Bezier curves. The Gradient tool, new for 3.0, has been cited as an innovative improvement over similar tools provided by other software. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly.
Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody changes their mind. To accommodate this, every action you perform on an image is recorded in the History window and may be undone. Once you've undone an action, you can also redo it. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.
Note: Paint.NET also depends on Microsoft's .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, which is automatically installed if it isn't already on the system.
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