paint.net

I’ve been hearing about paint.net for a few years, but I’ve never gotten around to trying it out until tonight.

It started out, I had two images and wanted one to overlay over the other.  Sounds simple enough, but as it turns out, this was far beyond the capabilities of Windows’ Paint.  Sure, I could paste an image into another, but the image was jagged, and put politely, looked like crap.

So I’m thinking I need a easy to use, preferably free (or at least free trial) image editing problem.  Lots out there.   paint.net came to mind, so I downloadeda trial and fired ‘er up.

Wow.  Seriously, wow.  Okay, so it’s not Photoshop.  But it’s also not $649, so that works out well enough.

Photoshop is, frankly, overwhelming to me. I’m graphically untalented, I’m not even familiar with the terminology or what the various icons do, but paint.net was oddly intuitive, the help was actually useful for a couple shortcut keys.

Within 15 minutes I was doing some basic editing, and within half an hour, just a bit of a cleanup and suddenly one of my images looked exactly how I envisioned it in my mind before I started, that’s a first for me.

So, thanks paint.net!

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  1. I actually have paint.net installed on one computer and use it to edit family photographs, its easy to use, gets the job done, and as you mentioned, the price beats everything else on the market. And it keeps getting better, too, which is great.

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