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Nearly every PC user needs to use some type of image editing software nowadays, whether it is for personal or professional reasons. It can be for making minor corrections to your vacation pictures before you share them on social media sites. It can also be for uploading files to a website for client needs. No matter what your need is, it is not always necessary to spend a lot of money in buying a feature rich and multifaceted image editor from the stables of Corel and Adobe. If you have grasp on nuances of image editing and want capable freeware solution then Paint.NET can be the right choice. It was actually meant to be a successor to Microsoft’s barebones Paint app. It is versatile, user friendly and can cater to the needs of everyone barring high end users.

Paint.NET is totally free and it has a small footprint. Unlike many freeware image editors it runs only on Windows 7 and later versions. There is no support for older windows versions. It requires latest version of Microsoft’s .NET Framework installed in the PC. You can select either custom or quick mode for installation.

When you launch the app for the first time, it looks rather lean. However, as you keep using the app it becomes evident that it can pack quite a punch. The UI is uncluttered but nowhere as sleek as pricey and popular image editors like Photoshop.  However, you will get layer and color palettes just like the Adobe app. It can acquire images from digital camera and scanner.

Paint.NET supports most popular image formats including TIFF, PNG and JPEG but lacks support for RAW images. This means it will not be ideal for serious photography enthusiasts. There are some filters and useful tools like magic wand and red eye removal that are suitable for moderate editing and image retouching. The layers cannot be locked though. The app offers decent options for creating and applying gradients.

In Paint.NET you can go back to multiple steps when editing images, which is a boon. Unlike many other contemporary image editor apps, this lacks support for uploading to social media sites directly. You get decent set of Help files though.

Positive Points:
•    Simple, functional UI.
•    Useful editing tools.
•    Supports layer and color palettes.
•    Supports major file formats.

Negative Points:
•    No RAW format support.
•    Not for advanced users.
•    No social media export.

Conclusion:
Paint.NET comes across as a handy and feature rich image editor that suits need of users who want to edit images for personal needs mostly. It can be used without hassle and has a sleek interface. The tools and workflow resembles that of Photoshop to an extent. With its toolset you can perform basic to moderate image editing and apply filters for enhancing images. While the app supports many popular image formats, lack of RAW format support makes it unsuitable for photography enthusiasts. Lack of social media export can deter some users too. However, there is no denying it offers enough for a freeware app.

Rating: 3/5







Paint.NET Publisher's Description

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.

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. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast. The interface is also enhanced for Aero Glass if you are using Windows 7 or Vista.

Performance
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.

Layers
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.

Active Online Community
Paint.NET has an online forum with a friendly, passionate, and ever-expanding community. Be sure to check out the constantly growing list of tutorials and plugins!

Automatically Updated
Updates are free, and contain new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. Upgrading to the latest version is very simple, requiring only two clicks of the mouse.

Special Effects
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 our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting. Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.

Powerful Tools
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. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Paint.NET is free image and photoediting software for computers that run Windows

Publisher: Getpaint | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 3. 5. 2010 | Size: 3727 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 16-11-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: Paint.NET

Author Url: http://www.getpaint.net/
Program Info Url: http://www.getpaint.net/
Download Url: http://www.dotpdn.com/files/Paint.NET.3.5.10.Install.zip
Screenshot Url: http://www.getpaint.net/screenshots/pdn35_kirkland.jpg

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