Paint.net from DotPDN is a free photo editing software program that has a lot to offer, especially for the zero price tag. I know it is not Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Painter or Affinity, which have so many hundreds of functions, it takes years to learn them all. But it does have the basic skills to edit your photos, it's intuitive and it's easy to use.
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The editing functions include:
- Removing red eye
- Adding or reducing noise
- Sharpening or softening images
- Input / output histogram for managing the tonal values of your image
- Adjustments for brightness, Contrast , Curves, Tints, Saturation
- Invert Colors
- Black-and-white and Sepia-toned images.
- The special effects filter clock in at 35, which can be combined to create additional effects. [1
Using the Lasso tool
With a little practice, you can Control the Lasso tool with the Crtl and Alt keys with the mouse.
Hold down the Ctrl key while sketching the target object. As long as the Ctrl key is pressed, you can start and stop the Lasso until the entire object is selected. If the selected area exceeds the boundaries of the object (in other words, if you have "drawn" outside the lines), hold down the Alt key with the mouse to deselect the unwanted areas.
Use the magic wand
Use the magic wand to select large areas and then use the lasso to refine the selection. If the Wand selects too much, lower the tolerance level from 50 to 40, 30, 20, etc., until the selected area is smaller and more manageable. If the background is less messy than the foreground object, use the magic wand to select the background and then Edit > Invert selection ( Ctrl + I ) to make the foreground object is active.
Working with layers
If you cut the foreground object out of the background, you must Layers > Add new layer ( Ctrl + Shift-N ) before you paste the object back onto the canvas. Unlike Photoshop and its cousins, which automatically create a new layer when you choose Paste, Paint requires that you add new layers for each object that you cut out and then paste.
To reselect a previous layer, click / select the layer in the Layers palette, and then click anywhere on the canvas. The selection outline surrounds the entire canvas, so it is difficult to determine exactly what has been selected. Choose the Move Selected Pixels tool (top right in the Tools palette). When the cursor changes to a cross with arrowheads at the ends, place the cursor anywhere on the selected object, then hold down the mouse button and drag the object to the new location.
To edit the background (change the color, add a pattern or design, or delete it), click on the background layer in the Layers palette and choose a new background. Select a color from the color palette or use the Color Picker to choose a color from the existing image. Select the bucket in the Tools palette and click on the background to fill it with the new color.
Note that the background layer is not a solid canvas. There is no color in the area behind the foreground object. So what if you want to move the object in the foreground or resize it? You must select and fill the entire canvas.
First click on the background layer in the Layers palette. Choose Edit > Select all ( Ctrl + A ), then choose the paint bucket again and click on the canvas background.
Resize the foreground object without resizing the entire image is another tricky task that looks nothing like the other photo editing programs & # 39; s.
First, you must select the layer in the Layers palette, and then use the Rectangle Selection tool to make a selection outline around the foreground object. Select the Move Selected Pixels tool and notice that eight circular handles appear in the corners and mid-sections of the selected area. Move the cursor (which changes to a hand) to one of the corners, then click the mouse and drag the foreground object up or down to make the size larger or smaller.
Working with text
Text is also a challenge. You can't just start typing the text without first adding a new layer, otherwise it becomes part of the layer that is selected in the Layers palette. With the text in its own layer you can move, resize, duplicate, rotate or flip (via the Layers menu), but you cannot change the font, color or existing text. (A forum mentioned changing colors under Adjustments> Hue / Saturation, but I only succeeded in changing it from black to white and back.) So if you hate the text colors or misspell a word, you need to delete layer and the text.
When the text layer is selected, you can use some special effects filters to enhance the text, such as Effects > Distort > Bulge . You can also change the blending mode after the text is entered. Select the text layer in the Layers palette, click the Properties button (bottom right in the Layers panel) – looks like a key, and then choose a blending mode from the drop-down list, such as Burn color, Reflect, overlay, and more .
My best advice: play with it and have fun. Don't forget to download Paint.net from the legitimate getpaint.net URL. Watch out for download links in other places that may have lifter files linked to the Paint.net download. They can dump bloatware or unwanted files to your system.Note: If you purchase something after you click on links in our items, we can earn a small commission. Read our policy for connected links for more information.