Paint.NET – Free Photo Editor for Windows

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Paint.NET 3.36 Final is an Image Optimizer product from getpaint.net. It is an image and photo manipulation program designed to be used on computers that run on Windows platform. Paint.NET is jointly developed at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft and it was meant to replace Microsoft Paint, which was included in Windows, but has evolved into a viable alternative to Photoshop.

Since I have been using Adobe Photoshop for a long time, Paint.NET interface is extremely intuitive. Having said that, new users who don’t have any experience with any other image editor will get used to all functionality in no time because you can always hover over the tools to learn specific function of individual tool or you can interactively get help from Paint.NET tutorials (forum). In addition to the basic tool (on the left side), it has many amazing features (not as much as Adobe Photoshop of course) like adjustments, corrections, color editing, special effects, artistic effects and the list goes on.

Paint.NET doesn’t stop there. It also has infinite undo, layer support, action history, and the ability to transform (resize and rotate). It is a surprisingly feature-rich application that rivals even the best commercial photo editing software. Anyway here’s the minimum requirements to run this application.

Requirements

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • .NET Framework 4.0 recommended
  • 1 GHz processor recommended
  • 512 MB of RAM recommended
  • minimum resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Hard drive space: 200+ MB

One of the reasons why I (am) will be using it for a very long time is because it is lighter (doesn’t hog memory as much as Photoshop) and as a result, loads faster. Paint.NET is really handy especially when it comes to light image/picture editing.

I think Paint.NET is what MS Paint SHOULD HAVE evolved into several years ago.

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