Do you ever need to crop or resize an image, create graphics for your blog, or touch-up photographs?
Paint.NET is a tool I use almost every single day – mainly for simple tasks like cropping and resizing screenshots, or converting image files to different formats. I’ve also used it to enhance photos, design business cards, and put together basic website headers.
There are tons of tutorials and videos online showing you how to use Paint.NET, and it’s also completely free. Note, however, that it’s only available for Windows.
Here’s what it looks like. (You can see I’m working on a screenshot, which appears just a little further down this post…)
You can download Paint.NET here:
Tip: The site is supported by advertising, which means you have to pay careful attention to make sure you click the download link for Paint.NET rather than the download link for a piece of software being advertised.
In the screenshot below, I’ve circled the download links for Paint.NET itself:
(I recommend going for the stable release rather than the beta, as it’s almost certainly going to have all the functions you need.)
I’ve found Paint.NET easy to work with, and extremely useful. The one niggle I have is that the text tool isn’t very advanced – I’d love to be able to edit text more easily after placing it, for instance, and I often want to put one or two italic words in the middle of a block of non-italic text, which isn’t easy to do.
Are you using Paint.NET or do you have a different program for editing screenshots and photos? Let us know your tips and experience in the comments.
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