Editing images can get tricky very quickly for the novice photog. Not everyone needs the powerful features found in Adobe Photoshop, nor do they always have to money to purchase an expensive editor. Finding a quality and inexpensive image editor can be a difficult task.
Now may be the time to give Paint.NET a try, as Version 3.0 of the popular graphics editor has been released and is available for download.
Paint.NET is a free image and photo editor for Windows computers. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of image editing tools.
What’s new in Paint.NET v3.0?
- A tab-based multi-document user interface.
- Now available in 8 languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
- Interactive Gradient Tool for drawing and fine-tuning a gradient.
- User-definable color palette.
- New effects: Clouds, Median, Unfocus, Outline, and an improved Sharpen.
- More intuitive and more powerful toolbar.
- Improved and cleaner user interface.
- History files are now compressed to save disk space, reduce disk activity, and improve performance.
- “Merge Down” layer command
Paint.NET began as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft at Washington State University (WSU). Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful image editor. Many thought Paint.NET was the unofficial successor to Microsoft Paint, though it is not affiliated with Microsoft Paint.
- Windows XP (SP2 or later), or Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2003 (SP1 or later)
- .NET Framework 2.0
- 500 MHz processor (Recommended: 800 MHz or faster)
- 256 MB of RAM (Recommended: 512 MB or more)
- 1024 x 768 screen resolution
- 200+ MB hard drive space