Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software. 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.
With tools to manipulate photographs and draw and paint pixels, Paint.NET bridges the gap between Photoshop- and Illustrator-type software. Paint.NET has many of the same tools that you’ll find in Photoshop, but Paint.NET is friendlier and easier to use. In Paint.NET the Lasso shape you draw is easily moved or manipulated. Now you can eliminate red eye, fix the contrast, change the sky to green, paint objects onto a photo image, and convert the image to look like an oil painting, in one easy-to-use program.
Paint.NET is a Windows program, however, Parallels Desktop for Mac at http://www.parallels.com is a solution for running Windows applications on your Mac without rebooting.
If all you want is a quick image retouch, Photoshop is overkill. Paint.NET, on the other hand, is an open-source freeware editor with all the essentials, including tools to crop, rotate, and resize images, adjust colors, and create collages. It supports common image formats–JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and others–but not high-resolution RAW files. Unlike most free image editors, Paint.NET supports layers, history, and has an actions manager. The pleasing interface boasts semitransparent windows for ease of use.
Hundreds of free Plugins are available for Paint.NET to make it easy to create the special effects you want from brushes to 3D modeling.
Paint.NET automatically downloads and installs the program’s prerequisites, including the latest Microsoft .Net version and Windows Installer. It will update in the background now, too, so you can continue to use the program until it’s ready to restart. Longtime users should notice that the program starts up about 20 percent faster, according to the publisher. Regardless of minor problems, Paint.NET is far more advanced than Microsoft Paint, and given its free price, it’s a must-have for anyone needing to fix images.