Paint.net by DotPDN is a free image editing software, which has a lot to offer especially for the zero price. I know it's not Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Painter or Affinity, which has so many hundreds of features that years go by to learn them all. However, it has the basic skills to edit your photos, is intuitive and easy to use.
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The following editing features are available:
- Red-eye correction
- Adding or reducing noise
- Sharpening or blurring images
- Input-output histogram for managing the tonal values of your image [1
- Invert colors
- Poster images
- Black and white and sepia tones
- Special effect filters set the value to 35, which can be combined to achieve additional effects.  The only big problem is the lasso tool. Unlike Photoshop and its relatives, Paint does not have a polygonal or magnetic lasso. Selecting objects is therefore NOT an easy task.
Using the Lasso Tool
With some practice you can use the Lasso tool Master the tool with the Ctrl and Alt keys.
Hold down the Ctrl key while edging the target object. As long as you hold down the Ctrl key, you can start and stop the lasso until the entire object is selected. If the selected area exceeds the boundaries of the object (that is, if you have "drawn" outside the lines), hold down the Alt key to deselect the unwanted areas.
Use the magic wand
Use the magic wand to select large areas and refine the selection with the lasso. If the wand selects too much, decrease the tolerance level from 50 to 40, 30, 20, and so on, until the selected area is smaller and more manageable. If the background is less cluttered than the foreground object, use the magic wand to select the background and select Edit > Invert selection ( Ctrl + I ) until Enable The foreground object.
Working with Layers
If you cut the foreground object out of the background, you must add Layers > New Layer ([19459015)auswählen] Ctrl + Shift-N ) before you put the object back on the canvas. Unlike Photoshop and its relatives, which automatically create a new layer as you select Paste, you must add new layers to Paint for each cut and then pasted object.
To redial a previous layer, click / Select. Click the layer in the Layers palette, and then anywhere on the canvas. The selection contour surrounds the entire drawing area. It is therefore difficult to determine exactly what is selected. Select the Move Selected Pixels tool (located at the top right of the toolbox). When the cursor turns into a cross with arrowheads at the ends, position the cursor anywhere on the selected object, hold down the mouse button, and drag the object to the new location.
Edit the background (change the color, add a pattern or theme, or simply remove it), click the background layer in the Layers palette, and then choose a new background. Choose a color from the color palette or use the color picker to choose a color from the existing image. Select the color bucket in the toolbox and click on the background to fill it with the new color.
Note that the background layer is not a solid canvas. The area behind the foreground object has no color. What if you want to move or resize the foreground object? You must select and fill in the entire canvas.
First, click the background layer in the Layers palette. Select Edit > Select All ( Ctrl + A ), select the paint bucket again and click the canvas background.
Resize The foreground object, without resizing the entire image, is another difficult task that is different from other photo editing applications.
First, you must select the layer in the Layers palette, and then use the Rectangle Selection tool to draw a selection outline around the layer foreground object. Select the Move Selected Pixels tool, and note that eight circular handles appear in the corners and middle sections of the selected area. Move the cursor (which turns into a hand) to one of the corners, click the mouse and drag the foreground object up or down to resize or zoom out.
Working with text
Even text is a challenge. You can not just type the text without adding a new layer first. Otherwise, it becomes part of the layer selected in the Layers palette. With the text in a custom layer, you can move, resize, duplicate, rotate, or mirror it (using the Layers menu). However, you can not change the font, color, or change the existing text. (In a forum, changing colors was mentioned in Adjustments> Hue / Saturation, but I could only change it from black to white and back.) So, if you hate the text colors or misspelled a word, you must use the Delete layer and re-enter the text.
If the text layer is selected, you can use some of the special effects filters to enhance the text, such as: B. Effects > Distort > Bulge . You can also change the blend mode after the text is entered. Select the text layer in the Layers palette, and click the Properties button (bottom right of the Layers panel). Looks like a wrench. Then select a blending mode from the drop-down list. Reflect, Overlay and more.
My best advice: play around and have fun. Remember to download Paint.net from the legitimate getpaint.net URL. Look for download links elsewhere where hitchhiking files may be attached to the Paint.net download. You could put bloatware or junk files on your system.Note: If you buy something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. For more information, see our partner link policies.