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by Andros T. Sturgeon Shoban Kumar | December 2013 | Open Source

This article created by Andros T. Sturgeon and Shoban Kumar, authors of the book Getting Started with Paint.NET,  will provide a quick overview of Paint.NET, some of its functions, and how to install the program using a step-by-step approach. It also goes over the main window and functions of Paint.NET

Paint.NET is a free, reliable program that rivals the most expensive photo editing programs on the market. Now, let us dive into the basic concepts of this software.

In this article will cover a general review of Paint.NET and what you need to do to get it, install it, and prepare it for use.

The topics covered are as follows:

  • System requirements
  • Downloading and installing Paint.NET

Nothing captures the attention more than an interesting image. If you take an amazing picture with any camera, chances are you will have to process it on some level.

Whether you add a filter, change the color, or add an effect; a small change can turn an average image into a great one. Paint.NET is a Windows-based image editing program that gives you the ability to manipulate images professionally. It rivals similar software that can cost hundreds of dollars. The best part about Paint.NET is that it is a freeware, meaning it's completely free.

(For more resources related to this topic, see here.)

System requirements

The minimum system requirements needed to run Paint.NET are as follows:

  • Windows 7 (recommended) or Windows XP
  • .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • A 800 MHz processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • More than 200 MB of hard drive space
  • A 64-bit CPU and a 64-bit edition of Windows for 64-bit support (this is optional)
  • A 1024 x 768 screen resolution

At present, there is no Mac version of this product.

Downloading and installing Paint.NET

To download Paint.NET, go to www.getpaint.net/download.html. In order for Paint.NET to pay a few bills and keep the servers going, the people who maintain Paint.NET have placed a few ads on the site that sometimes lead to other programs. You will most likely not want to download these programs. If you want to download only the Paint.NET program, make sure you click on the link that looks like the following:

It can be rather confusing, so choose wisely.

Once you hit the correct link, it will take you to one of the Paint.NET mirror download sites. Hit the download link that looks like the following:

A ZIP file should begin downloading onto your computer. Once this is done, open the ZIP file and you will find a file named Paint.NET.3.5.11.Install.exe. Run this file and the installation will begin.

The installer will take you through a series of steps. For simplicity, choose Quick Installation and then hit Next. Read the terms and conditions, and if you agree to them, choose I Agree and hit Next. As the program installs, it will give you an opportunity to donate to the program if you wish. Because Paint.NET is a freeware, it only survives on donations and the time people put into it. So, if you like the program, donating here is one way to help out. When the software has finished installing, click on Finish and Paint.NET will open automatically.

Once the program launches, you will see a screen similar to the following screenshot:

This is the entire Paint.NET work area. If you have used photo editing software like Photoshop, some of what you see in the preceding screenshot may look a bit familiar to you. If you are not used to an image editing program, all of these windows may look a little overwhelming.

Work area windows

Let's take a look at the Paint.NET work area:

Paint.NET is comprised of a series of windows, each with their own function to help you with your workflow.

The following is a list of the various windows available on Paint.NET; the numbers correspond to the labels given in the previous screenshot:

  1. The title bar
  2. The menu bar
  3. The toolbar
  4. The image canvas
  5. The Colors window
  6. The status bar
  7. The Layers window
  8. The History window
  9. The image list

Summary

In this article, we learned about Paint.NET and went over the minimum requirements of the software and how to install it. We also learned about the Paint.NET work area and enumerated the various windows associated with it.

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About the Author :


Andros T. Sturgeon

Andros T. Sturgeon is an average-sized human. His business card says that he is a futurist. He lives in Southern California, developing interactive experiences and original content for the Web. He is the founder of a transmedia agency named Starchild Interactive.

You can find out more about him via Google by searching for Andros Sturgeon or Starchild Interactive or by visiting www.starchild.us.

This is his first book.

Shoban Kumar

Shoban Kumar currently works as a SharePoint consultant. In his free time, he develops open source desktop applications and Windows Phone apps. You can view all of his apps on his site at http://shobankumar.com.

He is an active contributor to the Stack Overflow forums and also runs a SharePoint blog at http://allaboutmoss.com.

You can follow him on Twitter via @shobankr.

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