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Getting Started with Paint.NET

Andros T. Sturgeon, Shoban Kumar

Learning the free Paint.NET photo editing program means you can achieve any professional effect you want, and this book shows you how, ranging from installation and plugins to advanced imaging techniques.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783551439
Paperback136 pages

About This Book

  • Quick and simple tutorials designed to help you master Paint.NET in minutes
  • Create photo edits that rival advanced photo software for free.
  • Tutorials on advanced techniques written with simple instructions designed for readers with any level of computer knowledge

Who This Book Is For

If you have ever wanted to create photos and images that go beyond simple point and shoot results, then this book is for you. This book will help you create artistic images in ways that are only limited by your imagination. No prior knowledge of photo editing or editing software is required.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Welcome to Paint.NET
System requirements
Downloading and installing Paint.NET
Chapter 2: The Paint.NET Workspace
Opening and saving an image
Work area windows
File types
Chapter 3: The Tools in Paint.NET
Selection tools
Move tools
View tools
Fill tools
Drawing tools
Photo tools
Text and Shape tools
The Colors window
Retouching a photo
Chapter 4: Image Resizing and Editing
Rotating an image
Cropping an image
Resizing an image
Selecting an area
Chapter 5: Adjustments
Auto-Level (Ctrl + Shift + L)
Black and White (Ctrl + Shift + G)
Brightness/Contrast (Ctrl + Shift + C)
Curves (Ctrl + Shift + M)
Hue/Saturation (Ctrl + Shift + U)
Invert Colors (Ctrl + Shift + I)
Levels (Ctrl + L)
Posterize (Ctrl + Shift + P)
Sepia (Ctrl + Shift + E)
Chapter 6: Working with Effects
Artistic effects
Blurs effects
Distort effects
Photo effects
Render effects
Stylize effects
Chapter 7: Working with Layers
How layers work
Adding a new layer
Merging layers
Adjusting a layer
Moving layers
Chapter 8: Supercharging Paint.NET
Plugins in Paint.NET
Getting plugins
Helping yourself if you get stuck
The top five Paint.NET plugins
How you can improve Paint.NET

What You Will Learn

  • Acquire Paint.NET for free, install it, and use it
  • Get acquainted with the Paint.NET work area and all of its functions
  • Become an expert in resizing and editing images
  • Use built-in effects to change the look of your photos and images like a pro
  • Work with layers to create amazing complex images
  • Add plug-ins that will increase the functionality of Paint.NET
  • Understand the tools within Paint.NET and how to use them to bend pixels to your will

In Detail

Paint.NET is a free, reliable program that rivals the most expensive photo editing programs currently on the market.Paint.NET supports plugins, which add image adjustments, effects, and support for additional file types. They can be programmed using any .NET programming language, though they are most commonly written in C#.

This book will teach you everything you need to know to edit and manipulate images. Written with very clear walkthroughs, hands-on tutorials,and amazing resources, this book will turn you into a photo wizard with Paint.NET. The book starts with simple tool-based tasks, introduces you to the workpane and then builds up to more complex areas taking a deep dive into the commonly-used features of Paint.NET.

With this book, you will learn how to do everything from making simple adjustments to full artistic rendering with tools not available in any other program. Starting with the very basics of photo editing, you will gain an understanding of the basic principles of manipulating images. From layering to special effects, this book will give you all the knowledge you need to create images that leave a lasting impression.

This book has everything you need to make amazing, artistic photos using completely free software. Filled with fun exercises and valuable information, you will learn how to master every tool and every effect in Paint.NET. Within minutes, you will be able to resize images, make adjustments to brightness and contrast, and apply color correction. By the end of this book, you will be working with layers and effects to create images that rival some of the most advised and expensive pieces of software.

With simple exercises and information, this book will take you from absolute novice to an accomplished photo editor quickly and easily.


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