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Getting Started with Paint.NET

Book Description

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.

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Getting Started with Paint.NET
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Getting Started with Paint.NET
    3. Credits
    4. About the Authors
    5. About the Reviewer
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
      7. Downloading the color images of this book
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Welcome to Paint.NET
      1. System requirements
      2. Downloading and installing Paint.NET
      3. Summary
    9. 2. The Paint.NET Workspace
      1. Opening and saving an image
      2. Work area windows
        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
      3. File types
      4. Summary
    10. 3. The Tools in Paint.NET
      1. Selection tools
        1. Rectangle Select (shortcut key S)
        2. Lasso Select (shortcut key S)
        3. Ellipse Select (shortcut key S)
        4. Selection modes
          1. Replace
          2. Add (union)
          3. Subtract
          4. Intersect
          5. Invert ("xor")
        5. Magic Wand (shortcut key S)
          1. Flood Mode
      2. Move tools
        1. Move Selected Pixels (shortcut key M)
        2. Move Selection (shortcut key M)
      3. View tools
        1. Zoom (shortcut key Z)
        2. Pan (shortcut key H)
      4. Fill tools
        1. Paint Bucket (shortcut key F)
          1. Fill
          2. Antialiasing
          3. Blending
        2. Gradient (shortcut key G)
      5. Drawing tools
        1. Paintbrush (shortcut key B)
        2. Eraser (shortcut key E)
        3. Pencil (shortcut key P)
      6. Photo tools
        1. Color Picker (shortcut key K)
        2. Clone Stamp (shortcut key L)
        3. Recolor (shortcut key R)
      7. Text and Shape tools
        1. Text (shortcut key T)
        2. Line/Curve (shortcut key O)
          1. Geometric shapes
        3. Rectangle (shortcut key O)
        4. Rounded Rectangle (shortcut key O)
        5. Ellipse (shortcut key O)
        6. Freeform Shape (shortcut key O)
      8. The Colors window
      9. Retouching a photo
      10. Summary
    11. 4. Image Resizing and Editing
      1. Rotating an image
      2. Cropping an image
      3. Resizing an image
        1. Changing the image size
        2. Resizing a canvas
        3. Anchor points
      4. Selecting an area
        1. Selecting with the Magic Wand tool
        2. Moving, cutting, or changing the selected areas
        3. Selecting with the Lasso tool
      5. Summary
    12. 5. Adjustments
      1. Auto-Level (Ctrl + Shift + L)
        1. Now you try
      2. Black and White (Ctrl + Shift + G)
        1. Now you try
      3. Brightness/Contrast (Ctrl + Shift + C)
      4. Curves (Ctrl + Shift + M)
        1. The Curves interface
        2. Multichannel adjustments
      5. Hue/Saturation (Ctrl + Shift + U)
      6. Invert Colors (Ctrl + Shift + I)
      7. Levels (Ctrl + L)
      8. Posterize (Ctrl + Shift + P)
      9. Sepia (Ctrl + Shift + E)
      10. Summary
    13. 6. Working with Effects
      1. Artistic effects
        1. Ink Sketch
        2. Oil Painting
        3. Pencil Sketch
      2. Blurs effects
        1. Fragment
        2. Gaussian Blur
        3. Motion Blur
        4. Radial Blur
        5. Surface Blur
        6. Unfocus
        7. Zoom Blur
      3. Distort effects
        1. Bulge
        2. Dents
        3. Frosted Glass
        4. Pixelate
        5. Polar Inversion
        6. Tile Reflection
        7. Twist
        8. Noise
        9. Add Noise
      4. Photo effects
        1. Glow
        2. Red Eye Removal
        3. Sharpen
        4. Soften Portrait
      5. Render effects
        1. Clouds
        2. Julia Fractal
        3. Mandelbrot Fractal
      6. Stylize effects
        1. Edge Detect
        2. Emboss
        3. Outline
        4. Relief
      7. Summary
    14. 7. Working with Layers
      1. How layers work
      2. Adding a new layer
      3. Merging layers
      4. Adjusting a layer
      5. Moving layers
      6. Summary
    15. 8. Supercharging Paint.NET
      1. Plugins in Paint.NET
      2. Getting plugins
      3. Helping yourself if you get stuck
        1. Help
        2. Forum
          1. Tutorials
      4. The top five Paint.NET plugins
        1. Pyrochild plugins
        2. MadJik' all plugins
        3. BoltBait's plugin pack
        4. The Photoshop PSD file plugin
        5. The dpy's pack
      5. How you can improve Paint.NET
      6. Summary
    16. Index