Photoshop Alternative: Paint.NET
Monday, August 25, 2008
Captain's Log Stardate -315650.17
Looking for a cheap alternative to Photoshop for your Windows machine? Sure there's GIMP but it's also a resource hog like Photoshop. How about a photo editor with an installer that can almost fit your old school 3.5 floppy disk? Introducing Paint.NET
Paint.NET is an open source, raster graphics editing program for Windows, developed on the .NET Framework. Originally created as a Washington State University student project, Paint.NET has evolved from a simple replacement for the Microsoft Paint program, which is included with Windows, into a powerful editor with support for layers, blending, transparency, and plugins. It is often used as a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It is available under the MIT License
Paint.NET is primarily programmed in the C# programming language, with small amounts of C++ used for installation and shell-integration related functionality. Its native image format, .PDN, is a compressed representation of the application's internal object format, which preserves layering and other information. Excluding the installer, text, and graphics, Paint.NET is released under the MIT License and is open source software.
Minimum System Requirements:
* Windows XP (SP2 or later),
or Windows Vista,
or Windows Server (2003 SP1 or later)
* .NET Framework 2.0
* 500 MHz processor (Recommended: 800 MHz or faster)
* 256 MB of RAM (Recommended: 512 MB or more)
* 1024 x 768 screen resolution
* 200+ MB hard drive space
* 64-bit support requires a 64-bit CPU that is running a 64-bit version of Windows, and an additional 128 MB of RAM
Download Paint.NET here
If you don't have .NET installed, you can download .NET Framework 2.0 here.
*Computer end log*
Labels: freewares, photography, tips-and-tricks
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