When you picture an image editor, what comes up to your mind? Is it the all-famous Photoshop? The infamous Windows Paint? Or maybe GIMP? There’s a lot of image editor out there, but the spotlight for the stage is deserved for those that are more well-known, even though there’s always some that may slip under everyone’s spotlight and didn’t get the chance it deserves to shine and be compared to the bigger names.
Today, we’re going to dash through an image editor with a very extensive list of features yet for some reason, people seems to have ignored its existence most of the times, and the best feature of all? It’s totally free.
I welcome you in part of our series, Quick Look, an image editor that needs your attention if you ever need an image editor, Paint.NET. A simple yet powerful image editor that can be compared to the bigger names on the stage.
Paint.NET comes with a very clear set of goal, be simple and be feature-extensive. Originally developed to purposely replace Microsoft Paint, it has grown since and matured over time. It has some features you would expect from a more powerful (or more expensive) image editor, these features include Layer-based editing, plugins, transparency support, and a whole more to list.
It runs quick on most of the machines I have tested, this list of “machines” includes a wide-array of both old and new computers. Paint.NET runs perfectly fine, with some stuttering if your computer is rather low-specced (see: a Pentium4 with 512 MB RAM), but this stuttering is to be expected if you’re editing images with lots of layers (which is what I normally do). The overall performance is zippy, it’s quick and it does a lot of quick-editing pretty quickly.
Paint.NET doesn’t tax a whole lot to the system resources either, its minimum recommendation states that you’d need 1 GHz processor, with dual-core or better being more recommended, a gigabyte of RAM, and Windows 7 SP1 or newer. These should be easily surpassed by newer computer nowadays, so you shouldn’t sweat about it too much.
Do note that while Paint.NET could be utilized for heavy editing, I only use them for a light and quick editing such as merging layer of images, fixing color balance, and making thumbnails for Software Pen. I personally have never tested it out on a bigger scale editing, but I’d expect it to work with no problem provided you have a powerful enough hardware to do it.
Another thing I gave a thumbs-up to Paint.NET is that it is still running up until now, providing active updates, yet still remains to be free. It is one of those software where I’ll be gladly putting a dollar on as a donation just to keep it free. Paint.NET is easier to recommend to since it’s an easier pill to swallow in terms of price compared to Photoshop and GIMP in terms of learning curve.
While Paint.NET isn’t the most powerful on the table, it definitely serves a purpose to simplify the powerfulness of other image editor. It is quick and easy to learn and follow, making it my personal recommendation if you ever want an image editor that just works while still hosting some features that you’d expect from a more modern image editor.
PS: This post’s thumbnail is made using Paint.NET