Now an alternative to Abode Photoshop is available in the form of Paint.Net which is free image editing software. It is very easy to use software with simple tabbed interface with thumbnails of all open image documents. This software can support various useful tools apart from layers, special effects and includes a 3d rotate/zoom effect., helpful in adding perspective to images.

Although it was originally intended to be a free replacement of MS Paint software it has now grown to be a powerful and straight forward tool for image editing. Apart from the simple tools available in all photo software, Paint. Net also has certain special tools such as the magic wand which selects regions of same color and clone stamp which copies or erases portions of an image. This software was originally conceptualized as a student project in Washington State University during spring 2004. There is also a dynamic and growing online community for providing help and various plugins.

Various versions of the software are available for download on the internet. The software was designed such that all the features and user interface elements are quickly learnable and do not require much help. The navigation through the software is made simple and easy because the tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description.

Widespread research and extensive work during the making of the software has ensured that Paint.NET is amongst the fastest image editor available today. This software mainly uses the C# programming language, with small amounts of C++ . It is supported by a 32 bit or 64 bit platform and is available in loads of languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Scores of plugins have been produces for Paint.NET which serve to add image adjustments and support for additional file types.

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