Paint.NET -- free, full featured, and easy
by Peter0423 - 8/30/06 7:35 AM
In Reply to: Free is good too! by gabby528
A lot of my image processing needs are met by IrfanView, a free, fast, and astonishingly capable program. No one should be without this one.
I've also used The GIMP, an open-source Photoshop replacement, although it may not be for the casual user -- the interface takes a little getting used to (although it's logical and efficient), and it has so many bells and whistles that it takes a few moments just to load. But there's very little it won't do.
But my latest sweetheart is Paint.NET (http://www.getpaint.net/index.html), another open-source Photoshop replacement. The interface looks much like Photoshop, it's faster to load and easier to learn than The GIMP, and it features layers, a powerful tool set, and a growing choice of add-ins...gotta love open source! As the name suggests, it requires installation of the .NET framework (the download can include it if you don't already have it), which I found to be no big deal.
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