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Update 1/17/2008
I wasn't entirely happy with the first version and have since totally redone the tutorial.
More screenshots (about 160, I believe) and more descriptions all around.
It's much, much more complete than the original!

New to this version
"Random" button - Pressing the top corner (where the 'close program X' is.) will take you to a random frame.
Layer Blend Modes - I went over it in depth this time around.
More descriptions - Check around, lots of stuff has been revamped.

Update: Jan. 18, 2008
I finally managed to isolate the bug in my random script and have fixed the problem. I also fixed one or two minor grammatical errors that I noticed.

Update: Jan. 20, 2008
I just clicked the Download button for reasons even I don't fully understand only to realize that it doesn't actually allow you to download this tutorial... Armed with such knowledge, I've now made it possible to, what else, but download this tutorial! You can get it for offline use (or whatever else really) here! [link]

Jan. 22, 2008
This update features some incredibly minor aesthetic issues. The preloader is more "professional" now and all the text links are more noticeable. Also, I cleaned up the grammar in the "Help menu" section.


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Anyone who preferred the first version can find it in my Scraps here. [link]
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-05-03
Suggester's words: Clearly a lot of work was put into Paint.NET: Interactive Guide by ~Eulogy-Dignity considering it let's you look at almost every aspect of the program. It really brings you into the program and I'd have to say it's pretty helpful for someone who's new to Paint.net. Paint.Net is such a popular program; it would be best for all of dA to know about this virtual tutorial! ( Suggested by ArtGod77 and Featured by FantasyStock )
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Ringcaat Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017
I wasn't able to see the interactive portions when I tried this a year or two ago, but now I can.  Not sure what's changed!  Thanks for the work--it was helpful.
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Raye035 Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  New Deviant
I cannot get the intactive  paint.net to play , it downloads OK , but plays at high speed. I am running windows 10, what I can see looks good.
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awfulatthis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
I have no idea how to "begin". Pity me, hapless senior citizen.
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FourMilesToRobinsons Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017
Me neither!
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awfulatthis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
so, how do I get the turorial to play ?
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Ringcaat Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2016
I don't understand what this is good for, unless I just don't understand what some feature does.  But it's far more likely I'm going to want to do something and not know how, and this doesn't seem to help.  I'm used to tutorials being sequences of things that you're shown how to do, as examples.  The way people are commenting suggests that you should be able to do something with this, and actually use the tools, but I can't see how.
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Pacwest604 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
Look I am really a newbie at this is there a tutorial on how to create layers? I find the create new layer on top menu but I cannot create a new layer on top of background layer without it being repalaced with new one selected. I just want to build a cartoon figure for my online company logo so I need several layers to complete the figure.
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Png1lady Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016
I cannot get the tutorial to start.
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layarion Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
I want to make a tutorial for a game, and i think this would be the perfect way to do...what is this and how do i do it?
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xIfPeopleListenedx Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
What type of file do I make it to put it onto deviant.art?
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HetaliaPastaX3 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Student Artist
hello there i have same question that..
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should explain something about the 'fill' tool right next to the brush. I've beginning to see more use in it and I find it sad it's not focused on here.
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bbgoldkey Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
how do I play the tutorial?
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bbbbryan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I only see a bunch of captions that coincide with the objects clicked. This was not helpful to me. A tutorial shows you HOW to use the items not just what they are. I must be missing something or nobody else has the least clue about these types of programs. These graphic type programs can get very complicated to use without actual examples on how to use the features.
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echa1999 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
whoa this is the most cool Paint.NET tutorial i ever have, and i love this program so much XD
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JCM1953 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Artist
This took a long time to load and it's really not very helpful. I'm trying to find out how to resize an image, how to crop an image and get rid of the checkerboard pattern, and to figure out how to remove a black background from a photo. This only describes the tool bar, nothing more, and uses a lot of technical terminology like "anti-aliasing."
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Sigilos Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I'm not new to Paint.NET, but I don't usually use many of the tools, just the basic stuff for a few simple tasks now and again. I recently wanted to do some more powerful editing of some pictures, and had no idea how to use most of the things the program had at it's disposal. This tutorial was perfect, thank you for making it. :dance:
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gtmedley Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
How do make the tutorial work? It's just a static image. A few menus drop down, but that's it. What am I missing???
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naladraws Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you click on stuff and it explains it. It's very helpful :D
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weby2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017
Your reply NOT very helpful. I get white text on black screen explaining what this is. I clicked on "watch", got request I sign up. Signed up, clicked "watch" again. Button turned green and said "watching". Nothing else changed. Click anywhere: nothing.

Author really should give full instructions how to start. Many people seem happy with it. So it MUST work for SOME people!
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Rage-o-rama Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank God this site exists. I've never heard of paint.net until someone replied to one of my many comments begging for DA muro to have a type tool, but I think I'll give this software a shot :D
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IZcrazy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey i just got this today and i was wondering can u shade in it? and if u can please tell me how!
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LeofromBr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful guide! Thanks a lot!
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funmike Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
hi why doesn't the crop tool work
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funmike Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
why does the crop tool not work
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pixiepot Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student General Artist
What do you mean? You can make a selection, then crop it that way.
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typer2131 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Uh, do you still have a tutorial for faking a soft brush? That would be helpful.
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of my time I just use guassian blur, but I wish paintdotnet would implement that in their next update.
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starlightlynn30 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Question. I know how to do layers, but when coloring on a layer I don't get no color or anything. How do I get the color to show on the layers?
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Make sure the layer has a checkmark and check your system. When I used my friend's mac and downloaded paintdotnet into their emulator, some things were missing.
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TameYetWild14 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
how do you make the paint brush and shapes thicker?
mine's really thin -_-
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naladraws Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
go to where it says brush width or something of that sort and click the drop down menu to change pixel width :)
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TameYetWild14 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Okay :3 thanks
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naladraws Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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susanlandreth Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
I don't understand how to use this. I tried to start the tutorial and can't seem to get past the first page. Suggestions/
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naladraws Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
did you click 'begin'?
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Snow-Chen Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Click on the red X button in the top left corner, the one you would expect to close it down! A bit counter intuitive, but this seems to be the way to move on to the next picture. HTH

Snow Chen
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Snow-Chen Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Sorry, that should be top right corner (duh!)
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
:iconcongratsddplz: Congratulations on this Daily Deviation! You're been featured in the following article: May 2011 Resources DD Summary

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toxic--sunrise Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
I'm well versed in Paint.Net and I still learned something new. :heart:
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MarosStefanovic Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
I love Paint.NET :iconravesplz:
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MarosStefanovic Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
i love Paint.NET!!! :iconravesplz:
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dallon113 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh the good old days. I used to love this PdN.
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Axle9 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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illusionaryz Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
pyrochild from the Paint.NET forum here. I saw this way back when you first made it; awesome to see it finally being recognized here. Big congratulations on the DD!
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bookbunny9 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is mind-bogglingly amazing! Congratulations on the well-deserved DD!
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demonbuttercupp Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
meow
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LuckaayChibiStar Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks ! I need this thing .
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snowboardinluvr Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
great guide ^_^
good job!
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