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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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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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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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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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:iconfunmike:
funmike Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
hi why doesn't the crop tool work
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:iconfunmike:
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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:iconnaladraws:
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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:iconnaladraws:
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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:icondallon113:
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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i-draw-sometimes Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
I LOVE PAINT.NET
and thank you for this user guide
now I can convince all my friends to get this program
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JessiJellibean Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow :wow: Looks like a lot of work went into this. This is truly amazing, wow. Grrreat job! Very well done =]
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Yamahoshi Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
This is incredible. Thank you so much. I can't afford expensive art programs, so Paint.NET is really all I have. I've been so frustrated by its limitations and not understanding how to work through issues.

This must have taken so much work and time. I really, truly appreciate it.
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BrownEyesTurnedBlue Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Artist
You should try GIMP! It is also free. I use both Paint.NET and GIMP. GIMP has much more features and is kinda like photoshop...but it is more difficult to use.
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Yamahoshi Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
I will absolutely try it. Thanks for the tip!

Are there any GIMP tutorials or anything you recommend?
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BrownEyesTurnedBlue Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Artist
I kinda spent forever figuring it out on my own I think. But there are some pretty good ones here I bet. And quick tip from me? If you hold down shift, you can draw straight lines. And if you also hold down Ctrl at the same time, it will be limited to only certain angles. I did use this tutorial to learn how to make pretty eyes. And a lot of the photoshop tutorials can be almost exactly replicated in GIMP, but you have to figure out the differences in name. For example, I love this photoshop tutorial [link] and the liqify step can be replicated in GIMP by going to Iwarp
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Yamahoshi Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
You are amazing. Seriously. Thanks for the tips!
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BrownEyesTurnedBlue Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Artist
thanks for the compliment! glad to help. I spend more time here then facebook actually. kind of addicting. ssssssoooooo much pretty art!
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Yamahoshi Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Geez, I know. And then you find artists who you also enjoy talking to, and all of a sudden you're on here sixteen hours a day.
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TECHNlCOLOUR Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student General Artist
You should be paid for this >o<
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jamaicanhip Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
difference "value" essentially texture and color differences
anything thats different than the lower layer :P
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gracie-is-a-pie Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student General Artist
I use Paint.NET a lot, but it's hard to figure out how to use everything. Thank you. :D
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DarkBowserJr Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Strange, when I first saw the little preview of this, all I read was "Visual" and ".Net" XD
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