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  1. IHaveNoName

    Saving backup copy

    Isn't the real 'problem' just the flattening when you saving a multi-layered 'work in progress' image as .png/.jpg or whatever? You have to do that to save it unless you're saving as .pdn. What I do is simply employ the undo option afterwards just as described much earlier by Ego Eram Reputo and make the incremental change to the image I'm testing then save again. That is usually just a case of excluding one layer and enabling another. But it does become a little tedious when you have to do that multiple times as I often need to simply because of the types of jobs I'm using PDN for. If you could save as .jpg/.png and not have it flatten the image file you have open in PDN or 'unflatten' it automatically after saving it would certainly save some time. I also find it mildly annoying that each time I want to save in such circumstances .pdn is back as the default save format and I have to re-select .png/,jpg or whatever again. Of course you need the format option menu but remembering the last save format would be helpful. It is understandable why it is set up to work like that and I'll admit accidentally saving as a .pdn when I meant to save as a .png has actually been useful. But the option to choose another default save format at least during a particular session might be worth considering.
  2. IHaveNoName

    I can not install Paint.NET

    From MS docs So it is actually part of the OS if you're using Windows 8/8.1 or 10 so you must have it on your system if you're using one of those but looking back at your previous posts it appears you may be using Windows 7 with SP1. Windows 7 SP1 comes with .NET MS Framework v3.5.1 and it is part of the OS too but you do have to enable it manually from the Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features and click on the "Turn Windows features on or off" option in the side menu. It should show .NET MS Framework 3.5.1 in the list of Windows features. Admin rights are required. If the box next to it is clear then you have not enabled that feature, if it is showing a filled (blue) box it means that only the main option there is enabled. That is normal, you do not need to enable the other two options for .NET MS Framework to function. However do not anything at this point ie. do not enable or disable the feature - just look and see if the main component was enabled. It appears you've been trying to install various later versions of .NET MS Framework so who knows what consequences that might have had. Therefore I would urge you use System File Checker first as I described. Remember to create a restore point first. SFC might sort out the problem by resetting that part of the OS back to the immediate post install state from which you should be able to update .Net MS Framework as intended. But until you try you won't know.
  3. IHaveNoName

    I can not install Paint.NET

    Try my first go to solution for anything MS system related. First put in a restore point then:- Run chkdsk - easiest way is to go to My Computer or whatever your version of Windows calls it now and right click on your primary HDD > Properties > Tools > Check now. That will set up a boot time error check for any indexing errors and bad sectors on the HDD. Reboot the PC to start it. Once finished and rebooted then run System File Checker - use Run > CMD and type "sfc /scannow" (without the quotation marks of course). Press enter and it will start checking and fixing any system files errors it finds. If you are told there were errors then that is actually a good thing because they could be what was causing the PDN install problem. Now try updating your .NET MS Framework version using Windows Updates > Check for Updates from your Control Panel. This may or may not work but it won't do any harm trying it.
  4. With an older version of PDN there are some old plugins you can still download which work which may not do so on the more recent ones because they haven't been updated. It may not be an issue at all depending on what you want PDN to be able to do. I have a WinXP SP3 installation with PDN v3.5.3 which is is either the last or penultimate version which worked without any problems on WinXP. It is still VERY usable despite not supporting some updated plugins. The old versions of PDN are still easily found, Google is your friend, at least in this case. " Paint.NET is intended to be a lightweight and simple improvement over Paint,........". Dammed with faint praise; it is much more than that.
  5. IHaveNoName

    Adding text to photo

    Making sure you're using the right layer ie. highlighted is one of the things you have to discipline yourself to check. So many times I've used multiple layers for different elements in an image and at some point I've realised I accidentally added to or erased something from the wrong layer. That's happened to me when adding text and I've ended up with words or even parts of some words written to the wrong layer. You may have done so much after that unnoticed mistake that you don't want to undo it. But sometimes you can't even do that, particularly if you've saved and reopened the image. It just makes more work sorting out the problem.
  6. IHaveNoName

    Adding text to photo

    You can actually test text colour changes in situ when using the Text tool just by altering the primary colour using the Color wheel or, pressing the More>> button, hue, tone and transparency sliders. BTW in general it is a good idea to add text to a picture in another layer. It means you can still shift it around easily if you change your mind about its positioning even after exiting the Text tool.
  7. IHaveNoName

    Rotate Image a Few Degrees

    ^ It is remembering them all that is the trouble. That's one of the 'problems' I found from early on when using PDN previously only having used Windows limited and comparatively awkward built in Paint application. With all the PDN tools available it is not just not knowing how to use many of them in the first place but not remembering how best to apply them. That is particularly true when you're not using PDN every day. I tend to try to work out a 'solution' or a method to apply a particular effect I want and, if it looks good, I do remember that but then I stick with it even though there may be a simpler or easier way of doing the same thing if I'd only asked or searched here more thoroughly myself. Asking here, as the OP has done, is often actually the quickest route to an image problem solution. But you do still have to remember it.
  8. IHaveNoName

    Rotate Image a Few Degrees

    Useful information but when I tried ^ that at first it didn't work as I expected. I'd made the mistake of holding down the mouse button on the rotate option and tapping Shift expecting the image to rotate 15 degrees each time. BTW if you do that 5 times in a row Windows pops up a message asking if you want to turn on 'Hot Keys'. Again useful information, although a bit of a weird way to want to enable a Windows option.. Anyway, the 'trick' is, as Joshua Lamusga stated, holding Shift and the mouse button on the image rotate option and then using the latter to drag the selection to rotate it in 15 degree increments.
  9. IHaveNoName

    Rotate Image a Few Degrees

    I think the what Diteit and Ego Eram Reputo said is much the simpler solution, particularly for quick small amounts of image rotation. For a long time I was using the Layers > Rotate for this sort of task not realising how much less hassle it is to use the built in Selection > Move Selected Pixels rotate option. You can also use it to rotate the chosen selected area itself with the Move Selection tool. You have a 360 degree circle of movement around the image/selected area and if you hold down either mouse button you can use the keyboard directional keys to rotate it a few degrees at a time too.
  10. I don't think the problem is the so much the mapping, although that may also be useful for this task, it is the colour matching that is the real issue. If the "0" is going to go where Asken has it in the image provided cutting out a template with textural details ie. the rivets, will also include two very different background colour areas which are of varying tone too. Colour matching the "7" was tricky enough (at least with the tools I used for my crude attempt) just using a template/cut out from the grey painted area. The problem is to apply even orange lettering colour required across the mixed textural and varying colour/tone background. I was thinking about suggesting converting the cut out "0" to b/w, evening out the tones between the two different colour painted areas with a mask or some other technique and then re-colouring that b/w image and/or blending it with a plain orange layer to match the "7". But whether this would work and what blending options would be required to match the orange but not exaggerated or lose things like the rivet highlights is beyond my PDN knowledge.
  11. I'd be interested if there was another solution because I can't see how it could be done easily as each rivet needs to take on the new applied (orange colour) where the "0" is positioned. This is theoretical, I've never tried it for anything this critical in terms of colour and texture. What I'd be trying, working on a new copy of the background, recolouring all of it or at least the area over which the "0" is to be applied, to the same orange as the "7" lettering. That won't be easy but get that to look as you want then use the "0" as a cutting template with the Wizard tool and simply cut a "0" out of the recoloured background. Import that into the original image and paste it in the correct position to match the rivets underneath, maybe add some transparency to blend and use other tweaks to get it to look like the "7". Cutting out/copying lettering never looks as good as cleanly applied original lettering using the Text tool but in this case it might actually help it to match the slightly softer "7". EDIT Just had a very quick go using that posted image. For obvious reasons I had to use an area of clear background so the "0" size/shape used was just for that reason. As I thought, the most difficult part is recolouring the existing essentially all grey/greenish rivetted area where the "0" is going to go to match the "7". Using the Color tools I could not get anything that looked acceptable. I then tried a mix of BoltBait's Color Balance, Hue/Saturation, Brightness/Contrast and transparency settings and it looked better but trouble is neither of those first two tools provide for precise RGB information so you have adjust them by eye and test using the color picker afterwards. The colour match after this cursory test was nowhere near what I'd call acceptable. If there is some plugin that can recolour an existing image to exact an RGB colour it might do a better job. The existing Recolor tool swaps colours almost too precisely for this sort of task. Whatever setting I used with the tools employed the rivets' highlights were exaggerated unacceptably too. However the cut out idea did work OK and the Anti-Aliasing Assistant tool cleaned up the slightly ragged edge you get when cutting out curved edges. However to match the look of the "7" I'd suggest using a low setting of BoltBaits Feather Object tool. I'm embarrassed to post this but just take it as a proof of concept. Hopefully somebody else here can come up with a better solution.
  12. If you have your MS/Windows updates on automatic it could be that an update actually fixed the problem, particularly if it was a MS .NET Framework corruption or version issue. The monthly 'quality rollouts', including this month's ones, always seem to have updates for that.
  13. Well, if it was me and I was suspicious that something I'd downloaded was now interfering with the operation of my PC I'd be running a full anti-virus/anti-malware scan. That is usually the 'solution' suggested by idiots whose first thought is to blame everything going wrong with their computer on such things but in this case, on the evidence presented, it seems justified. I'd then use a system restore point from before the problem occurred and see if that fixed it. The system can be rolled back if it does not. I'd also look in what's running at start up. CCleaner is good for this but be careful as that itself, thanks to AVAST, can install unwanted stuff. So perhaps better to use > Run and type msconfig to get to Startup and see if there is anything there that shouldn't be. I'd also use the small and useful program AutoRuns for the same reason:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7HZ1jzdEvk But primarily what I'd suggest doing first is what I suggested for another poster here having a different problem a couple of weeks ago in this thread:-- https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/113466-null-error-when-trying-to-install/?tab=comments#comment-551081 That is to use System File Checker because the fact that recent PDN versions are now not working yet older ones are suggests a MS .NET Framework problem and that running sfc /scannow may fix it.
  14. IHaveNoName

    Change the text

    Yes the font is Calibri at 72pts to match the existing upper case TF lettering. I prefer to do this sort of thing in two separate layers above the existing text later so you can line up the replacement text over the old text position more easily. So just add two new layers; in the lower one first do what welshblue said: simply draw a solid white rectangle over the background letters. In fact you'll probably need to make that two rectangles to avoid clipping the graphic on the right. Next in the top layer chose Text and use Calibri 72pt upper-case to type "IT". Line it up by temporarily unticking the white rectangle(s) layer below to expose the old text. Once lined up re-tick that layer and that is it. Resullt should be this:-
  15. So System File Checker worked? Good news.