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  1. 1 hour ago, AndrewDavid said:

    Pleased to meet you. Thought you were long gone.


    The reports of my departure are greatly exaggerated.  :D


    Nice to meet you too.  I'm not long gone; just working hard on three personal projects.  One is a website, and two are children.  :P  Which gives me precious little time to moderate, sadly.

    I'd say I'm back forever, but who can predict such things?  I can say I have a bit more margin now.

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  2. On 7/25/2017 at 0:25 PM, Rick Brewster said:

    It's not really being removed or retired. It's simply moving to the Windows Store and being put into maintenance mode.

    Does that mean they're only going to do bug fixes for it?  If so, what sort of features were they adding before?

  3. 'Krita' is very good. Customisable pressure sensitivity, dynamic brushes etc. and free.


    Very cool. I'll have to take a look at that.

    Personally I still find it awkward to draw on a tablet whilst looking at a screen.

    You get used to it after a while, if you use it for a while. It becomes an extension of your hand after some time. At least it did for me.

    Unfortunately touch sensitive screens seem equally useless, unless you go way upmarket.

    For sure. The best in class for screen-based tablets is the Wacom Cintiq, which runs somewhere in the $1,000 USD anyway.
    • Is there a good graphics tablet that costs between 8-36 Euros? I am not looking for something very advanced, but simply for a graphics tablet that does it's job like it is supposed to do. Keep in mind that I am saving up for a new PC so I am not going to spend much.
    Only just. Your best bet would be a used Wacom Graphire 4, which can be found on Amazon for $40 USD (around €35 EUR). Nothing new in that price range would really be worth buying.


    • How does it work? Does it auto-detect canvas and I simply have to draw on it with my stylus? Does it support Paint.net? For example if I touch with my stylus on top left corner will it 'click' in the same spot on my computer's screen?
    Other than being mapped 1:1 with the screen (where, as you say, if you touch the top left corner of the tablet it will click the top left corner of the screen), the Wacom Tablet works just like a mouse. The pointer moves around the screen as you hover your stylus above the tablet, and when you press down, it "clicks."


    • Are there any other free alternatives specially created for graphics tablets? Paint.net is good for normal image editing, but I am looking for an better alternative that is JUST for drawing....
    I'm not aware of any. Since tablets work just like mice, Paint.NET is fine for the purpose; the only downside is that it doesn't support pressure sensitivity.

    Good luck!

  4. "Common" is used as a basic repository of code that the plugin authors in question use in all of their plugins, so that they can develop more quickly.  No plugins actually appear in the program for those files, but they are necessary for other of their plugins to function.


    As for standalone effects, you'll need to check the Plugin Index.  Some plugin authors make their plugins available as standalone downloads, some don't.  I believe Ed is in the latter category, but I'm not sure.

  5. Oh thanks. Huh wonder if deleting some of these plugins would speed up my paint.net. I thought they didn't effect anything until use. I have 70 of them. Though I can't tell which are the ones I use and which aren't like. I use Color Balance not color balance+ but I don't see color balance+ in the folder.

    Yes, absolutely it would. Well, it would speed up launch, at least. PdN checks every plugin for compatibility every time the program opens, so the more plugins you have the longer that process would take.

    You can always pull plugins out of the root /Paint.NET/Effects folder and put them into a subfolder - such as /Paint.NET/Effects/Archive - where they won't be seen by the program but will be easily available if you find that you need them later.

  6. Not quite.  You don't have to flatten the image, you just have to deselect the pixels you have selected from pasting in the screenshot.  Hit Ctrl+D.  Or, potentially, you're working on a layer that is covered up by the screenshot.  Take a look and make sure the layer you're trying to draw upon is at the top.


    Paint.NET, like other image editors, only affects the pixels within the selection area on the selected layer.  This doesn't violate Principle of Least Surprise, as it's standard for all image editors.   :)

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  7. I could never understand why someone would get plugin packs from another site, only to come to this one and complain about it. I find that both illogical and amusing at the same time. If there are indeed viruses in the Megalo pack, I would do a system restore or reformat and rebuild. Chalk it up to lesson learned and move on.


    In the future get your PDN plugins from this site only.

    There are.  Not always, but often enough.

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