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  1. 1. I used paint.net under Windows XP for many years. Installed new versions quickly and flawlessly. Quite satisfied with paint.net 2. More than a year ago, I purchased a new computer that had Windows 10. Could not get paint.net to install. Googled the problem, and found several people had the same issue: "Install hangs at Preparing to install". Much to my chagrin, I was forced to give up paint.net. Settled for an inferior replacement that supports layers. 3. Today, I tried to install paint.net again. I eventually succeeded. Allow me to describe the major steps, which included another apparent "Install hangs at Preparing to install", so perhaps you can improve paint.net to alleviate this problem. 4. On my first attempt to install paint.net, I selected the "Custom" installation method. The "Custom Installation Options" screen had all boxes checked except "Also check for pre-release (beta) versions". Result: Install hung at Preparing to install 5. While trying to figure out the problem, I went to this page: https://www.getpaint.net/download.html When I click on its link "Microsoft's .NET Framework 4.7.2", it takes users to a page for installing Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1, not 4.7.2 When I look at your forum page "Common Install / Uninstall / Crash Problems and Solutions!" under Problems during Install / Uninstall, it says we should use .NET Framework v4.8. Really wish the folks at PAINT.net would remove these inconsistencies. 6. Downloaded from a different source and tried to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2. Its install program told me that 4.7.2 or better was already installed on my computer. 7. Tried one last time to install paint.net. This time, I selected the "Express" installation method. paint.net installed without hanging. 8. Of course, the apparent drawback to the "Express" installation method is that paint.net was not set as the default image editor for common graphics file formats (PNG etc.). Therefore, I was forced to use Windows 10's "Choose default apps by file type" to set each common graphics file format one-by-one to paint.net. I was very surprised that Windows 10 took an inordinate amount of time to make each change. I wondered, "Does paint.net appear to hang during Custom installation because so much time is required to set paint.net as the default image editor for common graphics file formats?" I futilely waited a *long* time for "Preparing to install" to go away, but who knows? If it is the problem, then the developers of paint.net should atomize the process of setting paint.net as the default image editor for common graphics file formats. Give users progress messages (e.g. "Set paint.net as default image editor for BMP files", then "Set paint.net as default image editor for JPEG files", etc.) so users don't just stare at a seemingly interminable "Preparing to install" message.
  2. Thank you for the replies. The oblique plugin works very nicely. The forward end of the "isometric" piece that it produces matches perfectly with the right end of the front fence piece. "y-offset to -1.0" sets the correct angle. Especially important is "squish it down to half the width" for two reasons: the oblique plugin stretches the original image to twice its lengthrelatedly, without the squish, the gaps between the pickets are too large in the "isometric" piece
  3. I'm using Paint.NET 3.5.11 under XP. I have this piece of fence for the front of a square corral: Now, I would like to make the right side of the corral. It needs to extend from the right end of the front piece...off at a 45 degree angle and tapering (isometrically) toward the background. Would somebody please be kind enough to give me step-be-step directions for creating this isometric effect? Thanks.
  4. I have an existing image. I want to copy some of the texture in this image and use it to paint another area of the image. "Clone Stamp" seems like the right tool, BUT . . . While using Clone Stamp, two bubbles appear. The trailing bubble is copying and the leading bubble is pasting. These two bubbles always move together. I would rather 1. Ctrl-click to select the texture that I want to use for painting; 2. Then, point, click and drag to paint with the selected texture. Thus, only the leading bubble would move. Is it possible? How? Thanks for your help.
  5. "Small" is such a relative term. Seriously, though, although the selected area is only 11 x 15 pixels, I zoomed in 1200%, and the "arrowhead" still would not appear in the pasted image. Works beautifully. Thanks. Apparently, I'm still learning the idiosyncracies of Paint.NET, but I use the program excusively now; Microsoft Paint is a relic from the past.
  6. 1. I select an area of the canvas with the "Rectangle Select" tool. 2. I execute Edit / Copy. PROBLEM #1 When I execute Edit / Paste, the copied image is pasted on top of the area that I previously selected. Is there a way to paste the copied image directly to a different place on the canvas? PROBLEM #2 (THE MORE SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR ME) After I paste the image, the cursor changes to a hand (apparently, I'm in "Scale Pixels" mode). Sometimes, I am unable to get the cursor to assume an "arrowhead" shape so I can move the pasted image to a different place on the canvas. What's the secret to getting the "arrowhead" cursor to appear?
  7. Thanks to Simon Brown, david.atwell, and BoltBait for furthering my indoctrination with Paint.NET. BoltBait's signature includes "Warning: The above post contains sarcasm. Use as directed." Well, I didn't see any, but I'll be very careful how I word my questions in the future.
  8. (Please ignore the Communist nature of the graphics in this message. It’s for a joke. ) Here’s my first layer, my background: Then, I execute “Layers / Import From File…” to add a smaller picture to this background. Paint.NET creates layer 2 and puts a selection box around the little picture. Then, I execute “Layers / Import From File…” again to add a smaller picture to this background. (Yes, I know that I could have used the “Duplicate Layer” command.) Paint.NET creates layer 3 and puts a selection box around the little picture. My question: How can I get to this situation? I want the selection box to appear only around the little picture that I placed on layer 2. Yes, I know that I can use the “Rectangular Select” tool, for example, but that’s not what I want. I want—go to layer 2, simply click on the little picture because it’s an object on layer 2, and a selection box will appear around the little picture automatically. Does Paint.NET understand “objects” on a layer?
  9. My thanks to Rick Brewster and Ash! I tested both approaches--they work marvelously. (Ah, the growing pains of moving from a basic program such as Microsoft Paint to a powerful program such as Paint.NET )
  10. Thanks for your quick response. > > Image --> Canvas size > Yes, that command is equivalent to "Image / Attributes..." in Microsoft Paint. However... If I have a small picture on a large canvas and I want to resize the canvas to fit the picture exactly, sizing handles on the side of the canvas are much more convenient to use. > > Ctrl+A and then use > Now, we're getting closer. In paint.net, I first tried Ctrl-A and "Move Selected Pixels". Hooray! Sizing handles appeared on the side of the canvas. Boo! When I used the sizing handles, the picture on the canvas resized, not the canvas. Then, I tried Ctrl-A and "Move Selection". Hooray! Sizing handles appeared on the side of the canvas. Boo! When I used the sizing handles, the following result occured: The grey area is not canvas, right? So, sorry, but I'm back to my original question. Is it possible in paint.net to resize the canvas via sizing handles on the sides of the canvas? Thanks for your help.
  11. I am a new user to Paint.NET; previously, I used Microsoft Paint. 1. I want to resize the canvas in Paint.NET. I found the command "Image / Canvas Size..." on the main menu. However, I would rather resize the canvas via handles on the sides of the canvas (like in Microsoft Paint). Unfortunately, my canvas in Paint.NET doesn't seem to have any handles. What am I doing wrong? 2. Does Paint.NET have options that I can configure? If yes, where are they? Thanks for your assistance.