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Recently I have downloaded Paint.net, and I have found it a better alternative to Microsoft Paint, if only for the addtion of layers which were my main incentive to download it. 


So, my problem is this. On my background layer, I copied an area, and pasted it onto a new layer. This done, I then set about making an area of white completely transparent, using the paint bucket tool. I was unable to do this as the fill tool refused to fill the white area.


Can anyone offer me assistance on the problem?

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If you wish to make an area completely transparent, select it and press the Delete key.

The other thing that might have occurred: you made a copy of the region to a new layer. If you did make it transparent, the original layer information may have shown through.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I have a similar problem, but I am not trying to make the layer transparent, just to change the color of the whole layer to a very pale but visible one.


I've used paint.net for several years to draw (well, copy) maps and usually start with a layer that will blot out the original on completion of the whole image. I thought I had sorted out the steps to do this successfully. But recently, once I have picked my color background, used the select tool to outline the whole image, and clicked paint bucket or "F", all I get is a black dot and the tool that will move it. What have I done wrong? or is there a clash between the most recent paint.dot.net version and Windows 10?





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There is no clash. It sounds like you're filling a layer which is occluded by another. Try this: Once you've made your selection press the backspace key to fill the selection with the Primary color. Shift + backspace keys fills with the secondary color.

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The "black dot" isn't actually a "black dot". Notice it has a little compass gizmo next to it. You can drag it around to change the fill point.


See here for an example of what's going on: 

The Paint.NET Blog: https://blog.getpaint.net/

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