Jump to content

Pasting image into empty Paint.Net - Available options

Recommended Posts

When pasting an image into Paint.Net, you are only given two options:

  1. Expand the canvas
  2. Keep it the same size

The problem I'm having is with "Expand Canvas".   It will fit the image, but if you have a long vertical image, but the canvas is wider by default, you end up with white space.


Can we add a simple third option here, "Fit To Image"?


It at least keeps the image area selected, so I can just "Crop" ... but why the extra step?


I included an example where of "Expand Canvas" where it requires the cropping, but I feel shouldn't if that option could be added.


On paste (where we could use a third option, "Fit to Image"):




The resulting, needless white-space:




Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think what you're looking for is Ctrl-Alt-V (Edit > Paste into new image).


True, I do use that, because I have to.


Wouldn't it be better when you paste an image with CTRL+V, to just have the dialog offer this option?


What would you say 99.999% of users are going to do when they have an image on the clipboard and go into Paint.Net?


Hit CTRL+V to paste it in there, or hit an unknown keyboard command (or hunt around in menus)?


It just feels like a UX issue that could use attention.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It expands an existing canvas to minimally to accept the clipboard image. If one dimension (height in your example) is all that is required - then that is all that is altered.


Like BoltBait said: paste into new image rather than forcing the clipboard image into an existing canvas, or you can create a new image (Ctrl+N) and it will have the same dimensions as the clipboard image.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I realize all this, but opening an empty instance if Paint.Net, and pasting an image, I guarantee the user expects the canvas to fit the image.


The reason is that the user never said they wanted a canvas.  The X,Y dimensions of a default canvas don't matter in this case, because the user wants to paste a brand new image into the empty application.


Instead, they get the image, plus a bunch of needless whitespace, because the application forced this on them due to a default canvas being stretched in proportion.


I don't know ... it just feels very unnatural to me.  Just suggesting something that would possibly help out new users, and make me not have to reach for CTRL+ALT+V (it's awkward, even after being a developer for over 20 years ... left pinky on CTRL, middle finger on ALT, index finger crossing over to V ... and I have to look to make sure).


Or, I could paste like I do everywhere else with CTRL+V and have my image pasted and the canvas sized to fit.


Like I said, I love this program, using since '04 ... I just donated money. 


Just some suggestions to help keep improving.

Edited by EternalNY1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...