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Hello,

I'm brand new here, having just downloaded Paint.NET yesterday. Before I ask my probably quite obvious and dumb questions, let me just say that: (1) I did read the forum rules; (2) I have reviewed quite a lot of the documentation; and (3) I'm brand new here.

I have a couple of specific questions, which I'll get to in a moment. First, though, I have a general question: is there someplace where extremely elementary questions are answered, and very elementary functions are described? Software is learned to such a large extent by using it. I have a feeling that if I could just perform a few simple operations, by following a set of steps, I would get a much quicker and better feel for the interface. As it is, I have done quite a lot of reading, but am still pretty lost.

Now for my specific questions. My first wish is a simple one, although perhaps slightly unusual: I would like to create a small transparent gif. (I want to use it as a space-filler on a website.) I've tried in a couple of ways, but nothing seems to be making much sense or working. How could I do that?

My second wish is to take a gif from the Web, change its color, resize it, and possibly superimpose an arrow or exclamation point on top of it. I would imagine that this is the type of thing that a lot of people would like to do with an image-editing program such as Paint.NET. I know certain things about this, for example, that I can use the text tool for an exclamation point; and that the superimposition will involve layers. I inserted the gif in question onto the image canvas yesterday, however, and tried to do a few things to it. Nothing happened. It just sat there inert, no matter what I tried to do. This second question involves four different processes, but I'm not sure how to do any of them.

Is there already a place that describes how to do them? Or would someone be kind enough to explain here?

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Maybe Paint.NET is just not the right software for me?? For the moment, I just want to do quite simple things.

- As mentioned, I'd like to create a transparent gif.

- I'd like to take someone else's gif or jpeg and: change its color; change its size; superimpose text on it.

Please help me. I really put in a lot of time yesterday in downloading not only the program but also the necessary Windows 3.5 requirements; and in reviewing a lot of the documentation. So far I have not realized a single gain out of all that work. If I could just get going, I could start to teach myself. For the moment, though, I just sit here at a complete loss.

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The best way to get to know PDN is to do the tutorials. Also I found You Tube was a big help. There are numerous vids showing you how to use PDN. :D

This is a very helpful suggestion. I've looked at a few of these now and have two questions. First, they clips are so indistinct that I cannot make out with any certainty what is being done. How can I make the clips more distinct? I see there is a button for "high quality," but when I click on it, nothing seems to happen.

Second, are these clips categorized anywhere or has anyone identified those which are really helpful? They seem to be sort of all in a heap as they are.

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Adjustments -> Hue / Saturation

Image -> Resize

Try the text yhsjjie-8.png tool.

These very simple instructions were very helpful. Just by doing these three simple things, I learned a lot and got a feel for the interface. Not alone that, but I think I was able to accomplish my two specific goals!

Thank you very much. :)

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My first wish is a simple one, although perhaps slightly unusual: I would like to create a small transparent gif. (I want to use it as a space-filler on a website.) I've tried in a couple of ways, but nothing seems to be making much sense or working. How could I do that?

A transparent image is probably unnecessary on a website if you use CSS. Check out the margin and padding elements.

However, if you do wish to use an image:

Create one in the right size ( or resize the current canvas) and ensure it has only one layer.

Hit Ctrl+A to select all of the image

Press Delete to remove everything on the layer

Go to File > Save As.., and select the *.GIF file format

Click save

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The best way to get to know PDN is to do the tutorials. Also I found You Tube was a big help. There are numerous vids showing you how to use PDN. :D

This is a very helpful suggestion. I've looked at a few of these now and have two questions. First, they clips are so indistinct that I cannot make out with any certainty what is being done. How can I make the clips more distinct? I see there is a button for "high quality," but when I click on it, nothing seems to happen.

Second, are these clips categorized anywhere or has anyone identified those which are really helpful? They seem to be sort of all in a heap as they are.

Try the Zero Day Photo series of tutorials. I worked my way through each one when learning PDN and found them a big help. Other than that it`s just a case of searching for the one you need.

 

 

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Maybe Paint.NET is just not the right software for me?? For the moment, I just want to do quite simple things.

- As mentioned, I'd like to create a transparent gif.

- I'd like to take someone else's gif or jpeg and: change its color; change its size; superimpose text on it.

Please help me. I really put in a lot of time yesterday in downloading not only the program but also the necessary Windows 3.5 requirements; and in reviewing a lot of the documentation. So far I have not realized a single gain out of all that work. If I could just get going, I could start to teach myself. For the moment, though, I just sit here at a complete loss.

.gif's cant use transparency, your gonna have to use pngs.

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