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Text Tool in Version 3.5.5

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I once came to Paint.Net when I realized how perfect it inserts text to a bitmap.

In v3.36 it nearly looked perfect with these settings:

- Smooth

- Antialiasing

- Normal Blending

Now, in v3.55 I miss the dropdown "Smooth/Sharp".

And of course the results are significant worse.

Unfortunately it is not possible to have both versions in parallel use.

Can anyone give me a hint how to have the excellent text tool from v3.36 while also using v3.55?

Thank you in advance


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This has already been discussed many times and a long time ago. Please search and find the answers already given.

Summary: The text in 3.36, rendered via GDI+, was actually not very good, and it crashed a LOT and was slow. Win7 and Vista SP2 have access to DirectWrite which produces superior text rendering in every way. For XP, I chose to use GDI (no '+') for text rendering in order to have stable (non-crashy) text rendering. The "smooth/sharp" option just chose between GDI+ and GDI rendering, but mostly it just had the effect of disabling antialiasing -- you can do that by turning off antialiasing on the right edge of the toolbar.

And yeah, it's time to ditch XP. Paint.NET v4.0 will not work on XP, and Windows 7 is really good.

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You can also try using one of the text plugins that use GDI+ for text rendering.

Like this one...


Source code here: http://boltbait.com/pdn/CodeLab/help/tutorial4.asp

Also, there are better text plugins in the plugin forum. Just search around a little.

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Thank you all for your help.

Sorry, that I'm not familiar with all those details. I do not use graphic tools very often. But if I do, I mostly use Paint.NET. It's easy to use, even for a dummy like me. And I can use it in my native language.

@BoltBait: I just tried your pluging. The result was very good, thank you.

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