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Paint.net vs Gimp

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They are most certainly not the same program :)

GIMP was also most certainly not created by the extraordinary Rick :D

Both GIMP and PDN have their own strong points, but I will have to agree that paint.net is definitely more user friendly than GIMP, though it lacks some tools like the blur and sharpen brushes (there are plenty of workarounds, though ;) ). Also, GIMP is more for digital painting while paint.net is more rendering oriented.

No, Paint.NET is not spyware...but, installing it is an IQ test. ~BoltBait

Blend modes are like the filling in your sandwich. It's the filling that can change your experience of the sandwich. ~Ego Eram Reputo

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Paint.Net forum has better Mods.... :D

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Well done that man! boltbait.big_smile.png (you won't regret it....)

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A breakdown:


  • Easy interface

  • Fast startup

  • Great plugin support (and great plugin creators)

  • Intuitive gradient handling (including transparency gradients)

  • A great community (a.k.a. here!) and a developer that actively interacts with it

  • No native smudge nor other brush tools (there are plugins for it though)

  • Less sophisticated selections and selection tools (like smooth selections and polygonal selections)


  • In many cases more powerful and feature rich (sorry, Rick...it had to be said)

  • Slow startup

  • Support for pressure sensitivity

  • Native layer masks (a big advantage)

  • Extensive selection tools and support for soft and blurred selection edges

  • Complex interface, can be horribly hard to get your head around (a

I, personally, use both programs. All depending on my needs.

If I need some advanced functions like layer masks and pressure sensitivity (for my tablet), I go with Gimp.

If I need to do simpler tasks, I often choose PdN. Mostly due to the ease of using the program and my familiarity to the interface, filters and plugins.

[Edit: How come every thread I post in tend to die immediately afterwards? It's not like I'm neurotoxin or anything...]

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