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I thoroughly enjoy using this program to draw my artwork of cartoon characters.  Clean and easy with the layers and line tool.  I just have one suggestion that hopefully wouldn't be too hard to implement, and would make working with the linework even cleaner.

 

In the program Paint Tool Sai, there's a checkbox for each layer that says "Preserve Opacity," so that when the user draws on the layer, the alpha values are not changed, but the RGB values are.  This really helps when you want to go back and color over the linework to have colored lines, instead of the standard black.  It's impossible to do this, however, in Paint.NET with anti-aliasing on (which helps to make the lines look far cleaner than without it), since the anti-aliased pixels are all a different opacity, and using the fill or brush tool over them changes the opacity as well.  Due to that, I always have to turn anti-aliasing off to do the colored linework on my art.  If Paint.NET had the Preserve-Opacity feature, I could leave anti-aliasing on, as well as still being able to do colored linework.  Hope it's not that hard of an implementation...

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Now I feel sort of silly after not realizing that was there the whole time.  Very great tool indeed =).  Only thing I can say is that it limits colorizing to just a brushing method though, instead of being able to use a combination of different tools with the preserved alpha effect, such as the fill tool or line tool.

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I tend to use a great BIG brush size ;)

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Yes, Paint.NET badly needs what is called "channel locks" that provide checkboxes for the channels RGB, HSV, and alpha.  You can select certain ones and deselect others at any time.  They would ensure that as long as the channel is locked, then internally when the additions are blipped (or however the internal surfaces copy over), then the colors and alpha values will be changed to match which channels are locked or not.  For example, if red is locked, then using bright purple will produce blue because none of the red changes.

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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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