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First of all let me thank you for this great piece of software.

I would like to create a software especially for textile designers.

This user group has the need for very special features such as

- creating repeats

- color separation

- recoloring using special algorithm

- color reduction

- etc.

and of course all the features that are already there.

Paint.NET would be a great basis for that.

The best way would be to write some plugins for the missing functionality.

But as far as I understood, the plugins are not integrated tightly enough to allow do certain things. For example in order to create a repeat I would need to show a second window in which the main image is always shown in a tiled way.

What would be the preferred way to extend Paint.NET with functionality that need a tight integration?

What would you recommend?

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Two plugins exist today that can help you:

1) Create repeating textures

2) Use your repeating textures

3) Reduce Colors with a cutout effect

Is that what you're looking for?

Also, Paint.NET does have a recoloring tool, I'm just not sure what you mean by "special algorithm". We do have CodeLab where you can develop special algorithms...

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If you could see me, you would see me impressed.

That is almost what I need. With some changes to the plugins, e.g. to allow half and quarter repeats, and some additional plugins, e.g. to print the palette (all the colors) for a given image, this is perfect.

What if I need a change to a plugin? Should I do it and post it to to the forum, or would it be better to ask the originater of the plugin?

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