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When it comes to really quick and simple cut and paste jobs, I find that MS is faster with its basic-ness, so I prefer that over .NET, with .NET relegated to the big tasks. Anyhoo...

Since installing .NET, I've found that it opens now, when right-clicking an image file and selecting Edit, instead of MSPaint. How do I change this back?

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But I feel Paint.NET is as easy as MSpaint, but much much more powerful.

Never had to use MSpaint anymore since I started using PDN.

I'll agree that Net is very easy to use and very powerful, however there are some things I am used to in Paint that as far as I can tell are not in .Net.

For one.. I am quite used to, in MS Paint, Selecting a region of the image, holding the ctrl key down and draging the selected region to one side, leaving a copy of itself behind. This is a very easy way to copy portions of the image. In .Net.. I'll have to duplicate the layer.

For another, although I havn't used this much even in MSPaint, I did find it rather neat, you can select a region of the image as before, but instead of holding the ctrl key down, hold the shift key. It turns the region you have selected, including it's colors into a custom brush with which you can paint the entire window or any portion there-of with. This is best done using the main background color set as secondary color, and the selection set to transparent.

Now, I still love Paint.Net.. but there are some things where MS Paint still owns.. at least for simple images..

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Be sure to check for all types of that file extention.. e.g. Mine has BITMAP set to Gimp, and BMP set to Paint. so when i select Open it goes to Gimp, and Edit goes to Paint. I'll have to change Open to Paint and Edit to Paint.Net i guess.

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But I feel Paint.NET is as easy as MSpaint, but much much more powerful.

Never had to use MSpaint anymore since I started using PDN.

I'll agree that Net is very easy to use and very powerful, however there are some things I am used to in Paint that as far as I can tell are not in .Net.

For one.. I am quite used to, in MS Paint, Selecting a region of the image, holding the ctrl key down and draging the selected region to one side, leaving a copy of itself behind. This is a very easy way to copy portions of the image. In .Net.. I'll have to duplicate the layer.

Unless I'm seriously misunderstanding what you mean, Paint.NET does this as well...

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Hrm.. tested it.. It does do this.. sorta..

One, it only works the first time.. you have to unselect and re-select to do it again..

Second, even on a transparent layer, where I drew a small circle using the brush, with no background below it, it treated the transparent color as a opaque color, and covered or erased what it covered..

It's got bugs.. and I also tried the Shift trick.. not implemented..

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This is one way to make your own spray tool:

Create a new layer

Brush wherever you want (use a low brush width like 3 or 4 pixels)

Go to Effects> Frosted Glass

Apply the effect.

You can then repeat the effect by pressing "Ctrl+F" (optional).

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This is one way to make your own spray tool:

Create a new layer

Brush wherever you want (use a low brush width like 3 or 4 pixels)

Go to Effects> Frosted Glass

Apply the effect.

You can then repeat the effect by pressing "Ctrl+F" (optional).

Nice! I hadn't thought of that.... and it works pretty well too.

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and to name one thing that MS Paint does that Paint.Net doesn't.. i already did. shift-drag... try it in MS Paint.. it's pretty kewl effect.

I just opened MS paint and that is a cool option. I don't beleive it is an option in Paint.NET (I don't have it installed on this machine to find out) but it could be made a requested option. Maybe someone could create a plug in........ wait could you do this with the Spirograph (http://paintdotnet.12.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=5945) plug in I saw just the other day? I haven't gotten a chance to install that one yet or use Paint.NET for a while. I could be completely wrong too so don't take my word for it "please".

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