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Switching from paint to paint.net. Thanks for the help!

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Hello everyone,

First of all this is an amazing program. I love it. I'm used to using MS Paint because as much as i love art i could never see my self paying 700 dollars for something like Photoshop. Ive gone through the tutorials forum and tried out different things, but I'm having trouble creating what i want to create. I no what i want to draw in my head and may no how to do it on paint, but doing it on Paint.net is currently difficult. Hopefully when I learn more about this program it will be more about the art and not trying to figure out how to use features. Really any advice would be appreciated. One thing that ive been having trouble with is shading or blending. I'm messed around with the gradient tool and the paint brush and some of the effects, i feel like im close but not up to par. I noticed that most of the tutorials are how to draw this or that. Which is cool but i almost need a tutorial on how to do the basics.

Thanks again!


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There's a thread in this forum called "Paint.NET tips and tricks" that has some good stuff. Aside from that, and the F1 help file, the Tutorials section is where to look. Paint.NET has way too many applications done by way too many people for one tut to cover everything. For instance, Ash does mostly realistic comp-designed artwork here. I spend most of my time on Paint.NET making backgrounds for the slides at my campus organization's meetings. Some people (Sozo, uH) use it as the last step in fractal creation. Others use it to optimize photos. So, as you can imagine, one tutorial wouldn't come close to helping us all. :-)


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Actually, I was just thinking today that, with a two-week break from classes this month for Thanksgiving, I should be able to get started on that for real. And make my Alpha Masking tutorial more understandable...

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