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Download this great photo editor for prettier pictures

Download this great photo editor for prettier pictures
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In the age of the smartphone where there's a camera in every pocket, have you ever stopped and wondered what you're going to do with all of those photos? So many great photos go unshared because they sit on your phone or your computer with nowhere to go.

Probably because they're not dressed up. Great photos without the right editing can really only be good photos. And the good news is that you don't have to be a photo-editing wizard to do that.

If you've ever used any kind of photo editor before, then you know how simple it can be to tidy up your photos. A bit of color correction here, red-eye removal there, and your photos are good to go.

But for those of you who are looking for a more in-depth way to edit your photos and add your own flair, you need something a little more comprehensive than Windows Media Gallery.

For you photo editors that have a good grasp of the basics, you might appreciate Paint.NET. It's like a cross between Photoshop and Windows' built-in MS Paint. In fact, it was originally created as a free replacement for MS Paint.

Paint.NET lets you add text, paint, patterns, shapes and gradients to any photo using layers. It also includes tons of helpful special effects that let you sharpen, blur or remove grain and noise.

You can make photos look like old paintings, add motion blur for excitement, or just remove red eye. But perhaps the best part is that Paint.NET keeps an unlimited history, so you'll always be able to undo every change.

Note: Paint.NET requires the .NET framework and the Windows 7 Support Package 1 as minimum requirements. Paint.NET is not compatible with Windows Vista.

Download Instructions

To download the program, navigate to the Paint.NET download page using the blue link below. Scroll down and click on the large download button labeled "Download Now dotPDN." It will have a save icon on the button.

You will be redirected to another download page. Click on the blue text link on the right side of the page labeled "paint.net 4.0.6." Your download should begin immediately.

When the download is complete, open the zip file and extract the application by right-clicking in the window and selecting "Extract all." After the file has been extracted, run the application to begin the installation.

You will have the option to run the Express or Custom installation. We recommend using the Custom installation to make sure that everything is the way you want it.

Be sure to read the License Agreement before continuing. Remember, you should always read the fine print on everything you download to your computer!

During the custom installation, you will see options for opening different kinds of image files automatically in Paint.NET. If you want to make Paint.NET your default image editor, leave everything the way it is and click next. Otherwise, you can customize the installation settings to your preferences.

Continue with the installation. When the installation is complete, click "Finish" and Paint.NET will run automatically. You can click and drag images into the open program to get started.

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