PAINT.NET – a great companion to Expression Design

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Expression Design is a great application – and it is often being seen as Microsoft’s competitor product to Adobe’s Photoshop. Well, personally I do think that this is a misunderstanding – for one, you cannot buy Design on its own, it is only included in the Expression Studio SKU and, most important, Design is a vector graphics program at heart. If you are using Expression Design to do photo manipulation or bitmap work, you should also take a look at a freeware application called PAINT.NET that offers a lot of the functionality of Photoshop. I find this application to be a great companion to Expression Design. Do not let yourself get fooled by the name Paint, this has nothing in common with the Paint that is included with Windows – PAINT.NET offers an advanced feature set including layers, curves, color correction, filters and more. Sadly the only thing it does not offer is a feathered selection :-(. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth a (second) look! Check it out here: http://www.getpaint.net/

Cheers
Koestie

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