Using Colours and Multiple Images in Paint.net
The use of colours and the flexibility of being able to adjust the brightness and transparency (using the colour palette) in Paint.net separates this free tool from other basic tools such as Microsoft Paint.
It’s also possible to use the “colour picker” tool and add a very specific colour to the palette. This is useful when working with an image that uses a lot of the same colours and tones.
It’s even possible to save the palette so all the custom saved colours are readily available.
Using the Magic Wand
The magic wand in Paint.net is incredibly handy and the more confident you are in using it, the more you will find reasons to use it.
In this particular tutorial, we show you how to create a small Polaroid style photograph for use as a signature in marketing emails.
As always, check you’ve got the right layer selected before selecting the area you’re wanting to edit with the magic wand.
If the wand has selected either too little or too much of the image, try adjusting the tolerance using the bar at the top until you’ve got only the area you’re going to edit selected.
You might want to select areas separately, or colour an area in using the colour picker, as shown in the tutorial, if you’re having difficulties selecting the necessary area.
The magic wand is also very useful when editing text. If you’ve got your text on its own separate layer, hold down Shift on your keyboard and select part of the text to highlight the whole text.
Once this is selected, it’s possible to change the colour using either the paint bucket or the gradient tool. This works best with a large bold font.
Copying From One Image to Another
One important thing to understand about Paint.net is that, once you open another image, it doesn’t completely close down the previous image you had open.
This means it’s possible to cycle through multiple images at the same time copying parts of different images and pasting them into separate layers of one final image.
Simply open an image, then open another one to see them both in thumbnail view at the top of the screen. It’s easy to copy an image (always make sure you have the right area and layer selected), then paste what you’ve copied into another image.
It’s always easiest to paste into a brand new layer so you can make edits to the content you’ve just copied only.
Even if the separate images are completely different sizes, you’ll be asked to either “change canvas size” or “keep canvas size”. Most of the time it’s easier to keep the canvas size, then simply re-size what you’ve copied within the canvas without messing around with your whole image dimensions.
Don’t forget, in your layer toolbar, you can decide which layer is above which and also merge layers together. If you feel it will be easier to edit multiple layers at the same time, merge the layers together.
If you need to create the effect that one object is behind another, this is easily done by ordering your layers accordingly.
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