Lightweight Windows photo editor

Paint.NET

Ever since my daughter was three years old, she's been noodling around with the Paint program that's built into Windows. Drawing circles, filling them in, scribbling. Now that she's the wise old age of seven, she sees Paint for what it is: pretty much useless. Dad, it doesn’t even have layers. For her, and everyone else who's been underwhelmed by Paint, there's Paint.NET.

This open-source graphics editor is particularly useful for editing photos, with red-eye removal, scanning support, and special effects. And, yes, it does support layers. The download is only 5 MB (you'll need to have Microsoft's .NET framework pre-installed) — making it a handy, lightweight photo editor.

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3 Responses to “Lightweight Windows photo editor”

  1. Kyle says:

    Very much like Adobe Photoshop, but one bad thing. Cannot resize images within the layers.

  2. Ahmad says:

    I really want to try this one

  3. Jordan says:

    This is a great program! It’s pretty powerful on it’s own (especially for being free), but since it’s open-source, there are several plug-ins to download that can make it even better. If you don’t want to spend a small fortune on quality photo editing software, you should seriously consider this program.