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editing 2 dimentional pictures

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programs (applications) to use
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these are the best programs to edit graphics. you only need 2 programs to edit most pictures.
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1. "paint" (installed with windows. the file name is "mspaint")
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2. http://www.getpaint.net/index.html
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a 3rd program you can use is http://www.gimp.org/ (this is a free "photoshop clone"). gimp2 is hard to learn and is designed for people who edit graphics as their job. you don't usually need all the options in gimp2 (same with photoshop).
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if i had to suggest a "main" graphics editor it would be paint.net. gimp and photoshop are too difficult to learn unless you already know how to use them. mspaint does not do a lot of things like rotate anything less than 90 degrees, layers, transparency, and special effects. that's why paint.net is the best downloadable program in this list. there are also online versions of picture editors.
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the debian linux version of paint.net is "pinta".
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adding animated gif ability to paint.net
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YOU ONLY NEED TO DO THIS IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO CREATE ANIMATED GIFS IN PAINT.NET
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you need to add the file "AnimatedGifLibrary.dll" to the folder "filetypes" which is probably located at " C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\FileTypesā€¯ and then close and open paint.net if it was open when you did that. you will find a new way to save files "animated gif" when you have more than 1 layer you are saving.
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this link should work to download "animatedgiflibrary.dll". if it does not work you need to find the file yourself. paint.net has stopped being supported. you may also contact me and i can send the file directly to you if you need it.
http://pdnagif.codeplex.com/
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editing pictures
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making 2 dimentional graphics isn't that difficult. i will explain a few things i did not realize when i started editing graphics.
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everything in graphics is in pixels with a computer. you can zoom in far enough and see the individual pixels in mspaint. this really helps if you want to modify a picture to make it look clear and crisp.
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what i do when i do transparency is to make vastly different colors (like instead of white for the background, do pink or green for the background) and then when you "copy and paste" the picture from mspaint to paint.net, it's easy to make areas transparent. in paint.net there is a "magic wand" where you left click a section and then press the "delete" key on your keyboard to make an area of a picture transparent. you have to save the picture in "png" format because jpg does not support transparency.
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paint.net has layers. layers are very useful for a lot of reasons. make sure you hide all layers except the layer you are working on, because paint.net lets you modify a layer you do not have selected "which i think is a bug"
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i will be adding pictures and updating this page with more information eventually
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