Paint.net is my image editor of choice on Windows. It is free, starts up fast and provides access to all the features and options needed to edit images effectively before posting them on websites.
I have always associated Paint.net with a slow and resource hungry .net application but it turned out to be quite the opposite which is why I uninstalled GIMP and used the image editor exclusively on the system from that moment on.
Paint.net is not compatible with Adobe Photoshop psd files by default which can be quite troublesome if you need to work with psd files occasionally, for instance if a designer provides you with them and it is your task to do something with them, for instance to cut the file and create a website out of it.
The psd plugin for paint.net adds support for Adobe Photoshop psd files to the Paint.net application. It does not implement all features of the psd file format though, only those that are needed to convert the loaded psd file in the image editor and those that have a paint.net counterparts.
Below is the list of support features:
The psd plugin comes as a single dll file that has to be placed into the filetypes folder of the Paint.net installation. Note that you may need to confirm the move on newer versions of the Windows operating system if you have installed Paint.net in the default location.
Once placed inside, it will automatically be picked up by the image editor the next time it is started.
The association of psd files with paint.net has to be created manually. This can be done by right-clicking a psd file on the computer system and selecting Open With > Choose Program from the context menu. Paint.net has to be selected as the program to open psd files and the checkbox "always use the selected program to open this kind of file" has to be ticked.
While you won't get full Adobe psd file support using the plugin, it at least ensures that you can load, display and convert most psd files in the Paint.net application.
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