Use Paint.net to cre­ate a stun­ning photo col­lage

This free al­ter­na­tive to Mi­crosoft Paint has fea­tures you’d find in many paid-for ap­pli­ca­tions – and it’s won­der­fully easy to use as well

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Ever since Mi­crosoft an­nounced it would no longer be de­vel­op­ing its Paint im­age edit­ing and paint­ing pro­gram, which has been around in one form or an­other since Win­dows 1.0 back in 1985, users have been look­ing around for al­ter­na­tives. And there are plenty out there, of­ten for free.

One that’s most com­monly of­fered as a re­place­ment is the bril­liant, and free, Paint.net. Orig­i­nally pro­grammed by Rick Brew­ster as a project at Wash­ing­ton State Univer­sity, it’s taken on a life of its own and now ex­ceeds the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Paint, of­fer­ing lay­ered im­ages and spe­cial ef­fects that can en­hance your cre­ations.

Mi­crosoft’s Paint will still be avail­able for free on the Win­dows Store, but now’s a good time to ex­plore what a more ca­pa­ble graph­ics pro­gram can do.

Here, we’re go­ing to look at mak­ing a col­lage us­ing Paint.net’s lay­ers, piec­ing to­gether el­e­ments of dif­fer­ent im­ages to make a sin­gle com­po­si­tion.

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