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
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.