Paint.Net Ink Sketch, Oil Painting, and Pencil Sketch Artistic Effects
By Stephen Bucaro
Paint.Net is a graphics editing and processing application similar to Photoshop(R) and
GIMP, except Photoshop cost between $100 and $1000 dollars and GIMP is has a steep learning
curve. What I like most about Paint.Net (besides the fact that it's free and can be downloaded
from Paint.NET) is it's
ease-of-use to power ratio. Very easy to use, lots of power.
• When downloading Paint.NET be alert to click on the proper download link and
not some huge banner ad button that downloads crapware along with Paint.NET.
If you select Artistic in Paint.NET's Effects menu, you'll see three items
that apply very interesting and useful effects. Let's appy the Ink Sketch effect
to the image shown below.
When you select the Ink Sketch effect, the slider control dialog box shown below
appears, allowing you to set the amount of ink and the amount of color used for the effect.
Shown above is the result of the Ink Sketch effect. Very professional looking, and
I didn't even have to change the default settings.