There was an article on Slashdot last week titled, “Alternatives to Adobe’s Creative Suite?” There was a good discussion about various alternatives to the various pieces of Creative Suite, and Paint.NET was mentioned numerous times. Every single mention was very positive! So, thank you Slashdot! You’ve come a long way since the December 2004 story titled, “Paint.NET: The Anti-GIMP?J

I particularly liked one of the comments by hkmarks (emphasis added by me):

“I just heard about Paint.NET a few weeks ago, and I now use it more than Photoshop. Photoshop has superior text capability (Paint.NET rasterizes text and leaves it uneditable) and a kajillion other features that make it indispensable for serious work, but Paint.NET is much faster for things like adjusting color levels, cropping and resizing photos. Or gluing captions to cats. It’s not a total replacement, but for some applications it might be enough.”

Apparently the crew behind I CAN HAS CHEEZEBURGER? are fans of Paint.NET too, as witnessed by the comment on another one of today’s posts:

cheezburger Says:
June 12th, 2007 at 3:46 pm


i uses paint.net when i needz quick captions!

This brings me to the main topic of “LOLcats”, as popularized by sites like that. In December I got a cat for Christmas and I named her Stella at the suggestion of my friend Emily (“she looks like a Stella!”). True to form, I took the following picture yesterday and glued a caption on it:

Quick story behind it: no, she didn’t eat the food, I did! She jumped up and started licking the wrapper that had leftover cheese on it, and I thought it was funny so I took a picture. No Stellas were harmed in the making of this LOLcat, she didn’t get a chance to snarf down too much of it.

I used Ed Harvey’s Fragment effect plugin to make the shadow behind the text. I typed the text in white, the duplicated the layer and used Adjustments -> Invert Colors on the bottom layer so that it would be colored black. Then I used the plugin on that layer, duplicated it several times to get the right amount of contrast, and then flattened the layers together with Merge Layer Down. (You’d think text effects would be built-in to Paint.NET … uh oh, am I foreshadowing future features again?)

Unfortunately, I can’t think of a good caption for the following picture, so maybe someone can help me out J

Here’s another one that’s ripe for tagging, maybe something like “Shh, I’m hunting wabbits!” :

And that concludes today’s necessary stupidity.

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