"Use Paint.NET to Photoshop it"

I guess "Photoshop" really is turning into a generic verb, something that Adobe is undoubtedly unhappy about. I found this on a Q&A website, paraphrased for readability:

Question: "My friend has pictures of her eyes, a different color that really stick out. It’s grey and her eyes are bright blue or neon green. Please tell me how to do that." (Note: I believe they are asking how to take a picture of someone’s face and apply a grayscale effect to only the eyes.)

Answer 1: "Oh yeah, I’ve seen that but I don’t know how to do that either … let’s read what everyone else has to say, I want to know too…"

Answer 2: "use paint.net to photoshop it"

I won’t link to it so as to preserve their anonymity, but it’s easy enough to find by doing a search for the title of this blog post (including the quotation marks).

Anyway, I just thought that was curious enough to share … πŸ™‚


24 thoughts on “"Use Paint.NET to Photoshop it"

  1. Zoe says:

    IMO there’s no competition between Photoshop and paint.net, they can happily coexist. Actually, I own Photoshop CS3 wich I use for complex photo-retouching (and Bridge for all those Digicam-Shots). But additionally I use paint.net as well especially because it starts so fast. I use a choice of effects-plugin that make it mighty but not slow. So I’m happy I have both. No need to hide from the big brother. πŸ™‚

  2. gege says:

    Funny, of course! But it will be even funnier the day someone says: “Use Photoshop to Paint.NET it” πŸ˜‰ That would be a great day!!!
    Or would you be “undoubtedly unhappy about” that, Rick ? πŸ˜€

  3. WJUK says:

    It’s just now an incredibly strong brand that the brand-name itself has eclipsed the market. Like the IPod (MP3s) and there was Kleenex etc.

    But still: XD

  4. Zisworg says:

    There was already the verb β€œto google” πŸ™‚
    It’s a sign of notoriety!! πŸ˜€

  5. Ice Drills says:

    I have CS3 too but paint.net is just for kids and teens or people that think photoshop is hard to learn.You cant compare a paint.net with photoshop cs3

  6. Rick Brewster says:

    Ice Drills – “just for kids and teens or people that think Photoshop is hard to learn”? What about people who don’t want to spend $650 on CS3? Or those whose needs are completely fulfilled by the features, performance, and simplicity of Paint.NET? Your assessment of Paint.NET is clearly incomplete.

    I never compared Paint.NET to Photoshop. I was merely pointing out an interesting, even funny, use of the now-generic verb “photoshop” that I spotted.

  7. Dobbeh says:

    Yeahh it’s perfect for people like me, who don’t want to spend Β£300/Β£400 on an editing program. Ok, maybe it isnt as good as Photoshop, buh it is still great as a free editing software

    Yeahh i’ve heard this term before like ‘Google’ it. That’ll be the Day – Use Photoshop to PDN it πŸ™‚

  8. Dalton says:

    Use Paint.NET to photoshop it!
    Probably.. the dumbest phrase I’ve heard.
    Other than “that’s hott.”
    Ugh. Paris.
    And I totally agree with Rick. No Paint.NET might not be the best, but it is for those of us who, either can’t afford $650 software, or are cheapskates.
    *maybe, like me, you just enjoy using Paint.NET and like it because it’s fast, small, and there’s so many plugins it’s sooo awesome!*
    And I have tried CS3.
    NO WAY is it worth what you pay. Nice. But not that nice.

  9. sacumprask says:

    I like Paint.NET, beautiful GUI, simple, fast, many useful plugins. Good job. For CS3 users – it’s worthy $600, many graphic studios depends on it, you can find there, what you want. But, lot of people don’t need 95% of photoshop features, Paint.net is for them. ..and there still is FREE Gimp, which is comparable to photoshop, say what you want

  10. barkbark00 says:

    “Just for…people that think Photoshop is hard to learn”

    Or…people who don’t mind doing a little extra work to get the same results as in PS. Personally, I find that it’s too easy to do some things in PS; and I like the challenge that PdN presents.

    Take a stroll through the Pictorium on the Paint.NET user forum. There are plenty of users pushing the envelope of comparability between the two packages.

    Paint.NET does not compare with PS feature for feature(e.g, custom brushes, quality pressure sensitivity). That doesn’t stop me(and others) from emulating 90% of PS’s functionality in PdN.

  11. Shannara says:

    I have Photoshop, it works wonderfully on Windows XP. However, my new computer has Vista. And despite Adobe claiming Photoshop CS3 installs on Vista .. it DOES NOT. Bad Adobe … so I am stuck looking for an alternative. I have found Paint.NET … and as long it allows me to do most things i do in photoshop, then I do not mind.

  12. Dark says:

    i have vista and i installed Photoshop CS3 Extended on it
    it seems it’s not Adobe’s fault

  13. LunarFoX says:

    I’ll never see why photoshop and it’s friends have to pay so much moneys for it’s stuff…
    Paint.Net in the can beat someone with Photoshop if they know what they are doing…

  14. Olay says:

    Paint.net is great for creating textures for my 3D models. It’s my #1 Photo Editing choice. I don’t like Photoshop, because its interface embodies the “gray” factor, and I find that color scheme, as well as the UI layout itself, quite counterproductive.

    So why not just stick with the free solution? I love it.

  15. Dudebubhead says:

    I have both CS3 and Paint.NET. They are both awesome, but to tell you the truth, I prefer Paint.NET because it is just so simple and easy to use. Photoshop can be ridiculously complex at times when Paint.NET is ridiculously simple.

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