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A lot of people hate Mono, but if you don't... read on!

Paint.NET is one of the best image editing applications for Windows and it has a version for Linux too, called Paint.Mono (or Mono Paint). According to Miguel de Icaza, most of the features in Paint.NET have been ported over to Paint-Mono, with more to come. Apparently, this should also work on Mac OSX, details HERE.

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Layers - Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.

Special Effects - Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included.

Powerful tools - simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-use curve tool for drawing splines or Bezier curves. The Gradient tool, new for 3.0, has been cited as an innovative improvement over similar tools provided by other software. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.

To install Paint.Mono (Mono Paint) in Ubuntu, download it from the following locations, depending on your Ubuntu version:

-Jaunty: paint-mono_3.0.63-6_all.deb (1.6 MiB) |
-Intrepid: paint-mono_3.0.63-3_all.deb (1.6 MiB)
-Hardy: paint-mono_3.0.57-1_all.deb (1.6 MiB)

And and additional package (no matter which Ubuntu version you run): libmono-mozilla0.1-cil_1.2.6+dfsg-6ubuntu3.1_all.deb

Or you could add the Paint.Mono Launchpad PPA.

To start it, press ALT + F2 and type:

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