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A simple graphics app/program for Windows 8?

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    A simple graphics app/program for Windows 8?


    Does anyone know of a simple graphics app/program for Windows 8. They have something for photos so I'm thinking maybe there's something for graphics. I'm looking for something that will let beginners generate a gradient line, where they can define a beginning, middle, and end colors and output a png or jpg.

    Thanks

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Can you provide a sample of the gradient line you spoke about ?

    What would it be used for ?
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    You can use them in HTML/CSS to create surfaces that appear curved. The gradient at the left below, for example, has a lighter blue on the top than on the bottom and when this is repeated in the X direction inside the button box it gives the button a concave appearance.

    Click image for larger version Click image for larger version

    I've created a site builder for non-technical users (zackel.com) that will do the repeat automatically by just dropping the line in the box with the Shift key held down and now I want to point my customers to an easy way to create these gradients.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails buttons_light.jpg  
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    Invalid attachment.
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    David,
    Your attachment didn't post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toonbon View Post
    David,
    Your attachment didn't post.
    It was your attachment.
    I was pointing out you uploaded a bad image.
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    Ah! After I posted I went back and edited, trying to kill an extra attachment, but I killed the main one and then I had to add it back, so for a short time you might have seen that error. But it should be ok now. Do you see the vertical line now and the concave button?
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    Quote Originally Posted by toonbon View Post
    Ah! After I posted I went back and edited, trying to kill an extra attachment, but I killed the main one and then I had to add it back, so for a short time you might have seen that error. But it should be ok now. Do you see the vertical line now and the concave button?
    Yes. It works now.
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    Here's the links for free paint.net:
    Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing <====== Official site, requires installation
    Download Paint.NET Portable 4.0.52 <==== Portable version

    Sample:
    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by topgundcp; 21 Jul 2014 at 22:32.
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    Thanks. Paint.net look like it will do the job but I found downloading and installing it way beyond my "non-technical" users, especially with all the trick "downloadunzip.com" links that look like they'll download paint.net, but don't. On Windows 7, it download and installed the .NET platform (4.2 I think) but when I tried to run the installed program it complained:
    Click image for larger version

    I can't have my users fighting this kind of thing.

    But thanks anyway.
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