paint.NET is free image editing and photo manipulation software for Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface. Supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
paint.NET started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing.
An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
You can use the Paint.NET to enhance and clean up your photographs. Using the Clone Stamp tool, you can carefully remove the power lines that criss-crossed in front of the Space Needle. Every feature and user interface element are immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance.
Simple, intuitive, and innovative user interface
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. In order to handle multiple images easily, Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of a text description. This makes navigation very simple and fast.
Performance: It’s fast. Really fast.
Extensive work has gone into making Paint.NET the fastest image editor available. Starting the app is nearly instantaneous and every feature lets take advantage of the latest multicore CPUs, GPUs, and NVMe SSDs. Whether you have a power-conscious laptop or a monstrous desktop with a gigantic GPU, you can expect Paint.NET to start up immediately, respond quickly to every mouse click, and take full advantage of all of your hardware.
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.
Pen and Drawing Tablet Support
Back by popular demand, Paint.NET 5.0 now supports pressure sensitivity with compatible pens and drawing tablets from Wacom, UGEE, Microsoft, and more. This enables you to draw beautiful, natural-looking brush strokes.
Comprehensive File Format Support
Paint.NET supports a wide variety of popular and standard file formats, including: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF, DDS, TGA, HEIC, AV1 (AVIF), WebP, JPEG XR, and of course PDN (Paint.NET’s native image type that supports layers). You can add support for more file types with plugins.
Active Online Community
Paint.NET has an online forum with a friendly, passionate, and ever-expanding community. Be sure to check out the constantly growing list of tutorials and plugins!
Updates are free and contain new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. If you are using the Microsoft Store release, updating is done in the background when you aren’t using the app. For the “classic” release, updates only take two clicks and can be installed when you’re finished with your session.
Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Here are everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing. Also you will find unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.
Adjustments will help you tweak an image’s brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels. You can also convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.
Paint.NET includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-use curve tool for drawing splines or Bezier curves. The Gradient tool 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, a Recolor tool, and an extensible Shapes tool, among others.
Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody changes their mind. To accommodate this, every action you perform on an image is recorded in the History window and may be undone. Once you’ve undone an action, you can also redo it. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.
- Fixed: When using Alt+Tab, the internal state of the Alt key could get ‘stuck’ when the Shapes or Line/Curve tool was active, causing the next shape or line/curve to be drawn from the center
- Fixed: Sliders were not responding to the mouse wheel (regression in 5.0.8)
- Fixed the DeviceEffect.Properties.Min/MaxInputCount properties, which were throwing an ArgumentException (for plugin authors)
- Fixed a rare crash at app exit due to a race condition in the auto-updater
- Fixed a rare crash when the system resumes from sleep mode, due to a race condition in DWM reporting whether composition is enabled
- Fixed a rare crash when using copy+paste due to .NET Runtime issue
- Updated the bundled DDSFileTypePlus plugin to v188.8.131.52, which fixes the inability to save on ARM64 systems (thanks @null54!)
- Updated the bundled WebPFileType plugin to v184.108.40.206, which fixes the inability to save on ARM64 systems (thanks @null54!)
Changes in paint.net 5.0.8 (2023-08-01):
- Improved: The primary/secondary dropdown in the Colors window has been removed. The active color is now indicated in the color box itself.
- Improved: The Colors window will now remember whether it’s in the expanded state (More vs. Less).
- Fixed: In the Colors window, left clicking in the color wheel or the color palette will always set the active color, and right clicking will always set the inactive color. This was not always consistent before.
- Changed: The key for centered shape drawing and uniform resizing has been changed from Ctrl to Alt so that it does not collide with zooming with the mouse (Ctrl + Mouse Wheel)
- Fixed: The keyboard shortcut for previous/next tab is now Ctrl + Page Up/Down, to match other applications
- New: You can now use Ctrl + Shift + Page Up/Down to move the current tab left or right
- Fixed: The printing UI is now run out-of-process, which should fix a slew of reliability problems (hangs, crashes)
- Fixed: The “Add Color” button in the Colors window was often showing the wrong color
- Fixed: Effects -> Noise -> Median was incorrectly causing transparent pixels (#00000000) to turn into slightly transparent, almost black (#01010101)
- New: Primitive structs (e.g. RectInt32, Vector4Float) now implement IParsable (for plugin developers)
- Fixed: UnaryPixelOps.Invert now works correctly, which was broken in the 5.0 release (for plugin developers)
- Updated the bundled DDSFileTypePlus plugin to version 220.127.116.11, which, which improves support for swizzled BC3/DXT5 normal maps (e.g. DOOM 3), and support for loading textures with an incorrect DDS_PIXELFORMAT size (e.g. FlatOut 2)
- Updated the bundled WebPFileType plugin to version 18.104.22.168
Homepage – https://www.getpaint.net
Supported Operating Systems:
- Windows 11 or Windows 10 (version 1809 or newer)
- A 64-bit CPU (Intel/AMD x64 or ARM64)
- Optional: A pen or drawing tablet that supports Windows Ink
- Recommended: A 64-bit CPU that supports AVX2
- Recommended: A GPU or APU that supports Direct3D 11, such as an NVIDIA GeForce, AMD Radeon, Intel Arc, Intel Iris (Plus or Xe), or Intel HD/UHD
Size: 62.1 MB