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 a silent crash that was preventing the app from opening when double-clicking an image in Explorer, due to a bug in .NET’s ProfileOptimization class
- Fixed some canvas navigation keyboard shortcuts that have some overlap with the new tab movement shortcut keys (Ctrl+Shift+PageUp/PageDown)
- Fixed a crash in the Move Selected Pixels tool when the GPU does not support Direct3D Feature Level 11
- Fixed another rare crash when rapidly undoing changes made with the Move Selected Pixels tool
- Fixed a few typos, inconsistencies, and bugs in some plugin APIs
- Updated the bundled AvifFileType plugin to v126.96.36.199, which now supports loading the primary image of an animated/multi-frame AVIF
- Updated the bundled WebPFileType plugin to v188.8.131.52, which now supports loading the first frame of an animated WebP image instead of saying the file is not supported
Changes in paint.net 5.0.11 (2023-10-12):
- Fixed: If an image file (such as .png or .jpg) is actually a WebP image, the WebPFileType will be used for loading instead of WIC’s WebP codec (which doesn’t work correctly)
- Fixed a crash when undoing brush strokes
- Fixed a rare crash in the updater UI when exiting the app
- Fixed a crash that was preventing CodeLab’s UI Preview functionality from working
- Updated the bundled DdsFileTypePlus plugin to v184.108.40.206. It now supports DDS files from S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, and has fixed BC5 Signed saving (thanks @null54!)
Homepage – https://www.getpaint.net
Supported Operating Systems:
- Windows 11 or Windows 10 (version 1809 or newer)
- Windows Server 2019 or 2022
- 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: 62.5 MB