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.
Compare Paint.NET to other digital photo editing software packages. Such as Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.
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.
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 a huge 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.
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.
paint.NET has effects such as blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing. Also included is unique 3D Rotate, Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting. The app also has included Adjustments. They 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.
This is a small update that enables dark themed title bars (“immersive dark mode”), and updates the built-in DDS and WebP plugins.
- New: Title bars now respect Dark Theme in Windows 10 20H1+
- Updated the bundled WebPFileType plugin to v184.108.40.206 (thanks @null54!)
- Updated the bundled DDSFileTypePlus plugin to v220.127.116.11 (thanks @null54!)
Changes in paint.net 4.3.10:
- Fixed an error with Image->Resize when using Nearest Neighbor resampling with certain image sizes
Changes in paint.net 4.3.9:
- Added a workaround for a bug in the latest Windows 11 Insider “Dev Channel” build 10.0.22567.0 that is causing a lot of crashes. Microsoft has a hotfix coming soon.
- Fixed a compatibility issue with the Shape Maker plugin that was preventing the ability to open or save shapes
- Fixed the precision of color channel values for images with transparency when using the Invert Colors or Black and White adjustments. Before, color values were reset to zero if the alpha channel was also zero.
- Fixed the rendering for Image -> Resize when using Nearest Neighbor. Sampling was off by 0.5 pixels, causing incorrect results.
- Fixed a crash in the Quantize effect when Alpha Threshold was set to 0 and the image was completely transparent
- Updated the bundled AvifFileType to version 18.104.22.168. This updates the AOM version to 3.3.0. (thanks @null54!)
Changes in paint.net 4.3.8:
- New: Layers -> Toggle Layer Visibility menu command (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + comma)
- Greatly improved performance for the Line/Curve and Shapes tools
- Improved performance for the Move Selected Pixels tool when using Bicubic resampling
- Fixed tooltips not going away when menu items are activated by the keyboard (Effects, Adjustments, and File -> Open Recent)
- Added a FolderChooser control type for IndirectUI-based plugins (thanks @toe_head2001!)
- Fixed compatibility for Ed Harvey’s FastFX PencilSketch effect plugin
- Fixed a performance bug in the canvas renderer that was causing tiles to be copied to the GPU more often than necessary. This mostly affected performance when drawing or modifying selections, and when scrolling or zooming.
- Fixed a small memory leak with the allocations made for Win32 synchronization primitives (critical sections and condition variables)
- Updated the bundled AvifFileType plugin to verison 22.214.171.124, which fixes some issues with EXIF metadata handling. (thanks @null54!)
- Updated the bundled WebPFileType plugin to version 126.96.36.199, which fixes some issues with EXIF metadata handling. (thanks @null54!)
- Updated the bundled DDSFileTypePlus plugin to version 188.8.131.52, which adds support for DXGI_FORMAT_R32_FLOAT. This is used by Bethesda’s Creation Kit for Fallout 4.
Changes in paint.net 4.3.7:
- Fixed the app being completely broken when “Translucent windows” was disabled. This was caused by a bug introduced in .NET 6.0.1.
Changes in paint.net 4.3.6:
- Fixed a stack overflow in the box filter rendering kernel that could cause hangs or crashes when the zoom level was around 1/8th (12.5%) or 1/32nd (3.125%) for particular image sizes e.g. ((N x 2048) + 16)).
Changes in paint.net 4.3.5:
- Improved rendering performance for most tools, which are now up to 100% faster
- Fixed an issue with the Save Configuration dialog where the OK and Cancel buttons were overlapping on Windows 7
- Fixed an issue when saving an image with 257 unique colors at 8-bit color depth when the 257th unique color was the last (bottom-right) pixel.
- Fixed an issue where the Layers window buttons were not correctly enabling/disabling after an undo/redo operation.
- Fixed an issue that was preventing the VTF Plugin from saving multi-layer images correctly, as reported at
- Fixed an issue when saving images at 1-bit or 2-bit color depth, where sometimes not all colors would be included.
- Fixed an issue with some IndirectUI plugins that were using customized colors for their sliders
- Fixed a compatibility issue with TR’s Morpher plugin
- Fixed a compatibility issue with some of @Ego Eram Reputo’s older plugins that were unable to launch help links due to a change in .NET 6
Changes in paint.net 4.3.4:
- Fixed compatibility with the Spaced Text plugin, which was crashing
- Fixed a bug with the Color Picker tool, which was sampling from a recently hidden layer when using Image sampling mode
- Fixed the ability to click URLs in some older plugins (CustomBrushesMini, Shape Maker, Vandermotten Effects, and those based on OptionBasedLibrary)
- Fixed the incorrect registration of the app in the HKCRApplications registry key, which was affecting some methods for launching the app
- Fixed many translations which had updates but that had inadvertently not been incorporated into the app itself
- Fixed the PROGRAMSGROUP property in the MSI (it was being ignored), which affects custom deployments
- Fixed the CHECKFORUPDATES property which was missing from the MSI. It still worked, but you had to add it yourself. This only affected MSI-based deployment.
Changes in paint.net 4.3.3:
- New: The app has been migrated to .NET 6, which has improved both rendering and startup performance
- New translation: Catalan (ca)
- New translation: Corsican (co)
- New translation: Thai (th)
- Changed: The /createMsi command for the installer has been removed. Instead, you can now download MSIs directly from the GitHub releases page.
- Improved various UI controls for Dark Theme, e.g. scrollbars (Win10 v1809+ only)
- Fixed the way various UI controls look on Windows 11, e.g. buttons and drop-down lists
- Fixed the View -> Zoom to Window command when using the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+B), which was resetting instead of toggling the zoom level
- Improved performance during the “extracting” stage of the installer by migrating away from Nullsoft Scriptable Installer System (NSIS)
- Reduced the download size on ARM64 by about 33%
- Fixed a rendering bug in the Dents and Polar Inversion effects
- Fixed a memory leak in the selection renderer that was consuming gigabytes of GPU memory, resulting in crashes.
- Fixed some GDI object leaks, particularly with the Save Configuration dialog, which would eventually result in a crash.
- Fixed a memory leak in Settings -> Tools. Thanks @otuncelli for finding this!
- Fixed an issue that was preventing new plugins from loading their native DLL dependencies as specified in their .deps.json file
- Fixed the app crashing after an effect plugin crashes when you choose to restart the app
- Fixed a crash while drawing a selection, right-clicking on the History window before releasing the left mouse button, and then clicking to redo a history entry
- Fixed a text rendering bug in some parts of the UI, mostly in Effects
- Fixed the “untitled:” file name argument prefix, which was preventing Window Clippings from being able to send screenshot
- Fixed some registry keys that were not being deleted during uninstall
- Fixed the PdnRepair utility on Windows 7
- Fixed some inconsistencies with the MSI as compared to v4.2.16 which were causing problems for some deployments
- Updated the bundled AvifFileType to v184.108.40.206, courtesy of @null54, which updates the AOM version and fixes a crash when reading large EXIF blocks.
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