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.
- Fixed erratic and buggy mouse input handling when using multiple monitors with different DPI settings. The use of the GetMouseMovePointsEx API has been removed because it has been totally broken since Windows 8 except in increasingly narrow situations (single monitor, static DPI that never changes, not in a VM, no Remote Desktop, etc.).
- Fixed the crash when using pointer devices for drawing. This also affected mouse drawing when the app’s DPI didn’t match the monitor’s DPI.
- Fixed the crash when saving an image and dismissing the Save Configuration dialog before it could draw anything (e.g. by pressing Enter)
- Fixed a crash in the Layer Properties dialog when using the keyboard to change the layer’s Opacity
- New: Added “Native pointer input” setting if a “pointer” device is available (pen, tablet, touch screen). Disabling this will cause any pointer device to be emulated as a mouse, and may be more compatible.
- Improved input handling systems to use WM_POINTER, which enables glitch-free drawing when using a pen or stylus (e.g. Surface w/ Pen). This will also be the basis for adding pressure sensitivity in a future release (v4.3). Note that Windows 7 is unaffected by this.
- Greatly improved performance of layer thumbnails when switching between images
- Fixed a crash (OutOfVideoMemoryException) on systems with hybrid GPU setups that are configured wrong. This seems to be a bug in Windows and DirectX. A “hybrid GPU” setup is an Intel iGPU or AMD APU paired with a discrete GPU in a laptop.
- Improved handling of the dreaded “NoHardwareDeviceException” crash: The user will be notified of how to fix this. It happens only on 2nd generation Intel Core systems with NVIDIA “Optimus” GPUs (GeForce or Quadro) when the NVIDIA Control Panel is set to force apps (or just Paint.NET) to use the NVIDIA GPU. This is a bug in the NVIDIA driver and/or in DirectX.
- Improved performance of Move Selected Pixels, Shapes, and Gradient tools when releasing the mouse button at the end of drag-and-drop gesture. Previously, anything rendered between the last mouse “move” and “up” events was re-rendered, resulting in the appearance of a delay/lag.
- Fixed some clipboard image handling for plugins (regular Copy/Paste is unaffected)
- Improved window chrome/theming when the app is running in Remote Desktop on Windows 10
- Fixed images being pasted incorrectly from Outlook 2016/365. This is actually a bug in Outlook: it puts PNGs on the clipboard that are arbitrarily cropped and scaled for some reason, and specifies they are the preferred format to use when pasting. This completely boggles my mind, it’s just really weird, I can’t imagine why it’s done this way.
- Changed: The size of the default/initial image (“Untitled”) is now scaled exactly by system DPI setting (previously scaled by integer/floor of DPI setting). So at 150% DPI scaling this image will now be 1200×900 instead of 800×600.
- Fixed some high-DPI layout bugs with the Layer Properties dialog, while also preparing this UI for future additions
- Updated bundled WebPFileType plugin to v220.127.116.11
- Updated bundled DDSFileTypePlus plugin to v18.104.22.168
- Changed: SSE2 is now required for 32-bit/x86 systems (prevously, only SSE was required).
- New: WebP images are now supported due to bundling @null54’s excellent WebPFileType plugin (v22.214.171.124)
- Fixed: Pasting images from Firefox’s “Take a Screenshot” feature was resulting in swapped red and blue channels due to mishandling of DIB_V5 clipboard data using the BI_RGB value for bV5Compression (thanks @null54 for the fix!)
- Fixed crash at startup (for both app and installer) on Windows “N” editions due to missing mfplat.dll (Media Foundation Platform)
- Updated bundled DDSFileTypePlus plugin to v126.96.36.199
Changes in paint.net 4.2.4:
- Fixed a hang, which sometimes also resulted in a crash, when saving DDS images in certain formats (e.g. BC1/DXT1)
- Improved: Reduced CPU usage in the COM interop system, which should help reduce overall power consumption
Changes in paint.net 4.2.3:
- Fixed: A missing DLL, vcomp140.dll, was preventing the bundled DDSFileTypePlus plugin from loading on some systems
Changes in paint.net 4.2.2:
- New: AV1 (*.avif) images can now be opened (saving is not supported). Windows 10 v1809+ and Microsoft’s AV1 Codec are required (download: https://www.microsoft.com/p/av1-video-extension-beta/9mvzqvxjbq9v )
- New: DirectDraw Surface (*.dds) support has been greatly improved due to bundling @null54’s DDSFileTypePlus v188.8.131.52 plugin. All DX10/DX11 formats should now be supported (e.g. BC4, BC5, BC6H, BC7), and encoding (saving) will make use of the GPU to greatly improve performance. Note that it’s no longer necessary to use the “.dds2” file extension.
- New: 4-bit saving is now supported for PNG, BMP, and TIFF
- New: The palette selection menu will now indicate which palette is currently active (thanks @null54 for the implementation!)
- Improved: The maximum image size is now 262,144 x 262,144 pixels, up from 65,535 x 65,535 pixels. This is mostly for accommodating very tall or very wide images.
- Improved: Startup performance has been improved for multi-core CPUs
- Improved: Startup performance has been improved when a lot of custom shapes are installed
- Fixed: EXIF metadata of type Float and Double are now supported. This ensures GeoTIFF metadata is preserved.
- Fixed: Opening an image should no longer flicker due to the transparency checkerboard being drawn first
- Fixed: TGA images that are 16-bit with 1-bit alpha with a zero’d out alpha channel are now treated as opaque. This allows images from 5CC Map Maker (for Close Combat modding) to work. Thanks @null54 for the fix!
- Fixed: JPEG XR’s file extensions (*.jxr, *.wdp, *.wmp) are now registered with Explorer
- Fixed: Pasting images that use RGB pixel ordering should now work (this affects PaintTool SAI)
- Fixed a crash when manually typing in a very large number for the zoom level in the status bar
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