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.
Changes in paint.net 4.2.15 (January 24, 2021):
- New: “Tolerance Alpha Mode” toggle button added to the toolbar for the Magic Wand, Paint Bucket, and Recolor tools. This permits switching the algorithm for color comparison between premultiplied (default) and straight. “Straight” will distinguish between transparent pixels with different color values, whereas premultiplied will see them as equivalent.
- New: Holding Ctrl while using the Color Picker tool will sample from the merged image (vs. just the current layer)
- New: The file name in the title bar will now have a prepended asterisk when it has unsaved changes
- Changed: The image close ‘X’ button can now be clicked for images that are not currently active
- Changed: In the Text tool, Ctrl+(Backspace, Delete, Arrow Keys) has been improved to work more like Microsoft Word. Thanks to @Bruce Bowyer-Smyth for the patch!
- Fixed: The Rectangle Select tool, when used to draw a constrained, fixed ratio, or fixed size selection, will now correctly clamp the rectangle to be within the canvas
- Fixed: Layers -> Move Layer Up/Down/Top/Bottom was not working for images with fewer than 3 layers
- Fixed: Edit -> Erase Selection will now fill with transparent black (#00000000) instead of transparent white (#00FFFFFF)
- Fixed: Custom Shapes will now be displayed in a consistently sorted order
- Fixed: “.pdnSave” ghost files should no longer linger when saving to the desktop. This was due to a bug in Windows and File Explorer.
- Fixed crashes due to DXGI/Direct3D “lost device” or “device removed” errors that can happen for various reasons (duck/undock, driver update, low memory, etc.)
- New: Plugins can now use the IArrayPoolService, a wrapper around .NET’s ArrayPool, to optimize their array allocations
- Updated bundled AVIF FileType Plus to v1.1.6.