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.
- Reduced overall memory usage (commit size) by up to 1/3rd by eliminating the per-image scratch buffer
- Greatly improved performance when finishing actions of most tools by employing a shared cache between the render and commit code paths
- Reduced memory usage when working with many tools by consolidating homogenous tiles (those that are comprised of a single color value)
- Significantly improved performance of most history actions (commit, undo, redo) by switching from NTFS compression to multithreaded LZ4 compression for history files
- Significantly improved performance of undo/redo with very complex selections (e.g. from the Magic Wand tool)
- Improved performance of Image -> Flatten (also affects flattening when saving)
- Improved performance of the Invert Colors and Desaturate adjustments by disabling hardware acceleration for them (too much overhead in copying tiles to the GPU for such trivial rendering kernels)
- Improved performance when saving by moving thumbnail rendering for the File -> Open Recent menu to a background thread
- Reduced memory usage when printing, and removed a rare crash that was related to its use of the (now removed) scratch buffer
- Improved performance of effect rendering when a complex selection is active (improved caching)
- New: Added a “busy spinner” to the canvas when using the Magic Wand and Paint Bucket tools
- New translation: Hebrew (HE)
- New translation: Slovak (SK)
- Fixed a really goofy crash that required drawing with the paintbrush and, without letting go of the mouse button, moving the mouse into the toolbar and then using the mouse wheel to change the brush width
- Fixed a layout bug with the image list button
- Fixed an error that prevented saving some images as JPEGs if they had EXIF Interop metadata (PropertyNotFoundException)
- Fixed a crash when running on a CPU that supports AVX but with an OS that is configured to not support it (via bcdedit /set xsavedisable 1)
- Fixed a crash when pressing the spacebar after switching to a tool but before it has received any mouse input events
- Fixed a rare crash when opening the Levels adjustments with certain types of selections
- Fixed a crash when checking for updates with an expired alpha/beta build
- Fixed a crash (FileLoadException) when DLLs are not updated correctly by the updater
- Updated WebPFileType plugin to version 1.3.2 (thanks @null54!)
- Updated DDSFileTypePlus plugin to version 1.9.9. This adds support for X8B8G8R8 and R8G8B8 formats, and fixes a visual glitch when previewing cube maps in some formats. (thanks @null54!)
- Fixed: Installations that directly use the MSI (e.g. AD/GPO deployments) no longer need to run the repair process immediately after installation. Some important DLLs were not being updated because while their assembly version was different, their file version was unchanged, so Windows Installer incorrectly skipped over them.
- Fixed: Loading an image with an enormous photoshop:DocumentAncestors node in the XMP metadata will no longer hang the app
- Fixed a rare crash in the auto-updater UI related to font initialization
- Improved performance when clicking OK on an effect or adjustment dialog that has already completed part of its rendering