Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
Simple, intuitive, and innovative user interface.
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and easy to learn 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.
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.
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 plug-ins!
Updates usually come about every 4 to 8 weeks, and contain new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. Upgrading to the latest version is very simple, requiring only two clicks of the mouse.
Many special effects are included for enhancing and perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.
Adjustments are also included which 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, new for 3.0, 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, 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. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.
Changelog for this release:
# Fixed the bug where saving as 8-bit PNG/GIF/BMP wasn't always working, usually with larger images.
# Improved the performance of the Gaussian Blur effect by 30-40%.
# Improved the performance of all the layer blending modes by 15-30%.
# Improved the performance of zooming with the mouse wheel on dual-core Intel Atom systems.
# Updated to support .NET 4.0 if no other version of .NET is installed.
# Reduced download size from 4.8MB down to 3.5MB.
# Fixed a small error in the Chinese translation.
* Windows XP (SP2 or later), or Windows Vista, or Windows Server (2003 SP1 or later)
* .NET Framework 2.0 or newer (.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 recommended)
* 500 MHz processor (Recommended: 800 MHz or faster)
* 256 MB of RAM