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.
Paint.NET has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages. Such as Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.
Paint.NET can be used to enhance and clean up your photographs. Using the Clone Stamp tool, the power lines that criss-crossed in front of the Space Needle were carefully removed. 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. Adjustments are also included. 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.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (32-bit, 64-bit).
Changes in paint.NET 4.0.17:
- Added: “Fluid mouse input” option in Settings -> UI -> Troubleshooting. If you see major glitches while drawing, try disabling this.
- Improved: Default brush size, font size, and corner radius size now scales with major DPI scaling levels (brush size of 2 at 100% scaling, brush size of 4 at 200% scaling, etc.)
- Improved: Default image size now scales with major DPI scaling levels (800×600 at 100%, 1600×1200 at 200%, etc.)
- Improved performance and drawing latency by removing explicit calls to System.GC.Collect() except when low memory conditions are encountered
- Improved performance by greatly reducing object allocation amplification by reducing the concurrency level when using ConcurrentDictionary, and by removing WeakReference allocations in favor of direct GCHandle usage
- Improved: Performance and battery usage by ensuring animations always run at the monitor’s actual refresh rate
- Improved (reduced) CPU usage when moving the mouse around the canvas
- Removed: “Hold Ctrl to hide handle” from the Text tool because it was not useful and caused lots of confusion
- Fixed: Various high-DPI fixes, including horrible looking mouse cursors caused by a bug in the latest .NET WinForms update
- Fixed: Gradient tool no longer applies dithering “outside” of the gradient (in areas that should have a solid color)
- Fixed: Very slow performance opening the Effects menu when lots of plugins are installed after installing the Windows 10 Creators Update
- Fixed: When cropping and then performing an undo, the scroll position was totally wrong
- Fixed a rendering glitch in the Save Configuration dialog (it would “wiggle”)
- Fixed: At certain brush sizes, the brush indicator on the canvas had a visual glitch in it due to a bug in Direct2D
- Fixed: Text tool buttons for Bold, Italics, Underline were not localized for a few languages
- Fixed a rare crash in the taskbar thumbnails
- Fixed: Drawing with an aliased brush and opaque color (alpha=255) sometimes resulted in non-opaque pixels due to a bug in Direct2D’s ID2D1RenderTarget::FillOpacityMask
- Fixed: “Olden” effect should no longer cause crashes (it still has some rendering artifacts due to its multithreading problems, however)
- New: Portable mode can be enabled via a setting in the .exe.config, which will redirect app settings into a local JSON file (see blog/forum post for details)
Size: 6.88 MB
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