Paint.NET is free image editing and photo manipulation 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.
It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing.
The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for installation and shell-integration related functionality. The source code is available under the terms of the MIT License.
Simple, intuitive, and innovative user interface
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable 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 plugins!
Updates usually come about every 4 to 6 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.
Open Source and Free
Paint.NET is provided free-of-charge, and the source code (all 138,000 lines of it) is also available for free under generous licensing terms. The bulk of Paint.NET is written in C#, with only a small amount of code related to setup and shell-integration written in C++.
Windows XP (SP2 or later),
or Windows Vista,
or Windows Server 2003 (SP1 or later)
.NET Framework 2.0
500 MHz processor (Recommended: 800 MHz or faster)
256 MB of RAM (Recommended: 512 MB or more)
1024 x 768 screen resolution
200+ MB hard drive space
64-bit support requires a 64-bit CPU that is running a 64-bit version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2003, and an additional 128 MB of RAM
Please note that Paint.NET uses your hard drive to store temporary files related to undo/redo. Because of this, actual disk space requirements will depend on the type of actions you perform on an image, and on the size of the image.
If you would like to install Paint.NET, please use one of the download now buttons below.
The documentation, or help file, for Paint.NET is also available online:
Documentation (help file) for Paint.NET
There are a number of plugins that have been made available, and that may be downloaded on our forum. These plugins add new effects and the ability to handle new file types.
You may browse and download the plugins here.
Interested in looking at almost 140,000 lines of code? This can be useful for students, developers, or anyone interested in checking it out for educational, research, or other purposes. It has the following system prerequisites, which are gone into more detail in the included readme.txt (it also includes download links where necessary):
Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2003
Tablet PC SDK v1.7 (not necessary in Windows Vista)
Visual Studio 2005 Professional, SP1
Please note that you will need 7-zip or WinRAR to open the source code archive.
Date: June 2, 2007
Size: 4.2 MB
Download: Download from SkyOrb
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This work is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License. Permission is granted to use the logo and icon artwork in ways that discuss or promote Paint.NET (e.g. blog and news posts about Paint.NET, "Made with Paint.NET" watermarks or insets).
A higher resolution version is available here.
The new v3.0 release supports drawing gradients, both in color and in a special transparency mode. The latter is often used for fading between two images, or between two versions of the same image. The active image in the screenshot below has a foreground layer that had the Sepia adjustment applied to it, after which a transparency gradient was used to fade between it and the background layer which was an oversaturated version of the original photograph. This picture was taken at the 5th Annual Labor Day Weekend Classic Car Show at Silverwood Theme Park near Coeur D'Alene, ID.
A 1920x1200 version of this image suitable for desktop wallpaper use is available here. A low-resolution (800x600) copy of the original photograph is available for comparison here (Copyright (C) 2006 Rick Brewster).
The new Paint.NET v3.0 release has support for MDI (multi-document interface). This is accomplished by providing a tab strip in the upper right corner of the main window. All open images are placed there, and navigation is very simple, intuitive, and fast. Other new features include a better toolbar interface and a customizable color palette.
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. Other operations were performed that had the effect of smoothing out the image without blurring it, adding some "bloom" (glow), and increasing the contrast.
This 1920x1200 image is available here at deviantArt, and a low-resolution copy of the original photograph is available for comparison here (Copyright (C) 2005 Marie Sheneman).
Paint.NET v2.6 introduces the Curves adjustment, available from the Layers â†’ Adjustment â†’ Curves menu item, which is capable of some powerful and sophisticated editing. This screenshot was edited in Paint.NET in order to add the inset copy of the original image, a border shadow, and overlaid text with shadow.
Paint.NET v2.5 added full freedom to scale, rotate, move, and combine both selections and images. This screenshot includes two images from akinna's stock photography page on deviantArt: "cat1" (link) and "polaroid1" (link). Used with permission.
Work with TGA images, which are popular in the game development community and is also the format used for World of Warcraft screenshots.
Use the various features together to create stunning and original effects:
Before using Paint.NET, you must accept the License Agreement as part of the setup process. The license is also provided here for reference, and should be perused before downloading the source code linked to above.
Copyright (C) 2007 Rick Brewster, Chris Crosetto, Tom Jackson,
Michael Kelsey, Brandon Ortiz, Craig Taylor, Chris Trevino, and Luke Walker.
Portions Copyright (C) 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
This software is licensed as per the MIT License below, but with one exception:
* The Paint.NET logo and icon artwork are Copyright (C) Rick Brewster. They are covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 license which is detailed here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/.
Permission is granted to use the logo and icon artwork in ways that discuss or promote Paint.NET (e.g. blog and news posts about Paint.NET, "Made with Paint.NET" watermarks or insets).
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