Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows.
Paint.NET is free image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers
that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety
of useful and powerful tools.
Paint.NET is designed to be accessible and simple for most users while still allowing powerful
and sophisticated operations to be performed on an image. If comparing to the powerful Adobe Photoshop,
Paint.NET is considered nifty and little but can nearly do anything that Photoshop can do.
Paint.NET started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft
and intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software, but later it has grown into a
full-blown and powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing.
Paint.NET is free but if you want to show your appreciation for Paint.NET and support future development,
the team accepts online donation.
- Simple, intuitive user interface
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately
intuitive and/or quickly learnable without assistance. It is also designed
to be immediately familiar to users of Paint Photoshop.
This allows you to compose one complete image from a stack of other
images that are blended together.
- Unlimited History
Every action you take on an image is recorded in the History window, and
is only limited by available disk space and memory.
- Support for many popular file formats
The following file formats are supported:
native Paint.NET image type is PDN which preserves layering.
- Effects and Adjustments
You can apply many special effects to your image, and support for image
adjustments is also possible.
- Full Support for Dual- and Quad-Core CPU's, and 64-bit
Paint.NET is fully optimized for the latest in processor technology enabling dramatic
performance improvements and the ability to work with larger and more images.
- Tablet PC Support
The Paintbrush tool supports the Tablet PC's
pressure-sensitivity feature, allowing you to draw in a more natural and
Paint.NET supports plugins that add new effects, adjustments, and file format support.
Paint.NET is provided for no cost with generous licensing terms.
- Multi Languages
Paint.NET is available in multiple languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, etc.
The Paint.NET user interface is broken up in to 10 major areas:
- Title Bar
This tells you the name of the image you are working with, as well as the
current zoom level and the version of Paint.NET you are using.
- Menu Bar
This is where you can access the various menu items. Quite often, commands
accessible from this location will be referenced using Menu → Command
notation. For example, File → Exit?means to click on the File menu, and
then click on the Exit command.
Right below the menus is the toolbar which contains several buttons and
controls for executing various commands and adjusting parameters for the active
- Image List
Each image that has been opened has a thumbnail displayed in the image list.
This works much like a tabbed web browser: just click on an image to switch to
- Image canvas
This is where the image is visible, and is the area where you may draw and
perform other actions.
- Tools Window
This where the active tool is highlighted, and where you may choose from
- History Window
Everything you've done to an image since you opened it is listed in this
Every image contains at least one layer, and this window is your primary area
for managing them.
- Colors Window
This is the primary area for selecting colors to draw with. It consists of a
color wheel and a brightness slider. If you have expanded the window with the
"More" button then it will also contain several controls for fine tuning and
exactly specifying color values.
- Status Bar
This area is divided into several sections. The first, on the left, displays quick help and status information. The next sections display rendering progress (if pertinent), image size, and the cursor location within the image.
Download Paint.Net and experience its simple but powerful functionalities.