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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.

Platform: Windows

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.

Features

  • 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.

  • Layers

    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: PNG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, TGA, DDS, and TIFF. The 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 artistic manner.

  • Extensibility

    Paint.NET supports plugins that add new effects, adjustments, and file format support.

  • Free

    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.

User interface

The Paint.NET user interface is broken up in to 10 major areas:

Paint.Net Main window

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Toolbar

    Right below the menus is the toolbar which contains several buttons and controls for executing various commands and adjusting parameters for the active tool.

  4. 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 it.

  5. Image canvas

    This is where the image is visible, and is the area where you may draw and perform other actions.

  6. Tools Window

    This where the active tool is highlighted, and where you may choose from other tools.

  7. History Window

    Everything you've done to an image since you opened it is listed in this window.

  8. Layers Window

    Every image contains at least one layer, and this window is your primary area for managing them.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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