Paint.NET for Windows


Rick Brewster(Free)

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Free image composition software

Paint.NET is a free editing application that allows people to alter images: illustrations, pictures, and text. The photo editing software is provided by dotPDN LLC on Microsoft Windows operating systems; as an undergraduate college project that started development being mentored by Microsoft, Paint.NET has shifted to being maintained by developer Rick Brewster. The photo editor includes features: layers, special effects, powerful tools, etc.

Is Paint.NET free?

Paint.NET is accessible through two software packages: a free download that is referred to as ‘Classic’, and a purchasable version: ‘Store’. While the functionality of the free and paid versions is the same, the ‘Store’ download includes automatic updates.

Many paint shop software programs that have a high regard to quality as Paint.NET will require payments. Paint.NET ‘Classic’ is an attractive option for a simple image editor tool that accomplishes professional editing results.


Is Paint.NET safe?

Considering that Paint.NET is not an open source software, the platform is safe to download. The freeware offers creative and convenient plugins to users; the wide variety of plugins are created by third party developers, which poses minimal risk to the Paint.NET community’s devices and information.

How do I use Pain.NET?

With the number of tools and features that the paint software has, the intuitive and innovative user interface is an additional asset to the app. Although the interface is easy to use, there are tutorials online that offer friendly help. On the PC device, run Windows and open the digital photo editor.

What is the use of Paint.NET?

To create a new document, navigate to ‘File’ on the upper menu bar and select ‘New…’. A pop-up window will appear to allow users to select sizing: pixel and print sizes. Once the proportions have been chosen, people can explore the UI. Underneath the upper menu bar is an icon bar with options: save, print, undo, etc. A tool bar with font options follows underneath.

The screen includes panels for ‘Colors’, ‘History’, ‘Layers’, and ‘Tools’, which are common within digital design platforms. For additional support, Paint.NET allows users to select and deselect the windows that contain the features by clicking on the icons in the upper right corner. People can rearrange the panels on the screen to optimise their graphic composition experience.

The ‘Tools’ panel is identified by the hammer in the top right corner. This window contains instruments: select, magic wand, move, zoom, paint bucket, gradient, brush, eraser, pencil, color picker, stamp, text, line, and shape tools.

The ‘Layers’ window is accessible with the paper icon and permits the Paint.NET community to create layers for their images. Users can see the active tiers within the pop-up window. In the icon bar below the effective layers, people can create, delete, duplicate, merge, rearrange, and control properties for them. For a transparent background, unselect the box next to ‘Background’.

Easily access ‘Colors’ with the colour wheel icon in the upper corner. To modify the colour of the work, ensure that the content is selected and maneuver the cursor through the wheel until a suitable option appears. If users prefer a different colour than the ones that are initially offered, then they can select the ‘More’ button, which releases colour controlling options, including HEX codes and transparency.

Registered within the ‘History’ window, identified by the clock in the upper corner, are all of the changes that have been made throughout the design project. Within the panel, users are able to undo an action, although they cannot redo that action.

Is Paint.NET as good as Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop, CorelDRAW, The GIMP, Inkscape, Krita, Microsoft Paint, Paint 3D, and Pixlr can be compared to Paint.NET. To download a free replacement of the apps Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw, choose GIMP, Inkscape, Krita, Microsoft Paint, Paint 3D, Pixlr, or Paint.NET.

While Photoshop is regarded as the industry standard that is intended for professional use, the aforementioned alternative applications have grown to gain reviews that speak of their efficient user-interfaces: Inkscape, Krita, Microsoft Paint, Paint 3D, Pixlr, and Paint.NET. Given that Corel Draw and Photoshop are both subscription-based and more complex, the other programs are excellent options to achieve free and proficient results.

Customisable app to optimise images

Paint.NET is a free and modifiable framework that allows for the community to fluidly create and edit images: drawings, photos, and texts. The user-interface can be navigated with the ‘Colors’, ‘History’, ‘Layers’, and ‘Tools’ panels. Changes can be made to the canvas through the image viewer: unlimited undos, image editing, file format requirements, etc.

Both the free and paid version of the software include free updates that cover improved features and performance. The paid download includes automatic updates, although the free option can access updates easily with a few clicks of the mouse.



Paint.NET 4.3.12 for Windows
  • Windows 10,
  • Windows 8.1,
  • Windows 8,
  • Windows 7,
  • Windows 11
Available languages:
  • English,
  • German,
  • Spanish,
  • French,
  • Italian,
  • Japanese,
  • Korean,
  • Dutch,
  • Polish,
  • Portuguese,
  • Russian,
  • Swedish,
  • Turkish,
  • Chinese
Latest update:
Tuesday, September 6th 2022
Rick Brewster


Paint.NET for PC


Rick Brewster(Free)

User rating8


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