Paint.NET 3.5.11 Fileforum Pick

4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 (1517 votes)


Windows 7/Server 2003/Server 2008/Vista/XP / Open Source / 5,630,446 downloads

Paint.NET is 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. 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.

Paint.NET is freeware, but the team is accepting donations here.

Reviews of Paint.NET

  1. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5.10 (Oct 3, 2012)

    Paint.NET is the program I use on all of the systems where I don't have a license for Adobe Photoshop, that is on all of the systems where I sometimes need to do light image editing such as resizing, cropping, adding text, etc.

    It is extremely fast and if you're not doing much more than minor image modifications, then Paint.NET is perfect. I have it installed on our home PC (which is a touch screen) and the kids love creating things with the touch screen.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5.8 (Mar 8, 2011)

    I absolutely love this program. I am a professional photographer and use for editing on 95% of the shots that I take now. Sure, there are things that this program can't do and that you need a program like Photoshop for, but those are things that most people are likely to need to do only once in a great while (and maybe never). Since this program came out, I have (almost) stopped using Photoshop all together. This program is so much smaller, lighter, faster, less boated and easier to use than a huge editing applications like Photoshop, that unless there is a specific reason to have to do so, is just a far better tool to use for nearly all of your editing needs, at just about every level. Well done!

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5.6 (Jan 21, 2011)

    This is so much easier to use than Photoshop. You can save in almost any image format, resize, crop, add layers, adjustments and effects. Basically Paint.NET is everything that Microsoft and Adobe programs should be, but aren't. Thanks for your hard work.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5.5 (Apr 27, 2010)

    Paint.NET v3.5.5 - Download, released on April 25th, 2010
    This update fixes a bug when saving 8-bit images, improves layer composition and Gaussian Blur performance, and is now updated to support the new .NET Framework 4.0 in some cases.

    * Fixed the bug where saving as 8-bit PNG/GIF/BMP wasn't always working, usually with larger images.
    * Improved the performance of the Gaussian Blur effect by 30-40%.
    * Improved the performance of all the layer blending modes by 15-30%.
    * Improved the performance of zooming with the mouse wheel on dual-core Intel Atom systems.
    * Updated to support .NET 4.0 if no other version of .NET is installed.
    * Reduced download size from 4.8MB down to 3.5MB.
    * Fixed a small error in the Chinese translation.

    Please note that the system requirements have been updated. For Windows XP, you must now have Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed; SP2 is no longer supported. For Windows Vista, you must now have Service Pack 1 installed.

  5. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 3.5.5 (Apr 26, 2010)

    I am a pro photo and this is not a Photoshop replacement for me. However, this tool is great for people who don't need a full-blown photoshop. If you use Photoshop Elements, then you should consider this tool. is MUCH easier to use than the GIMP.

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