Paint.NET 4.0.3 Fileforum Pick

4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 (1533 votes)

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Windows 7/8 / Open Source / 5,634,609 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. 3 out of 5 stars
    carlvui

    Reviewing 4.0.2 (Jul 20, 2014)

    Very user friendly, easy to use, but much too buggy. The previous versions often crashed, than the newer releases sometimes didn't load, the present one refuses to change language even after changing it in the option window. ( Accepts changes in language settings but whatever language I chose it will only display system’s default language ).

    Their forum moderators are occasionally unnecessarily impolite and rude.

    I opted for GIMP but yet, after Paint.net will get fixes and start working reliably I would be happy to download and use it for simple and quick, less demanding works. Unfortunately the last few versions were disappointing, I removed it and gave up further experimenting.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars
    uberfly

    Reviewing 4.0 (Jun 26, 2014)

    The reviews speak for themselves. 5 stars and free.

    Monkey_Punch: "does damn near everything Photoshop does"

    When you learn how to use Photoshop beyond opening photos and applying the sharpen filter you'll feel stupid for your comment.

  3. 5 out of 5 stars
    Monkey_Punch

    Reviewing 4.0 (Jun 25, 2014)

    Dear Adobe:

    What's it like to not have a program that installs from a 6.1MB installer, does damn near everything Photoshop does, has gobs of free filters available and is free itself? Suck it long. Suck it hard.

    Amazing app that handles almost any image file format you can throw at it.

  4. 4 out of 5 stars
    Andem

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars
    MikeTechno

    Reviewing 3.5.8 (Mar 8, 2011)

    I absolutely love this program. I am a professional photographer and use Paint.net 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, Paint.net is just a far better tool to use for nearly all of your editing needs, at just about every level. Well done!

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