Paint.NET® is image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins. It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is now maintained and developed by Rick Brewster. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP. If you buy Paint.NET in the Windows Store, you'll be supporting its development directly (normally we ask for a donation). You will get the convenience of fast, easy installation onto all of your Windows devices along with fully automatic, behind-the-scenes updates with all the newest features, improvements, and fixes.
What's new in this version
Version 4.3.7 greatly improves performance and has some important bug fixes. Version 4.3.3 now runs on .NET 6, with improved performance. There are also 3 new translations and many bug fixes. Version 4.3 is a big update that now runs on .NET 5, with major performance optimizations across the entire app, and native ARM64 support. Startup performance is also improved. Version 4.2 was a big update that focused on adding HEIC file format support, fixing performance with very large images, and upgrading and modernizing the functionality of many existing file types (JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, and TIFF). Many other quality of life issues have also been addressed or fixed. Plugins are supported! Instead of putting them in the installation directory, go to your Documents folder and create a new folder called "paint.net App Files" (without the quotes). Then, create the usual subfolders (Effects, FileTypes, and Shapes) and place the relevant plugins into each of them.
- Simple, intuitive user interface
- Rich and powerful set of built-in tools and effects
- Unlimited undo history
- Support for many classic and modern image types (PDN, PNG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, TGA, DDS, JPEG XR, HEIC, AV1, WebP)
- Plugin support for adding new effects, shapes, and file types