Paint.NET

Paint.NET

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 1092 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.5
  • Total Downloads:
    7,423,000
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 08, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.23MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8,679
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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Paint.NET is a full-featured image editing program that gives you tons of tools to work with through an intuitive and streamlined interface. Whether you just want to touch-up your photos before you share them with friends or you need high-quality images for another type of project, this program will get you where you need to go.

Pros

Nice interface: This app presents all of the tools you need to create beautiful images in a clean and accessible way. Many of these are arrayed around the main working window, while others are contained within their own windows, which you can reposition anywhere on the screen to clear the space you want to work in.

Lots of tools: Whether your project involves adding layers, introducing text, or using filters and effects to get the look you're going for, you'll find what you need in this program. There are more options in all of these categories than you'll probably ever use, giving you the ability to create just about anything you could imagine.

Cons

No extremes: This program is a good option for intermediate users. It isn't quite accessible enough to make it the right choice for users who have no experience with photo editing programs, and it doesn't offer all of the advanced features that experienced users will be looking for.

Layers for text: While this app does let you introduce text into your images, you have to create it in a separate layer if you want to be able to move it around or experiment with it as you work. This may not be a huge inconvenience, but it does add an extra step to a lot of projects.

Bottom Line

Paint.NET has a lot to offer when it comes to editing and enhancing images for a variety of purposes. It's a free app that provides nearly as much functionality as some of the more highly rated image editing programs and makes these features available to everyone.

 
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5 stars

"Fills a Much Needed Gap for Most People"

November 19, 2014  |  By merkaba369

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3

Pros

Love PDN, it has just the right amount of complexity for people not needing GIMP or Photoshop (and those not interested in "renting" PS month to month) but does every kind of editing the average person might need.

Cons

Working with Text is a bit more tricky than Photoshop, but download the plugins and you'll be able to do most things well.

Summary

Give it a try; it's free and works for most needs. (I have not had any problem with malware downloading, but I do download it from getpaint.net)

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5 stars

"Very good and powerful image editor"

October 14, 2014  |  By WallyBenny

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3

Pros

- Simple to use and PhotoShop-similar-operation
- Free

Cons

- None that I could find

Summary

Recommended

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4 stars

"Good software but I changed to Mybrushes"

September 16, 2014  |  By kmoim8o

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3

Pros

I upgrade my compurter to Mac so I changed to MyBrushes that is an alternative app to MS paint on Mac.The whole drawing process could be saved as drawing video and playback anytime. http://mybrushes-app.com/MyBrushes-MAC.html

Cons

should be more powerful

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4 stars

"Better than MS Paint"

September 08, 2014  |  By msturmco

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3

Pros

Works as advertised. I find it has more features compared to MS paint.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Great paint product. To all dimwits who installed malware - pay attention. Just keep clicking NO to all offers. There is more than one.

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1 stars

"CNET / ARE U FOR REAL ??"

September 06, 2014  |  By bobojack

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3

Pros

If It didn't have soo much bad stuff might be good

Cons

Anything I have read says that it malwayers the HELL out of your computer
I have Bullguard and It stop the Load !!
Cnet I will never trust you adain
and the Editor ?? what he have a too much drink
or bribe ????

Summary

Do your research on line about ANYTHING CNET Recommends
Your Eyes will be open !

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5 stars

"The best free picture editing program I've ever used!"

September 06, 2014  |  By Crystalh73

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3

Pros

Paint.net is by far the best free picture editing program I've EVER used. It is so user friendly and if you have any questions there are tons of tutorials online.

Cons

I haven't had anything go wrong in five years of using this program.

Summary

I have downloaded it on every computer I have used (work and home) for the last 5 years. I just downloaded it onto my new work computer and didn't have any of the issues of malware or added programs I read about in some of the other reviews. The "magic wand" is my most favorite tool to use. It's so cool!!!

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5 stars

"I've always used this for image editing"

July 06, 2014  |  By tomysshadow

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0

Pros

Better interface and faster loading times and not as ugly as GIMP. Layout wise it is much more similar to MS Paint while your results will not look completely amateur. Has a huge plugin base and lots of support in their forum. Supports transparency and a decent amount of formats including Targa. Version 4.0 is way different from 3.5 but still fantastic and does everything it could before and more. It also supports layers.

Cons

Don't install the Megalo plugin pack - that is a scam. Get the plugins and the program itself from the official site.

Summary

Great when installed correctly

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1 stars

"DO NOT INSTALL THIS PROGRAM"

March 17, 2014  |  By Jeannine_Lee

 |  Version: Paint.NET 3.5.11

Pros

I have used Paint.net for over 5 years on different computers. Program itself is great.

Cons

This installer includes some nasty malware that is extremely difficult to get rid of. Shame on CNET for allowing this virus-filled piece of crap to infect so many computers. I used to trust both CNET and Paint.Net- no longer.

Summary

Download and install this if you want your computer infested with malware that is extremely difficult to get rid of.

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5 stars

"Works fine, I haven't had any problems."

March 15, 2014  |  By alexmonte

 |  Version: Paint.NET 3.5.11

Pros

It's just a better version of paint. It's fairly easy to use and I haven't run into any problems.

Cons

It did ask to install some toolbars and stuff but I was able to say no and it only installed paint.net. No other problems.

Summary

Seems to work fine for me.

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5 stars

"Much better than Microsoft Paint for simple tasks."

March 10, 2014  |  By ryharr5

 |  Version: Paint.NET 3.5.11

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

None when using it for simple tasks

Summary

Much better than Microsoft Paint for simple tasks.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.5
  • Fixed: Subtraction mode in the Magic Wand tool was generating B-A instead of A-B.
  • Fixed: Crash when using Effect->Repeat.
  • Fixed: Crash (AccessViolationException) on some systems when initializing the canvas for hardware accelerated rendering. It will still crash but then switch to software rendering for the next startup, which will then avoid the crashing.
  • Fixed: Crash when clicking on the Shapes tool if you had run an old 4.0 beta/alpha and had also changed which shape is used at startup to be a line or curve.
  • Fixed: Crash when using Settings -> Update -> Check Now due to incorrectly determining that UAC is not enabled.
General
Publisher dotPDN
Publisher web site http://www.dotpdn.com
Release Date December 07, 2014
Date Added December 08, 2014
Version 4.0.5
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements .NET Framework 4.5, Windows 7 SP1
Download Information
File Size 6.23MB
File Name paint.net.4.0.5.install.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,423,000
Downloads Last Week 8,679
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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