Paint.NET

Paint.NET

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 1086 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.0.3
File Size:
5.98MB
Date Added:
July 23, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 7/8/8.1
Total Downloads:
7,286,898
Downloads Last Week:
8,239
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
.NET Framework 4.5, Windows 7 SP1

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 1086 votes

    • 5 star: 546
    • 4 star: 363
    • 3 star: 105
    • 2 star: 29
    • 1 star: 43
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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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  • 1 stars

    "Drive-by Crapware"

    March 05, 2014   |   By mikem4444

    Version: Paint.NET 3.5.11

    Pros

    Don't know, didn't install it.

    Cons

    Dropped a load of crap on my machine even though I indicated not to install it.

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  • 1 stars

    "anti-virus software (Bullguard) warns of a trojan"

    February 07, 2014   |   By tonysever

    Version: Paint.NET 3.5.11

    Pros

    not applicable

    Cons

    the download was blocked by my anti-virus software (Bullguard) which detected Trojan.Heur.DP.GGZ@aiw8evkG

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  • 5 stars

    "For a free programme, this is outstanding"

    February 06, 2014   |   By ServaGBR

    Version: Paint.NET 3.5.11

    Pros

    With a relatively small footprint, Paint.net sits in the midway position between Irfan View which has its limitations, and Gimp which is a real heavyweight and is a bit overkill. The learning curve is not too steep and the latest improvements have added to what is already a superb programme.

    Cons

    I haven't found any yet and I am still trying. Perhaps the inability to deal with RAW files holds it back but if you are dealing with these regularly you will be using a purchased programme and will be a very keen photographer.

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  • 1 stars

    "LOADED with software that I didn't want"

    December 15, 2013   |   By attyinny1

    Version: Paint.NET 3.5.11

    Pros

    None. I ripped EVERYTHING associated with this piece of s*** out of my computer as soon as this piece of s*** let me.

    Cons

    LOADED with AOL Toolbar and related trash that I DID NOT WANT AND THAT IT INSTALLED EVEN THOUGH I SAID NOT TO. I HOPE I got all of this garbage out of my machine.

    Use ANYTHING else, or use NOTHING.

    Summary

    WHAT THE (EXPLETIVE DELETED) IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE????????

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  • 5 stars

    "Absolutely amazing :)"

    October 12, 2013   |   By lonelyguy54

    Version: Paint.NET 3.5.11

    Pros

    This piece of software is fantastic, really! It was exactly was I was looking for, simple reliable and easy to use image editing application. And it handles these tasks amazingly well. You shouldn't be expecting professional image editing features because if you're looking for these it would only make sense to buy Photoshop or a similar application. This one is just what I wanted, you can imagine it a "Photoshop Lite" edition!

    Cons

    Not any particular flaws, not really!

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  • 4 stars

    "LOve this. One of the FREE programs outthere"

    September 27, 2013   |   By Tizrone

    Version: Paint.NET 3.5.11

    Pros

    Does what you need,
    And possible to do alot with patient workarounds

    Cons

    I find it annoying that can't move Text around without using layers.

    Red eye fix is also pretty bad.

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