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July 23, 2014
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Windows 7/8/8.1
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.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.


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.


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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  • 4 stars

    "Better than MS Paint"

    September 08, 2014   |   By msturmco

    Version: Paint.NET 4.0.3


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


    None so far.


    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


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


    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 ????


    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 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.


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


    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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