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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.


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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3 stars

"Decent program, but buggy."

May 28, 2016  |  By Mitchmaitree

2016-05-28 10:26:45  |  By Mitchmaitree

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.9


Great with basic image manipulation. Also has a number of more complex tools, giving it the potential to do a lot.


The tools don't always work right. In particular, I have a terrible time setting a background transparent, or putting text over an existing image. Sometimes I can do it when the program first starts. Other times, the tools just don;t work like they are supposed to.


This is a great program for basic image manipulation and combination. But for more complex tasks, it's not reliably effective.

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4 stars

"Great program - Simpler to use than Gimp"

May 12, 2016  |  By TomParris

2016-05-12 18:26:05  |  By TomParris

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.9


This actually works better than Gimp in some respects (e.g. resizing) and is a little more intuitive and easier to use. Gimp is really the pro version, is the advanced armature version.


Occasionally I need to use Gimp to do something that won't do, but not very often.

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1 stars

"If I want .NET Framework 4, I'll get it from Microsoft"

March 10, 2016  |  By dave1984bull

2016-03-10 21:01:37  |  By dave1984bull

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.9


Still hoping there could be any pros to this download.


When installing the .NET Framework, the installer took me to a third-party website to download .NET Framework 4.6.1 as if that was going to make me feel like I had chanced upon a secure website. No, I won't fall for that phishing trick. I'm downloading the real deal from Microsoft. I wanted a photo editor, not a phishing expedition.


Don't even bother with this. Just get GIMP instead. I know I will.

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1 stars

"Can't rate it if I can't install it!"

February 17, 2016  |  By BCNET3

2016-02-17 15:18:18  |  By BCNET3

 |  Version: Paint.NET 4.0.9


I used to love Paintnet. While it didn't do everything and a few interfaces were clunky, it was superior to Paint.


Opened the program today and it told me to update. So I did. Kind of. It completely froze my computer while in the install stage. When I finally rebooted (after needing to have a disk checked) it had uninstalled the old version but not installed the new one. I though that maybe I had too many programs open.
A few hours later, with very few windows open, I tried again. Just like the movie Groundhog Day, the same thing happened; I waited and waited to see if this was temporary but it wasn't.
I had to turn off my computer, and when it rebooted, go through the disk check again.
Updated but definitely not improved.
I'm looking for a different program.


Sorry, no longer recommended.

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What's new in version 4.0.9
  • Fixed: Selection tools would sometimes crash
  • Fixed: Line/Curve tool would draw nothing if the Shapes tool was configured for "Draw Filled Shape"
  • Fixed: Thumbnails for .PDN files were not working on some systems
  • Fixed: The "Finish" button in the toolbar would not update its enable/disable state when switching between images
Publisher dotPDN
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Release Date January 05, 2016
Date Added January 06, 2016
Version 4.0.9
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
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Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10/8.1
Additional Requirements .NET Framework 4.6.1, Windows 7 SP1
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File Size 6.66MB
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Total Downloads 7,977,488
Downloads Last Week 5,764
License Model Free
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Price Free

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