Paint.NET

Paint.NET

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 1086 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.5.10
File Size:
5.98MB
Date Added:
October 09, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
7,239,698
Downloads Last Week:
8,781
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
.NET Framework 3.5

Editors' review

If all you want is a quick image retouch, Photoshop is overkill. Paint.NET, on the other hand, is an open-source freeware editor with all the essentials, including tools to crop, rotate, and resize images, adjust colors, and create collages. It supports common image formats--JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and others--but not high-resolution RAW files. There are enough basic and intermediate effects and features to keep image-tweakers happy, including a red-eye removal tool that has seen dramatic improvements. Unlike most free image editors, Paint.NET supports layers, history, and has an actions manager. The pleasing interface boasts semitransparent windows for ease of use.

Version 3.5 addresses many performance quibbles and offers some interface tweaks for the Aero-theme users, but fans of the "dancing ants" may not like the gray-overlay changes made to the selection tools. The useful tools under Effects on the menu bar have seen many additions since version 3, including surface blurs, dents, and crystalize.

The new version automatically downloads and installs the program's prerequisites, including the latest Microsoft .Net version and Windows Installer. It will update in the background now, too, so you can continue to use the program until it's ready to restart. Longtime users should notice that the program starts up about 20 percent faster, according to the publisher. Regardless of minor problems, Paint.NET is far more advanced than Microsoft Paint, and given its free price, it's a must-have for anyone needing to fix images.

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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
  • Current Version:

    4.2

    out of 60 votes

    • 5 star: 36
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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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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