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Paint.NET is a fully-featured photo editor, packed with filters and options to enhance your snaps

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Cat Ellis

Paint.NET is a fully-featured alternative to more complex and hard-to-grasp image editors like GIMP. Its simplicity is its core strength, but it also contains advanced features that help you create better images.

Cat Ellis



Paint.NET is a powerful, easy-to-use image editor that offers features similar to those that you’ll find in Adobe Photoshop and GIMP.

Paint.NET features layers, enabling you to edit specific areas of your image, or build up an image from a number of different sections.

There are also options to adjust an image's brightness, hue, contrast, curves, saturation and levels, not mention an array of special effects that can blur, sharpen, distort, emboss and remove that pesky red-eye effect from your photos with a few clicks. There’s a Gradient tool too, a simple text editor, a powerful zoom function, and even a Clone Stamp tool to help you clean up grainy photos.

Better still, every change made in Paint.Net is recorded in the software’s unlimited history log. This makes it much easier to undo any alterations which were made to an image.

If that's not enough, you can extend Paint.NET with downloadable extensions. The only limit is your creativity.


Why you need Paint.NET

Paint.NET includes all the essential tools you need to get your pictures looking great, including automatic red eye removal, a clone stamp for removing blemishes, and one-click optimization of levels, brightness and contrast. Alternatively, if you'd rather get hands-on, its advanced options give you complete manual control – the choice is yours.

With Paint.NET you can sharpen unfocused images, remove noise, fine-tune colors, smooth, crop and zoom to achieve professional-looking results. There's also a powerful magic wand tool for selecting and editing areas of similar colors, dramatic zoom blur effects, and a unique 3D perspective tool.

Paint.NET's interface will be familiar to anyone who's used Adobe Photoshop or other premium photo editors, but it's intuitive enough for complete newcomers to grasp quickly. All the common tools are presented as icons in panel on the left, with filters and other adjustments in simple drop-down menus along the top.

Once your photos are looking good, you can get creative with Instagram-style vintage effects using the vignette and sepia filters to give a retro look. Paint.NET also supports user-created plugins, which add even more filters and functions. We're particularly fond of the Liquify extension, which lets you warp images just like the Photoshop tool of the same name and is ideal for fine-tuning portrait photos.

Best of all, Paint.NET records every change you make in a list that's only limited by the space on your hard drive, and lets you undo and redo as many changes as you want at any time.


Latest updates

The newest version of Paint.NET fixes an issue with the rounded rectangle tool, and resolves a bug that could cause the program to crash on some single-core systems.


Other versions

Paint.NET Portable



Use Paint.NET to retouch portrait photos


The best free photo editor 2017

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