The Ultimate Guide to Paint.NET: Features, Tips, and Tricks
Visit the official Paint.NET website for the latest news and information about your favorite paint program. There, you can download Paint.NET, purchase Paint.NET in the Windows Store, or read Rick's Blog.
This section is for publishing tutorials and subsequent discussion of those tutorials. This section is not for tutorial requests or other general questions - please post these in paint.net General Discussion forum.
This is where you can download new effect, adjustment, and file type plugins. If you've written one and would like to share it, please post it here! If you are having trouble with a plugin, post in that plugin's thread here. If you would like to request a plugin, post in the General Discussion forum.
If you found a bug in paint.net, please tell us about it. Include your pdncrash.log file (on your Desktop) if relevant. This section is not for plugin errors. If you have a problem with a plugin, post in that plugin's thread in the plugin forum.
Typically, I never notice it; I simply update the app. Sometimes, like now, I need to install it on a work PC or install it on a colleague's machine. All of the fake download links make it look suspect.
Those are from 3rd party advertisers trying to get a quick buck, really. Often, these are out of our control. Meaning there's not much we can do about it.The real download links should look like this:
A lot of advice goes around about avoiding "clicking those big green buttons", which are often the visual that a lot of adware uses to lure in users. Basically, don't get distracted by the other buttons, and only focus on download links I showed you.I hope this helps.
What makes matters more irritating is how difficult it is tracking down old versions of PDN, since there's no "official" archive. With all due respect, I think it's pretty suboptimal to tinker with shortcuts people have been using for years (over a decade, in my case!) when finding older versions requires downloading from sketchy third-party sites or personal backups.
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I hate it! This version wipes out all my hard work downloading effects and Adjustments!I lost so many of the effects Dream ,which I use a lot, and many others. I just want 4.12 version or less Automatic updates are a wreck
Bolt, I did download it. But It did not work. I was using 4.12 paint.net was very happy with that. I could not find it to download again. I have lost dragon,dream,Tr;s Fireworks, and countless other plug in. In my Paint.net, the icon will not open to take me to the forum. That has not worked for 2 years now(?) the automatic upgrade for paint 5..... caused me to loose many effects & Adjustments. I am not a wiz like you all are. This is hard for me every time there is a new version of Paint.net!
There's literally a link to offline installers at the top, in the first post. But, in any event, I don't "owe" you anything. If you don't upgrade your OS after it's been out of support for many years then that's not my problem, it's your problem (and/or your corporate IT admins problem -- if they're still forcing everything to run on Win7 then either they're not doing their job, or quite possibly whoever holds the purse strings for their budget needs to be fired). Once 4.4 is released, Win7 support is over. Completely. No last hurrah, no download links to old versions, no secret command-line parameter to make it work anyway, nothing like that. Win7 is dead, you need to update and stop projecting your frustrations at me.
By "I can't see offline installers" I meant from your main website / webpage. It is a rare occasion that I had to visit this forum (usually to get a plugin). OK, now I see you provide offline and portable versions. Great, I have downloaded all of them for safekeeping. Thanks.
To help finance the project, Paint.NET developers offer the app in two versions: the classic version which you can download here free of charge, and a paid Windows Store version. If you would like to support the project, the Windows Store version offers some extra features which include automatic background updates, easy installation onto all of your Windows devices, and improved reliability.
paint.net Portable can run from a cloud folder, external drive, or local folder without installing into Windows. It's even better with the PortableApps.com Platform for easy installs and automatic updates.
Paint.net (stylized as Paint.NET or paint.net) is a freeware raster graphics editor program for Microsoft Windows, developed originally on .NET Framework, and as of version 4.3 .NET. Paint.net was originally created by Rick Brewster as a Washington State University student project, and has evolved from a simple replacement for the Microsoft Paint program into a program for editing mainly graphics, with support for plugins.
Paint.net originated as a computer science senior design project during spring 2004 at Washington State University. Version 1.0 consisted of 36,000 lines of code and was written in fifteen weeks. In contrast, version 3.35 has approximately 162,000 lines of code. The paint.net project continued over the summer and into the autumn 2004 semester for both the version 1.1 and 2.0 releases.
Development continues with one programmer who worked on previous versions of Paint.net while he was a student at WSU. As of May 2006 the program had been downloaded at least 2 million times, at a rate of about 180,000 per month.
Starting with version 4.0.18, paint.net is published in two editions: A classic edition remains freeware, similar to all other versions since 3.5. Another edition, however, is published to Microsoft Store under a trialware license and is available to purchase for US$7. According to the developer, this was done to enable the users to contribute to the development with more convenience, even though the old avenue of donation was not closed.
Paint.net supports plugins, which add image adjustments, effects, and support for additional file types. They can be programmed using any .NET Framework programming language, though they are most commonly written in C#. These are created by volunteer coders on the program's discussion board, the paint.net Forum. Though most are simply published via the discussion board, some have been included with a later release of the program. For instance, a DirectDraw Surface file type plugin, (originally by Dean Ashton) and an Ink Sketch and Soften Portrait effect (originally by David Issel) were added to Paint.net in version 3.10.
If this is a known issue, apologies, though I am unable to download Paint.Net, I downloaded it through the official website, went to files, double clicked it and it started downloading, which takes usually about 20 minutes, before an error screen appears which should show on the post. Cheers.
My best advice: Play around with it and have fun. Just remember to download Paint.net from the legitimate getpaint.net URL. Beware of download links in other places that might have hitchhiker files attached to the Paint.net download. They could dump bloatware or junk files onto your system.
I am trying to use Gimp as an alternative, which does save every element separately. But that program Gimp takes ages to startup and it has a very steep learning curve. So I keep on getting back to paint.net to do quick edits.
Paint.net is not, and never has been, the URL for downloading paint.net program. Very confusing. Just go to which is their official website, and appears to have been designed in 1979 by a 12-year-old.
As long as you save it as a paint.net (.pnd) file you can edit the layers as often as you want. All the other file types are flattened, so just save as a pnd as well as a png, jpeg, etc. if you want to edit layers later.
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