Paint.NET 3.10 Beta

Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing.


This release adds two new effects originally written by David Issel "BoltBait", support for the DDS filetype originally written by Dean Ashton, as well as many small bug fixes and some visual fit and finish.

* Note: For the beta, the new features are only presented in English. The final release will have complete translations for the other supported languages.
* New: Soften Portrait effect, by David Issel
* New: Ink Sketch effect, by David Issel
* New: DirectDraw Surface (DDS) file format support, by Dean Ashton. Improved from the original source code by optimizing the DXT compression library "Squish" to take advantage of multiple cores or processors.
* Improved: Visual fit-and-finish for the Layers window.
* Improved: Visual fit-and-finish for the close / 'X' button on image thumbnails.
* Changed: The keyboard shortcut key for the Color Picker is now 'k'.This makes it so that the toolbar option, "After click: Switch toprevious tool", is not useless for those using the keyboard shortcuts.
* Fixed: Pressing Ctrl+[ no longer cancels out of drawing a line/curve, but instead decreases the brush size by 5 as expected.
* Fixed: Ctrl+clicking on the brush size +/- buttons now changes the brush size in increments of 5
* Fixed: Save Configuration dialog would "creep downward" from its last position every time it was opened again
* Fixed: TGA codec now saves the # of alpha bits to the imagedescriptor byte. This was causing some other applications to load TGAfiles saved with Paint.NET as solid black images.
* Fixed: Clicking the 'X' to close the Layer Properties dialog was notreverting changes made to the layer while the dialog was open.
* Fixed: Installation will not proceed unless Paint.NET is closed, andwill also not allow Paint.NET to be opened until installation iscompleted. This helps to ensure a fully coherent and completeinstallation or update.
* Fixed: In Vista, it was possible to crash the Save As dialog by typing a filename that was too long.
* Fixed: In Vista, it was possible to crash the updater if you let the UAC prompt time-out.
* Fixed: It was possible to crash Paint.NET on some systems by clickingon a tool in the Tools window while the "Save As" dialog was open.

Download: Paint.NET 3.10 Beta
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View: Paint.Net Home Page

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Having a look through the available free image manipulation programs, I'd prefer The GIMP, because it is able to understand Photoshop plugins - a clear disadvantage of Paint.NET (or is there also a Paint.NET plugin for this purpose?).

And I dislike those transparencies.

but that is not the point of, gimp is meant to directly compete with photoshop (which in reality is not even close) well is meant to be a simple image editor with some advanced features.

You could also install the free IrfanView image viewer and use that to apply Photoshop filters as the need arises.

@rajputwarrior: They are close, even the GUI is.
(Have you ever used Photoshop on MacOS?)

@IGx89: Of course I could install one program for everything I want to do, but why should I?
(By the way, I've already been using IrfanView for years now. But it is no image manipulator but viewer!)

I know... I can even disable most of Windows XP's changes so I mostly got Windows 2000 afterwards, but that's not the point.