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Paint.NET Tutorials and Resources

Hello everyone, today we will be showcasing, and discussing Paint.NET and the various plugins, tutorials and information we currently have available. As you likely do not know, Paint.NET was actually the program of which I initially started out on; whilst I did delve into various others such as GIMP, and PhotoShop - Paint.NET took my preference, as I started out on a relatively low-end computer.

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins. 

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 Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.

 

Download and installation of paint.net:

  • Select this link: dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html
  • Select "Free Download Now: paint.net 4.0.21"
  • Allow the download to complete. (Bottom left-hand corner of your browser.)
  • Launch "paint.net.4.0.21.install.exe" and follow on-screen instructions.

System Requirements:

  • Minimum System Windows 7 SP1 or newer (Windows 10 recommended)
  • 1GHz processor (dual-core recommended)
  • 1GB of RAM

Paint.NET depends on Microsoft's .NET Framework 4.6, which is automatically installed if it isn't already on the system. 

Paint.NET will automatically run in 64-bit mode if possible. You must have a 64-bit capable CPU and an x64 edition of Windows. 
 

Paint.NET depends on Microsoft's .NET Framework 4.6, which is automatically installed if it isn't already on the system. 

Paint.NET will automatically run in 64-bit mode if possible. You must have a 64-bit capable CPU and an x64 edition of Windows. 

Paint.NET uses your hard drive to store temporary files related to undo/redo history. Because of this, actual disk space requirements will depend on the actions you perform on an image, and on the size of the image.

Download and installation of plugins:

  • Select this link: getpaint.net/redirect/plugins.html 
  • Select your desired subforum (Plugin Index, Plugin packs, FileType Plugins, Shapes) 
  • Select the thread of your desired plugin 
  • Select the plugin's respective download link(s) 
  • Allow the download to complete. (Bottom left-hand corner of your browser) 
  • Open the downloaded folder(s) 
  • Find your paint.net icon (either on your desktop or start menu) 
  • Right-click and select "open file location" 
  • Move all downloaded .dll files into the "Effects" folder

Note: Do NOT trust plugins from any other download source! 
If you have already downloaded plugins from another source: 

  • Remove and uninstall all files you have downloaded from that site. 
  • Update your antivirus software's malware definitions. 
  • Run a "full" or "complete" scan with your antivirus software. 

Plugin Index: 
forums.getpaint.net/topic...gin-index/ 

Useful Plugins: 
(Many will be available below, and also available via the Publishing section on the Paint.NET Forums.) 

  • Anti-Aliasing 
    (A useful plugin created by jsonchiu for cleaning up rough lines.) 
     
  • Align Object 
    (A useful plugin created by moc426 for centering objects.) 
     
  • Pyrochild's Plugin Pack 
    (A pack created by Pyrochild with many useful plugins.) 
     
  • BoltBait's Plugin Pack 
    (A pack created by BoltBait with mainy useful plugins.) 
     
  • Shape3D 
    (A useful plugin created by MKT to convert images to 3D objects.) 
     
  • Glitch 
    (A plugin created by gsuberland with various different Glitch effects.) 

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