Paint.NET v3.31 - Photoshop Alternative



Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers 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.

The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for installation and shell-integration related functionality. The source code is available under the terms of the MIT License.


I started using GIMP for image manipulation and found it to be very powerful but not very easy to use. Paint.NET is very easy to use and almost look like Photoshop. It also has a nice set of filters. I recommended for people that like to make a small changes in image. It also very fast and it has a clean interface. As a freeware it really suitable for majority of user that mainly use to touch up, crop, and few minor adjusment. For other that need a more powerful features, I recommended of using GIMP.