Still Probably The Best Free Photo Editor For Windows

I've been an admirer of Paint.Net for years.  Despite the misleading name (it's not web-based), it's always been an extremely capable image editor that's more than up to the job of letting you tweak your digital photos.  Whether it's a simple crop and resize, or an adjustment of the colours, or even a desire to make the photo look more like a pencil sketch or an oil painting, Paint.Net is up to the job.
And the most recent version, which is now 4.0.6, is looking as good as ever.
If you don't already have a good photo editor installed, Paint.Net is definitely worth trying.  And if you have an older version on your PC already, be sure to upgrade in order to get the most recently added features.
You'll find the download at and it runs to around 6.5 MB.  The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, and runs on Windows 7 onwards.  It worked flawlessly under Windows 10 on my test machine.
The program is free (though there's the opportunity to make a donation to the author if you wish).

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The name, Paint.NET, correctly identifies two features of its original development. It was developed as a replacement for Windows Paint and it was developed using Microsoft's .NET software development framework and the C# language.

The name .NET originated in the mid-1990s as a marketing term to indicate that Microsoft's technology would make it easy to enable web-based services. That was back when the "best" and "most advanced" technology had to be web-enabled. So, for a while, Microsoft used it for all sorts of stuff that was totally unrelated to the Internet, world-wide Web or networking. Now it is only used for the software development framework which has related names you might have heard of like COM+ (component services), OLE (object linking and embedding), and ActiveX.

Just for clarification because the Paint.Net people seem to play numbering games and depending on how someone checks their version number there is room for confusion:

I have/had version 4.5.5454.39504 on my little travel laptop, installed 12/7/2014 (7. Dec. 2014 in "European notation").

The web site says 4.0.6 and the downloaded installer has that same number in the file name.

I just ran the installer and surprise, the installed executable shows to be version 4.6.5693.28, at least the executable shows this in the file properties/details.

Another surprise is what the program's About says: 4.0.6 (Final 4.6.5693.28)

Double standards in version numbering? ;-)
For me a new one.


Although it would be tedious to save all the help pages to your hard drive, here is an easy way to save individual pages. I have Foxit installed as my PDF reader, so here are instructions if you have this Adobe Reader replacement program installed.
With the desired help page open in your browser, open the Print Dialog.
Select "Foxit PDF Printer" from the list of installed printers.
Click "OK", then select a name and location for the resulting PDF file, and click "Save".
For Reader, CutePDF, or other PDF programs, Google their instructions for printing or saving a webpage to a PDF file.

Thank you for your quick response. The manual is avaianle readily on line but in 25 different URL links, not as one downloadable PDF or other format.
So if I am working on a JPG or GIF I must have WiFi connection for reference. My Laptop HD has 750GB so I have plenty of room to hold the manual even if it's a thousand pages.

I can download 25 pieces but they are all linked and popup other pages and it gets silly. One good, big PDF would be great. I am still looking.

It's all FREE software so I do not understand the reluctance to make one available. Anyone could make their own manual - I am not willing to put out hours of assemblage of it. Some tech college has one i wil;l bet.

"One good, big PDF would be great. ... I do not understand the reluctance to make one available."

It could be the maintenance problem, with software which is being frequently updated. A downloaded PDF would be out of date within months, whereas online can be kept current easily.

Why not post it on their forum, or write to their support for an offline manual?

is there anyway to get a manual in PDF in case I want to use it while not connected to the web? Right now the manual is on the web.

Use a tool like HTTrack (search Gizmo's for this tool; I can't post the link to Gizmo's own site as it's being blocked as spam!) and point it to the URL for Paint.NET documentation. It will download the pages to your computer's disk, making it possible to view the manual offline.