paint.net 4.0.6 is now available

This update is probably a little more interesting than you may have been expecting. It has the usual grab bag of small bug fixes, but also includes the ability to install custom shapes (for the Shapes tool, obviously Smile). I’ve also updated everything to look good in Windows 10, and fixed many high-DPI blemishes that had gone unfixed for awhile.

If you’d like more info about custom shapes, you can check out BoltBait’s guide, “How to Install Paint.NET Shapes", which has installation instructions and a pack of sample shapes. It’s all XAML based and will look very familiar to you if you’ve ever worked with WPF’s Geometry system.

As usual, you can download the update directly from the website, or you can use the built-in updater via Settings –> Updates –> Check Now.

  • New: You can now create and install custom shapes for the Shapes tool.
  • New: Updated to work better with Windows 10.
  • New: Increased the maximum brush size to 2000.
  • New: IndirectUI-based effect plugins can now provide help text, accessible via the question mark button.
  • New: Effect plugins may now access the current palette via IPalettesService.
  • Improved: Reduced memory usage of brush tools when using large brush sizes.
  • Fixed: Holding shift to constrain the angle of the roll control (Layers -> Rotate/Zoom) wasn’t working correctly.
  • Fixed: Various shapes (hexagon, pentagon, triangle, etc.) are now symmetric when holding the shift key.
  • Fixed: Multiple high-dpi blemishes in the main window and many dialog boxes (Settings, Save Configuration, all effect dialogs, etc.)
  • Fixed: Various minor/rare crashes.

Enjoy!

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19 thoughts on “paint.net 4.0.6 is now available

  1. Anatoly says:

    When I change Russian language, hot keys does not work.
    I have to change back language to English that hot keys continue to work.
    In other programs no matter, which language is set up.
    When you’ll fix that bug?
    I’ll be glad to give my regard!
    Thanks for the best freeware draw program!

  2. Guilherme Amorim says:

    Nothing to translate? Geez!
    Seriously though, nice update! Keep the great work!

    I would like to request a simple modification too, free (or at least less strict) canvas movement… when the picture is large enough and it occupies the whole gray area, you can’t move the ‘camera’ outside the bounds of the image, and if you are using one screen you have to hide the one of the tool windows or move them around to interact with that side or area. Maybe you could limit only to the half size of image to either direction, that would be enough.

    Thanks

  3. kittymooch says:

    nice, thanks so much for your continued work!! If I wasn’t so incredibly hugely in debt (to the point of food shelters) I would gladly donate! Someday I pay-it-back 🙂

  4. Vadim (@YellowAfterlife) says:

    I wholeheartedly support Guilherme Amorim’s suggestion – it’s a small option to add, but it’s absence can be a major annoyance if you are working with large or zoomed in images. The best you can currently do is move the panels almost entirely out of the window (while still considered “docked”), but that does not work well if you may want to maximize the window sometimes.

  5. Kristain Baty says:

    On the next update can we get text to come in as their own separate layer and a button to set the spacing of the text?

  6. Lisa Smits says:

    first loving you all !! a 50-something builder, female, RE person and my daughter showed me, and I was not too quick to pick up the maneuvers… but 6 months later, I have impressed myself how I can take one of our houses and buff it up!! Adding ‘furniture’ to floorplans for brochures and website, refreshing our plans for clean copies, wonderful !! So, I was using 4.05 this a.m. on my ole HP Win7 desktop, and the “cut/paste” is blinking and jumping around, (so select area, copy, paste) and that piece of image to paste is moving/popping. Installed the update 4.06 and oddly, still happening. I use it on my Win7 laptop and hadn’t had this before, so it’s “not you, it’s me” lol… any suggestions what I might be missing in my sys causing it to bugger?

  7. MattMars says:

    Dear Paint.net
    thank you so much for this program it is excellent, and i am so glad you continue to develop it.

    one tiny feature i would love you to add, and i think many people would use is the ability to dynamically and finely adjust the “magic wand” select threshold (and similar tools)

    either by + – keys or mouse wheel.
    at present we have to keep clicking and guessing on the ‘slide bar’ – tricky to get accurate

    if you did this people could just select a location then roll the wheel to adjust the selection perfectly and quickly each time.

    all the best

    thanks again
    matt

  8. Mal Christison says:

    I’ve been a Paint.net user for many years and it’s always worked well on small projects. Recently I offered to complete a larger project consisting of 20 x A1 coreflute boards, printed on both sides. On one side is a continuous image of the beautiful Beeliar Wetlands, currently under threat by an ill-conceived freeway project called Roe 8. On the other side is a continuous image of some aggressive looking trucks. The idea is that 20 people hold up the images of the wetlands in a rally and then rotate them to reveal the trucks.

    To capture the images I used my Lumix TZ60. I was disappointed to learn that the panoramic feature of the TZ60 gave a low res image, as it really just letterboxed a normal single image. I realised I would have to take multiple images and stitch them together later. I’m no photographer so after some trial and error, I took some advice and set the camera on Program Mode with the Exposure Compensation set to -1/3 for our sunny Australian conditions. I found this worked better than Intelligent Auto mode for panoramic shots through a wide angle of arc. I used a tripod and was careful to set the camera support post vertical so the panoramic shots all lined up as I rotated the camera. I used PhotoStitcher to stitch the images together and got some great results with no loss of res.

    After some experimentation I set up Paint.net with a canvass size of 49,500 x 3300 pixels, which was large enough to accommodate 10 panels 4,950×3300 pixels each. At 55 pixels per centimetre, this gave me a print size of 90 x 60cm. This was as big as Paint.net would go, and I was pleasantly surprised that it would accommodate such a large image.

    As I populated the canvass with images I ran out of RAM (16Gb) by panel 6. So effectively I could create 5 panels per file. 4 files got me to 20 panels and 8 files gave me both sides of the panels. These files were large (500Mb) and complex with many layers. I worked fast, using many tools and everything worked amazingly well. I never had to wait for the software to catch up unless my RAM usage went over 90%. Paint.net was very reliable with such big files.

    Halfway through the project, a friend offered to help using Photoshop. I tried to save the files in .psd format but they wouldn’t save, giving a file size error. A small file would save and would be double the size of a .pdn file. He also sent me some .psd files he created and these were also huge. They halved in size when I saved them as .pdn. Based on this small experience I seriously doubt that I could have completed this project using Photoshop. I’m also amazed that I did complete it using free software. Well done to the guys who developed Paint.net. I regard this package as an amazing achievement.

  9. budypiasa says:

    I’m a graphic designer and I’m new about this software. But, I think this software is awesome with many features for image editing. I love this software, especially for free to use. Thanks.

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