Showing posts with label Paint.Net. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paint.Net. Show all posts

Monday, March 25, 2013

Oh sheet... I mean, Oh Spritesheet Export plugin for Paint.NET

CodePlex - Paint.NET Spritesheet Export Plugin

A Paint.NET FileType plugin that takes an image that contains sprites on multiple layers and lays them out into an evenly spaced spritesheet.



This is one of those cool things that I would never find again if I ever needed it (Shut never know... I could write a game or app that needs something like this. So I can't draw my way out of a wet paper sack, with holes on both sides and instructions on the side...I could... oh hell, I'll never use this... but hey, YOU might! :) Plus I just like too see people releasing source for cool Paint.NET plugins. (So there!)

Friday, June 03, 2011

A couple of my favorite things... Paint.Net and Windows Phone 7 (and using the one to create App and Tile icons for the other)

Windows Phone Geek - Creating WP7 Tile and Application Icons for FREE with Paint.NET

"In this post I am going to talk about how to make a Windows Phone 7 Tile Icon using Paint.NET: a FREE image and photo editor.

What is Paint.NET?

Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for Windows. It has all the features that you will need when designing Icons,Images, etc. Some of the cool supported features are:

  • All standard Image editing features
  • Layers
  • Special Effects
  • Powerful Tools for drawing
  • Unlimited History

NOTE: Paint.NET is a free tool released under Creative Commons license. So you are free to build whatever icons/images you prefer and use them in your WP7 apps!

Building WP7 Tile Icon using Paint.NET

To begin with lets first mention some of the certification requirements related to Tile and Application icons:

Application icon should be:

  • PNG file format
  • 62 x 62 pixels

Tile icon should be:

  • PNG file format
  • 173x 173pixels

For more information take a look at our previous article: WP7 Application Icon and Application Tile Icon

First download and install Paint.NET from its official web site: .After successfully installing the tool just start it:



This is my kind of tutorial (since I pretty worthless when it comes to "graphic tool usage"... lol). Simple, easy to follow and uses the uber Paint.Net!  :)


Related Past Post XRef:
Sometimes a picture says… Photoshop Design Templates (and other design resources) for Windows Phone 7
Application Bar Icons for your Windows Phone 7 development
A Windows Phone 7 Development/Design Guidelines/Certification Requirements Cheat sheet/Checklist
The Noun Project, XAML’ified… or The Noun Project converted for you to XAML and PNG’s
“The Noun Project” + SVG + Free + Metro like look and feel + 500 = Happy Windows Phone 7 Developers

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Paint.NET 3.5 (Final) now available

Paint.NETPaint.NET v3.5 (Final) is now available!

“Thanks to everyone who helped out with the extensive alpha and beta releases with all the bug reports, crash log submissions, and feedback. It has all been a huge help in creating the best Paint.NET release ever.

As usual, there are two ways to get the new version:

  1. Preferred: Use the built-in updater from within Paint.NET. If you are using version v3.36, simply go to the Help menu and click on “Check for Updates.” For v3.5 alpha/beta, go to the Utilities menu instead of the Help menu. Or, just wait for the update prompt to come up automatically within the next week or so.
  2. Download directly from the website: . There is no need to uninstall the old version; that will be taken care of automatically.

Changes since version 3.36:

  • New: Refreshed user interface with new icons and visual styling. On Windows 7 and Vista, it is enhanced for Aero and "glass".
  • [GD: Way to many for me to leach.. click though for all the details]


You all have Paint.Net, right? One of the must have Windows utilities? No? (–10 geek cred, sorry ;)

All kidding aside, congrats to Rick on his release and for thank you for your outstanding work on this rock’n product!


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Tutorials on how to use Paint.Net to create Eyes, Sunsets, Seashells, Rings, and more...
Free Plug-ins for Paint.Net

Let's Paint the town red... Paint.Net 3.3 Released
Paint.Net 3.2 RTW
Paint.Net 3.1 Released
Paint.NET 2.5 RTM
Paint.NET v2.1 Released
Paint.NET 2.0 Released
Paint.NET v1.1 is now available!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Let's Paint the town red... Paint.Net 3.3 Released

Paint.Net Blog - Paint.NET v3.30 — Final release now available!

"It’s finally here! You can grab it via the built-in updater from the Help-> Check for Updates menu item, or go get it straight from the website at


Changes since v3.22:

  • New: Italian translation.
  • New: Ability to save PNG’s at 8- and 24-bit color depths.
  • New: Ability to save BMP’s at 8-bit color depth.
  • New: "Auto-detect" bit-depth option for PNG, BMP, and TGA file types. It will analyze the image and determine the lowest bit-depth that can still save the image without quality loss.
  • New: "Fragment" blur effect, by Ed Harvey
  • New: The "Polar Inversion" distortion effect has been enhanced to allow changing the rendering offset, and the behavior for "edge" pixels (clamp, reflect, or wrap).
  • New: For developers, added a Color Wheel control to IndirectUI for use in effect plugins.
  • New: For developers, added ability to customize certain properties of the effect configuration dialog via IndirectUI.
  • New: For developers, IndirectUI can now be used to write configuration UI for file types.
  • New: For developers, IndirectUI has a new radio button control type for enumerations, and some new property constraint rules.
  • ...


Always a good day when we get a new Paint.Net...


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Paint.Net 3.2 RTW

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Paint.Net 3.2 RTW

Paint.NET - Paint.NET v3.20 (Final) is now available!

"Alright, you can either get it from the website,, or via the built-in updater from the Help menu (”Check for Updates”). Thanks are due to everyone for all the alpha and beta testing help. Enjoy! And now I’m hungry so I’m gonna go eat or something.

New in this release since v3.10:


This is actually a pretty major release for the uber cool Paint.Net application. Bunches of fixes, new features and foundational changes for the future.

While you're there, check out his past posts about his recent challenges with "backspaceware"; with people stealing his work and pawning it off as their own. It's an interesting read for anyone who releases their application's source...

Friday, August 24, 2007

Paint.Net 3.1 Released

Paint.NET - Paint.NET v3.10 – Final release is now available!

"Well, it’s finally here! You can get it from the website, , or via Paint.NET’s built-in updater (Help -> Check for Updates). This release adds two new effects originally written by David Issel (”BoltBait”), support for the DDS file type originally written by Dean Ashton, as well as numerous small bug fixes and some visual fit and finish.


A couple new features, some improvements and lots o' fixes...

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tutorials on how to use Paint.Net to create Eyes, Sunsets, Seashells, Rings, and more...

Paint.NET - Paint.NET Tutorial Spotlight: Make Realistic Eyes, by Ash


Ash has posted a tutorial on the forums titled: “Easiest way to make realistic eyes“. He makes use of the Shape3D plugin I mentioned before in order to produce the following:

Yes, this was created with Paint.NET! There aren’t very many steps required in order to make the eye, and you don’t even have to be very artistically inclined. The Shape3D plug helped a lot with the difficulty level, of course, but it’s very interesting to see plugins having such an enormous contribution to the utility of the program.


Make sure you click through to Ash's page to see the rest of his tutorials and images...

I'm going to have to give some of these a try, just to see if someone who's "artistically challenged" can create cool images like these... ;)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Paint.Net now has it's own, official blog...

Paint.NET - The new blog home for Paint.NET!

"This is the new blog home for Paint.NET! The old location was at If you were subscribed to that blog, then I invite you to subscribe to this one. ..."


(via Rick Brewster's blog - Paint.NET blog has moved ! Also, there's a new BETA release (3.08))

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Paint.Net 3.0 RTM

Rick Brewster's blog - Paint.NET 3.0 -- Final Release now available!

"It's done! Thanks to everyone who's given feedback and submitted bugs and suggestions, they have really helped improved the quality and stability of the program.



Here's what's new since version 2.72:

  • Simple and intuitive tab-based multi-document user interface
  • Now available in 8 languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish
  • Interactive Gradient Tool that makes it very easy to draw and then fine-tune placement and coloring of a gradient.
  • User-definable color palette (as opposed to just the color wheel)
  • New effects: Clouds, Median, Unfocus, Outline, and an improved Sharpen
  • More intuitive and more powerful toolbar
  • Generally improved and cleaner user interface 
  • History files are now compressed to save disk space, reduce disk activity, and improve performance. 
  • "Merge Down" layer command

..." [Post leached nearly in full]

Very Cool.

Paint.Net is my favorite graphic package... The fact it's written in .Net (with source code available) is also a huge draw for me.

(via The Road to Know Where - Microsoft's Rick Brewster Releases Paint.NET 3.0)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Free Plug-ins for Paint.Net

The Road to Know Where - New Free Plug-ins for Paint.NET

"Paint.NET is a free image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.


Download the New FREE Plug-Ins Here 

  • Four Distortion Effects Plug-ins
  • Benchmark Utility (PdnBench)
  • Glow Effect Plug-in
  • Effect Plug-in: CodeLab (for advanced users)
  • Conditional Hue/Saturation Effect  


These are some cool plug-ins for my fav MSPaint replacement....

For example, there’s a ICO/CUR Plug-in (that’s not listed above) which was posted just a few hours ago. Finally I can use my favorate paint app to edit my icon’s. Now that’s cool... (Check out the forum post and its homepage).

The CodeLab plug-in is also pretty cool. It’s a mini-IDE for creating effects on the fly via C#. And when you’re done, it can compile the effect into a DLL for you... There are a number of samples in the zip to get you started.

All in all there are some cool items here, many with their source...

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Paint.NET 2.5 RTM

Paint.NET - Roadmap and Change Log:

"Paint.NET v2.5
v2.5 Released: November 26th, 2005 - Download

The major goals of this release were to improve performance, expand selection support to be much more useful and powerful, provide support for localization to other languages, and to have an easier way for users to have the latest version (update manager). Other features added include the ability to work with measurements in inches and centimeters, a 3D Rotate/Zoom effect, Sepia adjustment, Radial Blur and Add Noise effects, GIF transparency support, TGA file format support, file format plugin support, and a refined Text tool. ..."

The very cool Paint.Net has reached 2.5 RTM. I'm looking forward to 2.6, which will be using .Net 2.0...

Monday, October 31, 2005

"10 Free .NET Development Tools"

Richard Slade : 10 Free .NET Development Tools

Richard Slade has posted a Top 10 list of Free .Net Tools. They are the "Big 10" that you'd pretty much have to be living in a cave to not know about... (Not that there's anything wrong with living in caves... ;)

If the listed tools are so common, why am I posted about it? It has a nice intro into each project ("What is it?"), some screen snaps and is a great single source for the URL's ("Where can I find it?").

Tools listed are:
2. CruseControl.Net
3. NUnit
4. TestDriven.Net
5. RegEx Designer.Net
6. FxCop
7. NDoc
8. NUnitASP
9. Mono
10. NCover

My own Top 10:
1. Lutz Roeder's .NET Reflector
2. Google
3. Paint.Net
4. Cropper
5. MSINC.Plugins library (Also check out the other cool projects at Morrison Schwartz -
6. SharpDevelop (Also check out the other cool projects at
7. DotLucene - The Open Source Search Engine for .NET

Grr... um... Okay, it's my Top 7 List. I seem to have a brain cramp and that's all that comes to mind (besides what Richard already posted about of course)...

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Paint.NET v2.1 Released - Paint.NET v2.1 Released

"The major goals of this release were to improve performance, refine the user interface and experience, and to support some highly requested features such as PNG transparency support and JPEG save quality configuration.

To summarize, Paint.NET v2.1 is much faster, more compatible, and produces better quality images than v2.0. It is a highly recommended upgrade.

  • Many bug fixes and miscellaneous user interface tweaks.

  • Installation via Group Policy is now supported.

  • Rendering quality, usage, and performance of selections is improved.

  • Much better performance all around.

  • Magic Wand selection tool.

  • Ellipse/circle selection tool.

  • PNG transparency is now supported.

  • GIF save quality significantly improved.

  • JPEG quality selector and preview, and file size preview.

  • Upgraded PDN file format to support very large images.

  • Thumbnails are now shown for .PDN files in Windows Explorer.

  • Much higher quality rendering when zooming out.

  • Background layer is no longer "locked".

  • EXIF data is now preserved for supporting file formats.

  • Lower memory usage. History items are now saved to disk instead of completely stored in memory.

  • Better Tablet PC support. Also, Ink isn't used unless you have a Tablet PC; this has increased compatibility and performance on regular systems.

  • Ability to resize image based on a percentage.

  • Brand new image resampling routines for Image->Resize menu item (no more transparent borders).

  • No more flickering in the UI.

  • More optimizations for multiprocessor and multicore systems.

  • Startup time is greatly reduced.


The very cool C# Paint.Net 2.1 is out...

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Paint.NET 2.0 Released
Paint.NET v1.1 is now available!

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Paint.NET 2.0 Released


"Paint.NET v2.0 is ready for download! (Updated 12-17-2004)
Thanks to everyone who was involved in Paint.NET v2.0. We really appreciated all the positive comments and encouragement we received while developing this product. We also would like to thank everyone who posted bugs or new feature suggestions in the forum. It really helped out.
Thanks so much, we hope you enjoy Paint.NET v2.0!
Click here to download

Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows XP. Paint.NET is jointly developed at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft, and is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with GDI+ extensions.

Paint.NET has many of the powerful features that expensive commercial applications have, including the ability to use layers. This is the second semester that Paint.NET has been a project at Washington State University, and we have the goal of adding as much functionality as expensive commercial applications provide, but of course, for free! In the spirit of all this freedom, we welcome any suggestions, as well as provide the source code free of charge for anyone who wishes to tinker with it. Please explore this website, download the software and try out many of the things you would do on those expensive commercial applications...."

The cool Paint.Net 2.0 is now available for download (both installer and source)... While it's still targeted at XP it now works on Win2K.

I've been looking for a free "Paint" replacement... Maybe this will be it?

(via Rick Brewster's blog - Paint.NET v2.0 ... NOW AVAILABLE!

Friday, October 01, 2004

Paint.NET v1.1 is now available!

Paint.NET v1.1 is now available!

The cool Paint.Net application has rev'ed to 1.1.

Free, with C# source, with a cool UI. What more could you want? :|

"Paint.NET v1.1 has been released-to-web (RTW)! It can be downloaded in 3 forms from the current Paint.NET page at: The 3 downloads are the normal installer (4.5mb msi), full installer (25mb that installs .NET 1.1 if necessary), and the source code (7mb zip, modified MIT license).

Paint.NET is meant to be a replacement for MS Paint and was written entirely in C#. It includes all the basic features that MS Paint includes as well as some of the advanced functionality only seen in expensive applications like Adobe Photoshop. It is also free and the complete source code is available.

Lots of credit go to Tom, Michael, and Craig who’re students at Washington State University that helped with the release and will be working on a version 2.0 release that should be available near Christmas.

Big new items for v1.1 include plugin support for filters (“Effects” in Paint.NET vernacular), some new effects and “Adjustments,” and a slew of performance optimizations and UI tweaks. There may be documentation released soon on how to implement an Effect. For now, either download the source code and dissect it, or look at the that is copied to the installation directory (usually "C:\Program Files\Paint.NET v1.1")."