Paint.NET is a high quality photo manipulation application, which can be used for editing both images and photographs.  All the features of Paint.Net including the user interface element, were designed to be intuitive and easy to learn without assistance.

Paint.NET uses a tabbed document interface in order to handle multiple images with ease. The tabs display a live thumbnail of the image instead of the standard text description or still original image.  The software uses layers to form the basis for a rich image composition experience. There are also many different special effects, which are included for enhancing and perfecting your images.

There are tools that range from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise, and embossing. Also included is the unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect.  This makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.  The standard adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image’s brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, curves, and levels.  There is also a facility to convert an image to black and white, or sepia-toned.

The following changes have been made in this version of Paint.NET:

* Changes
– Fixed the gamma and contrast for text rendering on some systems where the wrong values were being used (“rainbow” text)
– Colors window now correctly lets you paste a hex color value that starts with a hash, e.g. #112233
– Gradient tool now lets you reverse a transparency gradient by clicking the right mouse button on one of the handles (regression from 3.5)
– Move Selected Pixels now lets you hold Control to leave a copy of the selected area behind on the initial move (regression from 3.5)
– Paint Bucket tool’s hatch fill modes weren’t working with the Overwrite blending mode (regression from 3.5)
– Fixed a keyboard tabbing issue in the Resize dialog (regression from 3.5)
– Fixed the language setting in the Settings dialog not always allowing you to set it to English if your system’s default language is non-English
– Fixed a performance issue that caused images with many layers (50+) to take a VERY long time to open, close, or even switch away from (regression from 3.5)
– Fixed a rare crash at application exit
– Fixed an issue that prevented 4.0.1 from installing on top of 4.0 when using the MSI (e.g. AD/GPO network deployment)
– Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause the installer to take 30+ seconds to appear

You can download Paint.NET 4.0.2 from today.

[Image via en.kioskea]