Installing Additional Plugins
paint.net allows for easy expansion of features and file types through a plugin system. Many plugins are available. Examples of plugins include support for new type of file formats, drop shadows, coloring tools and photographic adjustments. There is even a plugin called CodeLab which is a plugin designed to create new plugins!
Plugins are developed by third-party developers and released via the paint.net forum | plugins.
A comprehensive list is of plugins is compiled and maintained here paint.net forum | plugin index.
Please note that plugins are provided by members of the forum. The paint.net team cannot provide support for them. If you require assistance with an individual plugin, visit the paint.net forum and post a question in the thread where the plugin was released.
There are two types of plugins:
FileTypes:add support for new types of files so they can be loaded and saved with paint.net.
Effects:expand the feature set by adding new effects, filters and adjustments.
Plugins are developed and maintained by the paint.net community and not the developer of paint.net.
If you are having issues with a particular plugin, please ask on the paint.net forum in the thread where the plugin was downloaded.
This location can be found by searching from within paint.net. Open the search URL with the keyboard combination
Only ever download plugins from the paint.net forum, or from links posted there by the plugin author.
Never download plugins from any other source as malware, viruses and infected files can infiltrate your system.
We highly recommend you perform a virus scan on any plugin prior to installation.
Plugins come as a file with the extension of ".DLL". Some plugin authors may compress these files further in an archive format such as .ZIP or .RAR. If compressed, the plugin will need to be extracted from the archive file to it's *.DLL format before proceeding.
For Classic paint.net, locate the directory where paint.net has been installed. Usually this is "C:\Program Files\paint.net\".
In the Windows Store version of paint.net, the directories for plugins and Shapes are different. These will have to be created manually.
First create a folder in /My Documents/ (this may be translated to your system language) called /paint.net App Files/.
Then create three subfolders inside the new folder. These should be called:
If you downloaded a FileType plugin, move the uncompressed *.DLL to the \FileTypes\ subdirectory.
If you downloaded an Effect plugin, move the uncompressed *.DLL file to the \Effects\ subdirectory.
If the new plugin is replacing an older version you may be prompted to confirm the replacement of the existing file. It is safe to do so.
Navigate to the plugin file just moved and Right-click on the file. Select Properties from the context sensitive menu.
Under the "General" tab, look for an
Close paint.net if it was open.
Reopen paint.net to enjoy the new features the plugin has added.
paint.net scans for plugins only at start-up. The application must be restarted to load new plugins.
For Effect plugins; the plugin developer should have posted the location of the plugin so it can be found in paint.net's menu system.
If the plugin cannot be found in the correct menu, check the
For Filetype plugins; the plugin will not be found in paint.net's menus. Instead, the plugin will add the new file extension to the drop-down lists in the load and save dialogs.
If the new extension cannot be found, check the