The tool for creating geometric shapes in paint.net is the
The different Shapes are selectable from the drop-down menu in the
- Rectangle & Rounded Rectangle
- Trapezoid & Parallelogram
- Triangle & Right Angle Triangle
Polygons & Stars
- Pentagon (5), Hexagon (6), Heptagon (7) & Octagon (8)
- Three-point Star, Four-point Star, Five-point Star & Six-point Star
- Arrow & Notched Arrow
- Pentagon Arrow & Chevron Arrow
- Rectangular Callout & Rounded Rectangle Callout
- Ellipse Callout
- Cloud Callout
- Lightning Bolt
- Check Mark
To create a shape, click on the shape type in the
When creating a Shape, hold down the
The draggable control nubs transform the shape. Click and drag these to relocate them. Dragging one nub over the one diametrically opposite has the effect of flipping the shape.
Moving a Shape
Before a Shape is committed to the canvas, it can be moved anywhere on the canvas. Click and drag the pulsing four-arrows-in-a-square icon (see diagram below) using the
A Shape can also be moved by positioning the pointer inside the Shape. It will turn into a four-way arrow. Click and drag with the
The keyboard arrow keys
Rotating a Shape
Before a Shape is committed to the canvas, it can be rotated.
The Rotation Point determines the center of rotation. It looks like a circle with a cross inside it (see diagram below) and is initially located in the center of the Shape. Click and drag the Rotation Point to relocate it (it can be moved outside the Shape or even off-canvas).
Rotate the Shape about the Rotation Point using the
The keyboard arrow keys
Committing a Shape to the canvas
Commit the Shape to the active layer and exit editing mode using any one of these methods…
- Press the
- Click outside of the bounding box of the current Shape.
- Click Finish in the
- Draw a new Shape.
Shapes are able to be drawn in three distinct modes;
Shapes can be forced to have equal height and width by holding down the
Brush Size and Style
Shapes are subject to the Brush settings in the
Corner Size (Rounded Rectangle only)
From 4.0.11+ the Rounded Rectangle Shape has an additional configurable Tool Bar setting:
Note that the change applied with each key press is selected from a scale. Changes of 1, 5, 25, 50 or 100 might be applied depending on the magnitude of the current
Shapes can be rendered using a
Fills utilizing a fill style will make use of both the
There are two antialiasing modes associated with the
These settings determine whether the lines used to create the Shape are rendered in a clip-to-pixel mode or not.
Antialiasing can be switched on or off via the
Shapes can be applied using a
Example - Shape Styles
paint.net's built-in Shapes cannot be deleted or modified, however you can add new Shapes or create your own.
Shapes are rendered from customized XAML files. One file is required for each Shape.
XAML Shape files must be copied into the paint.net/Shapes/ folder and paint.net restarted before new Shapes will show up in the drop-down list.
The best place to find free pre-made custom Shapes is the paint.net forum: paint.net Shapes forum
To install custom shapes, see this guide by forum Administrator BoltBait: How To Install Custom Shapes
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/ called /paint.net App Files/.
Then create three subfolders inside the new folder. These should be called:
If you wish to create your own Shapes, you may find this tutorial useful:
Additionally, there is a plugin which will assist making your own custom Shapes: