These buttons allow quick access to many common actions.
From left to right, they are New Image, Open (existing image), Save, Print, Cut, Copy, Paste, Crop, Deselect, Undo, and Redo. These actions can also be found in the and menus.
The next two buttons toggle the visibility of the
The overlays the current image with a grid where each cell is exactly one pixel in size. The is particularly useful when zoomed-in on an image and precise per-pixel editing is required.
The same icon can be used to toggle the grid off again. There is a corresponding menu command to enable or disable the grid in the menu.
The Pixel Grid is not visible below 200% magnification.
This icon shows or hides rulers along the top and left edges of the image canvas.
The can help when aligning image elements, making measurements or adjusting an image to a specific size. The rulers are always set to the current
When a selection is active, its bounding rectangle will be highlighted in the rulers, making it easier to measure. The cursor position is also shown in the rulers making it easier to accurately apply other tools.
There is a corresponding menu command in the menu.
The second row of the
Some tool options in the
The Brush Width has additional icons to increment and decrement the value and keyboard shortcuts are also assigned; [ and ].
Shapes, Brush, Style, and Fill
The first two options shown are specific to the new Shapes Tool. These are covered in the Shapes Tool section.
Several tools use Brush Width, Style and Fill options. Here the width of the brush and line style can be selected. If a fill is also selected, both the
The "Selection Mode" section of the
When a selection is created with one of the Selection tools any existing selection will be replaced if the Replace mode is used. If Add mode is used, new selections will be added to the original region. Subtract removes new selections from the original region. The Intersect mode keeps those areas common to multiple selections while the Invert mode excludes common areas from multiple selections.
To find out more about these selection modes, visit this page Selection Modes.
The next option in this section of the is
This section of the
Magic Wand, Paint Bucket, and Recolor
There is a setting to automatically switch to another tool following use of the
Move Selected Pixels
Rasterization, Blend Modes & Selection Clipping
Many tools are affected by these options.
To use these split-buttons, either click on the icon to toggle its state or click on the down arrow to open a submenu where the options can be selected.
Rasterization affects how drawing is performed on a per-pixel basis with regard to the edge of the tool. In other words, it determines if the drawing will have antialiasing enabled or disabled. If enabled, the edges of the tool path will be smoothed. If disabled, the edges of the path of the tool will be snapped to the nearest pixel. A jagged or stepped appearance will result.
Example - Antialiasing
The circle on the left was drawn with antialiasing enabled. The one on the right was drawn with antialiasing disabled. The right circle is noticeably more "jagged" in its appearance:
Tool Blend Modes
The next control (also a split-button) controls the type of blending the tool will use.
When in use, a
For more information on the Blend Modes, see the Blend Modes section.
Selection Clipping Mode
New to paint.net is the Selection Clipping Mode split button. This determines if the active selection should be aliased (pixelated) or antialiased (smoothed). If
Many tools and editing options remain "active" until the
The keyboard shortcut for the