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-Official website, free Paint.NET download, roadmap/change log, screenshots, and User Forum with extensive Tutorials Section.

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-A small but active community with more tutorials.

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Individual Tutorials

:star: Paint.NET: Interactive Guide by Eulogy-Dignity
-This is an interactivne tutorial for Paint.NET. It is a comprehensive visual guide to the interface of this program and is intended to give you an understanding of the basics of how this program works.

The information contained herein is intended to complement Paint.NET's Help file, and should not be used as a replacement for it.

I wasn't entirely happy with the first version and have since totally redone the tutorial. More screenshots (about 160, I believe) and more descriptions all around. It's much, much more complete than the original!

An Emoticon Animation Tutorial Part 1 and Part 2 by Jtcgh
-I noticed that most of the emoticon tutorials here on dA refer entirely to specific software which may be too expensive (e.g. photoshop), or not powerful enough (i.e. MS Paint) for many members of the community.

I know that if the only option presented to me had been to shell out several hundred pounds in order to make emotes, I never would have started.

Good thing is, that isn't the only way.
Paint.NET is a powerful, but most importantly free piece of software which can be used to create emoticons, and this tutorial guides you on how to go about doing that.

I want this to allow people who have wanted to try their hand at emoticons, but haven't been able to due to the cost of Photoshop. tut- outline by skymaggot666
-I've noticed there are not a lot of Paint.NET tutorials out there. To show my love of the great free program, I decided to make one of my own. skin tut by skymaggot666
-Create a new layer. Call it "Skin colors"...

JAZ's paint.NET Tut Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 by Jaz-DE-Leau
-This tutorial was supposed to be one big file, but I decided to break it up. I hope this helps people.

Paint.NET Basic Tutorial by carapau
-It's a big file so be patient.

Part 1: Lines, Part 2: Colors and Part 3: Eyes by XxLisLisxX
-This is how to make lines in paint.NET and make them look pretty good, how to do general coloring and shading, and eyes.

Paint.Net tutorial by Psychic-girl
-Here is a tutorial I made for the Paint.Net program. It's a neat alternative to Photoshop if people can't afford it. Really! Hope you all like it and find it helpful.

Paint.NET Tutorial by ViciousVeggie
-First, choose a color other than black and sketch out your picture...

Paint.NET Lineart Tutorial by DemonedAway
-A tutorial on how to make a neat lineart in Paint.NET using a mouse.

PaintNet Line Art Tutorial by RisingEchelon
-This is meant for those of us who can't afford photoshop (or can but choose not to spend the money on it) and have downloaded Paint.NET. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Simple Lineart Tutorial by RandomRoachie
-I wanted to make a tutorial. So here.

Paint.NET Lineart Tutorial by acsoundwave
-Digital inking on Paint.NET: Six Simple Steps. The trick with this process is that your pencils must be good to begin with. I picked this sketch because the lines were strong enough for the tutorial.

Paint.NET Tutorial by Nazella
-Just a little tutorial. WARNING: May overload both your computer and brain.

It's a tutorial by Ohthehumanityplz
-Sorry for how extremely long it is, but people have been asking what program I use on my digital pictures. So here you have it. Tutorial by eggo21
-I am like the only person i know off of DA that can do digital art, so i get the same question constantly. "can you teach me how to draw on paint"? I finally decided to make a tutorial for the people that wanted to learn how to use I know its not extreemely to the point, but part of a learning process is figuring some stuff out yourself. Download for a better view of the writing.

Paint.NET: Cell Shading by Otomodachi
-This is a Paint [Dot] Net Tutorial. Paint.Net is an image editing program similar to both Photoshop and Paint Tool SAI, but not as advanced. It's free to download and is not a trial.

Paint.Net Tutorial- Coloring by TOXiC-ToOtHpAsTe
-Sorry if you don't like my style of coloring, you don't have to look at it. This is just how I color, and I know I still have quite a lot to learn. Thank you very much for looking at my tutorial!

Paint.NET CellShading Tutorial by DemonedAway
-A Cell-Shading tutorial for Paint.NET.

Shading Tutorial for Paint.NET by Basilisk-432
-A shading tutorial I decided to do for Paint.NET.

Paint.Net coloring TUTORIAL by GaaHina007RPC
-My friend has problems with coloring on so i decided to do a tutorial for her and the rest of you.

Coloring and Shading Tutorial by Chaosangel256
-So this my tutorial for coloring and shading in Paint.NET. Hope it helps.

Paint.NET: Blending Tutorial by SilverWind-v1clizz
-A tutorial for Paint.NET. This is how I get that nice blended finish of my pics. It take more time but It makes them look nice.

Quick Kirby Paint.Net Tutorial by DemandinCompensation
-I didn't erase the color in this from when I went over the lines. I did for my final version, but just so you know, you can have transparency in your eraser. You just need to change the transparency bar just as you would for a color.

Coloring Tutorial by areica
-This was my first time making a tutorial thing like this,

Paint.NET Coloring Tutorial by Kryptid
-Someone wanted me to show how to color in Paint.NET. This is a very basic tutorial on how to do that.

French tutorial by ordina13
-hum...tutorial pour le logiciel inconnu que j'utilise. la façon dont j'ai fait les cheveux est pourrie.

Part 1 Part 2 by Neolioness
-A friend was wondering how I made my BG in my Sailor Blaze picture, so I put this together for her. This basically covers some of my favorite ways to create a non-boring BG in Paint.NET. If there is anything that you don't understand that you want me to make clear, comment and I'll try to help you. A basic knowledge of the Paint.NET interface is recommended.


Tutorial for HairPart 1, Part 2, and Part 3 by peach-a-boo
-okay ALL OF THE coloring is done by setting the LINART LAYER to "multiply". Then i added another layer under the lineart layer and it is a normal layer, and i named it COLOR HAIR.


PDN: Animeish Eye Tutorial by ViciousVeggie
-Start with a sketch. Eyes can be a variety of shapes, so play around and see what you like best.

Paint.NET eye tutorial by AngelTheHedgehog
-The key is to blur the hell out of everything.

Paint.NET eye tutorial 2 by AngelTheHedgehog
-I decided to make another paint.NET eye tutorial since the other one is old. Fullview or Download.

Paint.Net Tutorial: Anime Eyes by Ghost-the-echidna
-For all my fellow Paint.Net users!

Tutorial - Eyes by Ashori-sama
-This tutorial is for Paint.NET. It is a free program, and you can do an excellent job on it, believe it or not.


Paint.NET "screentones" Tut by ViciousVeggie
-Quick tut for something like screentones.

Rasegen Tutorial by narutokunobessed
-Yay my first tutorial. Figures after some one saw my wallpaper.

Speech Bubbles Tutorial by DemonedAway
-WARNING! IT'S HUGE! How to Make Speech Bubbles in Paint.NET tutorial.

Angel Tutorial by zelayda
-Here's a simple tutorial on how to make someone look like an angel. C= You just need the free program called (you can look it up on Google). It's really simple and it's so much easier - as I remarked in the tutorial itself - if you have a tablet.

Coriolis Effect - Paint.NET by Ghost-Dreamer
-I named this Coriolis effect after the first creation I made with it and because it reminded me of that effect, it is not the name of an actual effect in Paint.NET.

3D Text Tutorial by jake2k
-Start out with a blank canvas (I add a pink bg to mine but you dont have to). It's better to make it bigger than what you want it to be so you can size it down.

New & Improved 3D Text/Logo Tutorial! by jake2k
-Seeing how my last 3D text tut was a big hit but unfortunately a huge headache to many people I set out to find an easier way to accomplish this effect. Now many days... weeks... ok months later I have come up with what I hope is an easier more "noob" friendly tutorial, not to mention the improvement in the visual department.

Paint.NET: 3D Text by Eulogy-Dignity
-jake2k's awesome tutorial on 3D text was deemed 'non-newbie friendly' by a few of the newer users on the PdN forums... This is the 'skin-and-bones' version of his tutorial. Easy enough, right?

Paint.Net: Transparency How-To by LatiasGirl93
-A little while ago on Pokemon Fan Universe, some random newbie was asking how to make transparent backgrounds. I whipped this together, trying to help. It is my first tutorial. Ever. Enjoy!

Userbar Tut in Paint.NET by RBDesign
-Took a few hours to do, hope it was worth it.

Glowing tutorial for Paint.Net by DrUmMeR-GuY
-Since I've already given the link to download Paint.Net to two of my friends...I decided to make a tutorial for creating a glowing thing/creature.

Energy Ball Tutorial by Kryptid
-First, make sure that you start with a transparent background.

Artificial Fire - Paint.NET by Ghost-Dreamer
-Here's the promised tutorial on making artificial fire, the tutorial was written for Paint.NET as that is the software that I use but I'm fairly certain this is transportable to Photoshop and possibly even GIMP.

make a fire with by theartistic
-It's a nice effect I think, you can play with the size and settings till you get your own fire.

-Paint.Net, is like Photoshops slightly retarted younger brother. Its an O.k. program as far as free software goes, but spending money on photoshop is worth it. thats why im gonna buy it as soon as i have the cash.

Icy Tiles Tutorial- Paint.NET by neonocean
-I made this to show you how I made "Icy Tiles" in my gallery.

Paint.NET Reflection Tutorial by chrfb
-This is a simple reflection tutorial in Paint.NET. It works fine with flat objects, with 3D objects the perspective is wrong.

Easy 3d metal chrome Tutorial by 0-ASH-0
-Tutorial on a method I found when making the piece "More Than Meets the Eye."

Paint.NET Tutorial - Glass Orb by Ultiimately
-A tutorial for users of, so they know how to add a glass orb effect to their images.

Paint.Net -Rain- by katana-mistress
-Basically made it because ~RinAK212 asked me how I make rain and beause it would be to hard to explain it, and i was didnt feel like looking for a tutorial on Youtube, i made a tutorial!

Green house flower Tutorial by 0-ASH-0
-Tutorial on my Green House Flower using Paint.NET.

Dark Stamp Template:+Tutorial:
by XxRandomXBoredomxX
-Click 'Download' for the .ZIP folder, this is -NOT- a stamp, It's Stamp-Template

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MicrowavedBabie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do i upload a thing? it doesnt work when i try to...
YukiSenmatsu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Student General Artist
Found the flower tutorial helpful.

Thanks very much :)
camorus----234 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello good users, I have recently had to get a new laptop and won't load up. The thing is, I've had to work with gimp, however I have pdn files that need changing to pngs. Can anyone possibly change these files to pngs?
debellischew Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
thanks for your details tutorial. it is very useful. I got Mac and would like to use for mac. So I found this for Mac Alternative
Joyesh708 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
leorai2000 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
CURSE YOU! i have it
cyclone8462 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is what I need. Thank the lord this exists!
Dolly-Belladonna Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally :D
boregarde Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I need help !
how to make a half transparent glowing ghost in ?
Sneshneeorfa Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Use the glow and outlines plugins, click on the layer itself to mess with the transparency, and Voila! A ghost! 
boregarde Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Yay Thanks it works
My ghost is cool  
MGKopies15 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Can you make a DeviantART Emote's using the Software Paint?
LordTchernobog Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use this program for a long time, but maybe I'll found something new about it :)
PonyGalz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
All I really need to know is how you post them
mkoch99 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
nvm I think I figured it out.
Chronological-Rising Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Please tell me how. 
mkoch99 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
change it to .jpg
Chronological-Rising Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you
mkoch99 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
O///W//O .........XD
Chronological-Rising Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No homo bro .O.
mkoch99 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Chronological-Rising Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
.O. Srry
mkoch99 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
um do you know how to upload files to DA? I'm trying to upload something and it won't let me.
PonyGalz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
I need help on that too
mkoch99 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
change thing to .jpg it works
PonyGalz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
How do you do that?????
mkoch99 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
when you hit save its under the name thing.......its not easy to explain
Creepy-twins-pix Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey I tried it but it just comes up with no image… any help? I did what you said .-.
mkoch99 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
sorry by this point i cant really explain
Creepy-twins-pix Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I also use a mac sooooo...
PonyGalz Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Okay I will find it! Thanks for telling me! I really appreciate it~
GhosthogPhantazia Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I used Paint.NET but I barely even know how to use it. This could help.
Bestesy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful, thanks! :D
Phoneix14 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
When I upload things on DA from the preview pic doesn't show up, I was wondering if you might know why? :( Any help will be gladly accepted
LarayaDracomshu Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use to use a program that would let me draw over the drawing without using an ink tool or another layer. I would almost seem like the paint tool is going under the drawing and leaving it looking something like this [link] , it has the nice gritty pencil sketch right under the color and I want to see how I can do that with SAI and (just in case) Gimp.
ShinyTehWolf Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
i have been trying to post my artwork made with but it says i need a preview image once im ready to post it do you know how to make a preview image?
thanks for your help
v1k0s Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Maybe it's because you saved the file as ".PDN", try to save it as ".PNG" or ".JPG". Click "File/Save As.../" than select the image file format. :)
ShinyTehWolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
thanks so much ^^
horserider10 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:icontabster123plz: :D Is there one about flowers?
tabster123 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
WOW!!! O.o tis is such a awesome pack of tutorials ill try to look at all of the tutorials. ALL OF THEM! oh is there one on how to change sin color? like i want to get a picture of a person and change the skin color to grey is there one on this list or can anyone give me a link to a tutorial like it?
pippa9 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
This is excellent, thank you so much for all your hard work and understanding. Were would we be without people like you.
I don't know if i missed it while scrolling down your work but can you tell me if its possible to add a pattern inside a scallop frame in without going over the edges.
would love to know.
please keep the tuts coming....amazing.
pippa x
torikita Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, thank you SO much for listing all these! I thought I knew enough, but it appears that I still have much to learn! C:
Mirn-Designs Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh glob. Been using this for a very long time. Now I've decided to look tutorials up for this. xD
Blasphemer88 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I've been looking for something like this. Thanx!
iswhatitis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
SQuietSonamy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those were helpfull for the lineart and coloring. Do you know if there's a tutorial for leaves?
patternmaker Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
I will have a look at these, thank you so much for sharing!!!
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Helpful :D
Tessa1234 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Is it possiable to make a tutorial on how to make an aniamted icon on Paint.NET? I really want one (I didnt look at everything here yet) and I'm pretty sure there wasn't one on your tutorials. Please reply!

makit40 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student Artist
where i want the blood ettect on the shirt [link]
so if you have a link two the blood ettect on here that i didnt see please comment back C:
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