This application simplifies locating Paint.NET plugins by searching the Plugin Index. The app was originally built by Matthew Wright (SodiumEnglish) and is maintained by he and Scott Stringer (Ego Eram Reputo). Updates are published monthly, usually around the first of the month. Usage: use the sidebar to enter search terms and filter the results.
1px Expansion 26 Oct 2009 dpy
Expands areas of color by one pixel. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort pxEexpansion.dll
Library of algorithms used in various emulators (VirtualGB, Mame, DOSBox, SNES9x, ZSNES, etc,). Also known as Pixel Art Scaling Plugin.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools 2dImageFilter-r133.dll
Two plugins which take current image as a height map & shines a light on it, returning the intensity of reflected rays as another image (similar to Emboss).
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Stylize Diffuse.dll, Specular.dll
Wrap the canvas around a box, torus or topographical graph (with custom equation). Preview is used to drag and rotate shape. Found in Evan's Effects. See also: #13003
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render EOEffects.dll
AA's Assistant 26 Oct 2009 dpy
Used to soften the edges of an object in order to blend it with a background. Object must be surrounded by transparent pixels to find the edges.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object AA's_Assistant.dll
Tiles an image with choices for reflected and brick tiling, rotation and perspective distortions
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Aardvark.dll
Add Depth 18 Aug 2011 maccas
Two plugins which add (the appearance of) depth to a 2D shape on a transparent layer. Add Depth adds an apparent thickness by adding a 'trail'. Offset Shadow is a displacement plugin for moving a shadow after it's been created.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Add Depth.dll, Offset Shadow.dll
Add Noise + 14 Sep 2007 MadJik
Adds digital 'noise' to a selection. Included in the native 'Add Noise' effect. Note: forum thread no longer exists.
Effect Integrated 3.5.10 Effects > Noise N/A
Removed by author due to possible copyright abuses. Note: forum thread no longer exists.
Effect Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
Recolors every pixel a different amount based on how similar it is to the secondary color. Also known as Advanced Recoloring.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color advcolorrep.dll
Desaturates an image to grayscale. RGB channel bias is individually configurable. Found in Illnab1024's Plugins See also: #8677
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo illnabPlugins.dll
Rotate an image or selection from the center with options on how the devoid pixels will be treated (clamp, wrap, mirror, Primary Color, Secondary color, untouched). Found in Stu's Effects. See also: #17732
Adjustment Active 3.5.10 Adjustments > AdvancedRotate.dll
Effects: Apply Color, Cartoonize, Color Switch, Clarifaction+, InkSketch+, Posterize+, Quick Gravity & Vibration
Plugin Pack Active Untested N/A N/A
Alias 19 May 2008 Mike Ryan
Removes antialiasing. Useful prior to feathering. Found in Mike Ryan's Plugins See also: #11645
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Alias.dll
Align Object 25 May 2007 moc426
Align an object on a transparent layer to the corners, sides or center of the layer or selection. A newer version with it's own submenu is available as part of KrisVDM's Plugin Pack See also: #8375
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > AlignPlugin.dll
Align Object 11 Dec 2017 xod
Align an object within the layer. Options to align vertically (Top, Center & Bottom) and horizontally (Left, Center & Right), or both simultaneously.
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Object Align Object.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Iterates through a given folder, opening each image with paint.net and applying a ScriptLab script before saving the image again. Requires ScriptLab be installed.
External Resource Unsupported 3.5.11 not 4.0 N/A BatchProcessAutomater.exe
Allows you to open and save file in 32-bit bitmap. You must rename the file to *.bmpx (to avoid conflict with the existing PDN's BMP handler). If you try to open non-BMP files, you should receive an error (24bpp bitmaps are loaded correctly)
Filetype Active Untested N/A BMP32 paint.net FileType.dll
Alpha Blur v2 05 Mar 2012 Tanel
Updated version of Alpha Blur, this effect performs a Gaussian blur on alpha channel (transparency). Useful for fading / blending irregular shapes. V2 has enhanced performance & option to shift blur. Found in Tanel's Photo and Color Plugins See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs AlphaBlur.dll
Blur or sharpen the Alpha channel. Found in Stu's Effects. See also: #17732
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > AlphaContrast.dll
Alpha Levels 10 Sep 2018 redflux
Like posterize but for alpha channel. Limits the amount of steps in the alpha channel.
Adjustment Active 4.1+ Adjustments > alphalevels.dll
Alpha map 31 Dec 2008 Boude
Convert color to transparency & vice versa.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > AlphaMap2.dll
Alpha Mask 09 Mar 2008 Illnab1024
Turn an image into an alpha mask. If the image has color, it is converted to greyscale. Updated to add clipboard functionality. Found in Illnab1024's Plugins See also: #8677
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object illnabPlugins.dll
Turn an image into an alpha mask. If the image has color, it is converted to greyscale. Updated to add clipboard functionality. Appears to be a later version than the one contained in Illnab1024's Plugins See also: #8677
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object AlphaMask.dll
Alpha to 0 26 Oct 2009 dpy
Set the alpha channel to zero (transparent). Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Alpha_to_0.dll
Alpha to 255 26 Oct 2009 dpy
Set the alpha channel to 255 (opaque). Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Alpha_to_255.dll
Alpha to Dots 19 Oct 2012 davidf
Resets alpha values in the image to 0 or 255, based on the original alpha value. The result is a 'dotty' transition instead of a blended one (imagine old newspaper images)
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic AlphaToDots.dll
Pixels below the lower limit get alpha set to 0 (fully transparent). Pixels above the upper limit get alpha set to 255 (fully opaque). Pixels in between get alpha between 0 and 255 depending on their brightness.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Alpha Transform.dll
Superseded by a later release: See Alpha Transform 1.1 See also: #16195
Effect Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
Allows manipulation of transparency (Alpha) in a layer which already has a range of alpha values. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Transparency Alpha Threshold.dll
Alphalizer 18 Nov 2014 Rider01
Changes the image's alpha channel based on the original pixel colors, modified using the selected method.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Object Alphalizer.dll
Draw an alpha mask directly onto an image. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Effects > Tools AlphaMaskBrush.dll
AlphaSpace 12 Dec 2008 MaR-V-iN
Converts a white/black background into transparency. Recognizes shadows and makes them semi-transparent.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > AlphaSpace.dll
Saves layers as individual files in PNG, BMP, GIF or JPEG format. Released as Zip Archive Filetype See also: #31996
Filetype Depreciated 4.0+ N/A ImZip.FileType.dll
AmigaIcon 03 Apr 2014 Connect 9600
Load and save Amiga (.info) files. To use, copy AmigaIcon.dll and AmigaIcon.palettes to the paint.net FileTypes folder.
Filetype Active Untested N/A AmigaIcon.dll & AmigaIcon.palettes
Anaglyphs 04 Oct 2009 Itso
Creations of anaglyphs (3D stereo pictures).
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Anaglyph Anaglyph.dll
Angled Gradient 19 nov 2016 MJW
Draws a gradient in the active layer / selection at the specified angle
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render Angled Gradient.dll
Animal Texture 23 Aug 2017 MadJik
Creates textures which look like faux animal skins. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Texture Animal.dll
Open and save animated GIFs & PNGs, one frame into each layer. Found in Simon Brown's Plugin Pack. See also: #15218
Filetype Active 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A AnimGIF.dll
Allows you to view any sequence of animations within a sprite sheet.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Animation AnimationEffect.dll
Support for loading RAW files. No longer supported or available for download.
Filetype Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
Use to smooth edges, keeping them clear, not blurred.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Anti-Alias by jsonchiu.dll
Apply a filter to recolor or tint an image. Found in Ahmed's Plugin Pack See also: #25275
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Apply Color.dll
Apply Texture 14 Aug 2010 niwax
Applies a texture to any selected object, saving the brightness.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Apply Texture.dll
Export an image to a .h file that can be included into Arduino Sketch. The image is exported as a PROGMEM data structure for use with the NeoPixelBus Arduino library.
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A ArduinoProgmemNeoPixelFileType.dll
ArgusMagnus' plugin pack: Unblend, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT/IFFT), High/Low/Band Pass Filter, Edge Detect+, Barcode & App Icon Set
Plugin Pack Active 4.1+ N/A N/A
Arrow 06 Feb 2007 BoltBait
Effect is now included in paint.net from version 3.07+
Effect Integrated Untested Effects > Render Arrows.dll
ArtyThing 03 Feb 2016 Red Ochre
Imitates various artistic media by using the 'tone gradient' (i.e. edges) of an image to generate extra artistic strokes. Output can range from oil painting effects to pencil sketches, crayons, pastels watercolors and more.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Artistic ArtyThing.dll
ASCII Art 11 Feb 2008 Simon Brown
Obsolete, use: Another ASCII Art File Type Plugin. See also: #8646
Filetype Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
ASCII art generator. Transform your image into an ascii art masterpiece!
Filetype Active 3.5.10 N/A AsciiArtFileType.dll
Numerous color & distort effects: Asmageddon_Alpha works, Asmageddon_Channel multiplier, Asmageddon_Channel_Shift, Asmageddon_Channel_Works_Plus, Asmageddon_Color_Percentage_Plus, Asmageddon_From P to S Grey, Asmageddon_From P to S, Asmageddon_HSV inversion, Asmageddon_Hue Channeling multiply, Asmageddon_Hue Red Psychodelic, Asmageddon_Image coder, Asmageddon_Inverto_pushing, Asmageddon_Inverto_pushing_Caleidoscope, Asmageddon_Inverto_pushing_plus, Asmageddon_Multiplo uniqua, Asmageddon_PS Mega, Asmageddon_PS Only, Asmageddon_Pseudo water, Asmageddon_Quadro disorter B, Asmageddon_Quadro disorter, Asmageddon_Render-Border, Asmageddon_Render-Quadro bumperoo, Asmageddon_Render-Quadro inverto, Asmageddon_Render-Quadro sharper, Asmageddon_RGB tricks, Asmageddon_Strange Bulger B, Asmageddon_Strange Bulger, Asmageddon_Strange_Bulger Kaleidoscope.
Plugin Pack Active Untested N/A N/A
Enhance or reduce Alpha channel. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Alpha works.dll
Enhance colorization by multiplying the RGB color channels by a factor of up to 20. Multiplication is quirky to say the least. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Channel multiplier.dll
Selectively move an RGB, Alpha or All color channel a number of pixels in X or Y directions. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Channel_Shift.dll
Enhance or reduce the color information in an RGB, Alpha or combined RGB color channel. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Channel_Works_Plus.dll
Alter the R, G or B color channels by percentage. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Color_Percentage_Plus.dll
Assumed to shift the specified color channel(s) in some way between Primary and Secondary colors. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_From P to S.dll
Assumed to shift the specified color channel(s) in some way between Primary and Secondary colors. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_From P to S Grey.dll
Think three checkboxes to invert the Hues, Saturation and Value. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_HSV inversion.dll
Red, Green & Blue channel multiplier. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Hue Channeling multiply.dll
Change the Red in an image to another Hue. Red channel only. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Hue Red Psychodelic.dll
Turn an image into heavily distorted pattern. No decoder or author provided description of algorithm. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Image coder.dll
Basic image warping by 'pushing' the image from its center toward one of the corners. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Inverto_pushing.dll
Similar to Asmageddon_Inverto_pushing with the addition of kaleidoscopic duplicates. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Inverto_pushing_Caleidoscope.dll
As for Asmageddon_Inverto_pushing with the additional option to tile the image across the canvas. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Inverto_pushing_plus.dll
Apparently another channel multiplier. Author: 'makes strange colors?'. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Multiplo uniqua.dll
A previous version of From P to S. Yields some interesting greyscale results. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_PS Mega.dll
Recolors image to Primary and Secondary colors (only). Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_PS Only.dll
Breaks image into sharp pieces and scatters them. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Quadro disorter.dll
Breaks image into sharp pieces and scatters them. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Quadro disorter B.dll
Renders a strange Primary colored border not unlike a raindrop covered window. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Render-Border.dll
Greyscale distortion/patterning effect. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Render-Quadro bumperoo.dll
More greyscale distortion/patterning effects. Reminiscent of Sierpinksi triangles. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Render-Quadro inverto.dll
Still more greyscale distortion/patterning effects. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Render-Quadro sharper.dll
Mirror or invert the RGB channels. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_RGB tricks.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Effect generates an error. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Strange Bulger.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Effect generates an error. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Obsolete 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Strange Bulger B.dll
Tiles image with mirroring in horizontal and vertical axes. Somewhat settings are similar to Polar Inversion type transformations. Found in Asmageddon Tools Pack See also: #6845
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Asmageddon Tools Asmageddon_Strange_Bulger Kaleidoscope.dll
Fills the layer or selection with grains (circles) in three colors Orange (25%), Green (40%) and Purple (35%). The first few grains are first placed on the central canvas. Subsequent grains are distance checked with other grains to obtain the maximum radius possible without overlaying any other grain. All grains could be contiguous. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Texture AutoChrome.dll
AutoChroma 09 Dec 2007 MadJik
Generates fill or unfilled circles. Has preview issues. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Artistic AutoChrome.dll
Autochrome is a technique to recolor photos using colored grain or noise. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Noise AutoChromeNoise.dll
Average Blur 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Blur which averages all pixels within a certain radius. Each pixel counts as much as any other. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Blurs Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Blurs.dll &Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Averages the color of a selection with regard to human perception of color.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color AverageColorHSL.dll
Averages the color over a selection.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > AverageSelectionColor.dll
Edge blur. Samples colors at the edge of an 8-way circle and returns the average.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs AverageEdgeBlur.dll
Averages the colors of objects.
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Object Average Object Color.dll
Update of Average Edge Blur by Cookies. Recolors each pixel based on the average of the surrounding pixels (within the selected radius). Allows blurring by individual color channel, and combinations of color channels. Multiple non-standard blend modes included. See also: #20542
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Blurs AveragedColorBlur.dll
Allows paint.net to open an AVI (movie) file and choose which frame to open as an image. Files should be supported by the Windows AVI library. NB not all video files will work.
Filetype Unsupported Untested N/A AviFile.dll & AVIImport.dll
Barcode 22 Feb 2015 toe_head2001
A re-release of [member=sepcot]'s Barcode plugin. This version adds new features and fixes some bugs. Barcode formats: Code 39, Code 39 mod 43, Full ASCII code 39 and POSTNET.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render Barcode.dll
Recompiled version of the original Barcode plugin. This generate barcodes from user input. Supports Code 39, Code 39 Mod 43, Full ascii code 39 and Postnet.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Barcode.dll
Barcode Plugin 16 Mar 2007 Sepcot
Generate barcodes from user input. Original has been recompiled by [member=eladkarako] and rereleased under the same name. This version is therefore flagged as depreciated. See also: #26013
Effect Depreciated 3.5.10 Effects > Barcode.dll
Bars 01 Jun 2007 MadJik
Generate colored bars from a border of the image with a random length. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Bars.dll
Loads and saves Base64 encoded images. Only BMP and PNG format images can be saved. The format of the text file is UTF8.
Filetype Active Untested N/A Base64FileType.dll
Reduces aliasing of an object which borders transparent pixels without altering the sharpness of the edge. No configurable options hence no dialog appears when the effect is run.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object BasicAntialias11.dll
Used to make outlines that reduce the data needed to analyze an image, deducing areas of interest, and enabling the use of many interesting edge-based effects.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Stylize Basic_Edge_Detector.dll
Performs basic morphologic operations: dilate and erode. Dilatation is a simple way to remove scratches and noise from a uniform background. Erode is similar to the Median Blur effect.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize Morphologic.dll
Color and tone enhancement tools (levels, curves) in a simple intuitive package. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo BasicPhotoAdjustments.dll
[i]Removed by Rick Brewster[/i]. Prototype batch processor. Forum thread no longer exists.
External Resource Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
Superseded by a later release. Forum thread no longer exists.
External Resource Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
Bevel Object 21 Jul 2015 BoltBait
Works just like BoltBait's Bevel Selection; simulates depth by adding an emboss type highlight and shadowing to an object. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Object ObjectTools.dll
Applies a bevelled edge to parts of an image or selection. Renamed from Bevel Object March 2016
Effect Unsupported 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Bevel_v1.4.0.0.dll
Adds a bevelled effect to the edges of a selection with contrasting highlight and shadowing colors faking a lighting effect. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection SelectionTools.dll
Bezncurve 22 May 2013 Red Ochre
Render open and closed curves with 6 control points.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Render Bezncurve.dll
This blur is a Gaussian blur with the ability to separately modify the horizontal and vertical direction. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Blurs Bidirectional Blur.dll
Bilateral Filter 10 Feb 2012 smax
Edge preserving noise reduction and blur. Crashes paint.net. Requires user to run MSI installer which installs the effect and creates a sub-folder /ru to house resources (Bilateral.resources.dll and Bilateral.resources.dll.VisualState.xml).
Effect Obsolete 3.5.10 Effects > Blurs Bilateral.dll
Creates abstract art using a technique which effectively duplicates the layer, flips it horizontally and vertically, then sets it to negation.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Bizarro-Negation.dll
Black and Alpha+ 09 Feb 2009 dpy
Changes an image into black and white, and changes brightness into transparency. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > BlackandAlpha+.dll
Convert image to black and white (greyscale), with many options for setting white/black level, tone & contrast, color & tint. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Photo Black and White Converter.dll
Provides three different algorithms to convert a color image into a black-and-white image. Also provides Brightness & Contrast adjustments. Source code provided. Part of BoltBait's plugin pack. See also: #113220
Adjustment Active 4.1+ Effects > BandWPlus.dll
Black and White+ 26 Jan 2017 MJW
Adjustment which converts an image to black and white with the option of specifying the weight of each color channel.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > BlackAndWhite+.dll
Blend Seams 31 Dec 2015 DataDink
Attempts to smooth out the edges of a texture in order to make the texture tile seamlessly.
Effect Active 4.0.8+ Effects > Render BlendSeams.dll
[Superseded] Apply a host of new blend modes: Normal, Average, Blue, Color, Cyan, Divide, Exclusion, Grain Extract, Grain Merge, Green, Hard Light, Hard Mix, Hue, Linear Burn, Linear Dodge, Linear Light, Luminosity, Magenta, Maximum, Minimum, Phoenix, Pin Light, Red.
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools BlendModesPlus.dll
Updated version of APShredder's original. Apply a host of new blend modes: Normal, Average, Blue, Color, Cyan, Divide, Exclusion, Grain Extract, Grain Merge, Green, Hard Light, Hard Mix, Hue, Linear Burn, Linear Dodge, Linear Light, Luminosity, Magenta, Maximum, Minimum, Phoenix, Pin Light, Red. Source code available.
Effect Active 4.1+ Effects > Tools BlendModesPlus.dll
File support for loading Blizzard Picture files (*.blp). Requires [url=http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a5c84275-3b97-4ab7-a40d-3802b2af5fc2]Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package[/url].
Filetype Active Untested N/A Blp.dll
Remove green screen / blue screen (background) from an image. Note: semi-broken
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Effects > Object SR.dll
Blur Fill 29 Aug 2015 toe_head2001
Fills transparent areas of the canvas with a scaled copy of an object within the layer. The height vs. width ratio is fixed.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Fill BlurFill.dll
Blur Map 31 Jan 2008 Curtis
Incompatible with 4.0x. Blur the image by the value taken from the map image. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Blurs CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Blurs the edge of a selection. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Selection SelectionTools.dll
Quickly and easily make internet memes by overlayng text with the correct styling. Separate DLL available (3.5.11) or found in BoltBait's plugin pack (4.0.6+) See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo MemeMaker.dll
Effects: Color Balance, Transparency, Flip (Horizontal or Vertical), Dream, Pastel, Gaussian Blur Plus, Feather, OldFeather, Outline, Paste Alpha, Switch Alpha to Gray, Switch Gray to Alpha, Combined Adjustments, Sharpen Landscape, Polygon/Stars, Flames, Bevel Selection, Blur Selection edge, Feather selection, Outline Selection, Object Inner Shadow.
Plugin Pack Depreciated 3.5.11 N/A N/A
Use BoltBait's Plugin Pack for v4.0.6+ instead.
Plugin Pack Obsolete 4.0+ N/A N/A
Effects: Color Balance, Hue/Saturation+, Temperature/Tint, Transparency, Flip (Horizontal or Vertical), Dream, Oil Painting+, Pastel, Gaussian Blur Plus, Fill from Clipboard, Fill from File, Bevel Object, Feather, Inner Shadow, Object Shadow, OldFeather, Outline, Paste Alpha, Switch Alpha to Gray, Switch Gray to Alpha, Combined Adjustments, Level Horizon, Remove Dust, Sharpen Landscape, Seam Carving (Horizontal/Vertical), Vignette+, Polygon/Stars, Flames, Gradients, Gird/Checkerboard, Bevel Selection, Blur Selection Edge, Feather Selection, Inner Shadow Selection, Outline Selection, Floyd-Steinberg Dithering. One palette file and 45 Shapes included. Plugin pack comes with it's own exe installer.
Plugin Pack Obsolete 4.0.6+ N/A N/A
Effects: Color Balance, Hue/Saturation+, Temperature/Tint, Transparency, Flip (Horizontal or Vertical), Dream, Oil Painting+, Pastel, Gaussian Blur Plus, Fill from Clipboard, Fill from File, Bevel Object, Feather, Inner Shadow, Object Shadow, OldFeather, Outline, Paste Alpha, Switch Alpha to Gray, Switch Gray to Alpha, Combined Adjustments, Level Horizon, Remove Dust, Sharpen Landscape, Seam Carving (Horizontal/Vertical), Vignette+, Polygon/Stars, Flames, Gradients, Gird/Checkerboard, Bevel Selection, Blur Selection Edge, Feather Selection, Inner Shadow Selection, Outline Selection, Floyd-Steinberg Dithering. One palette file and 45 Shapes included. Plugin pack comes with it's own exe installer.
Plugin Pack Active 4.1+ N/A N/A
Effect calculates a line through your photograph with the least amount of changes and deletes that line shifting all pixels over to fill the gap. This is often called 'content aware resizing'. See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Photo SeamCarving.dll
Draw a border around image or selection with your primary color.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Render Border.dll
Draws a variety of borders and shapes. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Borders N' Shapes.dll
BoxFitting 15 Nov 2016 NomBot
Recomposes an image by reassembling it from squares in many sizes which take their color from the original image.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Artistic boxfitting.dll
Bricks 11 Feb 2008 jchunn
Creates brick patterns with mortar. Found in Jesse Chunn Plugin Pack. See also: #8408
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Render jchunn.dll (also contains others)
Turns Brightness (or Darkness) into pure transparent goodness! Found in Mike Ryan's Plugins. Topic is locked by request: use Color to Alpha instead. See also: #11645
Effect Obsolete 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color RemoveBrightDark.dll
Import and use dynamic brushes with custom shapes as drawing tools. Imagine the paint brush with different tips available at your selection. Use it to create textures, or stamp out objects like grass, trees and buildings. It can be used like a spray can or be used to draw symmetrically.
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Tools BrushFactory.dll
Apply paint.net Adjustments and Effects with a brush. Select an effect, a brush, brush behavior and draw to apply the effect (imagine painting where the strokes reveal the filtered image). Supports dynamic brushes and custom brushes.
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Tools BrushFilter.dll
Bullet 21 Sep 2008 Simon Brown
No longer supported: renders bullet holes in your image.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Effects > Render Bullet.dll
Surrounds the image with an edging selected from a number of patterns, spacing & color. Found in toe_head2001's Plugin Pack See also: #109944
Effect Active 4.0.10+ Effects > Render BulletinBoardTrim.dll
Buttons 11 Feb 2009 MadJik
Create beautiful colored buttons with or without text & symbols. Now with border width & text AA. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Boutons.dll
Plugin to assist with the creation of book folding patterns. Output is saved to an Excel workbook. Controls are in French.
Effect Active 4.0.8+ Effects > Render PatronLivre.dll
Render a single month calendar to the canvas. See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Render Calendar.dll
Callicolour 30 Jul 2014 Red Ochre
Create beautiful colored ribbons by setting four control points. Many coloring options.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines Callicolour.dll
Correct the barrel or pincushion distortions in digital photos. AKA Lens Distortion
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo kb_lens.dll
Automates the process of creating repeat brush strokes for Custom Brushes plugin. Removed by author.
Effect Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
Applies dithering to simplify color differences and turn photos into cartoons. Found in Ahmed's Plugin Pack See also: #25275
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Cartoonize.dll
Cell Texture 26 Oct 2012 davidf
Produces a myriad of neighboring 'cells'. Hugely configurable.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render CellTexture.dll
Renders x,y sized cells whose edges are entirely within a given selection. Use CellMaker Rev (the improved version). This legacy version can be found in EER's Plugin Pack See also: #17292
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render CellMaker.dll
CellMaker Rev 06 Dec 2009 zoonel
Improved Cellmaker plugin with more options.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render CellMakerRev.dll
Modify the color channels of the darkest or lightest colors in an image. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Color ChangeExtremeColors.dll
Channel Mask 31 Jan 2008 Curtis
Incompatible with 4.0x. Similar to Alpha Mask but has more control over which channels to apply the mask to, and which channels to create the mask from. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Object CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Mix the Red, Green, and Blue channels separately as you convert an image to greyscale. Also known as Advanced Greyscale. Found in Illnab1024's Plugins. See also: #8677
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > AdvGrey.dll
Perform a number of operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division etc…, on a selected red, green, blue, hue, saturation, value, or alpha channel (or rgb or hsv all at once). Channel swapping is also supported.
Adjustment Active 4.0+ Adjustments > Channel_Ops.dll
Modify colors by channel (Red, Green Blue & Alpha). Formerly InvertColours+. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Adjustment Unsupported 3.5.10 Adjustments > Channels.dll
Adjust the white balance of a picture based on the white and black patch a standard color chart in the scene.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Photo ChartWhiteBalance.dll
Checkboard 05 Feb 2009 Simon Brown
Draws a checkerboard pattern similar to the one used by paint.net to show transparency.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Checkboard.dll
Draws chessboard and position from scratch or by parsing a FEN string. Requires the Chess Merida font be installed. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render ChessFEN.dll
Chop the current layer into tiles and save them to individual files in a range of formats (including option to ZIP). Four files are required: 2 in /Effects and 2 in the paint.net installation folder.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Tools ChopUp.dll & ChopUp.dlc (/Effects). OptionBasedLibrary vY.Y.dll & OptionBasedLibrary vY.Y.dlc (paint.net installation folder)
For removing the green background from an image. Updated to include Blue.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo ChromaKeyPlugin.dll
Pair of plugins which allow for the removal of solid backgrounds from images. Simple Green Screen works with green or blue backgrounds, Simple Chroma Key with any color background.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Photo CK_Plugin.dll and GS_Plugin.dll
Creates a circular fractal similar to a stylized snowflake. See post #16 in the thread for 3.5x version.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render circleFractal2.dll
Circle Text 28 Sep 2009 dpy
Writes text into a circle, or on an angle. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Text Formations CircleText.dll
Circular Text 07 Sep 2018 xod
Render text as if it was printed in a circle of constant radius.
Effect Active 4.1+ Effects > Text Formations CircularText.dll
Enhance detail in a photograph by adjusting the detail and saturation. Found in Ahmed's Plugin Pack See also: #25275
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo Clarifaction+.dll
ClipDisplace 13 Oct 2015 Red Ochre
Uses the tone of an image held in the clipboard to distort the current layer.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort ClipDisplaceAA.dll (or ClipDisplace3_5_11.dll for pdn 3.5).
Clipwarp 07 Jan 2013 Red Ochre
Deforms a clipboard image 'around' an object. Useful for creating glass and metallic effects.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools ClipWarp.dll
ClipWarpNew 15 Dec 2013 Red Ochre
A new version of the Clipwarp plugin (this has a simpler interface). Use it to mimic glass, create metallic distortions. Has smoothing and some fun colouring options.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools ClipWarpNew.dll
Clock Plugin 15 Jan 2017 xod
Render a circular clock face. Many configurable options in very tall dialog.
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Render Clock.dll (plus two TTF files)
Clouds Plugin 13 Sep 2006 Sepcot
Creates cloud like effects using the Perlin Noise routine.
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > CloudEffect.dll
An effect used to get rid of random ink blots on scanned pages. There are two modes; one builds clusters of pixels outside tolerance of the secondary color, the other builds clusters of pixels within tolerance of the primary color. If the cluster is within the size threshold, it is painted over with the secondary color.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Noise ClusterClearEffect.dll
CMY Ghost 28 May 2013 TechnoRobbo
Distorts the colors in a similar manner to Adjustments > Invert Colors, or the Psychocolor or Psychedelic plugins. Options include tweaking the colors with respect to Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Alpha.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color CMY Ghost.dll
Cobweb 1 Nov 2013 Red Ochre
Randomly renders tangents to the 'tone gradient' in the layer/selection. Best applied to an image with smooth tone gradients (i.e. use a low radius blur first).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Cobweb.dll
CodeLab v1.8 (paint.net 3.5.11) and v2.22 (paint.net 4.0.6+) recompiled in Russian.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Advanced CodeLab.dll
Internal tool for creating your own plugins. Developed by [member=BoltBait] and [member=toe_head2001]. Version 3.5 released February 25 2018. Extensive documentation is available online. A Russian language version of CodeLab is made available by [member=ReMake], see http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/29995-codelab-in-russian
Effect Active 4.1+ Effects > Advanced CodeLab.dll
Allows you to move separately RGB channels in % or in pixels. It could be a used to create 3D pictures. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active Untested Effects > Color coloraberation.dll
Color Accent 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Retint an image towards greyscale using the specified hue to control the recoloring. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.ColorAccent.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Color Balance 17 Jan 2007 BoltBait
Easy color correcting or tinting effect. See also: #113220
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > ColorBalance.dll
Add more color or darken/lighten the image.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Color Balance Mix.dll
Color Balance+ 17 Aug 2009 dpy
Enhanced color balance with Highlight, Shadow & Mid Tonal adjustments. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > dpyColorBalance.dll
RGBA channel mixer with addition and scaling.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Photo PDNAlphaAdj.dll
Color Clearer 07 Jun 2016 MJW
Makes the target color to transparent and alters remaining colors to remove the target color so that Normal Blending a layer filled with the target color reproduces the original image. For 3.5.11 compatible version see post #7 in the thread.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color ColorClearer.dll
Counts the number of colors (or number of times a color is used) in an image.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Photo ColorCount.dll
Color Cut 21 Dec 2015 DataDink
Removes the secondary color to create a cut out with blended, non-jagged edges. Color Threshold alters the color, Shade Threshold alters shade and Alpha Falloff controls the 'hardness' of the effect.
Effect Active 4.0.8+ Effects > Color ColorCut.dll
Color Dimmer 08 Oct 2012 Xhin
Dims the individual RGB channels.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Color Dimmer.dll
Color Filter 10 Sep 2006 Ed Harvey
Apply a colored filter with options to configure Hue, Density and Preserve Highlights. Found in Ed Harvey Effects v3.5 See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll
Quickly apply a color change to the image by clicking on one of many recolored thumbnails. Also known as Color Channel Flip/Rotate. Found in Ed Harvey Effects v3.5 See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll
Easily create harmonious palettes or variants derived from a base color.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools ColorHarmonies.Effect.dll & *.dlc (paint.net/Effects/), OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dll & *.dlc (paint.net/ folder).
Colors gray areas in a picture where colors are only known in few parts of the picture.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Color BaseUtility.dll, PdnColorInpaintingFilter.dll & PdnManualColorFilter.dll
Boost the colors in an image
Effect New 4.1+ Effects > Color ColorIntensifier.dll
Uses an existing image as a color template to recolor your image. Works best on photos. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Color Match.dll
Transform pixels under selection in the active layer using a transformation matrix to manipulate the individual RGBA channels. Many predefined matrices are included as well as the ability to save your own.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments >  ColorMatrix.Effect.dll & ColorMatrix.Effect.dlc (/Effects/), OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dll & OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dlc (/paint.net)
Color Mixer v1.2 06 May 2008 Tanel
Make fine color adjustments with values for Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Magenta & Base. Selectively apply to shadows, midtones or highlights. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > ColorMixer.dll
Color Modulo 09 Dec 2007 MadJik
Creates a highly colored and configurable banded multiple gradient. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Texture ColorModulo.dll
Originally a tool created to find out how a picture is distorted/transformed by over effects (useful with Shape 3D). Uses the color channels to create a variation (modulo) from the ranges of the sliders (mini – maxi). Red is a modulo on the x-axis, green is on the y-axis, blue is oblique. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Texture ColorModulo.dll
This plugin allows you to create a mask by isolating a color subset of the original image. Colors outside of the target range will be set to transparent. Useful for selecting objects in the image by color. Also available in Russian. Based in part on the Color Target plugin by rwp80.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color ColorRange_en.dll or ColorRange_ru.dll
Color Replace 18 Feb 2008 jchunn
Color filter with the ability to fine tune the color and alpha channels.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > jchunn.dll (also contains others)
Convert all pixels in the current selection from one color to another. For a pdn 3.5 compatible version see post #13.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Replace Colors.dll
Color Sketch 18 Feb 2016 ReMake
Reinterprets an image as if it had been sketched with color pencils. Plugin is the result of a full CodeLab tutorial. Available in Russian.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic ColorSketch_en.dll or ColorSketch_ru.dll
Color Stretch 10 Jul 2008 rwp80
Color Stretch v1.0 stretch color values of pixels within specified threshold limits. Found in Color Target Plugin Pack See also: #10729
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color ColorStretchV10.dll
Color Target 10 Jul 2008 rwp80
Color Target v1.3 retains pixels of a similar color and brightness, all other pixels are made transparent. Found in Color Target Plugin Pack See also: #10729
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color ColorTargetV13.dll
Effects: Color Target, Color Stretch & Target Panel
Plugin Pack Active Untested N/A N/A
Color Tint 10 Sep 2006 Ed Harvey
Apply a color tint to the image. Options: Hue & Tint amount. Found in Ed Harvey Effects v3.5 See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll
Adjust the alpha level of your selected color while similar colors are adjusted as well. Has known bugs. Alternative: Tanel's Color to Alpha See also: #7767
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color coltoalphaadv.dll
Extracts a color range from image, by leaving pixels of selected color opaque and making the rest transparent. Only alpha values are altered, color remains intact. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color ColorToAlpha.dll
Used for color correction in photographs when too much of a particular color is present. Removes a defined range of a particular color allowing for more vibrant colors to be displayed. Found in Mike Ryan's Plugins See also: #11645
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color ColorTrimming.dll
Color Zoom Blur 11 Jul 2010 MadJik
Based on the zoom blur effect, but you are able to handle the color channels separately. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs ColorZoomBlur.dll
ColorExchange 11 Sep 2013 metobi
Exchange one color channel for another.
Effect Active 3.5.11 Effects > Color ColorExchange.dll
Colour Chop 14 Aug 2010 n d
Similar to other colour cutting effects, but this creates a smoother transition from transparent <-> opaque
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > colourchop3.dll
Colour Distort 04 Oct 2009 Anaco
Subtracts the red blue green by x+y or x-y or x*y depending on the option you select and then divides it by the amount you specified.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Colour Distort.dll
Ensure your image is legible for colour blind.
Adjustment Active Untested Adjustments > colourblindsim.dll
Combines a number of photo adjustments (like Noise Reduction, Brightness/Contrast, Hue, Saturation) within one handy to use effect. See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo PhotoAdjustments.dll
Compo Grids 29 Nov 2016 Red Ochre
Renders a range of geometrical grids as an optical aid in design and proportion.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Composition CompoGrids.dll
Tool to help with cropping/rotating of photos (i.e. composition grids to help line up important features). Also has configurable aspect ratio with a range of preset sizes. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo Compotool.dll
Gives you the ability to run 6 effects, in the order, and only affect the colors matching the set conditions.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > ConditionalEffects.dll
Adjust hue and saturation by setting range and conditions. Found in Evan's Effects v1.1. See also: #13003
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > CondHSAdj.dll
Provides a brush that will only function when a pixel is within the given min/max threshold. Used to be found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack but is no longer available.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Effects > Tools ConditionalPen.dll
Replaces the contents of a selection with pixels that are the closest match sampled from areas outside the selection. Can be used to seamlessly remove elements from an image.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection ContentAwareFill.dll
Contour 25 Aug 2011 Red Ochre
Splits an image into bands based on the tone value, with a variety of colouring options. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Contour.dll
Modifies each pixel by comparison to neighboring pixels. 3x3 matrix is fully configurable.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Photo ConvolutionEffect.dll
Apply a variable sized convolution filter to a selection or layer. Includes ability to save and load customized filters (click on Presets). See also: #32337
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Advanced ArgusPaintNet.Convolution.dll and ArgusPaintNetShared.dll to /Effects/
Writes multiple pixel coordinates onto the active layer from the center outwards. Spacing is controlled by Step value. Overlay dictiates opacity of white background. No separate topic, only found in Toe-Head2001's plugin pack.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render CoordinatePlanePoints.dll
Copies the current selection coordinates to the clipboard in the format: left, top, width, height. NB plugin link is in post #3 of the thread.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Tools CopySelectionCoords.dll
Provides an interface for constructing an HTML image map. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Effects > Image Application CreateImageMap.dll
Classic film effect; Increased contrast, weird color shifts & tints. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Saves the image as a text file containing the pixel RGBA information in numeric format. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A CSVFiletype.dll
Cuboids 22 Mar 2015 Red Ochre
Turns an image into rectangular areas with the illusion of depth. The effect is adjustable between simple pixelating and one point perspective images resembling tower blocks.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines Cuboids.dll
Curly Lines 12 Nov 2012 davidf
Render all kinds of curly (and straight) lines. Intimidating UI is well explained in companion PDF.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render CurlyLines.dll
Effects: Tile image, Jumble, Selective palette, Equations, Effects Lab, Fern Fractal, Channel Mask, Displacement Map, Blur Map, Dots, Rounded Rectangle. To install, extract and place all three DLL files in your paint.net/Effects/ folder.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
A more powerful version of the Curves adjustment that comes with paint.net. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Curves+.dll
Obsolete. Use CustomBrushesMini. See also: #14845
Effect Obsolete Untested N/A CustomBrushes.dll
Superseded. Use CustomBrushesMini. See also: #14845
Effect Obsolete Untested N/A Unknown
Draw with customized brushes. Replaces previous incarnations of Custom Brushes. Found in Simon Brown's Plugin Pack. See also: #15218
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools CustomBrushesMini.dll & CustomBrushesMini.pdb
Add a pre-created frame to your image.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Render CustomFrame.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Apply a custom texture to an image while maintaining the saturation. Found in Simon Brown's Plugin Pack. See also: #15218
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Stylize Texture.dll
Cut Color 28 Apr 2010 xmario
Cuts one color & shades of it from your image. Choose color to leave & pixels of a different color are changed to transparent (or black and white).
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color xmario_cut_color_en.dll
Broken. A newer version is available in Illnab1024's Plugins, however this also seems to be non-functional. See also: #8677
Effect Obsolete 3.5.10 Effects > Render CutoutEffect.dll
Broken. Alternative can be found in Illnab1024's Plugins See also: #8677
Effect Obsolete Untested Effects > illnabPlugins.dll
Cutter 30 Aug 2014 MOP3E
Create an image map with this simple intuitive interface. Select regions of the image and save the necessary sub-images and code to recreate the original image. A number of code formats are supported including HTML.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Tools CutterPlugin.dll
Cyanotype 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Recolor an image to white + cyan. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Monochromes.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Cycle HSV 10 Jun 2013 TechnoRobbo
Rotate color values according to Hue, Saturation and Value (Brightness).
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color CycleHSV.dll
Enables DDS file loading & saving. Included paint.net 3.1+. Forum thread no longer exists.
Filetype Integrated 3.5.10 N/A None
An extension to the internal DDS FileType, this plugin allows paint.net to open and save the some DDS formats introduced in DirectX 10 and later. Source code has been made available on GitHub.
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A DdsFileTypePlus.dll, and one of DdsFileTypePlusIO_x64.dll or DdsFileTypePlusIO_x86.dll
The original version of the Dents effect. This version has a more complex UI than the one built into paint.net, and adds Stretch and Edge Behaviour options
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.Archives.DentsClassic.dll
Allows you to preview potential images as a desktop wallpaper. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Effects > Image Application DesktopBackgroundPreview.dll
External program which diagnoses why effect and filetype plugins may not be working.
External Resource Active Untested N/A pluginproblems.exe
Renders diagonal lines, frequency, brush width, antialias level & angle are all configurable. DLL compiled by EER (21 Feb 2013) from posted source as download link has died.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Diagonal Lines.dll
DICOM FileType 11 Feb 2017 Rapido
Adds loading support for DICOM image files (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine). The format is used for medical imagery. NB: place both *.dll files into /Filetypes/
Filetype Active 4.0.13+ N/A DicomFileType.dll & EvilDICOM.dll
Dimensions 1 Jul 2018 BoltBait
Renders dimensioning arrows. NOTE: the plugin will NOT provide an accurate measure of anything. It simply draws the arrrows. See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Render Dimensions.dll
Applies a directional blur. Much like Motion Blur, but faster.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs DirectionalBlur.dll & DirectionalBlur.pdb
Displacement 09 Dec 2007 MadJik
Displace an image in X and Y directions. Has rendering issues. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Displacement.dll
Distorts an image based on the light values of the mask.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Alpha-Displacement Mask.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Pixels are offset by the amount determined by the map channel and the displacement slider, and are offset in the direction of the angle chooser. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Distort CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Reinterprets an image into a recolored version using multiple hues shifted from the original. Source available. See post #41 for 3.5x version.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize DisplayColorChangeDirection.dll
Dissolves one image onto another.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Distort Dissolve.dll
This is an update of TR's Distort This! with additional features and optimizations. Distort a layer using four control points. Useful for distorting, stretching or skewing.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Distort DistortThis.dll
Effect similar to the distorting mirror you find at a fairground. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort DistortingMirror.dll
The effects Bulge, Polar Inversion, Tile Reflection & Twist are now included paint.net as of version 2.70+
Effect Integrated Untested N/A N/A
This effect DOES NOT work correctly if you have any selection active. It should ONLY be used on whole layers. Found in Ed's Egregious Effects See also: #3728
Effect Active Untested Effects > Ed-gregious Unknown
This effect DOES NOT work correctly if you have any selection active. It should ONLY be used on whole layers. Found in Ed's Egregious Effects See also: #3728
Effect Active Untested Effects > Ed-gregious Unknown
Distort the area between two concentric circles. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Donut.dll
Dot Plugin 17 Oct 2012 davidf
Reduce an image to monochrome comprised of dark dots on a light background.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Dot.dll
DotMatrix 1 Dec 2016 NomBot
Reinterpret an image as if it was composed from colored dots with highlighting and shadowing.
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Stylize DotMatrix.dll
Dots 31 Jan 2008 Curtis
Turn image into a grid of dots. Options to adjust the size and highlighting. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Dpy's Pack 26 Oct 2009 dpy
Effects: Black and Alpha+, Color Balance+, Multi-Threshold, Rotate_Zoom+, Perspective Effect, AA's Assistant, Metallize, Text+, Circle Text, Rotate Text, Spiral Text & Wave Text, Speech Bubble, 1px Expansion, Alpha to 0, Alpha to 255
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
Render markup including web pages, tables, text, XML and complex mathematical equations (MathML, TeX or LaTeX formats) straight to the paint.net canvas. Note: rendering of math equations requires an internet connection. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Advanced MarkupRenderer.dll
Dragan Effect 20 Oct 2016 ReMake
Simulates the photographic effect made famous by Polish physicist and photographer Andrzej Dragan. The effect enhances the depth of the person and their character by enhancing facial features.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Artistic DraganEffect_en.dll
DragFrom 13 Feb 2011 Simon Brown
Lets you upload images using drag and drop. Requires a capable browser such as Firefox and site such as Imgur or min.us.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools DragFrom.dll
Dream 19 Oct 2006 BoltBait
Adds a 'dreamy' or softening filter to the image. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Dream.dll
Drop Ripple 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Mimic top-down view of water ripples as if an object was dropped into a still pool of water. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Drop Shadow 25 May 2006 KrisVDM
Superseded by a later release Found in Drop Shadow & Effects. See also: #8375
Effect Obsolete 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A Unknown
Drop Shadow 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Creates a highly configurable shadow around an object. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Effect Active Untested Effects > Object Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.DropShadow.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Droste 1 Sep 2015 toe_head2001
Based on the unpublished Droste plugin by [member=PJayTycy]. The Droste effect describes a type of recursive picture where the image contains smaller examples of itself tiled in a logarithmic spiral.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Distort Droste.dll and MathNet.Iridium.dll (both in /Effects/)
Dryad 13 Jun 2014 Red Ochre
Creates a variety of organic, tree-like branching patterns in a wonderful array of palettes.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines Dryad.dll
Dull 07 Feb 2010 StormWare
Dulls an image. Ranges from 0 (full color) to 170 (completely Grayscale).
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Dull.dll
Tint an image to black and a combination of with two selected hues. Does not change white areas. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Duotones.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Duotone Light 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Tint an image to black and a combination of with two selected hues. Does not change partially transparent areas. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Duotones.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
EA FSH Filetype 26 Mar 2012 null54
Loads and saves the FSH format used by Electronic Arts games.
Filetype Active Untested N/A FSHfiletype.dll, and one of squish_x64.dll or squish_Win32.dll
Simplifies an image based on tonal value and recolors it with a choice of palettes. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Earths&Greys.dll
Superseded by new release, see PDNWatermark. See also: #14517
Effect Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
Superseded by a later release
Plugin Pack Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Superseded by a later release
Plugin Pack Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Superseded by a later release
Plugin Pack Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Some of the effects in the Ed Harvey Effects package have been incorporated in paint.net. However, in some instances the built-in versions have a simpler interface or less features. The original effects will be archived here for anyone who really needs them.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
The latest version of the Ed Harvey Effects package. Effects: Simplify, Splinter, True Blur, Color Filter, Color Channel Flip/Rotate, Color Tint, Extract Channel, Filtered Black and White, Invert Intensity, Single Hue, Solarize, Threshold, Vitrious, White Balance, Drop Ripple, Glass Blocks, InsideOut, Lens, MultiView, Pixelate (Hexagonal), Pixelate (Cairo Pentagonal), Ripple, Wobble, Cross-Processing, Vignette, Lattice, Weave, Halftone, Seismograph, Soft Saturation.
Plugin Pack Depreciated 3.5.11 N/A EdHarvey.Effects.dll
Superseded by a later release
Plugin Pack Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
4.0x version of the Ed Harvey Effects package. Effects: Simplify, Splinter, True Blur, Color Filter, Color Channel Flip/Rotate, Color Tint, Extract Channel, Filtered Black and White, Invert Intensity, Single Hue, Solarize, Threshold, Vitrious, White Balance, Drop Ripple, Glass Blocks, InsideOut, Lens, MultiView, Pixelate (Hexagonal), Pixelate (Cairo Pentagonal), Ripple, Wobble, Cross-Processing, Vignette, Lattice, Weave, Halftone, Seismograph, Soft Saturation.
Plugin Pack Active 4.0+ N/A EdHarvey.Effects.dll
These are replacements for existing paint.net effects that have been optimized for speed (Fast Blur, Pencil Sketch, Glow, Soften Portrait & Hue / Saturation).
Plugin Pack Depreciated 3.5.11 Effects > FastFx EdHarvey.FastFx.dll, EdHarvey.FastFx.pdb and one of FastBlur_x64.dll or FastBlur_x86.dll
4.0x versions of Ed Harvey's FastFx efects. Effects: Fast Blur, Pencil Sketch, Glow, Soften Portrait & Hue / Saturation.
Plugin Pack Active 4.0+ Effects > FastFx EdHarvey.FastFx.dll, EdHarvey.FastFx.pdb and one of FastBlur_x64.dll or FastBlur_x86.dll
These effects DO NOT work correctly if you have any selection active. They should ONLY be used on whole layers. Effects: Fast Blur, Dither - Floyd-Steinberg Halftone, Dither - Atkinson HalfTone.
Plugin Pack Active Untested Effects > Ed-gregious Unknown
Uses an edge detection algorithm to draw edges with given colors. Sets the other pixels to transparent. See also: #32337
Effect Active 4.1+ Effects > Stylize ArgusPDN.EdgeDetect.dll
Edge Detection 18 Sep 2018 null54
Updated by Null54 to work with PDN 4.1+. Use an edge detection algorithm to find and render edges with given colors. Other pixels are set to transparent. Copy both dll's into the /Effects/ folder.
Effect Active 4.1+ Effects > Stylize ArgusPaintNet.EdgeDetection.dll and ArgusPaintNet.Shared.dll
Edge Expander 21 Jan 2016 MJW
Finds edges in the image or selection (edges are defined as pixels above an opacity threshold which border pixels below the threshold) and expands the edge by a specified distance (from the original). Each expanded edge pixel is set to the color of the nearest edge pixel. The transparency depends on the distance from the edge.
Effect Active 4.0.10+ Effects > Object EdgeExpander.dll
Edgemaster 16 Aug 2010 n d
Edge detection effect.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > edgemaster.dll
Superseded by new version
Plugin Pack Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Note: Beta. Alternative text-tool that includes editable text. Works by using Steganography to store the details of the text in the text layer. Formerly: Re-Editable Text (BETA). Found in Simon Brown's Plugin Pack. See also: #15218
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools EditableText.dll & EditableText.pdb
Effects Lab 31 Jan 2008 Curtis
Run another effect through a filter. Useful search box helps find effects by name. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Advanced CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Egalize 06 Mar 2008 PhilipLB
Egalize modifies the colors, so they are used in the same amount.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo Egalize.dll
Compilation pack of EER's plugins. Features Cellmaker, ChessFEN, Dr Scott's Markup Renderer, Fibonacci Fill, Organigram, Planetoid, Polaroid Frame, StickMan, WhichSymbol+ and CSV Filetype. Contains 31 miscellaneous Shapes. Installer package written by BoltBait.
Plugin Pack Active 4.0+ N/A Install EER's plugins.exe
Improved Gaussian blur effect which uses brand new convolution code.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Blurs EigenBlur.dll
Superseded by new version: See Eliminate Dark/Light See also: #32309
Effect Obsolete 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > EliminateWhite.dll and EliminateBlack.dll
Remove dark or light areas from an image or selection. Very simple interface. A revision of Eliminate Black and Eliminate White plugins by the same author. Source available.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EliminateDarkLight.dll
v4.0x version of Emboss/Engrave effect - originally found in Toli's Effects plugin pack.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Stylize EngraveEmboss.dll, EngraveEmboss.ini & IniFile.dll (required).
Engrave / Emboss 13 Nov 2007 Toli
Emboss/Engrave effect with configurable strength. Found in Toli's Effects. Note: a new version has been posted: Found in Toli's Effects for 4.0. See also: #6828
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize EngraveEmboss.dll, EngraveEmboss.ini & IniFile.dll (required).
Kind of a reverse of BoltBait's 'Soften Portrait' effect. This effect reintroduces edges, grain & noise type artefacts to enhance photographic details.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Photo EnhanceDetails.dll
The two effects are Stretch & DotAtCenter. Unavailable for download.
Plugin Pack Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Equations 31 Jan 2008 Curtis
Type in a mathematical equation and have it rendered to the canvas. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Displays and reorients equirectangular images (panoramic views, which represent a complete spherical image in longitude-latitude format).
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Height Map Equirectangular Viewer.dll
Dilatation is a simple way to remove scratches and noise from a uniform background. Erode is similar to the Median Blur effect.
Effect Obsolete 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > ErodeDilate_v0.2.dll
Reduce number of colors in an image with the help of eleven error diffusion dithering algorithms. You are able to choose one of four software palettes.
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Stylize ErrorDiffusionDithering.dll
Effects: Mirror over line, Conditional Hue/Saturation, Quadrilateral Reshape, Polygonal Transparency, 3D Object (BETA), Pie Chart,
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A EOEffects.dll
Expand Color 31 Aug 2017 MadJik
Recolors image or selection using Primary or Secondary colors depending on the ratio of the gap to the original color. Can be used to reduce colors or even turn an image bicolored. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Color ExpandColor.dll
Extends the edge of a layer inwards the amount specified.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort ExtendBorder.dll
Allows the isolation of a single RGB, HSV or CMYK color channel (plus many more). Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Allows user to change an image to grayscale, while keeping a certain color range in color (automates the Pleasantville Effect). See also: #12188
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color ExtractColor.dll
This plugin removes animal eye glow from photos caused by direct flash. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo Eyeshine.dll
Facet 04 Oct 2014 Red Ochre
Reinterprets an image by turning it into a height-map-like facsimile composed of crystal/pyramid shapes of various heights.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines Facet.dll
Fade Edge 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Fades the edge towards transparent. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.FadeEdge.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Fast Blur 21 Apr 2007 Ed Harvey
This effect DOES NOT work correctly if you have any selection active. It should ONLY be used on whole layers. Found in Ed's Egregious Effects See also: #3728
Effect Active Untested Effects > Ed-gregious
Fast Blur 04 May 2010 Ed Harvey
This blur is based on Gaussian blur and is 10 to 200 times faster (depending on radius). Found in Ed Harvey's FastFx plugin pack. See also: #18819
Effect Active Untested Effects > FastFx EdHarvey.FastFx.dll, EdHarvey.FastFx.pdb and one of FastBlur_x64.dll or FastBlur_x86.dll
Feathers or fades an objects edge. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Object ObjectTools.dll
Softens the edges of objects that you are combining to make composite pictures. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection ObjectFeather.dll
Softens the edges of objects that you are combining to make composite pictures. A newer version exists (see Found in Feather Plugin. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object OldFeather.dll
Fades out the edge of a selection in order to blend it more effectively with the background. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection SelectionTools.dll
Fern Fractal 31 Jan 2008 Curtis
Renders a fern onto your canvas. Options include colour, angle, position, width, height & density. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Plugin pack contains four effects related to Fast Fourier Transform and Signal Processing See also: #32337
Plugin Pack Active 4.1+ Effects > Transform ArgusPDN.FFTEffects.dll
Updated by Null54 to work with PDN 4.1+. A plugin pack of four effects related to Fast Fourier Transformations.
Plugin Pack Active 4.1+ Effects > Transform ArgusPaintNet.FFT.dll & ArgusPaintNetShared.dll
A pattern generator which creates increasing sized colored squares, spiralling outwards from the central point.  Each successive square has a side length equal to the sum of the previous two squares' sides.  Co-authored by Red Ochre. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render FibonacciFill.dll
FileType TP4 30 Jun 2009 Prillan
File support for *.TP4 files as used by the game RollerCoaster Tycoon.
Filetype Active Untested N/A Prillan.TP4.dll
Fill a layer or selection using the contents of the clipboard. See post #6 in the linked thread. See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Fill FillFromClipboard.dll
Fills the layer (or selection) with tiled texture from the clipboard.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render FillFromClipboard_eff_render.dll
Fill a layer or selection using an existing image. See post #6 in the linked thread. NOTE: PDN 4.0 only - will not work in 3.5.11. See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Fill FillFromFile.dll
Fills the canvas or the selection with all the colors of the active palette, in a 16x6 grid. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Tools FillPalette.dll
Fill transparent sections of a layer or selection based on the surrounding pixels.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render phips_fill_gaps.dll
Give your pictures a Film Noir style by desaturating colors. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo FilmNoir.dll
Film v2.0 07 Jun 2007 pyrochild
Filter an image to give it grain & intensity. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo Film.dll
Powerful filter tool which runs as a standalone app, or within paint.net using the Photoshop filter plugin PSFilterPDN by null54. Filter Forge can create new filters, textures and effects or download and apply from an extensive online library. The built-in filter editor is intuitive and easy to use. FF 7.0 must be purchased but generously offers has a free 30 day trial.
External Resource Active 4.0.19+ Effects > 8bf Filter Runs under PSFilterPDN (included in FF installation)
Convert an image to greyscale using a colored filter to dictate tonal changes. Filter density (strength) is configurable. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Find Edges 17 Apr 2008 Simon Brown
Finds all edges in an image and convert the pixels black - the rest will be turned white. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic FindEdges.dll
Render flames with this single-effect implementation of the fire effect. Should be used over a blurred black shape on white canvas.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TJacksonEffects.dll
For rendering fire/flames. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Fire.dll
Fish Eye 05 Jun 2013 TechnoRobbo
Fish eye distortion plugin.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Fisheye.dll
Flags 27 Aug 2008 Simon Brown
Select a flag & render it into the selection (needs a working internet connection). Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Unknown Flags.dll
Turn a black & white gradient into flames. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Burninate.dll
Flip 15 Feb 2008 BoltBait
Flips the selected pixels horizontally or vertically. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack. See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Flip.dll
Flip 12 Oct 2006 Illnab1024
Flips the selected pixels horizontally or vertically. Replaced by a later version in BoltBait's Plugin Pack. See also: #113220
Effect Obsolete Untested Effects > FlipPlugin.dll
Flip Horizontal 23 May 2006 MISIIM
Superseded by BoltBait's version: see Flip. Forum topic no longer exists. See also: #113220
Effect Obsolete 3.5.10 N/A N/A
Flourish 06 Feb 2017 Red Ochre
Create calligraphy-like spirals, swirls, flourishes and tendrils. Possibly mustaches too. Many options to control the shape.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Flourish.dll
Apply Floyd-Steinberg dithering.
Effect Obsolete Untested N/A FloydSteinbergEffect.dll
Reduce the number of colors in an image by choosing the closest color in the palette, then taking the difference between that chosen color and the original color and spreads that difference out to nearby pixels See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Stylize FloydSteinbergDithering.dll
FlySwatter 02 Dec 2007 ploogle
Applies filter to make image look shiny & metallic, or perhaps psychedelic.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Adjustment FlySwatter.dll
Focal Point 21 Feb 2008 jchunn
Blurs from a given focal point in an image. Found in Jesse Chunn Plugin Pack. See also: #8408
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Blurs jchunn.dll (also contains others)
Renders abstract fractals to the selection or layer. Many options including distortion, detail, colorization and zoom level. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Texture Fractal attractor.dll
Uses a fractal algorithm to draw a curly tree. Found in the Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Render FractalTree.dll
Uses a recursive fractal formula to render pseudo fern fronds. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Render FractalFern.dll
Create, configure and color the Mandelbrot fractal. This effect is now Included in paint.net minus the colorization options (Effects > Render > Mandelbrot Fractal). This effect can be installed alongside the native version and found under Effects > Render > Fractal: Mandelbrot.
Effect Integrated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Fractal.dll
Fragment 31 Dec 2006 Ed Harvey
Creates copies of the base image, each shifted from the original position by a given amount. The copies are then averaged together. Found in Ed Harvey's Effects. See also: #18811
Effect Integrated Untested Effects > Blurs Unknown
Frames 28 Sep 2007 MadJik
Wrap your image in a customized frame. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Frame.dll
This effect is now included in paint.net from version 3.07+. Forum thread no longer exists.
Effect Integrated 3.5.10 Effects > Distort N/A
Posterize an image with individual control over the separate RGB channels.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color FSPost.dll
FurBlur 21 Sep 2013 Red Ochre
A blur effect which mimics fur, hair, grass, etc…..,
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs FurBlur.dll
Detects edges using random angles to find neighboring pixels and determine their difference. Configurable with many options. Useful to create outlines. CodeLab source provided. See second post for 3.5.11 version.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize FuzzyEdgeDetect.dll
G'MIC 16 Dec 2018 null54
A wrapper to host GREYC's Magic for Image Computing (G'MIC) filters. Hundreds of filters are available.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Advanced Gmic.dll
Applies an edge detector filter to the image, letting you choose the wavelength and the angle of edge detection.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Stylize PdnGaborFilter.dll, BaseUtility.dll & ConvolutionKernel.dll
Much like the regular Gaussian Blur effect, except this effect gets clamped to the active selection. This effectively stops colors (and transparency) from bleeding through from outside of the selection.
Effect Active 4.0.10+ Effects > Blurs ClampedGaussianBlur.dll
Enhanced Gaussian Blur which can be used to selectively blur an image by color or alpha channel. Previously known as Channel Blur. See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs GaussianBlurPlus.dll
Gears 23 Aug 2014 Red Ochre
Render a glorious variety of gears, cogs, wheels, bearings, pulley, sprocket, chain wheel, nuts and other circular shapes. Configurable spokes, teeth and number of faces plus a huge number of other options.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines Gears.dll
GenTree 08 Jun 2007 MadJik
Obsolete. Author recommends using Dryad instead. See also: #28662
Effect Obsolete 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render GenTree.dll
Gingham 04 Oct 2015 toe_head2001
Generates a Gingham pattern with custom color, width, and line styles.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Render Gingham.dll
Glass Blocks 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Distort an image as if were viewed from behind a wall of rounded glass blocks. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
No longer functions with the latest release of paint.net. The effect used to render glass spheres/orbs.
Effect Obsolete Untested Effects > Render orbgenerator.dll
Glitterific 22 Jan 2019 Sakana Oji
Adds Noise to an image. Options: Coverage, Opacity & Saturation.
Effect New 4.1+ Effects > Artistic Glitterific.dll
Glow 04 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Similar to the built in Glow effect only up to 20 times faster. Found in Ed Harvey's FastFx plugin pack. See also: #18819
Effect Active Untested Effects > FastFx EdHarvey.FastFx.dll, EdHarvey.FastFx.pdb and one of FastBlur_x64.dll or FastBlur_x86.dll
Apply a glow effect to a given selection. Included paint.net 2.70+
Effect Integrated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo N/A
Allows you to use Google Image Search directly in paint.net. Appears to be broken in that no search results are returned.
Effect Obsolete 3.5.10 Effects > Render GoogleImageSearchEffect.dll
Gossamer 11 Feb 2015 Red Ochre
Renders fine cobweb like lines from the edges of the contents of the layer or selection. Plugin uses two steps: first identifies (in red) the edges, second renders the fine lines.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines Gossamer.dll
Hardware accelerated blur which performs a separate and unique Gaussian blur for each color channel with each channel having it's own blur radius. Found in Hardware Accelerated Blur Pack See also: #19364
Effect Active Untested Effects > Blurs ComputeShaderEffects.dll & one of SlimDX.D3D11.x64.dll or SlimDX.D3D11.x86.dll
Hardware accelerated Gaussian Blur. Found in Hardware Accelerated Blur Pack See also: #19364
Effect Active Untested Effects > Blurs ComputeShaderEffects.dll & one of SlimDX.D3D11.x64.dll or SlimDX.D3D11.x86.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Hardware accelerated Motion Blur. Found in Hardware Accelerated Blur Pack See also: #19364
Effect Active Untested Effects > Blurs ComputeShaderEffects.dll & one of SlimDX.D3D11.x64.dll or SlimDX.D3D11.x86.dll
Hardware accelerated Radial Blur. Found in Hardware Accelerated Blur Pack See also: #19364
Effect Active Untested Effects > Blurs ComputeShaderEffects.dll & one of SlimDX.D3D11.x64.dll or SlimDX.D3D11.x86.dll
Hardware accelerated Zoom Blur. Found in Hardware Accelerated Blur Pack See also: #19364
Effect Active Untested Effects > Blurs ComputeShaderEffects.dll & one of SlimDX.D3D11.x64.dll or SlimDX.D3D11.x86.dll
Gradient 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
A four-color, non-linear 'Gradient' effect with high quality color dithering. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Gradient.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Creates bars of varying width, angle and thickness. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Gradient Bars.dll
Transform an image into a pixelated version with gradient filled blocks. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs Gradient Blocks.dll
Gradient Blur 24 Oct 2007 MadJik
A combination of the Gaussian blur & gradient effects. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs Gradient Blur.dll
Gradient Effect 08 Jun 2006 pleska
Incompatible with 4.0x. Gradient fill between current primary and secondary colors in 5 basic types: Vertical, Horizontal, Radial (from center of rect out), Diagonal and Reverse-Diagonal.
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > GradientPlugIn.dll
Renders gradients into a grid comprised of square cells. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render Gradient Grid.dll
Create a custom gradient and map it to your image based on any supported input channel. One of the primary uses is to create a multi-colored gradient. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Gradient Mapping.dll
A variety of configurable gradients including hue based and rainbow gradients . Co-Authored by [member=BoltBait].
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Gradient.dll
Create a wide variety of gradient effects. Many options including choice of shapes, transition methods, variable dithering, angle slider (rotation around canvas centre), HSV rainbows. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Gradientsgalore.dll
Renders a specified number of single hue'd stripes at any angle. The coloring of the stripes progresses evenly between the first selected color and the second selected color. Co-authored by BoltBait.
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Render Gradual_Stripes_c.dll
This effect generates film grain (or luminance grain). Use it to add some character to otherwise boring-smooth digital image. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active Untested Effects > Noise Grain.dll
Gralpha 02 Feb 2010 Vermiculus
Converts grayscale to Alpha.
Adjustment Active 3.5.10 Adjustments > Gralpha.dll
Graph Maker 20 Jul 2009 dsplaisted
Uses (and builds on) the Grid Maker plugin to render graphs. See also: #4175
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render GraphMaker.dll
Generates graph paper with adjustable Cell Size & grouping. Options include square or isometric grids, and colorization. Requires installation of OptionBased library v0.7.9.
Effect Active 4.0.10+ Effects > Render GraphPaper.dll & .dlc (paint.net/Effects/ folder). OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dll/.dlc (paint.net/ folder).
Gravity 27 Jan 2008 MadJik
Treats pixels as if they were sand, dragging them down until they have supporting pixels under them. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Gravity.dll
Recolors the image greyscale and the specified color. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Monochromes.dll &Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Grayscale+ 07 Feb 2010 StormWare
Instead of averaging RGB like normal Grayscale, Grayscale+ retains the greatest of the RGB values.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > GrayScale+.dll
Intelligently reduces the amount of green tint in an image without introducing magenta as a by-product
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Photo GreenTintReduction.dll
Replaced by the built-in Effects > Noise > Reduce Noise effect. Forum thread no longer exists.
Effect Obsolete 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A N/A
Converts images to greyscale with luminescence control. Download link is broken so plugin cannot be downloaded.
Adjustment Unsupported Untested Adjustments > GreyscaleWPF.dll
Grid Maker 24 May 2007 MadJik
Draws grids, also checkerboard and dots. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render GridMaker.dll
Creates girds and checkerboards. Updated for paint.net 4.0.6. Also found in BoltBait's plugin pack. See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > GridCheckerboard.dll
Grid Warp 17 Sep 2012 pyrochild
Distort an image by overlaying a warping grid which has dragable intersection nodes. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools Grid Warp.dll
Gridlines 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Draws a grid with horizontal and vertical lines. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Grid.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Remove a color (i.e. background) from an image while maintaining the alpha information.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color GrimColorReaper.dll
GuideLines 05 Dec 2017 xod
Draws guiding lines as an aid to drawing, alignment & sizing.
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Render GuideLines.dll
Halftone 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Simulates continuous tones in the image through the use of dots of varying size, shape, spacing and density. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Use your video card to process images with a potentially huge performance leap. The blurs in this pack are: Channel Blur, Gaussian Blur, Motion Blur, Radial Blur & Zoom Blur.
Plugin Pack Active Untested Effects > Blurs ComputeShaderEffects.dll & one of SlimDX.D3D11.x64.dll or SlimDX.D3D11.x86.dll
Support for HD imaging. No longer supported. See JPEG XR filetype plugin See also: #22283
Filetype Unsupported 3.5.10 N/A HDPhoto.dll
HDR 04 Jan 2019 Sakana Oji
Fakes an HDR effect by applying an inverted, blurred, black and white overlay to the original.
Adjustment New 4.1+ Adjustments > HDR.dll
Heightmap 08 Mar 2011 radobot
Transforms an image to a heightmap. Imagine shining a light on an uneven surface. Lightness of each pixel represents it's height.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Stylize Heightmap v1.3.dll
Helix 15 May 2014 Red Ochre
Draws a range of helical and spiral shapes. Many choices of shapes and colours.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines Helix.dll
Hexagonal Grid 21 Feb 2007 MadJik
Creates a hexagonal grid. Includes brushwidth & Antialias controls. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render HexaGrid.dll
Hide (and reveal) images within another image. Similar in concept to BoltBait's Steganography plugin with more options. See also: #4786
Effect Active Untested Effects > Steganography Hide image.dll & Reveal hidden image.dll
High Pass 03 Sep 2010 cookies
High pass filter - used to correct (sharpen) images in much the same way as Unsharp Mask
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo HighPass.dll
Highlight 04 Jun 2011 Red Ochre
Creates the twinkly highlights you find in a photo that is taken towards the sun, highlights on water or metallic text. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render highlightv2.dll
Uses the space-filling Hilbert formula (Peano 1890, Hilbert 1891) to fill the target region with a continuous path. The path is comprised of short, straight lines whose ends either continue in the same direction or undergo a 90 degree turn. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Texture HilbertCurve.dll
HIS Filetype 12 Jan 2017 Rapido
Load and save HIS His image format (used for X-Ray flatpanels from PerkinElmer).
Filetype Active 4.0.13+ N/A HisFileType.dll
Import Homeworld 2 ROT image files as used in the game 'Home World 2' by Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
Filetype Active Untested N/A PNROTFile.dll
Hot Metal Glow 20 May 2016 MJW
Transforms a pixel's color to mimic incandescent heated metal. The color range goes from black, to red, to orange, to yellow, and finally to white. The color transition is approximate: no attempt is made to imitate actual physics. Find 3.5.11 compatible version in post #8 of the thread.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color HotMetalGlow.dll
HSV Eraser 27 May 2015 MJW
Remove any color from images using the Hue, Saturation and Value color space. Many options including Tolerances which are used to specify a range of closely associated hues. Source available.
Adjustment Active 4.0+ Adjustments > HsvEraser.dll
HSV Scrambler 12 Jul 2015 MJW
Change the Hue, Saturation, and Value of each pixel by allowing any of the components to be derived from a scaled and offset version of any of the other components. See post #11 for PDN3.5 version.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize HsvScrambler.dll
Similar to the built in Hue / Saturation effect and up to 50 times faster. Found in Ed Harvey's FastFx plugin pack. See also: #18819
Effect Active Untested Effects > FastFx EdHarvey.FastFx.dll, EdHarvey.FastFx.pdb and one of FastBlur_x64.dll or FastBlur_x86.dll
Adjust the hue, saturation and lightness using sliders. See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Adjustments > HueSatPlus.dll
Removed by the author following enhancements to the built-in Hue/Saturation adjustment (paint.net v 3.5.2)
Adjustment Obsolete 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Hue_Saturation+.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. An updated version has been posted by TechnoRobbo in post #299 of the thread. Support for Icon & cursor filetypes, including animated cursors.
Filetype Depreciated 3.5.11 not 4.0 N/A IcoCur.dll
An updated version of the Icon, Cursor, and Animated Cursor Filetype plugin. This version adds support for Icon & cursor filetypes, including animated cursors to paint.net 4.0.9+
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A IcoCur.dll
IFF filetype 25 Apr 2012 rmtew
Uses the SDLimage library to extend support to the IFF filetype.
Filetype Active Untested N/A PDNIFFPlugin.dll
Loader for IFF ILBM images (native file format of the old Commodore Amiga computers). Supports loading HAM6 and HAM8 modes (and in theory HAM5 and HAM7 modes). Does not handle IFF24 images (max 8-bit images).
Filetype Active Untested N/A PDNIFFPlugin.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Alpha Mask, Cutout Effect, Advanced Greyscale, Point Warp, Polar to Rect.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 N/A illnabPlugins.dll
Allows paint.net to open and save images as PDF documents. Requires OptionBasedLibrary and Ghostscript be installed.
Filetype Active 3.5.10 N/A ImPDF.Save.FileType.dll, ImPDF.Command.exe, ImPDF.Open.FileType.dll/dlc (paint.net/FileTypes/ folder), OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dll/.dlc (paint.net/ folder)
Splits an image into tiles and saves them a zip file.
Filetype Active Untested N/A TileImageFileType.dll
Convert image to C/C++ data structure.
Filetype Active Untested N/A CodeFileType.dll
ImageInText 22 Oct 2017 xod
Creates text mask using the source layer as the text fill, alternatively creates transparent text within the source layer
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Text Formations ImageInText.dll
ImAGIF 13 Mar 2015 Midora
Loads and saves animated gif files.
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A ImAGIF.FileType.dll and .dlc files (/FileTypes/ folder
ImAPNG 13 Mar 2015 Midora
Loads and saves animated PNG files.
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A ImAPNG.FileType.dll and .dlc files (/FileTypes/ folder
Imgur Uploader 9 Jul 2013 JoZ1
Upload images directly from paint.net to imgur.com. Returns links to image in a number of formats.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > ImgurUploader.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Improve badly lit photos or dramatize dull photos.
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Photo IncreaseLocalContrast.dll
Ink Sketch 04 Apr 2007 BoltBait
Converts image to inked sketch version. Included paint.net 3.10+
Effect Integrated 3.5.10 Effects > Artistic InkSketch.dll
Turns images into a black and white inked facsimile. Found in Ahmed's Plugin Pack See also: #25275
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic InkSketch+.dll
Inner Shadow 21 Jul 2015 BoltBait
Projects a shadow from the object's edge inwards or away from the transparent surrounding pixels. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Object ObjectTools.dll
Applies shadowing from the edge of a selection which fades towards the inside of the selection. Very similar to Object Inner Shadow, but this works with selections and not objects. BoltBait's Plugin Pack for v4.0 See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Selection SelectionTools.dll
Adjust the value of one color channel (Input) by the value of another channel (Output). Useful for making alpha masks, removing color, etc.. Found in Mike Ryan's Plugins See also: #11645
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > InputToOutput.dll
InputToOutput+ 15 Jun 2012 Xarx
Sets one image channel (RGBA) from another channel or from other basic pixel characteristic (CMYK component, HSV component, luminance, etc,)
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > InputToOutput+.dll
Uses inner shadowing to create photo type frame of varying transparency. Imagine a square vignette which can be placed inside the edge of an image by a given margin. Source available.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render InsetBoxShadow.dll
Inside Out 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Appears to be a Cartesian to polar transformation (i.e. rectangular image is distorted to circular). Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Takes the intensity of the current pixel & performs mathematical operations on it to adjust the color.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color IntenColor.dll
Filetype plugin which loads files in some of the IFF file formats. No save option is supported. IFF is a container format which may contain numerous data types (images, animations, documents, audio, video, ...). This format was used on Atari and Amiga computers in the 1990's.
Filetype Active 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A ImIFF.FileType.dll
Interlace 11 Apr 2007 tunedude
Adds horizontal/vertical stripes of color/transparency to the image.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Interlace.dll
Fills transparent areas of the canvas with an interlocking tile (designed for objects which naturally interlock when tiled).
Effect New 4.1+ Effects > Fill InterlockingTiles.dll
Invert Alpha 29 apr 2008 Mike Ryan
Inverts the Alpha Channel based off of your set tolerance. Found in Mike Ryan's Plugins See also: #11645
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > InvertAlpha.dll
Deleted by Author as another plugin of this nature exists: use Invert Alpha. See also: #15736
Adjustment Obsolete Untested Adjustments > invert alpha.dll
Invert colors around other colors.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > invert_around_primcol.dll
Invert the intensity of any of the RGB channels. Found in Person_321's Texture & Color Plugins See also: #16103
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > invert channels.dll
Invert the intensity of the color range in an image. Found in Ed Harvey Effects v3.5 See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll
Helper for assisting with the creation of iphone icons. Also known as RGB Intensity to Alpha. Found in Stu's Effects. See also: #17732
Effect Active Untested Effects > Advanced iPhoneTabbarIconMaker.dll
Generates a B&W copy of the layer then applies it as an alpha mask.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color IsolateWhiteBlack.dll
Converts a B/W image (like a pencil drawing) to a 'black and transparent' image.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > isolate.dll
Generates a Rectangular Cuboid and shows it using Isometric projection
Effect Active 4.0.8+ Effects > Render IsometricCuboid.dll
Turns orthogonal images into isometric spritesheets. As of v1.0 it is limited only to tiles sized 64px x 128px tiles. Source includes & bat installer
Effect Active 4.1+ Effects > Stylize IsometricTiled.dll
Effects: Soften edges, Focal point, Stencil, Color Replace, Varicose, Bricks.
Plugin Pack Active Untested N/A N/A
Generates a Jigsaw Puzzle cut-out of an image.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Render JigsawPuzzle.dll
Jitter v3.0 27 Jun 2007 pyrochild
Jitters' each row of pixels by a random amount, giving a shimmy type effect. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Jitter.dll
JPEG 2000 19 Mar 2006 Gumboot
Use JPEG 2000 instead. See also: #25170
Filetype Depreciated Untested N/A JPEG 2000 x64.dll or JPEG 2000 x86.dll
JPEG 2000 13 Aug 2012 null54
Loads and saves JPEG 2000 images, superseding the old JPEG 2000 plugin.
Filetype Active Untested N/A Jpeg2000Filetype.dll and one of Jpeg2000IO_x64.dll or Jpeg2000IO_x86.dll
Distorts an image by running it through the JPEG codec. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort JPEGEffect.dll
JPEG XR 30 Jul 2011 Chrysler
Load and save JPEG XR (aka HD Photo) image files
Filetype Active Untested N/A PDNJPEGXRPlugin.dll
Based on the built-in Julia fractal effect, this version has more configurable options. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Texture JuliaPlus.dll
Jumble 31 Jan 2008 Curtis
Jumbles the image in horizontal and vertical elements. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
KaleidGen 10 Jul 2007 MadJik
Generate kaleidoscopes from scratch using selectable auto generated shapes. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render KaleidoGen.dll
Kaleidoscope 31 Mar 2007 MadJik
Turn images into kaleidoscopes. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Kaleidoscope.dll
Generate kaleidoscopic effects. Has center point selector and a source angle rotator. Also known as DPL Kaleidoscope. 3.5.11 version compiled by Maximilian.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort DPL KAL.dll
Update of Jotaf's Grim Color Reaper. User has the option of killing (removing) the specified color, or keeping it (removing other colors). See also: #15595
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Color Kill Color Keeper.dll
Removes a color from the selected part of the image and tries to find a substitution for it by analyzing the surrounding parts.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color phips_kill_color.dll
Renders the Koch fractal snowflake in configurable complexity, with brushwidth & antialias options.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Koch_Snowflake.dll
Emulates a Kodak Tri-x 400 filter (enhanced greyscale). Tri-X is a classic high-speed black-and-white photographic film from Kodak. Tri-X 400 is usually rated at ISO 400 when processed in standard developers and remains among the fastest black-and-white films today.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Trix400.dll
Plugin pack contains installer and a DLL file. Run installer to selectively install effects in this pack. Effects: Drop Shadow, Duotone Light, Duotone Ink on Paper, Cyanotype, Sepia 2, Grayscale on Colored Paper, Monochrome Ink on Paper, Average Blur, Smart Blur, Color Accent, Fade Edge, Gradient, Gridlines, Object Align.
Plugin Pack Active Untested N/A Install.exe and Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Installer.dll install:
A noise-reduction filter which smooths out the subject while preserving the definition of edges between tones.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Noise Kuwahara.dll
Lameography 25 May 2014 BoltBait
paint.net 4.0x version of BoltBait's Lomography plugin.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Photo Lameography.dll
Improve the overall illumination of photos, typically when the scene is in shadow. Can smooth or enhance details in a photo without smoothing edges.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo LaplacianPyramidFilter.dll
Lattice 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Transform the image to a duotone (Primary/Secondary) lattice. Effect is not unlike a embroidery pattern. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Layer Cake 11 Jun 2013 TechnoRobbo
Slice an image into concentric circles and applies incremental rotations to each slice.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Layer Cake.dll
Layer Saver 04 May 2008 I Like Pi
Incompatible with 4.0x. Standalone executable saves each layer in a paint.net file as a separate file.
External Resource Active 3.5.11 not 4.0 N/A Layer Saver.exe
Resizes image horizontally at 50% while retaining sharpness.
Adjustment Active 3.5.10 Adjustments > SubLCD.dll
Lens 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Overlay a magnifying lens. Size of lens is not configurable, but magnification is. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Distortion correction effect. Also displays meta data (Exif).
Effect Active Untested Effects > Render Lens.dll
Lens Flare 09 Dec 2007 MadJik
Adds light induced flares to the bright spots in your image. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render LensFlare.dll
Lens Flare 11 Jan 2018 MadJik
Mimics a photographic lens flare (created when non-image forming light enters the camera lens or digital sensor). Lens flares appear as a string of polygonal shapes extending from the light source across the image. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Render LensFlare.dll
Adds sunlight induced lens flare effect to images. You've gotta love the name.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render CameraTrouserFlareV3.dll
Level Horizon 20 Apr 2015 BoltBait
Correct photos which have been taken on a tilt by levelling the horizon. See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Photo LevelHorizon.dll
Light Rays 15 Jun 2007 MadJik
Draws 'rays' of light from the center (can be offset). Uses alternated triangles as the rays. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render LightRays.dll
Lightning 28 Aug 2008 cookies
Create lightning, smoke and other cool energy bolts.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Lightning.dll
An edge detection / lineart effect with options to configure Line Width, Threshold (strength of the effect) and Color.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Artistic Line Tracer.dll
Lines/Grid 15 Mar 2015 ReMake
Creates vertical/horizontal lines or grids. Line width and coloring options. Also available in Russian.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render LinesGrid_en.dll
Linocut 31 May 2015 ReMake
Mimics the Linocut printmaking technique which uses grooves cut into a sheet of linoleum to create a relief surface. The grooves appear white, the rest of the image black - unless inverted. Also available in Russian. Source available.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Linocut_en.dll or Linocut_ru.dll
Liquify 26 Dec 2010 pyrochild
Similar to Photoshop's Liquify or GIMP's IWarp. Compatible with Photoshop's mesh files. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools Liquify.dll
Tiles PDN palettes in the /Palettes/ folder to the canvas. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Tools ListOfPalettes.dll
Clarify flat or hazy looking photos by selectively adjusting the contrast. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo LocalContrast.dll
Local Noise 18 Oct 2012 davidf
Similar to the Frosted Glass effect, but with more configuration options (Radius, Strength, Coverage, Distance Bias, etc…,). Great for adding a bit of diffusion to an element.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Noise LocalNoise.dll
Lomography 13 Sep 2008 BoltBait
Simulate the effects of a Lomo camera : high contrast, twisted colors and a noticeable vignette.
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Photo Lomography.dll
LookAtIt.Effect 13 Mar 2015 Midora
View image files including animated image files.Supported formats: Animated GIFs: *.gif, *.agif, Animated IFFs: *.anim, *.iff, *.ilbm, *.lbm (Amiga and Atari), Animated PNGs: *.png, *.apng (ImAPNG.FileType required), Animated WebPs: *.webp, *.awebp (ImAWEBP.FileType required)
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Tools LookAtIt.Effect.dll/.dlc/.lai
Save images as 16 color bitmaps or gifs. Previously known as '16 Colors'.
Filetype Active 3.5.10 N/A LowColor.dll
Over 60 effects: Color Zoom Blur, Gradient Blur, Change Extreme Colors, Color Aberration, Expand Color, Recolor Gray, Reverse Colors, Distorting Mirror, Donut Distortion, Gravity, Kaleidoscope, Magnifier, Melting, otion Sharpen, Oblique, Page Curl, Paneling, Polar Transformations, Seamless Texture Maker, Sine Wave, Tiles Reflection, Tube Effect, TwistZ, Water Reflection, Waves, Wet Floor Reflection, Auto Chrome Noise, Smooth Noise, Bars, Buttons, Fractal Curly Tree, Fractal Fern Leaf, Frames, Grid Maker, Hexagonal Grid, KaleidGen, Lens Flare, Random Lines, Random Maze1, Random Maze2, Rosaces, Shapes, Sparkles, Spiral, SpiroGraph, SpiroShapes, Splashes, Stars, Volutes, XY Coords, Spot the Centre, Majority Color, Over Liner, Star Glow, Varicose 2, Animal Texture, Auto Chrome Grain, Color Modulo, Fractal Attractor, Hilbert curve, Julia 'plus', Light Rays, Moire, Nebulous, Newton Fractal, Perlin Texture, Radial Colors, Rainbow Twist Colors, Regular Noise, Sierpinski Triangle, Tournesol, Vibrato, Fill from Palette, Generate 96 Colors, List of Palettes, Displacement, Polygones.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
An evolution of the Ed Harvey's Lens effect, with enhanced features & options. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Magnifier.dll
Majority Color 11 May 2007 MadJik
Each pixel takes the value of its neighbors that have the majority. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize Majority.dll
Obsolete. Use Color to Alpha Advanced. See also: #10494
Effect Obsolete Untested N/A Unknown
Make an image transparent in respect of the chosen color. In other words this is another color to alpha plugin.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color MakeTransparent.dll
Mandala 16 Jan 2017 NomBot
Renders and rotate cardinal splines in color and with various brush settings.
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Render mandala.dll & mandala.dlc, OptionBasedLibrary v0.7.9.dll & OptionBasedLibrary v0.7.9.dlc
Change colors by transforming one color into another. Similar to the 'Manual Color Correction' tool in Paint Shop Pro.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > ManualColorCorrection.dll
Matrice 09 Dec 2007 MadJik
An emboss type effect with coloring options. Can be used to fake metallic sheen and edge detection.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize Matrice.dll
Measures an object in a selection within the active layer. Measurements returned are: area, location, width, height, diagonal, and angles of the bounding rectangle.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object MeasureObject.dll & MeasureObject.dlc (/Effects folder), OptionBasedLibrary vY.Y.dll & OptionBasedLibrary vY.Y.dlc (paint.net installation folder)
Take measurements of an active selection or the whole layer. Option include setting the unit, dpi and scale. Useful for mapping or technical drawings.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools MeasureSelection.dll & MeasureSelection.dlc
Melting 05 Dec 2017 MadJik
This effect takes the top of the selected region and distorts to make it appear as if it was melting. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Distort Plugin Melting.dll
Metallize 12 Jul 2009 dpy
Applies a chrome or metallic sheen to an image (an effect like the Predator's vision). Great for faking all sorts of metals. Found in dpy's Pack. See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Metallize.dll
A simple Mexican Hat edge detection filter.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize Mexican Hat Edge Detect.dll
Effects: Alias, Color Trimming, Input to Output, Brightness/ Darkness to Alpha, Invert Alpha, Silhouette Plus.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
v4.0x version of Mirror / Rotate - originally found in Toli's Effects plugin pack.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > MirrorRotate.dll, MirrorRotate.ini & IniFile.dll (required)
Mirror / Rotate 06 Nov 2007 Toli
Mirror selection horizontally, vertically, or over a diagonal. Rotate a selection. Found in Toli's Effects. See also Mirror / Rotate Menu See also: #6828
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > MirrorRotate.dll, MirrorRotate.ini & IniFile.dll (required)
v4.0x version of Mirror / Rotate Menu - originally found in Toli's Effects plugin pack.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Mirror MirrorRotateMenu.dll, MirrorRotateMenu.ini & IniFile.dll (required)
Mirror selection horizontally, vertically, or over a diagonal. Rotate a selection. This is the same effect as Mirror/Rotate but houses the effects in the Mirror submenu. Found in Toli's Effects. See also: #6828
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Mirror MirrorRotateMenu.dll, MirrorRotateMenu.ini & IniFile.dll (required)
Mirror an image across a vertical or horizontal line. Found in Evan's Effects. See also: #13003
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Mirror EOEffects.dll
Mirror Selection 18 May 2014 GOAE
Mirror a selection horizontally, vertically or both.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Mirror.dll
Mismatch Eraser 14 Dec 2018 MJW
Erase or retain pixels on the source canvas that don't match the clipboard.
Effect Active 4.1+ Effects > Color MismatchEraser.dll
Create and configure multiple channel modifications. Each modification manipulates one image channel, using one or more arguments to calculate the new value for the target channel.
Adjustment Active 4.0.13+ Adjustments > ModifyChannels.dll
Moire 24 Feb 2008 MadJik
This texture plugin replaces the selection (or the active layer if no selection) with colourful concentric rings. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Texture Moire.dll
Monochrome 18 Aug 2007 hollander
Unsupported. Download links fail. Converts image to monochrome (black, white & color supported).
Effect Unsupported Untested Unknown Unknown
Recolors image a single specified hue. Transparent areas are left unchanged. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Monochromes.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Converts a drawing into a mosaic pattern, using the Secondary colour as the adhesive or grout between the tesserae. Found in Tim's Effects. See also: #14145
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic LavEnt.Effects.Mosaic.dll
Paint with whole collections of images! Creates a unique non repeatable pattern of images form a directory of images. Menu title is Collage Paint.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic MosaicManiac.dll
Motion Sharpen 12 Apr 2008 MadJik
Directional sharpening. Think of it as the natural opposite of Motion Blur. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort MotionSharpen.dll
Create a Linear, Radial, or Square multi-colored gradient with custom colors, direction and opacity.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render MultiColorGradient.dll
Multi-Threshold 20 Mar 2010 dpy
Run multiple 'threshold' filters at once. Excellent for turning a photo into Warhol inspired pop-art. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color MultiThreshold.dll
MultiSpline 21 Jun 2015 Red Ochre
Renders a series of closely spaced 'splines' (a spline is a smooth curve through points). Uses either random displacement or the source layer as it's base. Large number of options to customize the effect.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines MultiSpline.dll
Distorts an image into a multifaceted view. Similar to the Fragment Blur without the blurring, or Glass Blocks without the rounded edges. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
MyCreaLogo 16 Feb 2017 roro69
NB: French language plugin. Creates wordart syle text transformations. Many options.
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > CreaTexte Rogers.dll
Nebulous 09 Dec 2007 MadJik
Creates a brightly colored rainbow halo which appears pinched up in the centre. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Texture Nebulous.dll
Uses a formula originally provided by Tom Jackson (CodeLab originator) to fill the canvas with a colored pattern (rainbow colors). Found in Magical Plugins Megapack See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Texture Nebulous.dll
Neon Edges 23 Mar 2015 ReMake
Simulated neon glow around the edges in an image. Options: line thickness, glow intensity, hue & saturation. Two versions are available, one for 3.5x and 4.0x and an enhanced version for 4.0x only. Both versions are also available in Russian.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize NeonEdges_en.dll or NeonEdges_ru.dll
Fills the layer or selection with the Newton fractal. The Newton fractal is a boundary set in the complex plane which is characterized by Newton's method applied to a fixed polynomial p ( Z ) ∈ C [ Z ] or transcendental function. Beautiful colorful fractals in other words. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Texture NewtonFractal.dll
NewtonFractal 09 Dec 2007 MadJik
Fractal generator. Creates colored flower-type petals infilled with colored noise. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Texture NewtonFractal.dll
Night Vision 19 Dec 2010 pleabo
Transform a scene into a green filtered 'Night Vision' version.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color DPLNightVision.dll
Desaturates and adds noise to an image. Options to control the desaturation hues and noise intensity.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color NoiseBleach.dll
Noise reduction plugin, written specifically to reduce the artefacts in JPG images.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Noise JPGNoiseReduction.dll
Noisechoice 17 Mar 2012 Red Ochre
Add noise, with a range of choices including anti-aliasing to transparency. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Noise noisechoice.dll
Normal Map 31 Dec 2006 stinger
Height field (gray scale) to normal map (creates a much better illusion of height).
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > HeightToNormal.dll
Renders normal maps. Has a cinematic light that which can be moved around the virtual 3D surface. Also has exponential drop-off/spread settings which can be used to modify sharpness, contrast, brightness, and angle effect (dialog is deceptively simple). Plugin is no longer being developed.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Effects > Texture Norm_Render.dll
Suite of three plugins for the creation of Normal Maps.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > The Normal Tools DrPrepper.dll, Normalizer.dll & BumpChecker.dll
Normalize 06 Mar 2008 PhilipLB
Normalize stretches the histogram (entire color range is used).
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Photo Normalize.dll
NormalMap 1.1 02 Jan 2009 harold
Obsolete. Use either NormalMapPlus(PDN 4) or NormalMapPlus v1.0 (PDN 3.5x) See also: #111602
Effect Obsolete 3.5.10 Effects > Color NormalMap.dll
NormalMapPlus 31 Jul 2017 MJW
The latest version of the NormalMap plugin (previous versions by Harold and Simon Brown). Uses a Sobel Filter to calculate the first order derivatives of the image (think: emboss). The three sliders control the strength of the effect (depth of the embossing).
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Stylize NormalMapPlus.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Use NormalMapPlus. See also: #111602
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize NormalMapPlus.dll
Plugin pack. Effects: Kuwahara filter, PSFilterPdn, Radical Image Optimization Tool (RIOT), Soft Proofing, Twainable+. FileTypes: Base 64 FileType, EA Fsh FileType, Image Tiling FileType, JPEG 2000 FileType, Optimized JPEG FileType, Paint Shop Pro FileType, Photoshop Brush FileType, Photoshop Pattern FileType, Raw FileType, WebP FileType.
Plugin Pack Active 4.0+ N/A N/A
Object Align 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Realigns an object within a selection vertically, horizontally, left, right or centrally (and combinations). Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Align Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.ObjectAlign.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Object Bevel 14 Apr 2013 Red Ochre
Apply different shaped bevels to an object, with either parallel or perspective lighting at a full range of angles. Bevels types: convex round, inset convex, convex bevel, convex chamfer, double convex, convex linear-flat, convex flat-linear, concave round, inset concave, flat.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object ObjectBevel.dll
Object Edges 20 Oct 2012 Red Ochre
Produces a range of outline/bevel effects on objects. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Object2colour.dll
Inner Shadow projects a shadow from the edge of an object inwards. The shadow fades as it extends inwards. The natural twin to Drop Shadow in many respects. Part of BoltBait's plugin pack (3.5.x and 4.x)
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object InnerShadow.dll
Obsolete. Use [member=MadJik]'s Wet Floor Reflection. See also: #7185
Effect Obsolete Untested N/A Unknown
Object Shadow 06 Aug 2015 BoltBait
Drop shadow effect for objects. For a code walk-through see How to Write an Effect Plugin (Part 7 - Extra Surface) See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Object ObjectTools.dll
Object Tools 31 Feb 2015 BoltBait
A mini pack of effects which work on objects (groups of pixels with surrounding transparency). Bevel Object, Feather Object, Inner Shadow, Outline Object, Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object ObjectTools.dll
Object2color 06 Oct 2012 Red Ochre
Recolor opaque objects with anti-aliased edges on a transparent layer. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Object2colour.dll
Oblique Effect 30 Dec 2006 MadJik
Incline images vertically horizontally or both. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Oblique.dll
Reshape the image or crop to an arbitrary quad or octagonal region. Found in Evan's Effects. See also: #13003
Effect Active Untested Effects > Distort EOEffects.dll
Offset 16 Jun 2013 TechnoRobbo
Offset the layer or selection in horizontal and/or vertical directions. Image wraps at the edges. A less complicated version of the Panelling Effect. See also: #2617
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Offset.dll
Creates alternating stripes of pixels with configurable horizontal offset, width and separation. Angle, Edge Behavior and Quality options are also available. See post #9 for 3.5.11 version.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort OffsetAlternatingStripes.dll
Oil Painting+ 11 Jul 2016 BoltBait
Updated Oil Painting artistic effect which produces a more natural looking oil painting. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0.10+ Effects > Artistic OilPaintingPlus.dll
Olden 1.5 31 Jul 2008 Simon Brown
Incompatible with 4.0x. Applies and aged look to your image. Found in Simon Brown's Plugin Pack. See also: #15218
Effect Unsupported 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo Olden.dll
Ora file support. Requires exe download/run to install.
Filetype Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 N/A OpenRasterFiletype.dll
Optimized JPEG 26 Sep 2012 null54
Optimizes JPEG images using jpegtran. To install place both the exe and dll in paint.net's FileTypes folder.
Filetype Active 3.5.10 N/A OptimizedJPEG.dll & jpegtran.exe (required)
OptiPNG 07 Dec 2007 I Like Pi
Incompatible with 4.0x. An updated version is available, see OptiPNG Updated. Integrates OptiPNG with paint.net, optimizes PNGs to make them smaller (http://optipng.sourceforge.net/). To install place both the exe and dll in paint.net's FileTypes folder. See also: #22841
Filetype Depreciated 3.5.10 not 4.0 N/A OptiPngFileType.dll & optipng.exe (required)
OptiPNG (Updated) 08 Oct 2011 Mr X
Updated version of OptiPNG (fixes some security vulnerabilities). Functionality is same: compresses the PNG filetype when saving images. Both the OptiPngFileType.dll and optipng.exe need to be in the FileTypes directory.
Filetype Active 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A OptiPngFileType.dll & optipng.exe (required)
Renders simple relationship diagrams or organizational charts. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Render Organigram.dll
Remove or change a color or a range of colors. Numerous options including color selection and transparency.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color OtherFarmColorReplacer.dll
Turns an image black and white keying off brightness distribution. An implementation of Otsu's Method.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Stylize Otsu.dll
Outline 15 Feb 2008 BoltBait
Puts an outline of the selected color around your object. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Outline.dll
Outlines an object by wrapping it in a customized edge. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Object ObjectTools.dll
Place a border around object/area. Note: object must be surrounded by transparency. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Outline Object.dll
Outline Selection 14 May 2008 Aziz
Outline the inside of a selection with a rectangular border. Use [member=BoltBait]'s Outline Selection See also: #11514
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection OutlineSelection.dll
Outline the current selection with your choice of color and width. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection SelectionTools.dll
Renders text to the active layer with options to outline and gradient fill the text.
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Text Formations OutlinedGradientText.dll
Overblur 11 Apr 2012 Red Ochre
Effect useful for making textures or as a passable sharpen effect. You can compare the blurred picture to the original and choose how much of that change to apply. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs Overblur.dll
Overliner 19 Jul 2010 MadJik
Scans the image to find breaks in the colors between pixels. If the break is from dark to light then the pixel is replaced with the light color (otherwise the dark color). Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize Overliner.dll
Page Curl 25 May 2008 MadJik
Creates a curl on a corner of your image, just like a curling page. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort PageCurl.dll
Allows paint.net to load and save Jasc's Paint Shop Pro format.
Filetype Active Untested N/A PaintShopProFiletype.dll
Batch processor. Removed by paint.net developer for failing to comply with plugin guidelines. Forum thread no longer exists.
Effect Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Simplifies plugin installation by adding an 'install' option to right click menu on plugin ZIP file.
External Resource Depreciated Untested N/A RightClickInstallUninstall.exe
Removed due to license issues. Forum thread no longer exists.
Effect Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Incompatible with 4.0x. Add or remove plugins from the paint.net/Effects folder.
External Resource Obsolete 3.5.11 not 4.0 N/A paint.net Plugin Manager X.exe
Write composite effect scripts in a JavaScript-like-language. Allows the splitting of the original image into its composite parts on order to apply effects on each separate part and blend them together again.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Advanced PDNScriptorPlugin.dll
Obsolete. Use PDN OpenSearch Custom Toolbar. See also: #18998
External Resource Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Incompatible with 4.0x. Extracts the palette from the current image & saves it to (or creates) a paint.net palette file.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.11 not 4.0 Effects > Tools PaletteFromImage.dll & PDNPalette.dll
Converts and edits palettes including paint.net, PSP and Kuler palettes. Will only save paint.net palettes. Beta.
External Resource Active 3.5.10 N/A Setup.exe
Allows the moving of selection, vertically, horizontally or both. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Panelling.dll
This plugin allows the creation of nets for kaleidocycles. A kaleidocycle is a ring of pyramids which can be twisted inwards and outwards to show different sides of the pyramids.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Tools PaperKaleidocycles.dll
Draw parallel lines or patterns or fill a region with them. Like an enhanced paint.net Fill Style.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dll/.dlc to the paint.net/ folder. ParallelLines.Effect.dll/.dlc to the paint.net/Effects/ folder
Paste Alpha 15 Feb 2008 BoltBait
Takes the clipboard contents and converts colors to grayscale, then uses the grayscale for Alpha values in the current layer (i.e. masking). Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object PasteAlpha.dll
Copies the clipboard image into the active selection or layer. Many options for pasting, including resizing, tiling, offset, rotation, opacity and blending with any existing image.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Selection PasteFromClipboard.dll
Paste Warp + 05 Feb 2017 MJW
An enhanced version of TechnoRobbo's Paste Warp plugin (all new code, same algorithm as the original). New features include the ability to move and scale the clipboard image, antialiasing and a number of clipboard tiling modes.
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Selection Paste Warp Plus.dll
PasteFill 16 Jun 2013 TechnoRobbo
Tiles the clipboard image across the canvas until filled. Much like Tile Fill from Clipboard See also: #12831
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection PasteFill.dll
Pastel/Water color filter. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Pastel.dll
Load & save PCX images.
Filetype Active Untested N/A PcxFileType.dll
View information about a paint.net file (dimensions, number of layers and the version of paint.net used to save the image).
External Resource Active Untested N/A PDNInfoView.exe
Add the paint.net Search Engine (by Google) to Firefox or Internet Explorer toolbar.
External Resource Active Untested N/A pdn.xml
Superseded by new version
External Resource Obsolete Untested N/A PdnBench.exe
Obsolete paint.net benchmarking utility (i.e. a system speed test using paint.net). Forum thread no longer exists.
External Resource Obsolete Untested N/A Unknown
PdnFF 19 Nov 2010 null54
Allow filters from Adobe's Filter Factory (for Photoshop) to be run by paint.net.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > PdnFF.dll and one of ffparse_x86.dll or ffparse_x64.dll.
Incompatible with 4.0x. Add watermarks to your image. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Tools PDNWatermark.dll
Similar to the built in Pencil Sketch effect only up to 20 times faster. Found in Ed Harvey's FastFx plugin pack. See also: #18819
Effect Active Untested Effects > FastFx EdHarvey.FastFx.dll, EdHarvey.FastFx.pdb and one of FastBlur_x64.dll or FastBlur_x86.dll
Perlin Texture 25 Jul 2010 MadJik
Creates brilliantly colored patterns. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Texture PerlinTexture.dll
Effects: Invert Channels, Rainbow loom, Sound wave & X Rainbow bars.
Plugin Pack Active Untested N/A N/A
Trapezoid transform of your image by adjusting the height &/or width of the sides. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Perspective.dll
Draws vanishing points & guidelines to help you with drawing in perspective.
Effect Active Untested Unknown PerspectiveLines1_2.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Takes an image and 'flood-fill' it into the selection region, repeating it over and over.
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > PhotoFloodFillPlugIn.dll
Photoshop Brush 23 Dec 2012 null54
Load and save brushes used by Adobe® Photoshop®. Brushes sampled from image data are supported, dynamically computed brushes are ignored.
Filetype Active 3.5.10 N/A ABRFileType.dll
Plugin for loading and saving Photoshop files. Use Photoshop PSD file plugin. See also: #18128
Filetype Obsolete Untested N/A Unknown
Load Pattern files used by Photoshop's Fill command. Only Grayscale, Indexed and RGB mode patterns (8-bit and 16-bit) are supported.
Filetype Active 3.5.10 N/A PatternFileType.dll
Plugin for loading and saving Photoshop files. Version 2.5.0 (released on September 11, 2016) requires paint.net 4.0.11+
Filetype Active 4.0.11+ N/A PhotoShop.dll
Converts Photoshop color swatches (ACO files) to paint.net. Swatches with more than 96 colors are split into multiple parts. RGB, HSB, CMYK and Grayscale color modes are supported.
External Resource Active Untested N/A SwatchConverter.exe
Pie Chart 14 Jan 2007 evanolds
Create a pie chart by entering category names and values. Found in Evan's Effects. See also: #13003
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render EOEffects.dll
Pie Chart 18 Aug 2015 toe_head2001
Renders a Pie Chart based on specified Colors and Values. Can also render Labels on the chart.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Render PieChart.dll
Pixelate an image into irregular five sided polygons. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Pixelate an image into regular six sided polygons. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Enhanced pixelate effect, adds a new sampling mode (the one GIMP uses) as well as the ability to use non-square cells. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs Pixelate+.dll
Adds a frame to an image that is a pixelated version of the image itself. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Effects > Render PixelatedFrame.dll
Generates an Excel Spreadsheet guide for Book Folding (folding the pages of a real book into decorative designs). This plugin uses the source image to create the folding mask. It does not modify the image.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Object pixelcounter2.dll
Provides a simplified programming language in which to create effects/plugins. Note: Beta status.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Advanced PixelLab.dll
Create realistic looking 3D planets or 2D maps. Co-authored by TechnoRobbo. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Planetoid.dll
Superseded by a new version.
Effect Obsolete 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > PlugInData.dll
Official re-release of the Dwarf Horde's Plugin Browser following a significant rewrite by toe_head2001. Locate, search and run effects from within the Plugin Browser. List installed plugins by Menu, Author, Alphabetically or by Keyword(s). Bookmark and add comments to your favourite plugins. Find information on plugins and see an effect preview image (where available).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > PlugInData.dll
Simple plugin installer. Select the *.dll file to install and click Go. Easy.
External Resource Active 3.5.10 N/A paint.net Effect Installer.exe
PNG Preprocessor 13 Aug 2010 niwax
Optimizes image color range in order to reduce the saved PNG file size. Size of the file can be 40-80% of the original size.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo PNG_Preprocessor.dll
Takes all visible layers in a PDN image and arranges them into a Matrix as close to equal height and width as possible. Hidden Layers are ignored. Usage: File > Save As > Sprite Matrix (*.png).
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A PNGSpriteMatrix.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Reads and writes PNM Images. PNM is a portable bitmap format used in legacy software (more common in LINUX / UNIX Platforms). A newer version which is compatible with v4.0 is available.
Filetype Depreciated 3.5.10 not 4.0 N/A PNMPlugin.dll
Point Blur 12 Sep 2010 boude
Does the reverse of Zoom Blur (Zoom Blur blurs away from a certain point, Point Blur blurs towards the centre point).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs PointBlur.dll
Point Warp 09 Mar 2008 Illnab1024
Distort an image by stretching it toward or away from a specified point. Found in Illnab1024's Plugins See also: #8677
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Distort illnabPlugins.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Similar to the Bulge effect but in the horizontal plane instead of the vertical. Find a new version in Illnab1024's Plugins. See also: #8677
Effect Depreciated 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Distort PointWarpEffect.dll
A recompilation of [member=illnab]'s plugin of the same name in order to make it compatible with 4.0x. The effect warps the layer about a single point with options to control the strength, radius and direction as well as the point location.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Distort PointWarpEffect.dll
Some of the Plus features have been incorporated into the built-in Polar Inversion effect. This original effect has additional options in the 'Edge Behavior' list (primary color, secondary color, transparent, original)
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.Archive.PolarInversionPlus.dll
Transformation of polar coordinates to cartesian. In effect this creates a wrap around distortion of the original image. Found in Illnab1024's Plugins See also: #8677
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort illnabPlugins.dll
Translate image from rectangular to polar coordinates and vice versa. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Polar.dll
Overlays a frame with the correct size ratios to form a Polaroid. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render PolariodFrame.dll
Plugin pack of 'glitch' effects. Effects include: 3Displace, CodeBook, Cumulative Math, Xor, Addition, Interlace Lines, Pixel Drag, Quad Flip, Row Shifter, Quadratic Looper, Render Raw File. Helpful HTML file included.
Plugin Pack Active 4.0+ Effects > PolyGlitch PolyGlitch.dll
Render triangles, pentagons, hexagons and also stars. Useful for making standard shapes and the pointed edges of stickers. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.11 Effects > Render Polygon.dll
A line tool - which will draw another line from the last drawing position to the current position.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Tools Polygon Tool.dll
Create many sided polygons of transparent pixels. With options to feather edges & invert transparent areas. Found in Evan's Effects. See also: #13003
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Transparency EOEffects.dll
Polygones 24 Feb 2008 MadJik
Draws closed polygons & star shapes. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Polygones.dll
Loads and save files in one of the PNM formats. PAM - Portable Arbitrary Map (Black and White, Grayscale, RGB; Alpha channel; raw only; up to 16bits per channel), PBM - Portable Bit Map: (Black and White; plain and raw), PGM - Portable Gray Map: (Grayscale; plain and raw; up to 16bits per channel), PPM - Portable Pixel Map: (RGB; plain and raw; up to 16bits per channel).
Filetype Active 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A ImPNM.FileType.dll
Soften portraits to look more professional. Included paint.net 3.1+ as Effects > Photo > Soften Portrait (originally in Effects > Portrait).
Effect Integrated Untested Effects > Photo Unknown
Creates an edge like a modern postage stamp (i.e. wave like perforations) around the image.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render PostageStamp.dll
Poster 28 Oct 2016 Red Ochre
Analyzes the BGR values within a selection, sorts them into bands by Hue, saturation and Tone. Averages these values, then recolours the image.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Composition Poster.dll
Posterize 10 Sep 2006 Ed Harvey
Posterize is now built in to paint.net. Find it in the Adjustments menu.
Effect Integrated Untested N/A EdHarvey.Effects.dll
Posterize Alpha 04 Aug 2009 jxp
Based on the standard Posterize adjustment, with enhancements to also change the Alpha channel.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > PosterizeAlpha.dll
Enhanced Posterize effect that converts the color into HSV space, truncates the values, then converts back to RGB.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > PosterizeHSV.dll
Reduce colorization differences with options to limit the output to certain color channels. Found in Ahmed's Plugin Pack See also: #25275
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Posterize+.dll
Imports PostScript (*.PS), Encapsulated PostScript (*.EPS), and Adobe Illustrator (*.AI) files and renders them as bitmap layers in paint.net. Requires Ghostscript to be installed.
Filetype Active 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A ImPS,EPS,AI.Open.FileType.dll & ImPS,EPS,AI.Open.FileType.dlc (/FileTypes/). OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dll & OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dlc (paint.net installation folder)
Stretch images in numerous ways including vertical, horizontal and bulge. Note: Beta
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort PowerStretch.dll
Premultiply the RGB channels with the Alpha channel, or reverse the procedure.
Effect Active 4.1+ Effects > PremultiplyAlpha.dll
Calculates the difference between the pixel and primary color. The more they are equal, the more transparency will result.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color PrimColOnly.dll
Print It 01 Jun 2014 Martin Osieka
Customized printing tool with a huge range of options like paper size, image size, DPI setting, alignment & offset, tiling, header & footer, watermark, etc…,
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools PrintIt.Effect.dll/.dlc (paint.net/Effects/ folder), OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dll/.dlc (paint.net/ folder)
Enhanced paint.net printing interface.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools PrinterPlus.dll
PS Emboss 08 Dec 2010 cookies
Embossing effect. Simulates the one in Photoshop.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize PSEmboss.dll
PSFilterPDN 16 Dec 2010 null54
Run (some) Photoshop Filters using paint.net.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > 8bf Filter PSFilterPdn.dll & PSFilterShim.exe
Psychedelic 25 Feb 2008 romein
Incompatible with 4.0x. Filter creates a variety of psychedelic color effects.
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Artistic Psychedelic.dll
Psychocolour 15 Jul 2011 Red Ochre
Produce a large range of psychedelic colour effects. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Psychocolour.dll
Converts image to a COMPLETELY black and white (not grayscale). Amount of black/white is configurable.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color BlackAndWhite.dll
Effects: Curves+, Borders 'N Shapes, Gradient Bars, Film, Jitter, Outline Object, Stitch, Scriptlab, Gradient Mapping, Splatter, Pixelate+, Color Match, Random Effect, Random Shape Fill, Smudge, Trail, Gradient Blocks, Twist, Liquify, Grid Warp, Gradient Grid.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
Remaps a defined quadrilateral to a rectangular image.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Tools QuadrilateralCorrection.dll, AForge.Imaging.dll and AForge.dll
Reshape the image to an arbitrary quadrilateral region. Found in Evan's Effects. See also: #13003
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EOEffects.dll
Stretches an image downwards (only). Found in Ahmed's Plugin Pack See also: #25275
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Quick Gravity.dll
Adds support for Screen 13 QuickBASIC BSAVE'd graphics with the file extensions *.BSV or *.VGA. Limitations: maximum image size 320x200px, file size of 64kb, 8bpp & standard VGA color palette.
Filetype Active Untested N/A QuickBASIC BSAVE Graphics.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Configurable radial blur. Also known as Fast Radial Blur.
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Blurs RadialBlurDeluxe_v0.1.dll
Radial Colors 10 Dec 2007 MadJik
Predefined formulas (sinusoid curves) define and mix Red, Green, Blue colors. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Texture Radialcolors.dll
Radial Fade 14 Oct 2014 Rei
Gradually fade an image to transparent from the center to the edges (or vice-versa). The transparency gain over distance to the center is modulable, as well as the circle size. For 3.5.11 compatible version see post #22
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render RadialFade.dll
Radial Prism 09 Jun 2013 Xhin
Changes the hue of the image in a reflecting circular prism-like pattern.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Color rainball.dll
Heavily optimizes then exports the current layer in a format suitable for web use.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Tools RIOT.dll, FreeImage.dll & SaveForWebRIOT.dll + RIOTProxy.exe (place all in the Effects folder).
Round off the square corners of an image, with nicely anti-aliased edges. An update to dan9298's Radius Fill Corners plugin
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Fill RadiusFillCorners.dll
Round off square corners.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Fill RadiusFillCorners.dll
Rainbow 13 Sep 2007 spongey437
Fills selection with a rainbow colored gradient.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic rainbow3.dll
Renders a pre-defined pattern. Found in Person_321's Texture & Color Plugins See also: #16103
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Render rainbow loom.dll
Rainbow Twist 10 Dec 2007 MadJik
Rainbow twist the three basic color Red, Green, Blue. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Texture RainbowTwist.dll
Rainbow-Splitter 16 Sep 2012 Xhin
Split an image into two sections, both of which can be colored by a repeating colored gradient of your choice.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Rainbow-Splitter.dll
Chooses a random plugin (or built-in effect), and renders it with randomized settings. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Random Effect.dll
Create/add straight & curved lines. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Random lines.dll
Random mazes 23 Feb 2008 MadJik
Two plugins to render horizontal or diagonal mazes with configurable size, wall chance, brush width & more. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Random Maze1.dll & Random Maze2.dll
Draws random (predefined) shapes on the canvas. 17 shape modes & 9 color modes plus many options. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Random Shape Fill.dll
RAW File 12 Sep 2014 cefoot
paint.net 4.x version of RAW File. Note: this is a file reader, so there is no option to save in the RAW format. See also: #15611
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A RAWFile.dll
RAW File 01 Aug 2009 Pebal
Dcraw based raw file reader. A paint.net 4.x version has been released: see Raw File See also: #30007
Filetype Depreciated 3.5.11 not 4.0 N/A RAWFile.dll
RAW FileType 09 Jul 2015 null54
This is a DCRaw-based raw filetype. Uses the latest incarnation of DCRaw.
Filetype Active 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A RawFileType.dll & dcraw.exe (paint.net/FileTypes/)
RAWFile LAB 05 Jun 2016 operamint
A dcraw based RAWFile plugin with an advanced GUI. Requires 64-bit dcraw.exe to be downloaded, renamed and placed in Filetypes folder.
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A RAWFile.dll, RAWFileLAB.exe and dcraw64.exe
Rawload v1.0 24 Dec 2009 avatare
Load *.raw files with metadata using the Windows Imaging Component and preserving the image metadata.
Filetype Active Untested N/A ARWLOAD.dll
RawLoader 04 Mar 2007 rpetrich
Decode RAW camera images and make them available for use in paint.net. Requires use of installer or plugin + DCRaw.exe. Download links are not working.
Filetype Unsupported Untested N/A Unknown
RawReader 04 Feb 2008 Ivn
Dcraw based RAW file reader. DCRaw has been recompiled as a *.dll (32 and 64 bit).
Filetype Active Untested N/A RawReader.dll and one of dcraw.dll or dcraw64.dll
Recolor Gray 19 Aug 2017 MadJik
Recolors gray (and other shades) to transform areas of grayscale into full color. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Color RecolorGray.dll
Recolors each pixel with the nearest color from a specified range in the current palette. The Euclidean distance is used to make the match (minimizes the squared differences between the RGB components).
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Color Recolor Using Palette.dll
Presents multiple methods to select and replace a colour. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color recolourchoice.dll
Red eye removal tool. Make a selection around the eyes and run the plugin. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo RedEyeQuickFix.dll
Compilation pack of Red Ochre's plugins. Features Aardvark, ArtyThing, Alpha-threshold, Object Bevel, Bezncurve, ClipDisplace, Cobweb, CompoGrids, Composition Tool, Contour, Cuboids, Dryad, Earths and Greys, Facet, Flourish, FurBlur, Gears, Gossamer, Gradients Galore!, Helix, Highlight, MultiSpline, New Clipwarp, Noise Choice, Object2colour, Object Edges, Overblur, Poster, Psychocolour, Recolor Choice, Selection2Clear, Scintillate, Scribble, Slinky, Squirkle, Squirkle Warp, StringandPin, CalliColour, Table, Two Tone Threshold, Vanishing Point.
Plugin Pack Active 4.0+ N/A RedochreV10Pdn4Install.exe (or as separate DLL's)
Alpha Threshold, Composition Tool, Contour, Earths&Greys, Gradients Galore, Highlight, Noisechoice, Object2color, Object edge, Overblur, Psychocolor, Recolor choice, Selection2clear, Squirkle, Squirklewarp, Tweak edges & Table.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
Reduces the noise in an image while maintaining detail. Included in paint.net v3.22+
Effect Integrated 3.5.10 N/A N/A
Create mirror/water type reflections of an existing image.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Render dS810.Spiegeleffekt.dll
Sharpens a blurred image using algorithm with deconvolution element.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo RefocusingSDe.dll
A texturing plugin which creates patterns using pseudo random noise. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Texture RegularNoise.dll
Remove Dust 15 Oct 2012 BoltBait
Removes photographic dust by minutely clone-stamping them out. See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo RemoveDust.dll
Render Color Wheel 03 Dec 2008 MJW
Draws a HSV color wheel, centred in the current selection.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Render RenderColorWheel.dll
Renders a configurable 24-bit height map for a sphere.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Height Map RenderSphereHeightMap.dll
Obsolete. Designed to aid development of paint.net language packs. Replaced by Strings.resx by paint.net developer Rick Brewster See also: #16432
External Resource Obsolete Untested N/A Unknown
Creates a pseudo-reticulation effect (in film photography reticulation is wrinkling, cracking the emulsion layer of film). Options include Size, Density, Blending mode and transparency options. Also available in Russian.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Artistic Reticulation.dll
Reverse Colors 18 Apr 2011 MadJik
Selectively reverse the values of any of the RGBA channels. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color ReverseColors.dll
Assembles a full-color image from three separate images (one each for the RG & B color channels).
Effect New 4.1+ Effects > Color RGBCompositor.dll
RGB Remapper 12 Jan 2010 sradforth
Allows the remapping of RGB channels to other colours. Found in Stu's Effects. See also: #17732
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color RGB_Remap4.dll
RGB to CMYK 24 Apr 2007 BoltBait
Conversion between RGB (RedGreenBlue) and CMYK (CyanMagentaYellowblacK) color formats.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Space RGB2CMYK.dll
Read and write to the RGB565 or RAW565 format. Used for Android splash screens.
Filetype Active Untested N/A Rgb565.dll
Ripple 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Applies a regular ripple distortion across the image surface. Wavelet size, shape and magnitude are all configurable. Similar to Wobble. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Rosaces 14 Mar 2008 MadJik
Generate simple or complex 'roses' (symmetrical patterns like a mathematical representation of a rose/flower). Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Rosaces.dll
Rotate Text 26 Oct 2009 dpy
Write text to the canvas at an angle. The dll named RotateTextSUI.dll is enhanced for larger displays. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Text Formations RotateText.dll or RotateTextSUI.dll
Rotate Zoom+ 24 Feb 2012 dpy
Zoom & rotate a selection or layer with different resampling algorithms. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Rotate_Zoom+.dll
Precision rotation of selection using bilinear algorithm.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > RotationBilinear.dll
Render a rectangle with customizable curvature in the corners. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Uses the Primary and Secondary colours and the current brush width to draw a rectangle with rounded corners into the current selection. Found in Tim's Effects. See also: #14145
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render LavEnt.Effects.RoundedRectangle.dll
Transforms an existing image to look like it was created with a rubber stamp.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Object RubberStamp.dll
Ruler 13 Mar 2016 toe_head2001
Renders a ruler using the specified units & sub units. This will NOT measure anything and will NOT convert pixel length to another unit of length.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Ruler.dll
Superseded by later release: see Simon Brown's Plugin Pack. Forum thread no longer exists. See also: #15218
Plugin Pack Obsolete Untested N/A N/A
Saturation RGB 13 Oct 2014 ReMake
Separately adjust the saturation of the red, green and blue color channels.
Adjustment Active 4.0+ Adjustments > SaturationRGB_en.dll
Sets the transparency of each pixel equal to the intensity of it's color. In other words it overwrites the alpha channel with the saturation value. It makes colors with less saturation more transparent (and vice versa).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Transparency Color2Alpha.dll
Scintillate 25 Aug 2013 Red Ochre
Alternately inverts the colours of an image in a tiltable pattern. At small scale the result is a migraine inducing tiled moire style pattern. Slightly larger scales mimics a half-tone effect.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize Scintillate.dll
Scratch Art 30 Oct 2016 ReMake
Mimics scratching lines through black paint overlaying colored paper.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Artistic ScratchArt_en.dll
An update of Bleek II's ScreenPixel plugin. Use it to breaks an image into it's constituent RGB components. For a pdn 3.5 compatible version see post #3 in the thread.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort ScreenPixel.dll
ScreenPixel 29 Mar 2008 Bleek II
Takes a (preferably pixelated) image and breaks the blocks into RGB components.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort ScreenPixel.dll
Scribble 15 Nov 2013 Red Ochre
Change a photographic image to look like a hand drawn picture. Many presets including; coloured pencil drawing, graphite pencil, cross-hatched ink and scratchboard. Also the ability to save your settings.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Scribble.dll
Create compilations of other paint.net effects, adjustments, and plugins. You can save, load, and share your scripts. Includes Batch Processor. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Advanced ScriptLab.dll
Seamless Move 04 Nov 2012 davidf
Helps create seamless images. Somewhat similar to Seamless Texture Maker See also: #4591
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort SeamlessMove.dll
Makes a given image seamlessly repeatable. Largely replaced by Seamless Texture Maker See also: #4591
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > SeamlessHelper.dll
An updated version of BoltBait's Seamless Texture Helper. Create textures with no apparent edge when tiled. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #2244
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort SeamlessTextureMaker.dll
Analyzes image and groups pixels that are relatively close together in the image and have roughly the same color.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color SegmentImage.dll
Seismograph 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Transform an image into a colored line representation. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Remove dust/spots/freckles/moles/left over food/extra limbs/etc.. This is a little like small scale seam carving. Found in Stu's Effects. See also: #17732
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection SelectionObscure.dll
Mini pack of tool for working on a selection. Effects are Feather (fade edges), Bevel (add shadow/highlights), Outline and Blur. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Plugin Pack Active Untested Effects > Selection SelectionTools.dll
Makes the selection transparent, whilst leaving the selection active. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Transparency selection2clear.dll
Applies an inner contour to a selection using the primary color. Similar to BoltBait's Selection Outline plugin, but faster.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection SelectionInnerContour.dll & SelectionInnerContour.pdb
Spread out or push together colors close to the selected one.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color phips_selective_enhancer.dll
Build up a list of colours, then convert each pixel in the image to the closest colour in the list. Lists can be saved and loaded as paint.net Palette files. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Apply toning corrections. With blending mode selector and alpha channel support. Similar to Advanced Color Replacement.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color phips_selective_toning.dll
Self-Negation 26 Jul 2012 Xhin
Does the equivalent of taking a selection, adding it to another layer, setting the layer mode to 'Negation' and flattening it.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Self-Negation.dll
Sepia 2 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Apply a sepia filer to an image. Configurable intensity. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Monochromes.dll & Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Diagnose the Shade, Transparency and Saturation of an image or selection by recoloring using the Primary color.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Diagnostic ShadiSearch2.dll
Fix excessively contrasted photos, by brightening shadows and/or darkening highlights. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo ShadowHighlight.dll
Shadow effect 01 Oct 2006 ryanr23
Generates shadows with angle and transparency options. Like Google Map. Recompiled by Midora to work with paint.net 4.x.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > ShadowEffect.dll
Draw rays, arrows & circles with 'tv snow' effect (similar to chalk drawing) added to the shapes.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Shape_umabob.dll
Shape3D 16 Jun 2007 MKT
Wrap your image around a 3D shape (with appropriate lighting).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Shape3D.dll
Creates a gradient in a multitude of shapes. Round, square, conical, linear and also elliptic, trapezoid, hexagonal & more…
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection shapegradient.dll
New version has been released: see ShapeMaker 1.3+ See also: #110677
Effect Obsolete 4.0.6+ Effects > Advanced DHShapeMaker.dll
ShapeMaker is a tool which uses a WYSIWYG interface to allow the creation of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) Shapes, Lines and Curves. paint.net Shapes can be created and manipulated using just the mouse. Extensive documentation in two PDF files supplied in the download. The Dwarf Horde are [member=toe_head2001], [member=TechnoRobbo], [member=Red Ochre], [member=Ego Eram Reputo] and [member=BoltBait].
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Advanced DHShapeMaker.dll
Shapes 12 Dec 2011 MadJik
Render a repeating shape. User selects the increase/decrease step, speed, etc, Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Shapes.dll
Automates a number enhancements for landscape pictures. Also known as 'Sharpen Landscape'. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo Landscape.dll
Sharpen photos with an unsharp mask. Yields finer results than the built-in sharpen effect. Found in Tanel's Plugin Pack. See also: #11619
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo Sharpen+.dll
Shatters 04 Nov 2011 black2hack
Break up an image into fragments. Note Beta status. Similar to Mosaic See also: #14354
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Shatters_0.55beta.dll
Renders the Sierpinski triangle (an infinitely repeating pattern of equilateral triangles) to a selection or layer. Many options including colorization and zoom level. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Texture Sierpinski.dll
Signature stamp 09 Feb 2018 MadJik
Tool kit to create a personal signature stamp which can be applied to an image as an Effect. CodeLab source file and sample images provided, along with step by step instructions. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
External Resource Active 4.0.21+ N/A Signature.cs
Silhouettes images with partial transparency; turns the RGB to 000000 while preserving alpha. Silhouette(sp?)
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Silhoette.dll
Converts the entire canvas into your selected color while preserving the alpha levels of each pixel. Found in Mike Ryan's Plugins See also: #11645
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Color silhouetteplus.dll
Plugin Pack for 4.0x. Pack includes Effects: Custom BrushesMini, DragFrom, Editable Text, ExtendBorder, FindEdges, Olden, PrinterPlus, ThatOtherApp and Filetype: AnimGif.
Plugin Pack Active 4.0+ N/A N/A
There is no forum thread for this plugin pack. Find it as a link in one of the effect threads. Effects: Alpha Mask Brush, Bullet, Channels, Conditional Pen, Create Image Map, Desktop Background Preview, FilmNoir, FindEdges, Fire, Flags, ImageShack Upload, JPEG Effect, PDN Watermark, Pixelated Frame, Stock Library, Subtle Effect, Texture, Transitional Brush. Filetypes: AviFile, AVIImport & SVGImport. Note: the file SBCommon.dll is required to be installed with these effects.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
Effects: CustomBrushesMini, ThatOtherApp, Printer+, Find Edges, Olden, Editable Text, Extend Border, DragFrom. Filetypes: Animated Image. Note: the file SBCommon.dll is required to be installed with these effects.
Plugin Pack Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A N/A
Draw vertical /horizontal lines across a selection.
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Render Lines.dll
Simplify 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Blur which simplifies the image by reducing color differences (and therefore fine detail). Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Reduces the color depth of an image as if they had x bits of color data. Both monochrome and RGB options are included. Supporting files (dither folder) go in the /Documents/paint.net User Files/ folder.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo SimulateColorDepth.dll plus a number of xml supporting files.
Sine Curves 09 Jan 2008 MadJik
Use Equation in Curtis' Plugin Pack. See also: #8043
Effect Depreciated Untested Effects > Render Sine curve.dll
Uses sine function to apply a horizontal &/or vertical shift. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort SinWaves.dll
Single Hue 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Recolor an image to greyscale and a single color (hue). Hue and Saturation are configurable. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Slinky 22 Apr 2014 Red Ochre
Render ellipses or circles along a line or curve... or in concentric circles. Named after the helical spring toy, this effect can be made to mimic.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Slinky.dll
Smart Blur 19 Feb 2008 KrisVDM
Similar to the built in Surface Blur. Found in Kris VDM's Plugin Pack. See also: #8375
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.Blurs.dll &Vandermotten.PaintDotNetEffects.dll
Smart Sharpen 15 Jun 2009 Pebal
Dedicated to sharpening images after reduction size. Uses an adaptive algorithm, optimized for maximum reduction of halo effect.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo SmartSharpen.dll
Smooth 5 Jun 2014 null54
v4.0x version of Smooth - originally found in Toli's Effects plugin pack.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Blurs Smooth.dll, Smooth.ini & IniFile.dll (required)
Smooth 12 Nov 2007 Toli
Selected area is smoothed internally, as if there were no surroundings. Found in Toli's Effects. See also: #6828
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs Smooth.dll, Smooth.ini & IniFile.dll (required)
Smooth Noise 14 Dec 2017 MadJik
A noise generator which uses repeatable patterns and smoothing formula. Options to specify the cell size and pattern size as well as many other options. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Noise SmoothNoise.dll
Smudge v2.2 04 Jul 2008 pyrochild
Use custom brushes (*.png format) to smudge along the mouse path. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools Smudge.dll
Soft Proofing 17 Jan 2016 null54
Simulates how the current layer would look when printed with a specified color profile. The layer can then be exported as a JPEG or TIFF with the target color profile embedded.
Effect Active 4.0.10+ Effects > Tools SoftProofing.dll + SoftProofingLCMS_x64.dll or SoftProofingLCMS_x86.dll
Enhance or reduce the amount of color saturation. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5 (DLL contains numerous effects). Note: renamed Vibrance in 4.0x See also: #18811
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Soften Edges 03 Mar 2008 jchunn
Detect 'rough' edges and softens them. Found in Jesse Chunn Plugin Pack. See also: #8408
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Blurs jchunn.dll (also contains others)
Similar to the built in Soften Portrait effect only up to 40 times faster. Found in Ed Harvey's FastFx plugin pack. See also: #18819
Effect Active Untested Effects > FastFx EdHarvey.FastFx.dll, EdHarvey.FastFx.pdb and one of FastBlur_x64.dll or FastBlur_x86.dll
Solarize 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Reverses the hue of shadows and highlights. No configurable parameters. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Sound Wave 10 Sep 2009 person_321
Renders a wave pattern. Found in Person_321's Texture & Color Plugins See also: #16103
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Sound wave.dll
Spaced Text 08 Mar 2017 simmetric
Text rendering plugin which supports kerning & line spacing as well as a slew of basic word processing effects. Does not support OTF fonts. Jusitify option added 4 Aug 2017.
Effect Active 4.0.12+ Effects > Text Formations SpacedTextPlugin.dll & SpacedTextPlugin.pdb
Incompatible with 4.0x. Generate glowing spheres, diamonds, and flares, with lots of parameters. Replaced by MadJiks Sparkle Effect See also: #9293
Effect Depreciated 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Render Sparkle_Glitter.dll
Sparkle Stars 11 Sep 2007 kshotts
Generate stars. Replaced by MadJiks Sparkle Effect. Appears broken in 4.0.5226. See also: #9293
Effect Obsolete 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Sparkle_Stars.dll
Sparkles Effect 12 Apr 2008 MadJik
Scans the image to find the bright highlights then adds some sparkle to them. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Sparkles.dll
Speech Bubble 21 Mar 2010 dpy
Write speech bubbles and text directly to the canvas. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Text Formations SpeechBubble.dll
Spiral 27 Jan 2008 MadJik
Simple spiral plugin. Use it to create/add spirals to your images. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Spiral.dll
Writes text on a spiral. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Text Formations SpiralText.dll
Rotate a layer using a virtual spirit level. Ideal for misaligned horizons in photos. Note: the rotation is limited to the range +/- 45°. Many options to rescale or refit the image to the canvas.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo SpiritLevel.Effect.dll & SpiritLevel.Effect.dlc
SpiroGraph 27 Jul 2007 MadJik
Draws alternated centred polygons and rotates/reduces each of them. Uses Primary & Secondary colors. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render SpiroGraph.dll
SpiroShapes 14 Nov 2006 MadJik
Draws repeating polygon shapes to create a more complex shape. Similar to spirograph. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render SpiroShapes.dll
Splashes 13 Apr 2008 MadJik
Create filled or unfilled splashes (think unusual closed polygon shapes). Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Splashes.dll
Create paths similar to dripping paint. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Splatter.dll
Splinter 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Generates a number of rays (splinters) radiating outwards from the pixel. Number of splinters, length and rotation are configurable. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Creates a circular wheels with options to specify size, spoke number, axle size, rim thickness, color and more. CodeLab source provided. See post #12 of the thread for a paint.net 3.5.11 compatible version.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render SpokedWheel.dll
Sponge Effect 21 May 2015 ReMake
Simulates painting with a sponge. Options include Brush Size, Roughness and Intensity. Also available in Russian. Source available.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Sponge_en.dll or Sponge_ru.dll
Spot the center 10 Mar 2018 MadJik
Places a configurable marker at the center of the canvas, selection or weighted selection. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Selection SpotCenter.dll
Test and design Sprite Sheets.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Animation PDNSpriteSheetAnim.dll
Saves a multilayered sprite sheet to a single layered file with the layers positioned side-by-side.
Filetype Active Untested N/A SpriteSheet.dll
Squirkle 12 Nov 2011 Red Ochre
Render 'squirkle' shapes from rounded lozenge through circle to square. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render squirkle.dll
Magnifies and distorts 'squirkular' (square/circle) shapes. Found in Red Ochre's Plugin Pack See also: #22500
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort squirklewarp.dll
Star Glow 11 Jul 2010 MadJik
Use it to add some high lustre sparkle to your image. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize StarGlow.dll
Starry Sky 04 Jan 2010 mcamp14
Creates a starry sky (utilizes PixelLab). Renders a handful of stars on a black background. No configurable parameters.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Starry.dll
Stars Effect 12 Apr 2008 MadJik
Create polygon based multipoint stars. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Stars.dll
Steganography 06 Jul 2007 BoltBait
Hide / show a second image in your original image. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Steganography Steganography.dll
Stencil 21 Feb 2008 jchunn
Convert an image (or selection) into a two color image similar to a stencil. Found in Jesse Chunn Plugin Pack. See also: #8408
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Artistic jchunn.dll (also contains others)
Create a stencil (monotone) image based on the primary color.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Stencil2Eye.dll
Apply one of five filters to your image. Filters are Dilate, Kuwahara Filter, Kuwahara Filter Modified, To Angle and Transparency By Color Subtraction.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stewein Filters StewienFilters.dll
A plugin which helps position & pose predefined stick figures using a simple click-n-drag interface. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Stickman.dll
Stipple 21 Nov 2012 davidf
Replaces an image with a 'dotted' version (circles with density depending on the image brightness).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Stipple.dll
Stitch 10 Sep 2007 pyrochild
Distorts base image with a 'splintered' appearance. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Stitch.dll
Manage your stock images from within paint.net. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported Untested Unknown StockLibrary.dll
Removes pixels which are surrounded by transparent pixels. More poetically, it removes opaque islands in a sea of transparency. 4.0 version recompiled by toe_head2001.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Misc StrayPixelRemover.dll
StringAndPin 30 Jul 2014 Red Ochre
Mimics String Art (aka Nail and Yarn) by stringing colored lines evenly between three fixed points to form abstract geometric patterns. Relocatable 'pin' points & many coloring options.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines StringAndPin.dll
Stus Effects 12 Jan 2010 sradforth
Selection Obscurer, Advanced Rotate, Alpha Contrast, Vignette, iPhone TabBar Icon Maker & RGB remapper.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
SubLCD 10 Oct 2015 toe_head2001
This is a usability update of xrl's original SubLCD resize plugin (LCD Subsampling resize), which is 'useful if you want to display your images in a LCD/Plasma screen as it gives the appearance of a little more resolution.'
Adjustment Active 4.0.6+ Adjustments > SubLCD.dll
Incompatible with 4.0x. Allows you to select a plugin and independently adjust the opacity that the effect will hold over the original image. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 not 4.0 Unknown SubtleEffect.dll
Subtract Color 23 Oct 2012 davidf
An easy to use color remover (i.e. color-to-alpha).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color SubtractColor.dll
Imports SVG and SVGZ files (Scalable Vector Graphics) and renders them as paint.net layers.
Filetype Active Untested N/A ImSVG.Open.FileType.dll & ImSVG.Open.FileType.dlc (/FileTypes). OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dll & OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dlc (paint.net installation folder)
SVGImport 28 Aug 2008 Simon Brown
Adds support for SVG files. Files will be rasterized by the conversion process. Note: requires InkScape be installed.
Filetype Unsupported Untested N/A SVGImport.dll
Converts the image to shades of gray based on the alpha value of each pixel. Useful for making masks. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Alpha2Gray.dll
Deletes white/black from and image (leaving transparent pixels). Converts all other pixels to black. Useful for isolating line art. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Gray2Alpha.dll
Eight way mirroring plugin which replicates the NW to N octet. NB: Only works on square canvasses.
Effect New 4.1+ Effects > Artistic ForCrossMirror.dll
Table 06 Mar 2017 Red Ochre
Renders tables and grids. Only found in Red Ochre's plugin pack.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render Table.dll
Screen shot utility to take screen images and send them to paint.net.
External Resource Active Untested N/A ClippingsDotNET_Setup.exe
Effects: Sharpen+, Shadow/highlight recovery, Local contrast enhancement, Color to alpha, Color mixer, Red eye quick fix, Basic photo adjustments, Black & White Converter, Eyeshine (animal red-eye) removal, Grain noise, Alpha blur v2, Bidirectional Blur.
Plugin Pack Active Untested N/A N/A
Target Panel 10 Jul 2008 rwp80
Target Panel v1.0 advanced color manipulator. Found in Color Target Plugin Pack See also: #10729
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color TargetPanelV10.dll
Tartan 23 Oct 2015 toe_head2001
Build and render custom tartan/plaid patterns.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Texture Tartan.dll
Generates a Tattersall pattern with custom colors, line width, spacing, and line style.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Render Tattersall.dll
TechnoRobbo's Plugin Pak. Contains: TR's Displacement Map, TR's ZigZag, TR's Tesla Coil, TR's Star Filter, TR's Scatter, TR's Cloud Control, Tessellation Combo, Noise Bleacher, Line Tracer, Layer Cake, Full Spectrum Posterizer, Fish Eye, Distort This!, CMY Ghost, Cycle HSV, TR's Halftone, TR's Colorizer HMS, TR's Tiled Pixels, TR's Edge Fader Extreme (EFX), TR's Pixel Sharpener, TR's B&W Photo, TR's Bokeh, TR's Pixel Pusher, TR's Tilt Shift, TR's Contour Filler, TR's Coquin Graduated Filter, TR's Strobe Motion, TR's Str8Edge Tool, TR's Film Stock, TR's Alpha Cutter, TR's Smudger, TR's Pixel Puller, TR's DoodleMatic, TR's FreeWarp, TR's SplineMaster, TR's PseudoSnap.
Plugin Pack Active Untested N/A N/A
Adjusts photos to tune the image temperature (blue through orange) and tinting (green through magenta). See also: #113220
Adjustment Active 4.0.6+ Adjustments > Temperature.dll
A pair of plugins to offset an object then tile it from the clipboard.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A Offset.dll & PasteFill.dll
Tesserae v1.0 23 Dec 2016 NomBot
A mosaic effect which uses path brushes to apply a tiled texture to an existing image.
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Artistic Tesserae.dll
Impressive Word Art package for paint.net. Registration is required to remove watermark protection.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > TextPro.dll
Encodes hidden text within an image. The plugin is also needed to view the text. Note: Beta status.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Steganography TextSteganography.dll
Renders a string of text to the layer or selection. String can be repeated, offset & a specific font specified. For PDN 3.5 version see post #21 in the thread.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Text Formations TextWindow.dll
Text+ 21 Aug 2012 dpy
Render text specifying line spacing, location, direction, color and font pitch. Useful for when you need precise placement of text.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Text Formations Textplus.dll
Texture 24 Jun 2009 Simon Brown
Add a custom texture to the image on the canvas. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Depreciated 3.5.10 Effects > Stylize Texture.dll
Texture Merger 27 Oct 2016 MJW
Combines two height maps, one on the canvas and the other in the clipboard. Each height map consists of an 8-bit alpha channel and a 24-bit depth, formed by combining the RGB channels into a single 24-bit unsigned integer.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Height Map TextureMerger.dll
Converts objects to rounded height maps.For the most common case of an object that's symmetric about the vertical axis, it produces a height map for the object of rotation. For example, it will convert a filled circle to a spherical height map, a filled isosceles triangle to a conical height map, and a filled rectangle to a cylindrical height map.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Height Map Texture Object Rounder.dll
Texture Scaler 08 Jan 2017 MJW
Utility to rescale height maps.
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Height Map Texture Scaler.dll
Texture Shader 27 Jun 2015 MJW
Uses the current layer as a height map to texture an image held in the clipboard. The clipboard image will appear to have shading and displacement applied as defined by the black and white height map. For 3.5.11 compatible version see post #20.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TextureShader.dll
Texture Smoother 10 Sep 2016 MJW
Attempts to smooth black-and-white height maps into 24-bit height maps using 'Laplacian smoothing', which amounts to repeatedly replacing each depth with a weighted average of the depths in the immediate neighborhood.
Effect Active 4.0.12+ Effects > Height Map TextureSmoother.dll
Add a texture to a photo or image by changing the pixels brightness (based on the gradient of the texture).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Texturize.dll
Adds an item to the tools menu which allows you to shell out to another application (GIMP, Photoshop, etc..,) to edit the current layer. On Save & Close the changes will appear in paint.net.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools ThatOtherApp.dll
Create a thermal representation of an image where brightness becomes 'heat' and dimness becomes 'cool'.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort ThermalHeatMapEffect.dll
Threshold 10 Sep 2006 Ed Harvey
Converts a range of colors to black and white based on the user set threshold. Color channel is selectable as are the minima and maxima. Found in Ed Harvey Effects v3.5 See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll
Threshold 14 Apr 2008 Simon Brown
The threshold effect will change all pixels over the specified number to white, and the rest black. This version is obsolete, use Ed Harvey's version in Ed Harvey Effects See also: #18811
Effect Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Incompatible with 4.0x. Fills the current image with a tiled version of another image (held in the clipboard).
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Fill TileFillFromClipboard.dll
Tile Image 31 Jan 2008 Curtis
Tiles the image a number of times in each direction. Has the ability to flip every 2nd image to make the edges line up. Found in Curtis' Plugin Pack. Three DLL's contain a number of effects. See also: #8043
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort CurtisBlack.Effects.dll, CurtisBlack.Resources.dll & CurtisBlack.Common.dll
Enhanced version of 'Tiles Reflection' from paint.net v3.1. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Tiles.dll
Uses a point & click interface to tiles square regions of a loaded image onto the active layer. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Effect Active 4.0.13+ Effects > Render TileWorld.dll
Tim's Effects 11 Mar 2009 Tim!
Contains: Rounded Rectangle v1.2 & Mosaic Effect v1.0.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
Tint Splinter 10 Sep 2012 Xhin
Recolor an image by simultaneously tinting it with two different colors. Can take an RGB channel and shift it to another, for example shift green to red.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color Tint-Splitter.dll
TinyPNG 05 Mar 2015 toe_head2001
Save filetype plugin that uses the TinyPNG service to compress images. TinyPNG is a lossy compression system which maintains transparency and most visual quality. Note: An active internet connect is required. The plugin will send your image to a third party service (TinyPNG), and download the compressed version. You should read TinyPNG's Terms of Service, and you need to sign up for your own API key.
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A TinyPNGFileType.dll and TinyPNG.txt into /FileTypes/ folder
Adjustments: SubLCD. Effects: Gaussian Blur (Clamped), Screen Pixel, Blur Fill, Inset Box Shadow, Barcode, Bulletin Board Trim,Coordinate Plane Points, Gingham, Isometric Cuboid, Jigsaw Puzzle, Pie Chart, Postage Stamp, Ruler, Spoked Wheel, Tartan, Tattersall, Two-point Perspective, Radius Corners & Text Window. Available as stand-alone dll's or can be installed with custom exe installer.
Plugin Pack Active 4.0.10+ N/A N/A
Modify the alpha channel by resetting the Alpha value (subtracting the alpha channel value from 255). CodeLab source code included.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Artistic Toggle Alpha Channel.dll
Toli's Effects 14 Nov 2007 Toli
Effects: Mirror/Rotate, Mirror / Rotate Menu, Engrave/Emboss, Smooth. All effects require IniFile.dll be present in /Effects/ folder. Language files are also available as part of the package.
Plugin Pack Active 3.5.10 N/A N/A
Null54 has recompiled 'Toli's Effects v2.0.2' pack in to be compatible with paint.net 4.0. Effects: Mirror/Rotate, Mirror / Rotate Menu, Engrave/Emboss, Smooth. All effects require IniFile.dll be present in /Effects/ folder.
Plugin Pack Active 4.0+ N/A N/A
Load and save Tom's palette format (Palettes data is displayed on odd lines in rows of 32, the next line contains the previous lines Quantise information)
Filetype Active Untested N/A TomsPaletteFormatFileType.dll
Reinterprets the tone gradient as a height map with directional lighting. Various emboss type effects and coloring options.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize TGAngle.dll
Reinterprets the magnitude of the tone gradient to create various outline effects. In other words it creates an outline in proportion to the change in tone.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize TGMagnitude.dll
Toon Filter 28 Aug 2006 ownage
Extracts pencil / line type drawing from an image (based on edge detection).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > TOON.dll
Simplifies image colors using code based on DirectX toon shaders.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Toon Shader.dll
Creates spiraling strings of seeds or beads in vivid color. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Texture Tournesol.dll
Set up to 512 points around an object to define a mask.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object TRsAlphaCutter.dll
Graphically adjust how brightness translates to transparency. Useful for blending images.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > TRsAlphaMapper.dll
Simulates the use of color filters and hot spots in B&W photography.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color TRsBWPhoto.dll
A classic photographic effect of multicolored diffuse circles overlaid over the image. Almost like blurred Christmas lights.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo TRsBokeh.dll
Redraws the contents of the layer/selection with simulated brush strokes. Options: Texture, Stroke Width, Stoke Direction, Bristles.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic TRsBrushStrokes.dll
Renders configurable clouds to the layer or selection.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsCloudControl.dll
Reduce the number of colors (n) in an image. Useful to reduce file sizes. Editable color table if n<1000 and ability to save as a palette if n<97.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color TRsColorReducer.dll
Finds the borders between colors (not shades) and allows the user to interpret 'ripples' as they fan out in waves from the epicenter.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic TRsIsopleth.dll
Smoothly adjust the image colorization between three color ranges (highlights, midtones & shadow).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color TR'sColorizerHMS.dll
Gradient fill effect which conforms to the contour of the Alpha Channel.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color TRsColorFiller.dll
Apply Jean Coquin's graduated filter. A simulation of the 1970's photographic effect.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color TRsCoquin.dll
A French word, croquis means 'sketch'. The plugin mimics a quick pencil sketch of the contents of the selection or layer.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic TRsCroquis.dll
Remaps the image colors to conform to a custom (paint.net) palette by finding the nearest color match.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color TRsCustomPaletteMatch.dll
Fills the layer or selection with multiple copies of a specified png in varying sizes and rotation.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsCustomRandomFill.dll
Enlargement/distortion effect.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort DispMap.dll
Replaced by Distort This! v2.8 by toe_head2001.
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort DistortThis.dll
A photo retouching tool which allows the application of effects via custom brushes. Effects included: Dodge, Burn, blur, sharpen, saturate, desaturate, contrast, rotate hue, color blend & luminosity. Many other photography type options.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Photo TRsDodgeBurn.dll
Edge detection effect which turns artwork into a pencil type sketch.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic TRsDoodleMatic.dll
Re-maps rectangular images to circular.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TRsDrumSkin.dll
Fade the hard edge of an object. Like feathering, only stronger. Now called TR's EFX and located in the Object menu.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object EdgeFader.dll
Exports any selection from the active layer (including irregular shaped selections). Exports to the PNG format.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection TRsExportSelection.dll
A simulation of time lapse of writing with light. You place the nodes and the plugin draws fine filaments in a continuous curve through all the nodes. Many options to control filaments and colors.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines TRsFilaments.dll
Mimics photographic film speed (ISO) by reinterpreting the contrast in an image without losing the dynamic range.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo TRsFilmStock.dll
Creates a proof sheet style image from a series of video grabs. Number of columns in the finished compilation is configurable. Note that the two support files are essential.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Photo TRsFilmStripPlgIn.dll, AxInterop.WMPLib.dll and Interop.WMPLib.dll (all to /Effects folder).
Create star bursts and skyrocket type explosions.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsFireWorks.dll
Distortion tool which reshapes an image by stretching it’s detail.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TRsFreeWarp.dll
TR's Fuego 12 Jan 2014 TechnoRobbo
A parametric fire simulator (creates realistic flames for the Pyrochild in all of us).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsFuego.dll
A Refraction-like distortion with an un-distorted center. In other words - it distorts the image as if it were viewed through curved glass. Shiny!
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TRsGlassVignette.dll
Simulate Halftone printing (technique used in newspapers and magazines) by interpreting color depth as a Dot or Square.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize TRsHalfTone.dll
Mimics HDR style images by smoothing out the transitions between light and dark, making a dull picture less dull
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color TRsHDRish.dll
Color filter and color augmenter, with options to set the hue, gain, intensity and also to fade in the changes.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color TRsIntenseFilteration.dll
Re-map pixels within an image by the intensity. Supports textures, gradients and custom textures. Some very nice metallic sheens are possible.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Distort TRsIntensityWarp.dll
Abstract art generator inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock (think: paint drips, dribbles and splashes).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines TRsIPollock.dll
Scatter or disperse an image outward from a central point using alpha transparency. Similar to a 360 degree version of Scatter.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Noise TRsKaboom.dll
An animation tool. Create a path for an object then generate frames to animate the image as if it were moving along the path.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Object TRsKeyFrame.dll
Groups generated 'noise' together in clumps to create colorful, vaguely fractal patterns.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Noise KlumpNoiz.dll
Creates monolithic (slab-like) text using an installed font as a base. Think word-art for paint.net. Many options include a range of color options, lighting, pitch, yaw and roll, size, zoom, etc… Bug fix release for PDN 4.1.x by toe_head2001
Effect Active 4.0.8+ Effects > Text Formations TRsMonolithic.dll
Morph one image into another using a control grid to define 'like' areas. Once defined, generates the between images. Also creates warps (self morphs). Outputs a number of successively numbered images for animating.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render TRsMorpher.dll
Converts equirectangular images (think: spherical images or spherical projections) into a texture map and renders them in direct3d.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo TRsPanoPDN.dll & TRPANOVIEW.exe
Custom frame maker which uses a clipboard image to create a frame.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection TRsPasteFrame.dll
Warps an image contained in the clipboard to fill any active selection.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection TRsPasteWarp.dll
Pull the image around to emphasize or de-emphasize perspective. Companion plugin to TR's Pixel Pusher.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TRsPixelPuller.dll
Distort images via stretching and squashing in a manner mimicking a fairground mirror.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TR's Pixel Push.dll
Sharpen photos by emphasising detail and adding noise type texture.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo TRsPixelSharp.dll
Recreate the 80's with this old fashioned Plasma Effect. Cool man, cool.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsPlasmatix.dll
Reduce photo blemishes, wrinkles and lines by smoothing out the subject.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo TRsRetouch.dll
Align an object (must be on a transparent layer) within a configurable grid. In other words it makes the object snap-to-grid
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object TRsPSnap.dll
Outline and/or fill a selection with colors from the color wheels. Outline thickness and softness options.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Selection TRsQuickOutline.dll
Takes the base image and repeats it in radial slices emanating from a common center point. Think of a circular cake that has been sliced from the center many times. Source available.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TRsRadialExtruder.dll
Removes or reduces fisheye distortion to reproduce the original panoramic image. Options to use different algorithms, Linear or Circular.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort ReverseFisheye.dll
Neat effect which simulates the image being eroded into individual pixels by a strong wind.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Noise TRs Scatter.dll
Captures an image directly from a webcam and imports it into the current layer.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo TRsSelfeez.dll
Smudge, smear and blend colors in the layer. Requires that you hold the CTRL key to smudge.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TRsSmudger.dll
Generates iterative fractal-like snow flakes.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render TRsSnowFlakeMaker.dll
Converts a Spherical View image into a cube-map of six files representing Up, Down, Left, Right, Front & Back views.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo TRsSphereCuber.dll
Draw free-form Splines (complex curves through positioning nodes). Draw on an existing image, an empty layer or using an image as a guide. Numerous line types and end cap styles. Later release adds the ability to load, save and edit splines.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsSplineMaster.dll
Adds sparkle or glitter to image highlights. Similar to MadJik's Star Glow See also: #19363
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo TRsStarFilter.dll
Smoothes out jagged edges on a Cut-Out.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object TRsStr8Edge.dll
A fractal generator which uses chaos theory to pump out the fractals known as Strange Attractors - think: wavy line patterns.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsStrangeAttractor.dll
Simulates a stop-motion effect as if continuous motion was captured in a series of images as illuminated by a strobe light.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsStrobeMotion.dll
Simulates an electrical arc with configurable start and end points, thickness, intensity and more.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsTeslaCoil.dll
Turn 2D Images into 3D Images and Terrains where brightness becomes the apparent height (the Third Dimension).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TRsThirdDimension.dll
Pixelate an image or selection and simultaneously apply a shape to the enlarged pixels.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Stylize TRsTiledPixels.dll
A directional gradient blur tool designed to easily achieve an apparent change in the field of view.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs TRsTiltShift.dll
Creates a variety of organic, tree-like branching patterns with realistic leaves.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Iterative Lines TRsTreeMaker.dll
Apply waves, ripples, zigzags and vibrato type distortions.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TRsZigZag.dll
Trail 16 Apr 2010 pyrochild
Echos' an object on an otherwise transparent layer, so that it appears to have a 'trail'. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object Trail.dll
Trail 3d 08 Sep 2010 n d
Creates a shaped gradient 'trail' from the object towards a configurable destination point. Gradient color is editable.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Object trail3d.dll
Trail Blur 26 May 2018 MJW
Create a straight or curved blurred trail. Similar to Motion Blur with additional curve and fade out options.
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Blurs Trail Blur.dll
Allows users to select two colours and have a brush that gradually changes colour between them. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Unsupported 3.5.10 Effects > Tools Transitional Brush.dll
Adjust the opacity of a selection independent of the entire layer. Found in BoltBait's Plugin Pack See also: #113220
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Transparency.dll
Changes all pixels with an Alpha value of zero to transparent black (RGBA 0, 0, 0, 0 or #00000000).
Adjustment Active 4.0+ Adjustments > TransparentToTransparentBlack.dll
Converts all transparent pixels to transparent white.
Adjustment New 4.1+ Adjustments > TransparentToTransparentWhite.dll
TreeGen 08 Jun 2007 MadJik
Generates tree-type trunks and branches. For a more realistic effect, see the GenTree effect. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TreeGen.dll
Makes a triangular gradient in selection (or on the full image when nothing is selected) from primary to secondary color (including alpha).
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Render TriangularGradient.dll
Converts pixel brightness to a shade on a rainbow spectrum. The effect is much like the color cycling when adjusting only the Hue slider in Hue/Saturation
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Color TrippyRainbow.dll
True Blur 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Subtle blurring effect which allows much finer control than other blurs. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Blurs EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Simulates resolution loss by taking the values of each color channel (and optionally the transparency channel) and snapping them to multiples of the given number. An image with 8 as a number converts each color channel value to a multiple of 8.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Stylize Truncate_resolution.dll
Distort an image as if you wrapped it around a cylinder. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TubeOblique.dll
Two plugins to render lines and circles combined with turbulence. Turbulent Circles: Renders concentric circles ranging from smooth to wavy (creates textures like smoke rings, lava, flower petals, etc…,). Turbulent Lines: Render lines combined with turbulence with results ranging from smooth lines to chaotic waves (creates textures like waves, horizons, marble, wood grain, smoke, etc…,).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render TurbulentLines.dll & TurbulentCircles.dll
Add TWAIN support for scanners. Should be compatible with all scanners that are TWAIN compliant. Place both Twainable.dll and EZTW32.dll in the /Effects/ folder.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Tools Twainable.dll and EZTW32.dll
Twainable+ 04 Apr 2014 null54
Allows paint.net to use 32-bit TWAIN drivers on a 64-bit OS. Place both files in the /Effects/ folder.
Effect Active Untested Effects > Tools TwainProxy.exe & TwainablePlus.dll
Tweak edges 25 Aug 2011 Red Ochre
Detects abrupt changes in tone and produces outlines from these tonal changes.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Tweakedges.dll
Thicken outlines, set transparency minima & maxima, bevels & shadow/halo effects
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Transparency Tweaktrans2.dll
Twist 16 Apr 2010 pyrochild
Twist a portion of an image. Configurable size & many other parameters. Found in Pyrochild's Plugins See also: #7291
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools Twist.dll
TwistZ 26 Sep 2007 MadJik
Transform an image by applying a spiral twist. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort TwistZ.dll
Assesses the tones in an image and apportions two colours between the thresholds.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > TwoToneThreshold.dll
Generates a Rectangular Cuboid and shows it using two-point (vanishing point) projection
Effect Active 4.0.8+ Effects > Render TwoPointPerspective.dll
UnAlpha 28 Oct 2013 doverdemon77
Highlight fully or partially transparent pixels with the Primary Color, or replace them with different Alpha values.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color UnAlpha-v01.dll
Unblend 18 Aug 2015 ArgusMagnus
Reverses 'Normal' blending using a selection and a specified color (Primary, Average or Dominant color) to create a new image. Each pixel has the minimum Alpha value which recreates the original image under 'normal' blending with the specified color. See also: #32337
Effect Active 4.1+ Effects > Color ArgusPDN.Unblend.dll
Unblend 05 Mar 2014 Legorol
Removes a chosen color from the image and replaces it with transparency. In other words, it performs the reverse of a normal blend operation with the chosen color.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Unblend.dll
Erases the background surrounding an unselected region, but keeps the rectangular area which minimally bounds the unselected area. NB: no user interface. 3.5.11 version supplied by Maximilian (found in the third post of the thread).
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Selection UnselectedRectangleKeeper.dll
Unsharp Mask 22 Feb 2008 romein
Incompatible with 4.0x. Corrects blurring introduced during photographing, scanning, resampling, or printing.
Effect Active 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Photo UnsharpMask.dll
Upload images direct to the internet from within paint.net. Requires resource file SBCommon.dll to reside in the Effects directory. Found in Simon Brown's Legacy Plugin Pack.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools ImageShackUpload.dll, ImageShackUpload.pdb & SBCommon.dll
Renders a pair of triangles as an optical aid to determining the vanishing point in a composition.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Composition VanishPoint.dll
Support for Vantage Sat Receiver Preview Images.
Filetype Active Untested N/A VbpFileType.dll
Varicose 08 Feb 2008 jchunn
Wibbly line creator. Found in Jesse Chunn Plugin Pack. See also: #8408
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Render jchunn.dll (also contains others)
Varicose 2 21 Feb 2018 MadJik
Create wibbly lines with this updated version of Jchunn's original Varicose plugin. More options and language support. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0.21+ Effects > Stylize Varicose2.dll
Blurs then color bands an image. The result is somewhat similar to the appearance of oil on water. Found in Ahmed's Plugin Pack See also: #25275
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Vibration.dll
Vibrato 19 Apr 2007 MadJik
Generates colored moire rings within the colored parts of an image. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Texture Vibrato.dll
View Framer 19 Aug 2016 MJW
Overlays a frame/guidelines to serve as a guides to further editing. Note: should be applied to a blank layer above the target image.
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Render ViewFramer.dll
Vignette 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Apply a black vignette to the image. Size, shape and strength are all configurable. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Vignette+ 29 May 2014 BoltBait
Enhanced vignette plugin. Adds a black, white or colored vignette. Softer than the built in effect. See also: #113220
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Photo VignettePlus.dll
Vignette1 12 Jan 2010 sradforth
Easy vignette creator. Options include power (strength of effect), X and Y axis configuration and transparency/coloring. Found in Stu's Effects. See also: #17732
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Artistic Vignette1.dll
Radial Vignetting Photo Filter. Due to the similarity to Ed Harvey's Vignette plugin, this plugin has been flagged obsolete and the thread removed from the forum. See also: #18811
Effect Obsolete Untested Unknown Unknown
Vitrious 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Expand or contract a range of colors by specifying the Hue and Amount of change. Think of this as a subtle recoloring effect. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Volutes 10 Apr 2009 MadJik
Draws random curves. The curve is pre-calculated and then resized to fit in the image, so start and end points are at random positions. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render Volutes.dll
VTF file support. File format used by the Source engine (Half-Life 2 etc.).
Filetype Active Untested N/A VtfFileType.dll and one of VTFLib.x64.dll or VTFLib.x86.dll
Render a reflection as if your image was reflected in water. Updated. See Found in Wet Floor Reflection. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7185
Effect Depreciated 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort WaterReflection.dll
Wave Text v1.0 25 Oct 2009 dpy
Writes a string of text along a sine curve. The dll named WaveTextSUI.dll is enhanced for larger displays. Found in dpy's Pack See also: #16643
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Text Formations WaveText.dll or WaveTextSUI.dll
Performs a Haar 2-tap transformation of an image (quarters the image size makes three duplicates, performing different edge detection algorithms on each).
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Fun HaarTransform.dll
Waves 14 Apr 2007 MadJik
Wave distortion effect. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort Waves.dll
Weave 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Distort the image as if it was cut into strips and woven back together. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
WebP Filetype 26 Mar 2011 null54
Load and save Google's WebP filetype. To install place all three dlls from the download in the FileTypes folder.
Filetype Active 3.5.10 N/A WebPFiletype.dll and one of WebP_x86.dll or WebP_x64.dll
Renders a reflection of an object as if it was standing on a wet floor. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort WetFloor.dll
Identify files by looking for a specific signature in the file content. Can correct improperly assigned extensions.
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Tools WhatIsIt.Effect.dll/.dlc (paint.net/Effects/ folder)
Character & symbol browser/writer for installed fonts. Character is rendered using the Primary color. Found in EER's Plugin Pack. See also: #110145
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render WhichSymbolRedux.dll
Subtle recoloring effects. Specify Hue and Amount (strength) of the retinting. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Color EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Color correction, based off of a neutral point in the image.
Adjustment Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Adjustments > Whitepoint.dll
Adds reading support for all image formats supported by the Windows Imaging Component (WIC) codecs on your computer.
Filetype Active 4.0+ N/A WicDecoder.dll
Imports Windows metafiles and renders them to paint.net bitmap layers. Supported types are WMF, EMF, EMF+, and the compressed variants WMZ and EMZ. There is a very basic implementation of export to EMF.
Filetype Active 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A OptionBasedLibrary vX.X.dll/.dlc to the paint.net/ folder and ImEMF,WMF.FileType.dll/dlc' to the paint.net/FileTypes/ folder
Opens WMF files as a raster image. NOTE: OPENS FILES ONLY - will not save the *.WMF format. To install place all three DLL files in the /Filetypes/ folder.
Filetype Active Untested N/A WMFFileType.dll, WMF2WPF.dll & WPFGDI.dll
Wobble 03 May 2010 Ed Harvey
Applies a ripple distortion across the image surface. Wavelet size, shape and magnitude are all configurable. Similar to Ripple. Found in Ed Harvey Effectsv3.5. DLL contains numerous effects. See also: #18811
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Distort EdHarvey.Effects.dll & EdHarvey.Effects.pdb
Overlays edging and shadowing to make the source image look like it has been woven out of narrow strips.
Effect Active 4.0.19+ Effects > Texture WovenPhoto94.dll
WSQ file type 26 Jun 2013 odalet
Load and save WSQ files. The WSQ (Wavelet Scalar Quantization) algorithm is a compression algorithm used for gray-scale fingerprint images. Developed by the FBI.
Filetype Active 3.5.10 N/A Delta.Wsq.dll, PdnWsq.dll and one of nbis32.dll or nbis64.dll
Renders horizontal bars of rainbow hues. Found in Person_321's Texture & Color Plugins See also: #16103
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render X Rainbow bars.dll
Load and save images in GIMP native file format XCF (and its packed variants XCFGZ and XCFBZ2). To install, copy the two files into the /FileTypes/ folder.
Filetype Active Untested N/A ImXCF.FileType.dll and ImXCF.Command.exe (required)
XNB format 25 Jun 2011 r2d2rigo
Loads XNA 4 uncompressed Texture2D & XNBs compiled for Windows or Windows Phone. No save option. To install, copy all four DLL files to the /FileTypes/ folder.
Filetype Active Untested N/A PdnXnb.dll, squish.dll, squish64.dll and ManagedSquish.dll
XPM support in paint.net. Note: doesn't handle every XPM option.
Filetype Active Untested N/A XPMFileType.dll
XY Coords 03 Aug 2007 MadJik
Creates a grid with the text giving the position of the cell in this grid with X,Y coords. Useful to understand the transformation done by other distort effects. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack. See also: #7186
Effect Active 3.5.x, 4.0x Effects > Render XYCoords.dll
XY Coords 23 Sep 2017 MadJik
Originally a tool created to find out how a picture is distorted/transformed by over effects (useful with Shape 3D). The effect renders regularly spaced X,Y coordinate pairs to the canvas. Found in Magical Plugins Megapack See also: #7186
Effect Active 4.0+ Effects > Texture XYCoords.dll
Creates shapes/lines using scales. Appears in Effects menu as 'eShape_umabob' for some strange reason.
Effect Active 3.5.10 Effects > Shape_umabob.dll
Loads/saves the contents of a paint.net document (layers and metadata) from/to a compressed ZIP Archive. Each layer becomes a separate file in the archive. Several formats for the layer files are supported: PNG, BMP, GIF, and JPEG. Additionally a thumbnail and a composite image can be stored in the archive.
Filetype Active 3.5.x, 4.0x N/A ImZIP.FileType.dll/.dlc (paint.net/FileTypes/)
Zoom Blur Deluxe 26 Feb 2007 dake
Incompatible with 4.0x. Improved zoom blur effect. Also known as Fast zoom blur.
Effect Depreciated 3.5.10 not 4.0 Effects > Blurs ZoomBlurDeluxe_v0.2.dll
Updated version of Zoom Blur Deluxe. The effect applies a blur which increases in magnitude as the distance increases away from the specified center point.
Effect Active 4.0.6+ Effects > Blurs ZoomBlurDeluxe.dll