Paint.NET/Effects

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There are a lot of different effects in Paint.NET that you may use for the benefit of your image (or not). At any time you may press Ctrl+F to repeat the last effect you applied, with the same settings.

Effects Menu[edit]

The effects menu is where all of the different effects will show. Some are packaged with Paint.NET; others must be downloaded and extracted into the Paint.NET\Effects\ folder. Only the default effects will be dealt with here.

Blurs[edit]

There are six default blurs.

Gaussian Blur[edit]

Gaussian Blur is just your average blurring. Mostly, it is used as a softener to remove overly sharp edges, or pixelation.

Median[edit]

This blur reduces noise. As of the 3.20 Release, it's now under 'Noise' instead of 'Blurs'.

Motion Blur[edit]

This blurs the image in a way that makes it look like it is moving in a certain direction.

Radial Blur[edit]

Blurs the image like it is spinning around the center of the image.

Unfocus[edit]

Makes it appear like you are seeing it, but not looking at it. Seeing is believing (Use it and you'll know what I mean).

Zoom Blur[edit]

Makes it appear that you are zooming past the image. Once again, seeing is believing.

Distort[edit]

There are four different default distortions.

Bulge[edit]

Bulges the image out at the center. Like a pot belly.

Polar Inversion[edit]

Um. Just use it. I don't think it's really useful.

Tile Reflection[edit]

Sort of cuts it into tiles and makes it look like it's reflecting off those tiles. Looks really cool, please try it.

Twist[edit]

Could be a KoRn song. Twists your image around the center. The maximum value is 100, which is NOT 100 degrees.

Effects Menu II[edit]

The effects after the popouts.

Add Noise[edit]

Creates a static effect. The intensity is the amount of static, and the saturation is how color-ish it is.

Clouds[edit]

Creates clouds using your primary and secondary colors. How simple and self-explanatory.

Edge Detect[edit]

Detects edges and colours the edges in various colours, the inside is then coloured black.

Emboss[edit]

The good old emboss effect. It... embosses stuff. Somewhat self-descriptive.

Frosted Glass[edit]

Have YOU ever looked through Frosted Glass? It makes stuff look like your looking at it through a layer of Frosted Glass.

Glow[edit]

Lets you have a glow on an image.

Oil Painting[edit]

Makes it look like an Oil Painting.

Outline[edit]

Takes every pixel in the whole image, then adds an outline onto it.

Pencil Sketch[edit]

Makes the whole image look like a Pencil Sketch. Very effective, but only black and white.

Pixelate[edit]

Expands the pixels in a similar fashion to the zoom tool in MSPaint.

Red Eye Removal[edit]

Only put this here to make sure you know it exists. It really needs no explaining.

Relief[edit]

Makes the image a relief of itself. Think of it as making your image 3D, then making it look really bad.

Sharpen[edit]

Think unblurring, but ineffective.