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BoltBait's Plugin Pack for PdN v4.1 and beyond. (Updated December 1, 2018)

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Here is what I consider my "Essential", award winning :trophy:, plugin pack for Paint.NET v4.1 and beyond.


It includes 43 plugins in 33 files, 1 palette file, and 48 shapes. This allows you to pick and choose to install only the effects you want. Then, later you can run the installer and uncheck an item to uninstall it.


When you see :ViewZoomIn: in this post, you can click it for more information (including source code in some cases).

To install, download this file to your Desktop, unzip it, and run the install program.



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I'm going through a really tough financial time right now,
so anything you can spare would be much appreciated.


Which of my plugin packs is right for you?

You need to look at the Paint.NET version number in the title bar.


Classic:   Download:

4.1+          You're in the right place!  Click the download button above (surrounded by blue arrows)


Windows Store version of You're in the right place!  Click the download button above

When prompted, select the "My Documents\ App Files" folder.


New for this pack:


I have gone through all of my plugins and redesigned the User Interface (UI) for each with the goal of making the UI dialog box shorter.  With shorter UI's, less of your image will be covered by the effect UI while you're working on it.


For example, here is a comparison of the previous version of Gradient (left) and the new version (right):




I have always been a fan of shorter UI's and in this pack I take advantage of some new functionality in Paint.NET v4.1 that allows for a more compressed look.





If you need help with an individual effect, look for the question mark "?" in the top right corner of the effect UI (near the X) and click it.



Installer / Plugin Manager:


Once you click the download button above and open the zip file, run the included install.exe file.  You'll see this:


When the installer first runs, it updates the check boxes to what's currently installed (checked for installed, unchecked for not installed). However, if nothing is installed, it automatically checks ALL the boxes figuring the user would like to install everything.

Carefully review each line and make sure the items you wish to install are checked.  When you click the Install button, checked items will be installed and unchecked items will be uninstalled from your system.


For high volume network managers: Plugin Manager has a silent install function... for more information:  C:\> install /?



Once you install this plugin pack, here's what you get:


Adjustments menu


BandWPlus.png Black and White+ :ViewZoomIn: Use selected method for converting a color photograph into B&W.

ColorBalance.png Color Balance :ViewZoomIn: Easily adjust the tint of an image. Useful for color correcting photographs taken indoors without flash. The difference between this and the built-in Hue/Saturation adjustment is that this one will affect black and white areas.

HueSatPlus.png Hue/Saturation+ :ViewZoomIn: Conditional Hue / Saturation effect.

Temperature.pngTemperature/Tint :ViewZoomIn: Temperature / Tint effect.

TransparentIcon.png Transparency :ViewZoomIn: Adjust the transparency of a selection just like you can adjust it for an entire layer.



Effects menu


Horiz.png Flip Horizontal - flips the selection on the vertical axis. Similar to the layer flip of the same name.

Vertical.png Flip Vertical - flips the selection on the horizontal axis. Similar to the layer flip of the same name.



Effects > Artistic menu


Dream.png Dream :ViewZoomIn: This makes your picture look like it was seen in a dream.

:OilPaintingEffect:+ Oil Painting+ :ViewZoomIn: Makes your photographs look painted.

PastelIcon.png Pastel :ViewZoomIn: This makes your picture look like it was drawn with pastel chalk or water color paint.



Effects > Blurs menu


BlurPlusIcon.png Gaussian Blur Plus - With it, you can blur only the Red, Blue, Green, or Alpha channel of the image. It also allows you to blend the original picture with the blurred image. (Try blurring all channels of the image with a radius of 10 and a Darken blend mode. Cool stuff.)



Effects > Fill


ClipboardIcon.png From Clipboard :ViewZoomIn: Fills the current selection with the graphic on the clipboard.

OpenIcon.png From File :ViewZoomIn: Fills the current selection with a graphic file.



Effects > Object menu


An "object" is a group of pixels on a layer that is completely surrounded by transparent pixels (or the edge(s) of the canvas). These are useful when doing "cutouts" or with text on a new layer.


BevelSelection.png Bevel Object :ViewZoomIn: This effect allows you to make objects 3D. Works great with text!

feather.png Feather :ViewZoomIn: This effect softens the edges of objects. 

InnerShadow.png Inner Shadow :ViewZoomIn: Renders a shadow on objects so they look like they have been cut out.

ObjectShadow.png Object Shadow :ViewZoomIn: Renders a shadow behind objects.

OldFeather.png OldFeather :ViewZoomIn: "True Feather" is back! So many people have asked for this that I'm bringing it back for this pack. Enjoy!

OutlineIcon.png Outline - This effect puts an outline of the selected color around your object.

PasteAlpha.png Paste Alpha - This effect takes the graphic on the clipboard and converts the colors to shades of gray and then uses that for the alpha values of the current layer. Useful for using masks.

Alpha2Gray.png Switch Alpha to Gray - This effect converts the image to shades of gray based on the alpha value of each pixel. Useful for making masks.

DelWorB.png Switch Gray to Alpha - This effect deletes white from and image and converts all other pixels to black. Useful for isolating line art.



Effects > Photo menu


PhotoAdjustments.png Combined Adjustments :ViewZoomIn: Many adjustments for photographs all on one screen

LevelHorizon.png Level Horizon :ViewZoomIn: Rotate an image by drawing a line across the horizon.

MemeMaker.pngMeme Maker  :ViewZoomIn: Create your own Memes.

RemoveDust.png Remove Dust :ViewZoomIn: Removes little white dust particles by clone stamping them out. I find this very helpful when scanning photographs.

Landscape.png Sharpen Landscape :ViewZoomIn: Makes your landscape photographs look like they belong in a magazine!

SeamCarvingH.png Seam Carving - Reduce height :ViewZoomIn: Reduce the height of an image without scaling (squishing) the image.

SeamCarving.png Seam Carving - Reduce width :ViewZoomIn: Reduce the width of an image without scaling (squishing) the image.

VignettePlus.png Vignette+ :ViewZoomIn: Extends the capabilities of the built-in Vignette effect with colors and the ability to render a vignette to a blank canvas.



Effects > Render menu


Calendar.png Calendar :ViewZoomIn: Render a monthly calendar.  Month name and Days of the week are localized. Includes many options.

Dimensions.png Dimensions :ViewZoomIn: This doesn't measure anything. It just renders the dimension arrows and label text.

fire.gif Flames :ViewZoomIn: This effect allows you to render flames. It is based on Tom Jackson's excellent fire tutorial.

HSVGradientEffect.png Gradients :ViewZoomIn: Render colorful HSV (rainbow) gradients.

GridCheckerboard.png Grid / Checkerboard :ViewZoomIn: Create checker board or grid patterns.

Polygon.png Polygon / Stars :ViewZoomIn: This effect allows you to render triangles, pentagons, hexagons, etc. It also allows you to render stars. It is useful in making standard shapes and the pointed edges of stickers.



Effects > Selection menu


Effects in this menu perform their effect by following the selection outline (marching ants). While they will work with a square selection (or no selection by using the edges of the canvas as their path), they are more interesting when the selection is curved :EllipseSelectTool:, selected by hand :LassoSelectTool:, or by magic wand :MagicWandTool:.


BevelSelection.png Bevel Selection :ViewZoomIn: This effect allows you to make selections 3D. Works great with text!

BlurSelectionEdge.png Blur Selection Edge - This effect feathers the edges of a selection using the surrounding colors instead of transparency. Useful when the selection is not surrounded by transparent pixels.

feather.png Feather Selection :ViewZoomIn: This effect softens the edges of your selection. It works just like the feather in other graphic$ program$.

InnerShadow.png Inner Shadow Selection :ViewZoomIn: Renders a shadow on the inside of a selection so it looks like it has been cut out.

OutlineSelection.png Outline Selection :ViewZoomIn: This effect allows you to outline a selection.



Effects > Stylize menu


FloydSteinbergDithering.png Floyd-Steinberg Dithering :ViewZoomIn: This effect will reduce the colors of your image using the Floyd-Steinberg dithering technique.



Effects > Text formations


OutlinedGradientText.pngOutlined / Gradient text :ViewZoomIn: Creates text that is outlined with a selected color and filled with a solid color or a gradient.  User "xod" has published a version of this plugin with even more features.  If you find that my plugin isn't enough, install his.



Window > Colors > More > Open Palettes Folder


:ColorPalettes: I have also included my Rainbow Palette. This is very popular on the forums.  In the Color docker window, click the :ColorPalettes: button and choose Rainbow from the list.  This is what the Rainbow Palette looks like:





Custom Shapes


This plugin pack also includes 48 custom shapes. :ShapesTool: In the installer, you can pick-and-chose which ones you want.




This pack supersedes my plugins available elsewhere. I will be updating the other locations eventually, but if you want the latest versions, download my plugins from this post.


Enjoy. :beer: B)


Also, for you luddites that refuse to use the installer, here's a zip file with all the DLL's in it: :RightArrowBlue: How to install Paint.NET plugins.

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16 minutes ago, hippolippo said:

Why do I need to give this administrator permissions?


Administrator permissions are required by Windows to install files in the Program Files directory.


If you have the classic install of Paint.NET, that's where these plugins are going to be installed.


You can be sure that my plugins are safe as they have been vetted by MANY users here on the forums... and I'm a moderator here.


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On ‎9‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 8:37 PM, BoltBait said:


I have always been a fan of shorter UI's and in this pack I take advantage of some new functionality in Paint.NET v4.1 that allows for a more compressed look.


How can we (plugin authors) do this?

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9 hours ago, ArgusMagnus said:

How can we (plugin authors) do this?


These graphics I prepared should give you some ideas:




As big as the "Alpha (Largest)" colorwheel control is, it is still smaller than having a separate alpha slider.  And, you can make it even smaller by hiding the colorwheel's reset button.  Not all controls have reset buttons. So, I think hiding the colorwheel control's reset button shouldn't hurt usability that much and saves you quite a bit of vertical real estate.




Before we had a filename control, we had to use a string control followed by a button control:



Use CodeLab to generate the code for you after using the Interface Designer.


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I don't seem to be able to download your plugin pack.  All I get when I click on the Download button is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<Message>Request has expired</Message>

Am I doing something wrong?

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13 hours ago, Doug C said:

Am I doing something wrong?


Nope.  Something's wrong with the message board file hosting.


Until we get this sorted out, you can download my plugin pack here:


:D :beer: 


EDIT: The message board file hosting seems to be ironed out.  Try the download again.

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There was a bug in both "Effects > Fill > From ..." plugins.  They have been fixed.  Also, the calendar plugin was enhanced and my new "Adjustment > Black and White+" plugin has been added to the pack.


Click the big "Download" button above to get the latest copies of my plugins.

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Hi, Boltbait


I didn't want you to have to ruin or interfere with your Saturday and family stuff. It could have waited until you got around to it during the week, late night midnight oil burning, etc...but that you fixed it and so fast, was very appreciated. Even if you had to wait a day or two or three. It's appreciated. It works flawlessly, yet, again, once more. You did it.
Thank you,


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19 hours ago, ScrapbookWithPDN said:


I didn't want you to have to ruin or interfere with your Saturday and family stuff.


It was no problem. 


While led it is true that I am very busy with family stuff this weekend, I did have a few hours at home for chores, etc. so I was happy to do it. 

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