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Here is what I consider my "Essential", award winning :trophy:, plugin pack for Paint.NET v4.2.12 and beyond.


It includes 46 plugins in 36 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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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:
3.5.11      https://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/8318-b
4.0.x         https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/32048-b

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


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

When you see the main screen (shown below), select the "I'm running the store version of Paint.NET" checkbox.


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 /?



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 v4.2 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.



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


Adjustments menu


BlackAndWhitePlus16.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.

Combined16.png Combined Adjustments :ViewZoomIn: All of your favorite adjustments on one screen.

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

TemperatureTint16.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.

OilPaintingPlus.png 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.

Shadow16.png Object Shadow :ViewZoomIn: Renders a shadow behind objects.

Outline16.png Outline - This effect puts an outline of the selected color around your object.

PasteAlpha16.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


Combined16.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.

Chart16.png Charts and Graphs :ViewZoomIn: Like a mini spreadsheet, enter your data and plot a graph!

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

Fire16.png 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


CreativeTextPro.png Creative Text Pro :ViewZoomIn: Creates professional looking 3D text.

OutlinedGradientText.png Outlined / 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: BoltBaitPack51DLLs.zip :RightArrowBlue: How to install Paint.NET plugins.


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  • BoltBait changed the title to BoltBait's Plugin Pack for PdN v4.1 and beyond. (Updated September 22, 2018)
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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 11:37 AM, 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.


On 10/20/2018 at 1:13 AM, ArgusMagnus said:

How can we (plugin authors) do this?


These graphics I prepared should give you some ideas.


The colorwheel control now has 3 different sizes to choose from:




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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9 minutes ago, Bevan said:

Thanks for the awesome tools and hope things are cool in your world.




Things have been really tight for a long time, but they're starting to turn around.  If my luck holds out, I should be OK soon.

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Hi ! Thank you for this amazing work.

I use these plugins since a few months and it's very useful.

I recently reinstalled Paint.NET and all of my plugins but I don't understand something with the Gradient/Outlined Text tool : I can only use the plugin with the basics Microsoft fonts, no more with my custom fonts. I reinstalled Paint.NET one more time and it changes nothing... Don't know why ! Thanks a lot for your help ! 😁



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Sorry, but not all fonts are compatible with the plugin.


The plugin requires fonts that are compatible with GDI+ (the graphics library that I'm using in that plugin).  Those fonts include TrueType, but not OpenType or PostScript fonts.

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BoltBait Plugin Pack Refresh!


Now that CodeLab v6.0 is out there, I had some time to revisit my plugin pack. I've made some large and some small changes.


BoltBait pack v5.1 new features:
- I completely rewrote my Feather plugins (Object Feather and Selection Feather).  The new algorithm is the best yet. (See images below for details.)
- Updated features (look around, you might find something interesting in your favorite plugin)
- Bug fixes (Color Balance plugin fixed, other fixes...)


So, if you're a fan of my plugins, I recommend downloading my pack again and refreshing the plugins on your computer.




I have never been happy with the algorithm in my Feather plugins. The one thing I always wanted to do was help people make really great composite images, cut-outs.  The problem is, once someone uses the magic wand to select and delete the background, there is always a little bit of white left around the edges.  My new Feather algorithm is perfect for dealing with that little bit of left overs.  Here's a picture to illustrate what I mean:




Click on the image to see it full sized.




A big "thanks" goes out to @welshblue and @Ego Eram Reputo and @toe_head2001 for testing the new Feather algorithm during development and giving me valuable feedback.  The new algorithm went through a few rounds of changes and it is MUCH better because of your input.


Also, a big "thanks" goes out to everyone who reports bugs in my plugins!


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Hello, first post here...Just recently when I use the Color Balance plugin and finish with the suitable color adjustments, I press 'o.k.' to save but those adjustments go back to the original. Just cannot get it to save the color changes I apply. Love this plugin, always worked until recently. Please help...thanks.

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  • BoltBait changed the title to BoltBait's Plugin Pack for PdN v4.2.12 and beyond (Updated July 16, 2020)

Hi BoltBait, 

I love your work, sincere thanks to you.

However, I wanted to give you a feedback on a "potential bug" in your pack.

In the latest version of your pack, the "Object Shadow" effect is EXACTLY the same as "Object Shadow Pro".

Is it possible to have again, via a small update, "Object Shadow" like v4.6 ? (like the version I send as an attachment) 

I love both versions and I use them for different tasks especially since version 4.6 of "Object Shadow" is excellent and very simple.

Thank you very much for what you do for the community and hope to get a positive response from you.

(Sorry for my bad english i'm french)

Object Shadow.png

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