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Hi I'm a new poster here, but I have previously used the forums to download plugin packs for more effects. For some strange reason, whenever I open paint.net, I only have the basic effects available to use. I checked my effects folder and all the effects are there, but they arent in the application. All the files are .dll so I dont understand what the issue could be. Could anyone please help me fix this? Thanks in advance!

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You may have had the old version of paint.net installed in the "Program Files" folder instead of "Program Files (x86)" or vice-versa, and the new version got installed in the other folder. (that's what happened to me. I had to copy the effects and filetype plugins into the new folders to make them work)

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OK, there's your problem.

You have your dll files in the wrong directory.

They don't belong in the Documents > Paint.NET > Effects directory.

Go to: http://boltbait.com/pdn/InstallingEffects.asp

and follow steps 5, 6, and 7. THAT's where the dll files go.

Paint.NET should be installed in the C:\Program Files\Paint.NET directory.

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Nah, it's more likely you accidentally moved them there with a involuntary swish of the mouse.  I do that all the time.  I have to play detective to find some of my stuff :)


I'm glad you got it fixed!  Welcome to the forum.

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