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Grid and checker board Effect Plugin




What's this?

This is a plugin under Effect/Render menu.

Thanks to BoltBait and Illnab1024 who created the original version and published the sources of it.

This effect will help you to create grids and/or checker boards and some other stuff (just let run your imagination...)


Download it!

Plugin GridMaker.dll

> Here is the DLL <


The MadJik's All plugins package is available !




How to install

Close Paint.net


Classic version of Paint.net

Unzip and (re)place the DLL in your Effect folder usually: C:/Program Files/Paint.NET/Effects


Microsoft Store version of Paint.net

Unzip and (re)place the DLL in your Effect folder usually: /My Documents/paint.net App Files/Effects/

You have to adapt for your language My Documents



The User interface


Horizontal/Vertical slider:

__from 1 to 1000, choose the size of the single cell of the grid/checker in pixels.

Linked with Horizontal:

__if checked Horizontal and Vertical move both at the same value.

__if unchecked you could give differente values to Horizontal and Vertical.

Mode (choose from):

__Grid lines

__Checker board


Drawing position (choose from):

__Top left: The grid starts at the top-left corner of the image...

__Centered on lines: The grid is positioned to have two lines crossing at the center of the image...

__Centered on area: The grid is positioned to have the surface of a cell centered at the center of the image...

__Bottm right: The grid ends at the bottom-right corner of the image...

Others options:

__Alpha only: the effect fills only transparent area.

__Foreground only: only draws the primary color.

__Swap color.

__Line width: Is a slider to select the brushwidth "live". By default it is set to 2.

__Variation: (with Dotters only) The dot diameter will change based on the color of picture (beta)...


Voilà !


Tips : Dots in Grid

Fill each cell of the grid with a circle.

The radius is the minimum value between horizontal and vertical grid step.

You could use the brush width to create a "gap" between circles.




Use the brushwidth to create some kind of tartan :








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It's one of the Enormator's effects.

Edit: I just had a quick check & it isn't sorry.


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better than you can imagine. These men are called musicians. :D

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My laptop has... twice the PDN Functionality of this computer. Time to get up to date!

Also, yeah I'm back from being banned. From my PC.

Watch this space. It will do tricks, sooner or later.

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Many thanks to MadJik (and earlier builders) for the Gridmaker plugin. This solves an immediate problem for me. I particularly needed the ability to control grid size and line width, something I haven't figured out how to do with the pattern options for the paintbrush fill selections.

However, being a pig, I'd like to see more pattern options than simply grid and checkerboard. The paint brush fill patterns, for example.

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MadJik, the same thing can be done solely in your plugin(running it twice...). I was just trying to eliminate the extra steps...



And before you ask, I can't antialias the dots... :oops:

Don't worry, for my purposes I need to blur them anyway.


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