Use Paint.NET to Crop and Resize Images for WordPress Websites

I have found that Paint.NET is a great and FREE image editing software program. Yes, I realize that you can upload images to the media library inside the back end of a WordPress blog or website.   But sometimes you have HUGE image files that someone created for computer screen wallpaper or maybe a HUGE image file that you downloaded from your digital camera and you want to upload it to your latest and greatest blog post.  So instead of uploading a huge image megafile to your WordPress media library and consequently the server hosting your WordPress site, why not just crop (cut or chop) and resize the image first?  This is especially important if you are editing images that you want to add into your WordPress slider.

So I looked around for a free, easy-to-use image editing software program that loaded fast but had respectable design features for the intermediate and advanced user as well.  I found Paint.NET. It’s not as sophisticated as Adobe Photoshop, but it loads quicker and is easier to use, and oh, did I mention, it’s FREE!

What Does Kim Say About Paint.NET ?

Kimberly Castleberry is a highly respected WordPress Expert who strongly recommends Paint.NET   Feel free to read her article about Paint.NET here.

WSU and Paint.NET

Washington State University has put together an excellent resource for tutorials and all kinds of information about Paint.NET

The following Paint.NET video tutorial will show you how to crop and resize images for use in WordPress websites and blogs or for any purpose at all.

 

Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”

 

 

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29 comments… add one
  • Linda Sutphen Oct 3, 2012, 10:57 am

    Thanks, Jim, for another great web tip!!!!

  • Rick Lelchuk Oct 3, 2012, 3:36 pm

    JJ,

    I do a lot of editing of pictures and an added tool to the quiver is always welcome.

    Thanks,

    RICK

  • Tammy Howard Oct 3, 2012, 11:40 pm

    Paint.net includes brushes for drawing shapes, and an easy-to-use curve tool for penning splines or Bezier curves. The program also includes Magic Wand (for selecting regions of similar color), and Clone Stamp (for copying or erasing portions of an image), useful tools for making quick, broad edits.

  • Samantha Oct 4, 2012, 2:07 am

    Microsoft Paint is a free image editing software that comes with Windows. Though it does not have as many functions as other programs, many basic functions are still available, such as creating images, editing images, and cropping images. Resizing images is easy in Paint once you know where the option is.

  • marquita herald Oct 4, 2012, 6:40 am

    Great tips Jim. I do a fair amount of desktop publishing so I use professional software for my images, etc., but it’s always good to have back up plans and I learned a lot from your video. Thanks!

  • smith warnes Oct 5, 2012, 2:32 am

    Paint.NET is a wonderful tool to crop images for your website, blog or social sites. User Friendly and flexibility makes it a great choice for web designers.

  • Violy Oct 5, 2012, 11:18 pm

    I have used paint.net before but haven’t tried it for my blog. At present I am using picasa coz you can link it to blogger which is my platform. Will check paint.net if they have that service for blogger platform.

  • Aleah | SingleBrownFemale.com Oct 5, 2012, 11:24 pm

    Is it the same as Microsoft Paint? I use Photoscape now but I miss the flexibility of MS Paint. There are some features there that are not in Photoscape. Maybe I’ll giver Paint.net a try, if it’s really for free.

  • Ricky Bernardino Oct 5, 2012, 11:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Sir Jim, I will also try to download Paint.net and see its feature. Good thing it’s free =)

    Presently I am using Picassa and I had easy time editing photos with it. Hope it’s the same with Paint.net

  • Hamlet Oct 6, 2012, 5:14 am

    Its a new information for me. I just use Paint to draw something or to write anything on picture. But now i will try to do these too.

    Thank you.

  • Franc Ramon Oct 6, 2012, 8:09 am

    This is a good application online as having too large file size for photos make the page load slower.

  • RonLeyba Oct 6, 2012, 11:40 am

    Thanks Jim for reviewing this freeware and letting us know about it. Might come in handy for us bloggers.

  • Sarah Arrow Oct 6, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Another great tip Jim, I’ve yet to use Paint.net (every time I’ve attempted to download it I get a load of spammy stuff try and download with it and in the end I cancel it). Large images take up a lot of room and resizing them is a good thing to do.

  • Maricel Oct 6, 2012, 6:17 pm

    I haven’t done much photo editing in the last month or so. Not that I’m a heavy user of photo editing software, LOL. But my daughter is into photo editing a lot, and I’m sure she would love to know that there’s this awesome freeware as well. Thanks for the heads-up, Jim!

  • Jeanne M K Oct 6, 2012, 9:18 pm

    It’s amazing how you have explained the ins and outs of the tool in a way that’s easy to understand. I am not very techie, so it helps that you made an easy-to-follow video for people like me. For that, I am thankful! 🙂

  • Kimberly Castleberry Oct 9, 2012, 9:32 pm

    As you know, I adore Paint.net and I actually (personally) use it extensively. It’s also one of the first tools I recommend to my windows-using blog-owning clients. It’s fast, stable, easy to use, and has the right tools for majority of the common tasks site owners need to perform. Great recommendation.
    Kim

    • jupiterjim Oct 11, 2012, 12:19 am

      Kimberly,

      The fact that you recommend it AND that you actually use it, says a lot! I’ve used Macromedia Fireworks for years (I guess it’s probably Adobe Fireworks now? ) and really like it. I know how to do almost everything with it. However, it is soooooo slow to load up and takes up so much memory that is slows down my site. Paint.NET loads quickly, works fast and doesn’t seem to take up too much memory or slow down my site. Thanks to you, I now recommend this to all of my WordPress clients with HUGE pics that they need to crop and resize or add text to! Glad I have a great site like yours to refer WordPress enthusiasts to!

      http://just-ask-kim.com/

  • Ayush Oct 22, 2012, 5:45 am

    I have used it personally and its works like charm.

  • Yorinda Oct 27, 2012, 9:46 pm

    Hi Jim,
    it is great to see how paint.net works and it looks very easy to use.
    One free program I love to use is GIMP even though it seems a little more complicated, but it’s latest version is very similar to photo shop from what I heard.
    I noticed that the 100% quality is almost 4 times bigger in file size.

    Thank you so much for showing how this works.

    Cheers,
    Yorinda

  • SEO Training Institute Oct 31, 2012, 4:29 am

    Thanks for sharing this good post. Nice video. Paint.net seems good to crop and resize images.

  • Lynn Jones Nov 16, 2012, 9:47 pm

    Hey Jim that was a fabulous post. I am grateful that you walked us through the steps on how to resize and crop. It helps a great deal. If I went to the site, I would take a long time playing trying to figure out how to do that. You saved me and a bunch of other people time and possibly some frustration trying to figure it out on our own.
    You are the man! 🙂
    Lynn

    • jupiterjim Nov 20, 2012, 11:26 pm

      Lynn,

      I am so glad you found this video helpful! Thanks for the positive feedback!

  • Leslie Denning Nov 17, 2012, 9:22 pm

    Thanks so much for this link. I’m always looking for ways to make graphics easier. I think they ad so much to a blog or Pinterest, but I end up with three programs open. I appreciate your giving us this information.

    All the best,
    Leslie

    • jupiterjim Nov 20, 2012, 11:22 pm

      Leslie,

      Thanks for dropping by. The Paint.net program is truly Free and easy to use! Glad you liked the video and post!

  • Alice Dec 9, 2012, 10:32 pm

    Hello Jim,

    I downloaded paint.net a long time ago for the purpose of removing the background in an image.

    I never mastered that though.

    Thanks for the editing tip.

    Alice

  • jupiterjim May 26, 2013, 3:52 pm

    Larry,

    I don’t know if it’s necessary to uninstall Fireworks. I like Paint.net because it loads faster and uses less memory than Fireworks. That’s perfect for simple little resiZING OR just adding some text to a pic.

  • Mainak Halder Apr 1, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Great post. I was searching on your blog for some image editing tutorials and landed up on this article. Paint is great to use and easy for beginners but I think the options are limited to edit. Cropping and resizing images in Paint is great because it takes lesser time than in Photoshop but I think there is loss of resolution if we put an an image in Paint. 🙂

    • jupiterjim Apr 1, 2014, 2:57 pm

      Mainak,
      you are probably right about the loss resolution. However, cost and simplicity are the main factors for beginning bloggers. In the U.S. I believe that Photoshop goes for about $700 PLUS all the time it takes to learn it!!

      Thanks again for your thoughtful comment!

      And By the Way, I love your site, too!!!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

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