Jul 152010

I have written many articles previously about Paint.NET which is one of the best free image editing programs on the web. Paint.NET come with a wide array of features, effects and you can add even more by writing custom ASP modules that you can deploy into the application. I had written a previous post on how to Edit and Save Photoshop PSD Files with Paint.Net and this article showcases another plug-in for Paint.Net that allows you to edit and save ICO files.

Paint.NET saving ICO files will allow you to use Paint.NET to create icons for your cursors, files, or even ico images for your websites or blogs if you want to do it manually.

Here are the instructions on how to have Paint.NET save ICO files.

Download the Paint.NET ICO Plug-in from Evanolds.com, now the developer offers the Paint.NET plug-in as a direct .DLL download which can trigger a security warning. I also decided to repackage it as a ZIP file for those who want to download it from my blog instead you can download the ICO addon for Paint.NET here.

  • Close Paint.NET
  • Extract and copy the IcoCur.dll file to your Paint.NET FileTypes folder
  • Example: D:\Program Files\Paint.NET\FileTypes
  • Open Paint.Net
  • You will now see ICONS (*.ico) as a list of FileTypes you can Open or Save As.

What makes this plug-in even more unique is that it saves multiple file sizes of the ICO within the same file, so you can save a 16×16, 32×32, 64×64…etc versions of the same ico file within the same file. When you edit an ICO file it will give you the choice to load one or more image sizes from within the .ico file:


The original URL for this plugin doesn’t exist anymore, so I found it still posted as a ZIP file on this forum thread http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/927-icon-cursor-and-animated-cursor-format-v37-may-2010/ since I am not the author of this plugin, I don’t want to host the original file though I don’t want to see it lost either if this thread would be destroyed.

I also confirmed that the IcoCur.dll works with Paint.NET 4.0.3 successfully so is compatible with 3.5 and 4.0 version of Paint.NET



As I continue to find more useful plugins, addons and other effects for the Paint.NET image editing software I will share them with my readers. I am currently going to be using this plug-in to help redo my ICO files for my Wanderer Thoughts Poetry blog.

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  • Justin, thanks for share this. I have been playing with Paint.Net for a few weeks and I like it a lot. It does some things that PhotoShop. I could definitely get some use out of this plugin…

  • i make curson with paint.net and use it for my mouse pointer ! i am a great fan of paint.net and like it because it dosen’t slow my PC unlike adobe photoshopo or gimp.

  • It’s good that there are free options to do at least some of the stuff that the expensive photoshop does. I like paint.net, but mostly use gimp. I’ll have to give paint.net another shot as I wasn’t aware of the variety of plugins for it.

  • I use Photoshop but of course a free program always beats a paid one. I will try this very soon since I love customizing my personal desktop with wallpapers and unique icons.

  • Jessica

    Thank you for posting this information! I found it in a couple of other places, but all the links were dead. But now I’ve got it. Thanks again!

  • ramki

    Hi really its gr8 to work in tis..

  • guest

    Amazing add, thanks a lot.. Using paint.NET for multiple years now and I wouldn’t want to replace it, not even with photoshop or something else like that. THANKS again for letting us use paint.NET for everything we want :p

  • Ian

    Thanks for the info! This solves a huge problem for me.

  • Guest

    The link is no longer valid for the .dll. Does anyone have a valid link?

    • It is in this forum thread http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/927-icon-cursor-and-animated-cursor-format-v37-may-2010/ but again this is for the old 3.5 of Paint.net I haven’t tested with Paint.NET 4.0.3

    • It works with Paint.NET 4.0.3, I just tested and updated all links in post to the last remaining thread for the IcoCur.dll file.