"With PaintCan, anybody can paint"™
PaintCan helps you paint beautiful artworks from your favorite photographs within minutes.
PaintCan is not a painterly effect applied to your image—you really are the painter! But don't worry, anybody can do it. PaintCan helps you paint, with smart brushes that configure themselves based on the image you are painting on, so that you are free to explore your creativity, instead of configuring settings.
So what are you waiting for? Create your first masterpiece today!
Please rate and review the app to help us make it the best product we can. If you have issues, don't write a bad review, but contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to help.
NOTE: As PaintCan is maturing, we look forward to adding new features based on your feedback.
UPDATE: We've listened to you! The #1 requested feature is higher resolution output. We are working on this feature and hope to bring it to you in the near future.
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iPad vs. iPhone UI:
Due to the size difference between the devices, the interface for the iPhone is different from the iPad, but retains all of the most critical tools. In the future we will work to create a more similar interface for all devices based on user feedback and usage statistics.
Resolution of paintings doesn't depend on input image size, but on the device you're using. We currently support ~2x the display resolution of your device. We've printed PaintCan paintings from an iPad Mini on a 24"x18" canvas without pixelation artifacts. The best resolution can be currently obtained with an iPhone 6+
Update: We're working on enabling high-res rendering of your paintings. Because this is very processor intensive, it will be performed on a server, so we don't drain your battery or lock up your device.
PaintCan supports many workflows and really leaves you in control of how and where to paint. However, a good starting point is to cover the photo first roughly with large paint brushes (Background presets, available on iPad) and then add details where desired (Detail presets). If you added too much detail, simply go over it again with a background preset, or try one of the Extras presets to add or smooth textured areas. Most of all: Explore and have fun.
While the app itself is small (~10MB), the data it generates to function is closer to ~150MB (more for newer devices). This is to support the multiple levels of UNDO. Saving snapshots of paintings increases this data-size. You can always delete unused snapshots by going to the Start menu and selecting "Edit". Note: only your snapshots are automatically backed up to iCloud (not the app's cache).
Selecting Colors (and other low level control):
Colors are chosen automatically, based on where you paint. This is done intentionally to give you the easiest, quickest, and most successful painting experiences possible. In the future, we may support additional color choices.
Bug fix for eternal spinning after upgrading from iOS 9.x -> iOS 10.2 or 10.2->10.3
Ratings and Reviews
My Apple Pencil started working and I love this app!
The only request I have is more brushes, a better brush with fine line for details, a color picker, more redos and layer capabilities. The water color effects are spot on! I will be using this app a lot. This app is on it’s way to pro applications, please upgrade. The way it is designed now I will have to do work here and fly it into procreate to get what I desire. It would be wonderful to not have do that. Thank you for designing an app that facilitates great watercolor affects. I have been looking for an app that does this for my digital illustration technique and you guys nailed it! My main medium is watercolor, so this is great for my digital illustration tool box 💙👩🏻🎨💙
Awesome Fun and Creativity
I think PaintCan is great for novice or pros. I enjoy experimenting with the brushes and seeing what I can come up with. A person can actually get quite detailed in the manner they paint if they take care to learn different methods for applying the brushes, it can become quite addicting and a lot of fun! But I must agree with another comment I read here, and that is I wish there were more brush effects and styles and maybe even a way to make your own? None the less the App is still pretty darn awesome!
One of the best for painterly effects
I have tried many apps that let you create painting effects from photos, and Adobe Paintcan remains one of my favorites. You have a great deal of control over the final results, because you paint the effects over the photo yourself. It is well worth your time to experiment and learn what works best for you when using this app. I wish that Adobe would add some new styles perhaps, but it seems unlikely, since these styles have been set for many years by now.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.