"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 and we will try to help.

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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.

Image resolution:
Resolution of paintings doesn't depend on input image size, but on the device you're using. We currently support output up to 16 Megapixels. We've printed PaintCan paintings from an iPad Mini on a 24"x18" canvas without pixelation artifacts. Note that high-resolution output may be slow on older devices. In that case, lower the resolution to "Legacy" mode in Preferences>Settings>Advanced>Resolution.

Suggested Workflow:
Working in PaintCan is mostly about where to add more or less brushing detail, and what brushing styles to combine. If you want coarse, broad brush strokes, zoom out. If you want to add intricate detail, zoom in. Try this: Cover the photo 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.

Document size:
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.

What’s New

Version 1.5.13

*** High-resolution output: We finally got around to adding this highly requested feature. PaintCan now offers two output modes: Legacy (max. resolution up to 4 Megapixels) and Maximum (up to 16 Megapixels). You can select this option via Preferences>Settings>Advanced>Resolution. Changes take effect on NEXT new project.

* Updates: We made numerous changes to our code for better compatibility with recent iOS versions. These changes should not be noticeable to our users, so if you spot something that's broken, please let us know. Thanks :)

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
579 Ratings

579 Ratings

Cam.illeV ,

Exactly what I’ve been looking for!

I’ve been looking for something like this—I love to paint but don’t have time to get everything out, work for hours and clean up. I love the impressionists and that is the style I try to paint in. But when I paint on a canvas, I always get bogged down with too much detail and it doesn’t turn out that way. This program doesn’t let me do that. It stays loose and interpretive.
I can take a photo that looks good for composition but is just that, a photo. Then I can turn it into something I might see in a high end gallery. I can make a masterpiece in half an hour, with no clean up!
I take the piece as far as I can in PaintCan and then work on it in Procreate to fine tune it—clean up stray lines and maybe tweak a color or detail. I recommend working on a tablet with a matching e-pencil rather than just your fingers on a phone. You will get much better results. In fact I’d say, don’t bother unless you have this.
I’m loving this app! Can’t wait to see how it gets improved.

Artist 4 Life ,

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 💙👩🏻‍🎨💙

Most Beautiful song ,

Suggestion but great!!

I'm veeeeeerrryyyyy happy with this app, and I'm a kid! The only thing I would suggest is an animal mode. I'm trying to do a painting of me and my dog in this app and I just can't get her quite as good as I want her to be but I get pretty darn close! I love how there are no ads either. My mom bought this one app that was kinda like this but way worse and every time you hit a button it played an add, it sucked. This is my favorite picture editing app and I will never stop using it :) To the makers of this app, keep making more of these cause it's amazing! I'd be pretty surprised if there were any bad comments :)


Adobe Labs, Inc.
15.9 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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