Adobe PaintCan 4+

Create Fun Art from Photos

Adobe Labs, Inc.

    • 4.7 • 1.2K Ratings
    • Free



You asked, we listened! PaintCan now supports HIGH-RES output up to 16 Megapixels.

"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

4.7 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K 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.

Pletched ,

Fun and inspiring

This is wonderful, though it feels like it’s in an early stage. The brushwork is a bit like you’re throwing the i-ching, which requires a little work to compensate for, and the line work seems to run on a very basic AI algorithm that is easy to spot, but I don’t want to quibble, because I want more of this! I’d love a “brush” mode, where you can scumble the paint manually, as if the colors were wet oil paint, just to make final touches and I wish there was a sense of the 3D quality of impasto painting, with a directional light. If I may, just one more thing: the biggest brushstrokes (splat) are so random and one-directional, that it makes large areas look more mechanically applied than I wish. Feels like it would benefit from a small touch of whatever the line work AI used. Just a little, to make the strokes look more intentional.

Well, since I’m writing a wish list, it seems to lack the single brushstroke tool that the iPad tried to implement (and not well). Compared to the brilliant fill tools, you’d think the brush tool would be a piece of cake. But this stuff is like magic to me, so I only throw these things out there, certain that the developers have already thought about these.

Fantastic fun.

zeniam ,

Freedom to Be

So grateful to those who stayed up and cogitated about algorithmic bs that engineered this miracle. I have framed and printed several pieces of Art that were photos that may have been artistic and singular in composition and tone. At the end of the day, still...a photo. And with everyone (like I) who has always pined for an Artist’s Existence and whose responsibilities or rather adherence to responsibilities perceived by others as having more value as evidenced by currency made life nearly unbearable ...... until your app. At first I wanted NO ONE to know. I wanted to purchase and shutter your company. Then, I opened to this being a beacon for the inevitable future.... you have created a new genre of art.... or popularized it. Now Photography Meets Paint Or Paint Meets Photography. Either way it is Paint Cam.
Long May she reign. I am selling masterpieces at low prices. We are #PaintCaMARKETPLACE. Upload yours.

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