AutoPainter Review

A few clicks to turn your photos into paintings.

by Pu on April 15, 2011

What would have Van Gogh, Cezanne and Benson thought if somebody told them that several decades later they would be lending their artistic skills to just anybody with an iPhone?

Nobody knows. And honestly… Whatever. The genius of these artists is so immense that it wouldn’t make a great difference to them, even if they were alive today.

Mediachance give all iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users the illusion of becoming a nouveau Vincent in a couple of minutes, with their AutoPainter, a portable version of their desktop application Dynamic Auto Painter.

Main Features

  • 1280 x 960 pixels resolution (3GS);
  • 4 artistic filters.

Appotography Opinion

AutoPainter includes four artistic filters (Aquarell, Benson, Cezanne, Van Gogh) which you can easily use to process your photos to turn them into strikingly beautiful little works of art. All you have to do is choosing a photo from your camera roll or take one with the built-in camera, select your favorite filter and tap on the start button. It’s easy as that. You don’t have to adjust settings, move sliders, and so on.

AutoPainter app by Mediachance for iPhone

The artistic effects applied, simulating paint strokes and canvases, according to the style of choice, are very nicely rendered. Actually, they are among the best you will be able to find on iPhone in their genre, I think. The processing takes some time, but the fact you can watch how your picture is affected step by step is kind of entertaining, at first at least. This app, at least in its current version, will be a little disappointing for those wishing for a full resolution. On 3GS, which is what I used to test it, I was able to obtain a 1280 x 960 resolution. If this is it, it can be improved, definitely.

AutoPainter app by Mediachance for iPhone

Aquarell and Benson filters.

Cezanne and Van Gogh filters.

I said the filters are well done, but they do not work great on all photos. Sometimes the engine will be unable to make out some important details, so don’t be offended if after editing that portrait of your fiancée you love so much, she ends up with a huge yellow swirl on her forehead. Overall, better exposed and clearer photos are those that are able to give you better results.


Name: AutoPainter
Developer: Mediachance
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: £1.19||$1.99||€1.59
Vote: 3/5

AutoPainter - Mediachance

Alysia April 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I tried this app, but as you say, some times you get weird images. Like when I tried using the Cezanne filter on photos of myself and some parts of my face look wonderful with the filter on but others are not that good good because the app couldn’t read the features of my face correctly, especially around the eyes. I think among the filters Benson in the one I like the most. It turns out nice almost every time.

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