Brushstroke 1Most of the time, filter apps give you some interesting tints, atmospheric frames, or tilt-shifting blur effects. There are even a few that will turn you into a cartoon or pencil sketch. Sometimes, though a photo effects app will really do something special to your image.

Brushstroke is one of those effects apps that completely remakes your pictures into a faux painting. Even more interesting, you can buy a mounted canvas print of your image and hang it on your wall…

Users can transform normal pictures into thick brushstroke paintings that look like they’ve been painted with oil on thick canvas, or with acrylic on wood. Then, they can add their signature and order a physical mounted print for as low as $55.

Brushstroke 2Start by adding a photo. You can either select one from your photo library, or take a picture directly from inside the app. The first thing that will happen is that the image will be “painted.” It is really just the app loading the filter. It only takes about two seconds, tops.

Then, select from 38 different filters, each with a different style of brushstroke. There are seven different brushstroke categories, including “Washed,” “Abstract,” “Frayed,” and more. When you find the brushstroke that works right with the image, move onto the color options.

There are 35 different color options, including “Tones,” “Shades,” “Saturations,” and more. Different colors will add or remove different shadows and effects of the original image. The next step is to choose a canvas.

In addition to the five traditional canvas options, you can select from six different paper varieties, and burlap or wood. Each canvas option will add a slight differentiation in the texture.

Brushstroke 3You can also manually adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, density, exposure, shadows, highlights, and temperature of the image.

Once you’ve perfected your faux painting, add your personal signature. Tap the “a” tab and hand-write your autograph. It will automatically shrink down into the lower right corner of the image.

When you are done you can save the image to your photo library and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also send it directly to someone through email or text message. If you want a physical print of your faux painting, tap the “ship” button to order it directly from CanvasPop.  You can choose the frame style and size. Mounted prints can be as small as 10” x 10,” or as large as 28” x 21.”

Brushstroke is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for $2.99. Download it in the App Store today.

What do you think of Brushstroke?

  • Nhân Phan

    I’m using waterlogue and Cleverpainter. They’re similar to this too.

  • any free apps that do things similar to this?

    • Nhân Phan

      When I got clever painter it was free. I pirated waterlogue first, but then I loved it so much I bought the app 😀

  • Diego Milano

    Wow, very nice. I will try this one soon for sure. Thanks! 🙂

  • Quang

    hey, Clock app on iPhone has a problem. I dont know if its a bug or not. Check out the screenshot. Ho Chi Minh City, the digital clock shows 2:11, but the analog clock shows 1:11

    • Quang

      the actual time at that time in Ho Chi Minh City is 1:11 (I ask my vietnam friends

    • Joseph A. Ahmad

      It could be an adjustment for daylight savings? Possibly? Daylight savings isn’t observed in ever country and it depends on your settings for your iPhone. I know at 2 am here in the US we’ll actually just go from 1:59 am to 3 am. So that may be it.

      • Quang

        but the analog and digital clock should show the same hour and minute, cause it comes from 1 iphone 🙂

  • leart

    Those are old photoshop filters…

  • abdullah575

    iOS 7.1

  • Nicolas Baillie

    this looks nothing like a painting tbh