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Psykopaint

Turn Photos into Paintings


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Published 12/23/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Psykopaint is a unique application that gives users a way to paint without any skill whatsoever. The application works by allowing users to upload an image of any kind, from landscapes to portraits of people or pets. Next, the user can select a brush type and painting style. Users can also come up with their own unique painting styles. Psykopaint selects the right colors and does all the hard painting work for the user. After setting the controls, the user can transform their photograph into a stylish, customized painting. Users can also order prints of their creations to keep or give as gifts.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Psykopaint was created to give users an easy way to express themselves, even without extensive training in art related skills. CEO Mathieu Gosselin is currently the sole team member overseeing Psykopaint. The application was created with many helpful features. During open beta, the application has seen around 150,000 unique visitors. That number continues to grow as Psykopaint is discovered by more users searching for a way to be creative without extensive training as an artist.

What are the differences to other apps?

Psykopaint is unique because of the service it offers. There are other applications that allow users to be creative and draw or edit photos. Psykopaint take these two concepts and combines them into a fully customizable service that allows users to be as creative as they like while quickly generating attractive, eye-catching paintings with their personal photos. Psykopaint makes the creation of unique art possible for the not-so-artistically inclined.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Psykopaint website encourages users with a stylish dark color scheme that works well to contrast the variety of colors and patterns found in the user’s photos. The layout is slightly awkward, with a small video that seems to only play audio. Other than that, the site is relatively easy to navigate and presents the user with many options for editing their photographs.

How does the registration process work?

Visitors can begin using Psykopaint by clicking on the white “Getting Started” arrow in the bottom, right hand corner of the homepage (below the read “Convert your photos into amazing paintings” header). The user is then asked to select from three options: uploading their own image to work with, painting on a blank canvas, or painting with one of Psykopaint’s sample images. Next, the user can move a slider bar to change image dimensions. The next step takes the user to the painting page, which includes an optional tutorial that automatically starts with music and can be closed. Users can log in using a Facebook account by clicking on the blue Facebook button at the top right hand corner of the painting page.

What does it cost to use the application?

Psykopaint is a web based tool that gives users many options to create customized paintings. The user generally supplies their own photograph and sets controls on their own. The service is fun, but might be a difficult sell if a subscription fee was charged. Luckily, users can access Psykopaint for free. There are no costs for creating images. The only cost associated with Psykopaint is the price of ordering prints after editing photos on the site. Purchasing paintings is completely optional so the user does not have to spend a cent on the site if they do not want to.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone who lacks painting skills but wants to create attractive paintings can appreciate Psykopaint. The application is very easy to use, with sliders to choose various settings and come up with a completely unique finished image.

  • Upload your own images to edit
  • Use a blank canvas or choose from the available Psykopaint image samples
  • Choose from multiple painting styles
  • Create your own unique painting style
  • Order prints of your image to keep or give as gifts


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