Yet Another Auto-Painting Program

Summary – Today’s example attempts to mimic the style of specific painters such as Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and others – in addition to general styles such a realistic & watercolor. It has plenty of options which, if you’re willing to make the effort (I have better things to do), are capable of producing good results.


This is an interesting program – Dynamic Auto-Painter (DAP)

When the “painting” is good it can be very good

When bad, well….

The problem is that it generates a painting

Stroke by stroke – several thousand typically

You may stare hypnotically at the stroke buildup

For several minutes before knowing it it’s any good

(It is fascinating to watch – for a while)


Image from the camera

Roll mouse over for a “painting” of the same image

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Image Credit (It’s NOT mine)

Seemed a good subject for a painting

Go here for the image credit & free download


About Photo Auto-Painting Programs

Disclaimer – I am no expert, far from it

I place these programs into two categories

1. Auto-paint stroke by stroke right before your eyes

2. A painting appears instantly (no animated strokes)

Of course there’s also

Free & not

Good & not so good

Easy & complicated

Manual intervention vs total auto-pilot

Type #1 are fun to watch – that’s the good news

But – they can take several minutes

Depends on the program & the image (size especially)

And – you don’t know if the result satisfies until it’s done

Can waste lots of time


The lead image was made with a

Stroke by stroke program – Dynamic Auto-Painter

$51 (& $100) (free trial – inserts watermark) Win

A stand-alone program (not a plug-in)

Visit site for use on Mac

Results vary depending on image/artist combo

Simple auto run – or else read the 62 page manual

Lots of powerful manual intervention options

For my (limited) purposes, overkill

I prefer the freebie discussed next in this series

(& not just because it’s free)


Different strokes for different folks….

DAP examples (starting with photo)

I stuck with a single image

To illustrate DAP’s artist mimicry

Click for slide show

They start to look the same pretty quickly


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6 thoughts on “Yet Another Auto-Painting Program

    • Sorry – not sure what the “one” in your question refers to.

      If you mean the painting under the lead photo rollover, it’s the DAP preset named Camille. For details regarding the style & painters (2 different Camilles) download the free DAP trial.

      • Thank you. I’ve now seen the rest of this post. Initially I thought it was just the one picture in my reader. I now have a closer look.

  1. Dear Ed
    Please allow me some words of critic.

    Have you ever seen the original (!!!) works of Manet, Monet, Paul Klee or Turner? Programms like DAP or others are lightyears away from the subtileness these masters brought to the canvas.
    In these days im studying the oeuvre of Joan Miro. First I thought it´s pretty easy to mimic his (late childish) style. After months of experimenting I can state that his works have much more depth then 1000 layers of Photoshop imagery. Not to speak of the “spiritual” layers.

    On the other hand I tryed of course e.g. Painter. What I got are interesting graphical effects. But again – from Watercolor, Impasto, Pastell or other materials they are far, far away.

    So – go to an well sorted art museum and study the (old) masters. A quick look will not bring you further. But if you come again and again you will see more and more hidden messages.

    • Thanks. Well said. Hopefully no straight thinking person would ever believe the faux-paintings created by these programs really replicate the work of the actual painters whose work they allege to represent. Best taken with a very large grain of salt – and definitely not seriously.

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