Oilist: the Artist in your pocket.
Make Fine Art based on your pictures!

"Oilist is an artist in your phone, one that you watch sketch, paint, and craft a unique version of a photo you’ve shot." - MacStories, May 2017

"App of the week: Oilist review - Hypnotic, engaging, with a longevity that escapes most filter apps, and with high-res output so you can use it to create real-world art." - Stuff Magazine, April 2017

Give Oilist an image, and it will automatically generate a genuine and unique work of art based on it. Painted for you in real time! Participate or spectate it's up to you, Oilist will delight! All saved at canvas-worthy 4k resolution.

Oilist comes with 48 infinitely customizable styles; from photo-realist to impressionist, to abstract. Every style except for our photo-realist style offers three different levels of abstraction.

Oilist is not a photo filter. Unlike most filter apps, Oilist will never generate the same results twice, and in fact, each brush stroke is unique. Instead of applying a fixed formula to an image as photo filters typically do, Oilist analyzes the supplied image using computer vision technology, then paints simulated paint particles that are applied using various brush strokes and techniques.

At any time​ during the painting process, 4k resolution images may be captured as often as desired.

When Oilist is painting, styles can be infinitely customized with 17 different presets (these were called Styles in previous versions of Oilist), 13 different painting moods, 15 different brushes, setting brush options such as the size and spacing, and by splashing paint with our exciting Chaos tool. Control paint gravity by tilting your device and brush angles by yawing (rotating) the device.

Obtain new and exciting results by alternating settings with new settings painted on top of the previous settings. For instance, first, paint a layer using the Warm mood followed by a layer using the Cool mood. The use of large brushes tend to create more abstract artwork, and smaller brushes work best for high definition detail.

Oilist will automatically provide smaller brush strokes and greater photo-realism to detected faces.

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What's New

Version 2.0.2

• Minor painting improvements
• Resolves a potential issue sharing to Facebook
• Eliminates a few potential rare crashes

New to Oilist 2.0:
• Live style previews
• Much higher resolution brushwork and a new detail brush pass
• Includes over 40 all-new styles; each a neural network trained to different artwork
• Every neural network style has three levels of abstraction to choose from
• What were the styles in Oilist 1.x are now presets and can be changed anytime painting
• Paints faster and smoother while being much more energy efficient compared to Oilist 1.x
• Brush strokes now flow with the objects (vs. pseudo-random waves before)
• The painting now emerges from chaos and no longer first fills detected faces out
• Blank areas potentially possible with Oilist 1.x are now practically impossible
• Refined presets (formerly Styles), including a redesigned abstract preset
• New painting speed preference, improved manual gravity control and refined brushes
• Will now prompt the user if they want to capture an image or continue painting
• New Color (hue) mood
• More

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

249 Ratings

249 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Turn photos into unique, canvas-worthy artworks.

Breathtakingly Beautiful


“Wow...that is’s like magic!”

That’s all I can honestly think whenever I see this app take a normal photo and turn it into a masterpiece—this app can make the worst photo I’ve ever taken look fantastic.

I saw Oilist in the App Store when I was just browsing. I saw the price tag and to be honest, I was skeptical—I didn’t think the results would manifest themselves as well as advertised (we’ve all run into that problem before).

I purchased the app, and as soon as it downloaded, I eagerly opened Oilist.

Right away, I was prompted to pick or take a picture.

And I did, expecting mundane results.

I was wrong.

There were so many options to choose from—all inspired by famous artists (complete with previews and an abstract scale).

Needless to say, at this point I really fell in love with this app, but that’s not all that impressed me.

The tools in this app are highly intuitive and customizable. One click can be the difference you’re looking for, and there are many to choose from—endless combinations. There are even versions you can pick out to save later as your photo is in the editing process (genius)!

This app makes me feel so’s truly remarkable—you could spend hours making all your photos beautiful.

It’s fast, reliable, and beautiful—essentially magic in a photo app, and I can’t wait to see what’s next in future updates!

My New Favorite App


I liked version 1 of Oilist, but this 2.0 update blows me away! It’s so much fun I can’t put it down. The effects are anything from mild to wild and everything in-between. I love the fact that it’s super easy to pause the painting any time you see something you like. Fantastic update, amazing app. Love, love, love.


158.5 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+


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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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