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Photo to Painting
Instantly Turn Any Photo Into a Painting with AI Tools

Use state-of-the-art AI to turn your photos into paintings. Turn a picture of your dog into a Picasso, or a photo of your house into an oil painting. The possibilities are endless.

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My mind is blown by NightCafe and I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing the work it generates!

— @TheNamesClove

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Stable Diffusion Text To Image Art
A photo of Buzz Aldrin on the moon, recreated by our AI in the style of Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Turn Your Photo to Painting Online Free

Have you ever wanted a painting that was done just for you? In the recent past, the only way would be to commission an artist. On NightCafe, you can turn your pictures into paintings with a few clicks - for free!.

You could turn a photo of the family dog into a Renaissance painting, a picture of a famous landmark into a work of cubist art, or a picture of your child into a watercolor. The only limit is your own creativity.

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How to Turn Your Image Into a Painting

Turn any picture into a painting in a few simple steps. No code required!

Upload an image

Or choose one from our image library if you're still just experimenting.

Choose a style

You can upload your own style image, or choose from one of our presets.


Your part is done! Now the AI will take a few minutes to render your painting.

Photo to painting app
A photo of a giraffe in the style of "The Great Wave"

How Does the Photo to Painting App Work?

NightCafe has multiple different AI algorithms that will help you turn your favorite picture into a painting. The original algorithm is called Style Transfer, which works by uploading a "input" image (e.g. a photo of your dog) and a "style" image (e.g. a Van Gogh painting) and then re-creating the input image in your chosen style.

Our other algorithms are "text to image" algorithms, where you can enter a text prompt and the AI will generate an image for you. Most of these text-to-image algorithms also allow you to start with an image, however the end result may deviate a lot from your photo. For beginners who want their image transformed into a painting, we recommend starting with Style Transfer.

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No coding required, takes seconds to learn. Simply upload your photo, choose a style, and click "Create".


Create beautiful artworks using your desktop, laptop, tablet, or iOS or Android smartphone. View and manage your images from anywhere.

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Generate, tweak, and download up to 5 artworks per day for free. Download free or paid creations without watermarks!

This is fascinating and incredible stuff. I have so much fun with generative art tools, and this is next level!

— @makeanything

Top Photo to Painting Art

See some of the top photo to painting artworks that users have made with NightCafe's Style Transfer algorithm.

19 days ago

Fate of the Curious

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AI_Prompts10222Love it

Aetheria Thank you 🙏

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Cathedral in the Woods
Cathedral in the Woods

Cathedral in the Woods

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Jazzygirl111Thank you

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Phase II

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We are now entering a new era of creatures, the likes of which the world has never seen before. Be prepared…..

WarworkerLooks like his teeth are made of crystals

Aetheria Begs the question of what toothpaste he uses 👀

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Photo to Paintings App FAQs

📷 Can a photo be made to look like a painting?

Yes! Using modern Artificial Intelligence, any photo can be made to look like a painting of your choice. It works with any art style, e.g. colored pencil drawings, acrylic paint, oil paintings, watercolor and more.

📱 What is the app that turns photos into paintings?

There are many apps that can turn photos into paintings, but we think NightCafe is the best. NightCafe has more creation options, a generous number of free credits every day, and a community of other artists doing the same thing.

💸 How much does it cost to turn a photo into a painting?

It's free to generate up to 5 artworks per day using any of our image generation tools. To create more images, you can subscribe, purchase a credit pack, or earn credits by participating in the community. Subscriptions are not required to generate images.

📱 What platforms does NightCafe Creator work on?

NightCafe Creator is a web-based image generation app. You won't find it on any app store, but you can install it and run run stable diffusion from the home screen of your iPhone, Android phone, or tablet. Once the picture to painting app is installed on your device, you can begin to create beautiful art.

🖼️ Do I own the artworks I create?

Yes! As long as you own (or have permission to use) any images that you used in the creation process, we transfer any Copyright assignment to you - the creator. Please check the Copyright laws in your own country to confirm. Copyright and license laws for AI-generated art are still evolving, and some jurisdictions will not grant Copyright for AI-generated artworks.

Style Transfer Artwork

Print your creations

Let us print your creation! We use Artificial Intelligence to enhance your image to print quality, manually crop it to the aspect ratio of your chosen size (making sure to keep the subject in-frame), then print and deliver it to your door.

The prints are museum-quality, made on thick and durable matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these posters that are sure to brighten any environment.

Cheers to you, this awesome platform, and this incredible community. A heck ton of good days ahead.

— @shootwhatsmyname
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