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Instantly Turn Any Picture Into Paintings 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 to transform your picture 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 a painter to paint the picture for you. 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 painted watercolor. The only limit is your own creativity. Click the button to get started.

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How to Transform Your Image Into a Painting

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

Upload an image or picture

Choose one of your favorite photos, or choose one from our picture library if you're still just experimenting.

Choose an art style

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

Create!

Your part is done! Now the AI will take a few minutes to convert 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 that turns a photo into a painting 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 paint 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 a picture, 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 to create your painting.

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Code-free

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

Cross-device

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

Free tier

Generate, tweak, and download up to 5 paintings 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 Pictures to Painting Art

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

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21 days ago· 🪙💰💸 20

Darth Samuraider

Style T'fer1 StyleHigh Res

So cooooool! AI Art will NEVER cease to amaze me. MJ transfer

GrindHouseBluesThis reminds me of Ralph McQuarrie’s conceptual art for Vader dialed up to a glorious Spinal Tap 11. Amazing work.

Clifford Grimes Awesome dude very radical

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22 days ago· 🪙 1
Surfs up, Santa!
Surfs up, Santa!

Surfs up, Santa!

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I love that he has a fin. MJ transfer

KawaiiCreatorSanta Surfer Coming in June 2025

AriusLol, that's sooo epic! IMO, he looks more like Gandalf than Santa!

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"Um, Mr. Allen, sir, you were supposed to dress as your namesake, not his partner."
"Um, Mr. Allen, sir, you were supposed to dress as your namesake, not his partner."

"Um, Mr. Allen, sir, you were supposed to dress as your namesake, not his partner."

Style T'fer1 StyleHigh Res

Silly Woody.

YariOmg!!! Amazing!

CrimsonJay2103Oh! When I first saw the image, I though it was Buzz upon reaching the age beyond infinity.

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10 days ago· 🪙 2
Matilda is one of the greatest heroes in all of literature
Matilda is one of the greatest heroes in all of literature

Matilda is one of the greatest heroes in all of literature

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Source Note: I use style transfer to publish my Midjourney creations because I love sharing all of my AI art with the wonderful NightCafe community, regardless of the generator used to create them. This community is the absolute best on the internet!

QAnyone who has ever been a child needs to read this book and watch this movie.

PrinceSidonFanGirlHighly agree I read the book in 1st grade and fell in love with roald dahl's books

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Chespunk Cat
Chespunk Cat

Chespunk Cat

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Source Note: I use style transfer to publish my Midjourney creations because I love sharing all of my AI art with the wonderful NightCafe community, regardless of the generator used to create them. This community is the absolute best on the internet!

GraviereAwesome (⁠●⁠♡⁠∀⁠♡⁠)

aphotoaday365Your stream is incredible…amazing work!

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6 days ago· 🪙 1
Brona Lisa
Brona Lisa

Brona Lisa

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Source Note: I use style transfer to publish my Midjourney creations because I love sharing all of my AI art with the wonderful NightCafe community, regardless of the generator used to create them. This community is the absolute best on the internet!

MortenLoth:D

HanneLouXD

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Pictures 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. The effect works with any art style, e.g. colored pencil sketch, acrylic paint, oil paintings, watercolor paintings and more.

📱 What is the painter app that turns photos into paintings?

There are many apps that can turn photos into paintings in a simple step process, but we think NightCafe is the best photo to painting application available. 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 painting generation tools. To create more images, you can subscribe, open a profile, 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 phtoo generation app. You won't find it on any app store, but you can install it and run the photo to painting algorithms 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 photos.

🖼️ 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 paintings.

Style Transfer Artwork

Print your creations

Let us print your painting! 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 canvas paintings that are sure to brighten any environment. You can order any of your paintings to be printed for you.

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

— @shootwhatsmyname
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