Painnt how-to tutorial and instruction

First, you need to install the Paint app on your iPhone, Android or desktop.  Done? Here's where you need to spend a little money to get the Premium version of about $15, so you can get rid of the watermark, and gain resolution. Done? After that, it's a fairly simple process.


Also, since you've downloaded and installed the app or software, the processing takes place right on your device, meaning we do not filter your photos on remote servers (the only exception are custom styles). This allows a lower data usage for you, as well as guaranteeing the privacy of your images, as opposed to other similar apps. While your final result is being rendered, you may navigate away from the screen. A notification will pop up on your device to let you know when it’s ready.

Good luck!!!

1. Select a filter

Choose from one of our 140+ available filters. New filters will appear first on the Home screen, and if you scroll down, you will find them in categories (mosaic, classic, trippy, etc.)

2. Choose your input

A pop-up box will appear in the middle of the screen where you can select the source to import your photo:

  • Gallery: The first icon will open the device’s gallery

  • Camera: This icon will open your device’s camera to take a new photo

  • Social media: This icon will open your social media profiles on your device (Facebook, Instagram, G+) if you have any, so you can import an image from any of these.

3. Crop your picture


Drag the white selection circles to crop your image. Select the crop icon (top right) to change the crop ratio (square, original, 16:9, etc.), or tap the check mark to continue.

4. Fine-tune and preview changes

Painnt allows you to customize each filter’s settings and observe the changes to your photo “in real time”. Find a cheat sheet here to learn how each setting can modify your photo.

To change the selected image, tap the icon next to Input Image and choose a different photo to filter.

The Output will determine the dimensions your final artwork will have. This is always subject to the original image’s size and your device’s processing capabilities — but in general the output size will be:

  • Small: 350 px (either in width or height, whichever is largest)

  • Medium: 700 px (width or height)

  • HD: 1200 px (width or height)

  • Full HD: 1920px (width or height)

  • Custom: select the exact dimensions you want the final image to have.

Pro tip: To pin your favorite filters to the top of the Home screen, just open the filter and scroll to the bottom of the Preview screen. Slide the “Favorite” toggle to the right to bookmark the current effect you’re using, and it will show up first next time you open the app.

If you wish to start from scratch, just scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap “Reset settings” to erase the modifications applied to the filter and restore the default values.

Pro tip: To see other filters with the same look to the one you have selected, tap on “Related effects” to browse and apply filters that have a similar feel to the one you are working on.

Frame: Not quite sure I understand why you would exactly want to add the illusion of a frame to a digital file. In fact, let's just say to skip this parlor trick illusion.

6. Save


Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a gorgeous masterpiece to save or display to your friends and family.

To export the painting, you have a couple options at the bottom of the screen that you can access by tapping the check mark:

  • Other apps: Tap this option to open other Moonlighting Apps. They have some cool effects and filters you can add to your photos on these apps, here.

  • Share: Tap on share to open even more options, such as set as wallpaper, post to Instagram and more.

  • Save: The final button will save the image to your device.


Painnt has engaged a third party firm to print your art on everything from pillowcases to coffee mugs. You could use them, or simple download your high res files and come back here or the Vangoz home page and upload your art so we can print a beautiful work of art and give it the respect it deserves. You may even win credits for free Vangoz prints.

Paint is from Moonlighting, a small group of developers in Argentina.

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