Dynamic Auto-Painter (DAP) is a fun to use software to automatically turn a photo or a 3D rendering into great looking painting inspired by some of the most famous real world artists.

Dynamic Auto-Painter can work also as a great feedback tool to improve your photography skills by simplifying the image to its core visual values.

New: We also have "express" version for MAC, iPad and the iPhone


DAP Standard $51.00
DAP x64 PRO $99.95
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This is not your ordinary photo-to-painting effect! Instead of changing the pixels of the photo itself, DAP uses the input image only as a guide to paint the scene with many different brushes and guided by real-world artists inspired techniques.

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"Dynamic Auto-Painter delivers brilliantly on its promise of real art in short order – and at an excellent price"                  Review PC PRO 2011

"In a nutshell, Dynamic Auto-Painter not only emulates the technique, but also the way different painters would see the same scene"

Looks like painting from a distance
One thing that puts DAP above others is that the output images will look like a painting even in small size (for example resized on web or looking from a distance when printed). This is usually a common deal-breaker with all automatic filters which when resized down will look only like a processed photo.

Looks like a painting up-close
Looking at the details you may think we are showing you a real canvas. And in some sense it is actually true. There is an option in the software called Real Canvas that simulates the way a real canvas or art paper interact with the paint. There are enough details even for a large poster print. 

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Never paints the same image twice
Not only you have different painting styles, you can choose different impressions and palettes. However, even with the same settings the brush strokes will differ from one image to another as would do with a real painter.


We spent years of researching the technique of famous impressionist painters in order to be able to closely mimic their style of painting, something which has never been successfully done in an automatic computer painting program before.


It doesn't stop with the preset styles, there is a community of people producing and sharing their own styles. If you feel adventurous, you can also make your own.


The professional 64bit version adds additional tools and newly developed HD presets for ultra realistic complex details and brushworks. With the right subject it is capable of producing large, highly detailed paintings that look real and organic even when "pixel peeping" while still keeping a distinguishable style of a real painter.


With the Material and Real Lights in the professional 64-bit version the canvas becomes truly alive with scratches, dried paint and bumps. Great for application where close-up detail is important such as very large prints.


New PRO x64 3.1 version can apply multiple overlays such as paper textures, signatures or realistic frames on the painting.


"The Dynamic Auto-painter is highly addictive."

But don't just take our word for it, check out the gallery and download trial version.


DAP x64 PRO is an advanced professional version for 64 bit windows Vista and Windows 7 that adds special tools and enhancements for enhancing details and creating large poster size paintings.
DAP Standard works on both 32-bit and 64 bit windows.
Both software can be used to produce output for both personal or commercial purpose.

Comparison table

Features DAP Standard DAP x64 PRO
Works on 64 bit Windows
Works on 32 bit Windows  
Standard Templates
HD templates
High Resolution output for Posters
Material and Lights
Overlays, Signatures and Frames
Canvas Designer
Plug-ins Optional Included
Price $49 $99

Use DAP on Intel-MAC
If you plan to use Windows DAP on MAC using one of the available virtualization tool see this following table.
In general, you can run Standard version of DAP on all intel-MAC without having the windows installed, only with the free wineskin tool. To run the DAP x64 PRO on a MAC you need a new Intel-MAC with 64-bit processor, 64-bit Win7 installation on either Bootcamp or VM Fusion. At this moment you can't use wine based tools (wineskin) with PRO x64, but it works great for the DAP Standard version.

Virtualization Method DAP Standard DAP PRO x64 Note
Wine based tools
don't yet support
64 bit programs 
PRO x64 with 64-bit Win7
installed on Intel MACs
with 64 bit processors
64-bit support may come
in the future to Parallels
VM Fusion
PRO x64 with 64-bit Win7
installed on Intel MACs
with 64 bit processors

DAP Standard: update to 2.6

  • Maintenance update
  • Added regular scroll bars for preset and browser
  • Presets, mouse wheel support
  • Preset window can expand
  • Presets/Browser window can use search (make sure mouse is in the preset window, then start typing)
  • Updated raw

DAP Standard: 2.55

  • Fix for occasional dark right border on vignette images
  • Better way of Distributing and Installing User templates (Menu tools: Archive/Install Template

DAP PRO x64 update to 3.2

  • Maintenance update
  • Added regular scroll bars for all presets and browser
  • Presets, material, canvas, overlay, mouse wheel support
  • Presets, material, canvas, overlay window can expand
  • Presets/Browser, material, canvas, overlay window can use search (make sure mouse is in the preset window, then start typing)
  • Updated raw

DAP PRO x64: 3.1

  • Added Overlay option + some GUI modifications to accommodate new tab
  • 3.0.2 Fixes: custom canvas in canvas designer, save as layerd PSD crop original, loading non 24 bit images, loading psd files
  • Additions: Save layered PSD with masks, added switch in dry reveal pause to control the set


pastelIn a Nutshell:

  • Automatic, it does the painting for you
  • Real-world artists inspired techniques
  • It doesn't depend on the input image resolution
  • Add Non-traditional look to your photos or 3D renderings
  • Versatile output
  • Great easy to use interface
  • Integrated help
  • It is fun

Full of Surprising results

The arbitrary nature of the painting process is ready to uncover many surprises in your images.

Great Feedback tool for creative minds

Dynamic Auto-Painter can work as a great feedback tool to improve your photography skills. A painting will simplify the image to its core visual values allowing you to evaluate the overall impact of the image such as proper framing technique or good separation of subject from its surrounding.

cezaneLooks Good when Printed

Unlike many off-the shelf painting effects the printed results from DA-Painter look stunningly painting-like. The Real Canvas option will add Canvas or watercolor Paper feel to the whole image even when printed on a normal non-textured paper.

It is in the details
The 64 bit version adds material and light properties where you can determine how the dried paint reflects light and then add various lights. The result will give third dimension to the brush strokes where you can see scratches and bumps in paint.

Add a new dimension to your creative tool-box

Both designer professionals and home users can appreciate the new creative dimension of a painting style as a counter point to the abundance of digital photography.

Versatile tool

If you feel like to create your completely new preset from scratch, you can. The interesting thing is that the set of brush strokes can be anything from colors to pictures of vegetables or coffee beans so you can really go wild.





Minimum System Requirements


Standard Windows Version

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista or XP (32-bit or 64-bit editions)
  • 1 GHz processor or better
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 1 GB of free disk space
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768 (highly recommended higher resolution)

Wineskin MAC (virtualized) version
See guide guide how to make wineskin version for the mac: daponmac.pdf

  • Snow Leopard or Lion
  • Any Intel MAC, including MacBook Air

PRO x64 Windows Version

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 64-bit, Vista 64-bit
  • 2 GHz processor or better
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 1 GB of free disk space
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768 (highly recommended higher resolution)


AutoPainter Express ("lite" version) for MAC

  • This is a "lite" version, native for MAC. See here.

Virtualized Windows version for MAC

  • You can run the virtualized Standard windows version on intel MAC with this guide: daponmac.pdf (icon file here)
  • For PRO 64 bit versions you need Bootcamp with installed 64-bit Win7 or VM Fusion with 64-bit Win7


iPhone verson

  • IPhone Version info can be located here.

iPad version

  • iPad version can be found here.

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Windows version
DAP x64 PRO Version: 3.2
(to save bandwidth on our server during the first few days of very high demand after initial release we use free file sharing providers for this file, this is only a temporary solution)
  • Mediachance (3.2): dappro320  64-bit (126 MB)

Update patch to DAPx64 PRO 3.2 from 3.1 (14/JAN/2013)

  • Mediachance: dappro32update.exe (~3 MB) This is a patch only, you need to have already previous PRO 3.1 installed

DAP x64 PRO works on Windows Vista 64, W7, 64 bit and W8 64 bit

DAP Standard Version (WIN): 2.6
  • Download DAP Standard version for Windows 32 and 64 bit (58 MB)
    works on Windows XP, Vista 32/64 and W7 - Windows 8 32/64

Update patch to DAP Standard 2.6 from 2.55 (14/JAN/2013)

  • Mediachance: dap26update.exe (~3 MB) This is a patch only, you need to have already previous 2.55 installed

OSXMAC native "express" version, iPad and iPhone versions

AutoPainter Express is a non expensive "lite" version of DAP build natively for OSX. Similar functionality can be found in the iPhone and iPad version. All are on appstore.

OSXDIY Virtualized version on MAC Snow Leopard and Lion
If the provided Wineskin virtualized version of DAP doesn't work, you can bottle it by yourself.

DIY guide how to run the DAP on MAC:

If you want to run the x64 PRO version on intel-MAC, you need Bootcamp or VM Fusion with Windows 7 64 bit installed.





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General Workflow
Video 2
New features of DAP2
Video 3
Flashback Feature of current version


Dynamic Auto-Painter resources (DAP)
  • DAP Cafe, largest repository for user created templates for Dynamic Auto Painter. Maintained by users from DAP forum on MMBforums
  • DAP plug-ins, page for Dynamic Auto-Painter plug-ins
  • DAP forum, (currently offline) official forum for DAP users. When registered, visit Post your art topic to see many pages of DAP examples.
  • Compilled few relevant posts about AOP creation from the offline forum in PDF (while the forum is offline).
  • DAP flickr Pool, many examples of images created with Dynamic Auto Painter/font>
  • Free Online Monitor Panel LCD test
    Check out our new online LCD Monitor evaluation test. Within a minute you will know what type of LCD panel your monitor have (TN, S-PVA or S-IPS) and how it is suitable for photo-editing.