Psykopaint Blog


Featured User: Ben Leighton

1) Can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a 36 year old User Interface designer. I grew up in Bermuda, but i live in Oxford in the UK now. I did a degree in Design & Art Direction because it seemed a sensible way to get a job afterwards but fine art and music have always been my real interests.

2) How did you find out about Psykopaint?
I really can’t remember. I think I came across it in someone’s social media when trawling through the internet. It caught my eye because I had been learning Corel Painter (and was finding it pretty tricky), and I was up for trying other things in the same vein.

3) Tell us more about your work. What’s your process.

A few years ago a friend of mine who is a professional painter showed me how easy it was to paint from photos using the computer, specifically that the photo actually sits on a layer directly below the painted surface. This takes most of the draughtsmanship skill out of the equation (assuming you’re aiming for realism in that respect). I was impressed, but my immediate thought was that to get more creativity into it one should really mess around with the photos before applying the digital paint. As such, my work is part Psykopaint and part Photoshop. The process is:

- get a photo, either from my own camera of from the internet

- manipulate it in Photoshop. This is everything from removing backgrounds to distorting shapes to complicated photo-collaging. Obviously if it’s other people’s photos from the internet you have to change them as much as you can.

- into Psykopaint! I go back to Photoshop after so for me Psykopaint is all about brushstrokes. I usually cover the entire surface with one brush, then change to another brush and rework the entire surface (leaving some parts of the original brushwork showing), then finish off with a 3rd pass. I frequently change the settings of the brushes (every 4 or 5 strokes).

- Save as a big jpeg then back into Photoshop. I then do a lot of colour adjustments and adding multiple layers of semi-transparent textures. I often use the Liquify tool to distort the shapes one last time.

Pictures I have printed so far I got done as Giclée prints on cotton rag paper. I’m very pleased with the result. It’s a bit odd to see simulated impasto on a very flat piece of paper, but it’s still nice.

4) What are your artistic inspirations?

My Pinterest page for Art is a pretty good summary of what I like.

If someone asked me to say who my single biggest influence was, I’d have to say Goya (after he went deaf/mad). Of course part of what is so impressive about Goya’s personal late work is the date that he painted it; most other western paintings of that time are in many ways very controlled or repressed, either by the person paying the commission or by the system (f.e. the Royal Academy, or the French Salon system), but Goya’s Black Paintings are pure emotion. Stylistically where I’d like to be is somewhere between Goya, Rembrandt and John Singer Sargent.

Aside from pictures of people, I love the work of Turner and Casper David Friedrich. I haven’t tried any landscapes myself yet as I feel like it’s much more difficult to say something meaningful with them. When you paint a person’s face, the picture almost automatically becomes about the human condition. You don’t need to think up a theme if you don’t want to.

The weirder side of my work (the Chimeras on stems from a love of collage and mythology.

5) Something you’d like to share with the world?

If you peak too early in life, everything else will be downhill. I want to be doing amazing work when I’m 80.

Psykopaint goes mobile

Psykopaint is very cool!

I know that’s the lamest self-promotion you’ve ever heard. But It’s true.

Now imagine that it’s 21st century and you’re using a mouse to paint!? Whaaat?

I found my own fingers easier to move than a mouse. Don’t you think?

Well, we’ve been thinking just that and that’s why we believe touchscreens are the logical next step for a painting app like us.

To make it really great, we decided to start from a blank canvas (wink, wink) and to build the whole thing from scratch the result of which is….

Lazy paint!

It will be available on all upcoming Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft Surface and all that…

Yeah I know, it’s not Psyko…paint.

That’s because:

1. It works a bit differently :

You can make great paintings so easily that we think lazies will love it.

2. It doesn’t have advanced psychopathic stuff that Psykopaint have.

But Fear not! Even though it’s almost Halloween.

3. We’re working on a fully featured iPad version of Psykopaint and we aim it to be the very best creative app ever made in the universe since Ms Paint

You can have a look at it on the Windows Store already: Click me

Warm up your fingers!

Have a lazy Halloween



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Which Hair color really suits You?

Posted on April 14, 2012

Have you ever wanted to see how your hair would look like in different color?
Sure – you can go to the nearest hair saloon – but that’s hard and you can not just try and revert it back if you don’t like it.

And tools that offer this kind of operation on the internet … are a joke. They simply don’t work.

Pyskopaint happens to be the best online tool for this!

Step by Step

1. Choose an image – make sure the hair is not too bright and not too dark.

2. Open the COLOR tab and select a color you would like and start applying it.

IMPORTANT: don’t close the Color tab. Plus points for playing with the size and transparency of the brush (in the Brush tab).

3. Try MULTIPLY and Overlay blending modes in the LAYERS Tab.

They did some magic in my case! Play also with the opacity slider here to fine tune your choice.

4. Let’s try different colors.

Go to FILTERS (FX), choose the filter “Change Colors” and apply it only to Your Painting (top row).

5. and Voila! Here is our final result – girl with funky hair color styles in just a few minutes ;)

This is just one of the many examples of how you can use some of the new functionalities of Psykopaint. Can’t wait to see what you surprise us with! See you in the Gallery!

Let's paint stuff

Pointillist Brush and Xmas Card

On this update we’re introducing a new brush and help you get ready for the coming holidays with a Christmas Card.

If you are a Mental or Psyko member, you’re in for a treat. We developed an exclusive new brush for
you, the NeoPointillism brush.  As the name suggests it was inspired by a sub-genre of impressionism called Pointillism.

It was made popular by Van Gogh, but Seurat was the one who created and perfected this style of painting.
It’s like painting using lots of little dots instead of long brush strokes. It gives scenery a very dreamy kind of vibe.

Have a look at the video tutorial to learn how to make full use of the brush and take it for a spin.


And since the holidays are knocking on our door we created a Christmas themed card that you can send to your loved-ones as a virtual card or as a REAL postcard.

Here’s how to create a postcard:

1.) Go to
2.) Follow along the tutorial above with your own image
3.) Then Click File => Create a Card => Choose Postcard
4.) Type a little message and fill the addresses of the ones you love
5.) Click the ’Check Out’ button and enter your bank details in Paypal
6.) Your loved-ones will receive the postcard within 7 days


PS: to send a virtual card just choose E-Card at step 3 and at step 4 insert the email addresses of your loved ones

Featured user: Stoyan Ivanov

Posted on August 18, 2011


My name is Stoyan Ivanov aka By ME. I live in Bulgaria I grew up in Sofia. I’m living with my parents in a house on the outskirts of Sofia.

I live surrounded by mountains and I love nature as you might guess from my paintings.

For now I am a student in High school. I study Architecture. Of all the world I most love my friends and my family.

I am interested in art since I was a little boy. I’ve been to a lot of art exhibitions . So I can say I know which painting are beautiful and original.

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Are you Broke but you want to help?

Posted on August 2, 2011


You love Psykopaint, you come back really often and you love spending time creatively BUT…

You owe your mum lots of money, you have a student loan and you still have to buy your honey stuff BUT…

You have some extra time! Well Psykopaint would be happy to give you tons of free stuff BUT…

Psykopaint is broke too! We don’t have lots resources to hire people to improve and develop things a lot SO…

If you are willing to give us a hand, we’ll give you free mental and psyko memberships!

So how long we’ll give you depend on which task are you willing to do, but we will be very generous if you do good job.


This is a list of things that would help us:

* Create a tutorial article or video (video worth more): reward from 1 month Mental to 1 year Psyko membership depending on the quality

* Write us an email on how you would do if you had to create a software to make people happier : 1 day to 1 year depending on the quality of your ideas.

* Do an article on your blog about Psykopaint (you don’t have to say only good stuff, just be honest) : 1 Mental week to 3 months Psyko membership

* Report a bad painting in the gallery (Naked/Violent/Racist): 1 week mental membership

* Write an article about one of those themes: ‘digital art’,'generative art’,'art and mental health’,'being different’ : Only If it is good enough to be published we give you a year psyko membership! (Not too long, not too short)

Do something unique that helps Psykopaint spread all over the world: 1 month to infinite membership.



Then whatever you have done report it by email at [email protected]

Note: if you have already a membership we will refund or extend your existing one for free ;-)

Final membership Pricing

Posted on July 2, 2011

After the many feedback we got from you, this is the result of the pricing for the different memberships.

The new updated version will come on the 4th of July


We tried to come up with something competitive and we indeed made it very attractive to commit to long term.

To have an order of idea Corel Painter 12 cost 400.00€ and photoshop a 1000€! (Ok those are still really super heavy  stuff)


Ok so that’s almost 29 times cheaper assuming you take the mental membership for a year!

And 11 times cheaper for a Psyko membership for a year. (Other softwares make you pay for upgrades every year anyway! )

Needless to say this is very cheap for the quality that we provide.



* The mental membership (premium) is targeted at regular users who would like to be able to save their paintings with a good resolution and take advantage of more advanced features like the layers, project saving and especially being able to launch Psykopaint straight from the desktop like any other app without being connected to the internet (Work on Mac, Windows and Linux)!


* The Psyko membership (Pro) COMING SOON is clearly targeted for professional who wants to use their paintings commercially. Save in very high resolution to be able to print it themselves. Also we will provide the opportunity for Psyko members to sell the paintings online directly from the gallery.

The offline version will benefit from pen pressure sensitivity that can be assigned to any Psykopaint sliders and a totally unique feature will allow you to set-up waves to modify parameters through time. (Example: assign a sine wave to the size will make the brush size oscillate from big to small)


(If you feel like you need to wait until the Psyko membership. Do not worry, we will provide a discount of 30€ for the Mental members to upgrade to Psyko once it is ready!)




* an ipad version will be coming later this year followed by an android tablet version.

* Psykopaint both offline and online will be updated regularly thought time. So we will keep adding excluse features for members.

* We will add cheaper options for printing, postcards , photos … and add the USA to the list of available countries. And eventually the world.

Note that whichever membership you have the prints on canvas are never scaled down. So even if you have a basic membership your print orders will be in full resolution.



To finish with, if you like to use Psykopaint on a regular basis

and you like what we do

and would like some more

having a membership is the best way to support us (other than all those great complimenting emails you send us) and give us the opportunity to continue working on Psykopaint as well as new stuff!

As our goal completely redefine the software industry from a boring-corporate-flat-emotionless culture to a user-driven-innovative-emotional one!

Software that adapts to you. Not the other way around.


Everything about printing.

Posted on May 31, 2011

A new addition to the release is the ability to order your prints on canvas!

A lot of users have been asking for this feature and it took us a lot of efforts to set it up but we are really happy with the way it has been implemented and the outcomes.

Having a real print of your work at home feels great. It’s like you’ve step up from being a hobbyist to being a real painter.

We’ve chosen the best quality supplier we could find while keeping a competitive price and our first series have a limited edition Darwin sticker in the back.

This is an example of a 70×50 cm size print in a kids room:

The other new functionality we provide is printed Frames. Instead of buying a real top quality frame which costs quite a bit and might be difficult to setup we provide the option to have it printed. It is a small trick but the result looks great!

At first sight it is difficult to notice the difference, specially from afar .

And this is an example of what the printed frame look like with the silver frame:


Canvas printing is available only in the following countries for now:

France, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Germany. We’re sorry for our other customers but we are testing with those few countries before we open it up to everywhere in the world.

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