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Forget filters. Meet Oilist.
The ground breaking generational art app.
Genuine art. All saved at canvas-worthy 4k resolution.

"Oilist is an artist in your phone, one that you watch sketch, paint, and craft a unique version of a photo you’ve shot." - MacStories, May 2017

"App of the week: Oilist review - Hypnotic, engaging, with a longevity that escapes most filter apps, and with high-res output so you can use it to create real-world art." - Stuff Magazine, April 2017

Give Oilist an image and it will automatically generate a genuine and unique work of art based on it. Painted for you in real time! Participate or spectate, it's up to you, Oilist will delight!

Oilist comes with 18 infinitely customizable styles; from impressionist to abstract.

Oilist is not a photo filter. Unlike most filter apps, Oilist will never generate the same results twice, and is capable of creating from impressionistic to abstract artwork based on the user’s photos. Instead of applying a fixed formula to an image as photo filters typically do, Oilist analyzes the supplied image using computer vision technology, then paints simulated paint particles that are applied using various brush strokes and techniques.

At anytime during the painting process, 4k resolution images may be captured as often as desired.

When Oilist is painting, styles may be infinitely customized by selecting from 12 different painting moods, choosing from 15 different brushes, setting brush options such as the size and spacing, and by injecting imperfections with the exciting Chaos tool. The gravity of the paint can be controlled by tilting the device and the brush angles may be controlled by yawing (rotating) the device. To rapidly change settings, it is possible to pause the painting by tapping in the paint area, make any desired changes, the tap in the painting area again to unpause the painting.

New and interesting results may be obtained by alternating settings with new settings painted on top of the previous settings. For instance, first paint a layer using the Warm mood followed by a layer using the Cool mood. The use of large brushes tend to create more abstract artwork and smaller brushes work best for high definition detail.

Oilist will automatically provide smaller brush strokes and greater photo-realism to detected faces. This can optionally be disabled by opening the Settings app, tapping on Oilist and disabling face detection.

Oilist App Description & Overview

The applications Oilist was published in the category Photo & Video on 2017-04-20 and was developed by 3DTOPO Inc.. The file size is 95.19 MB. The current version is 1.1.01 and works well on 10.0 and high ios versions.

Resolves a potential issue saving images to camera roll
Fixes some other potential bugs

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Oilist Reviews


Thanks  Sdave2009  5 star

Thank you this is the best app ever because I’m into Art


Love it  Jjrs08  5 star

It takes some getting use to. Wish it would transform pix into paint quicker. It look nice.


Great but..  Jasommer  4 star

I love the app use it all the time. However recently the app has been running very slow. I have an iPhone 7plus and all other apps are closed. Any tips on way it is running slow is appreciated as I love using the app.


Worth the Time to Create Masterpieces!  RoSealey  5 star

I am glad that I waited 8 months before writing a review, because I might have agreed with some of the lower-rated reviews when I began. But, I now find that this app is magnificent! I don't read manuals, preferring to learn while experimenting with an app until I get the results I'm happy with. If you start off expecting Oilist to match the examples in 15 seconds, you'll be disappointed. As a former real-world painter who spent months on a painting, I eventually decided to let the app do its thing and come back to it later. It did a great job on the default settings, matching the examples, but I decided to play with the options to see what I could do. Some things worked, others didn't, just as experimenting did with oils and acrylics. To my joy, I went on to to win an award for an Oilist painting I submitted in a digital art show. I have 3 suggestions for dissatisfied users, and one request for the developer for future improvements. 1. TECHNICALLY, You will get the best results from your largest resolution images, with good composition, areas of light and dark, and great contrast (unless you want soft/impressionist-like results). 2. INVEST THE TIME to allow the app to fully resolve the style you choose, make sure you choose higher 'density' so any specks of "canvas" will cover more quickly, and adjust back to suit your needs, THEN make adjustments, and experiment. If you want fast ho-hum results, there are 10+ apps that'll do it for you. I use a few, but nothing comes close to Oilist. 3. FREE YOURSELF FROM EXPECTATION, and let yourself make mistakes; see how Oiliest resolves them. My best work seems to arise from surprising results/accidents and the intuitive ways Oilist responds, and if you don't like the results, try an adjustment! To the developer--While I'd love an 'erase' & 'redo' tool for small areas, I'd be happiest with a masking tool that can be introduced at any stage of the painting process. And to anyone reading to the bottom here, I was not paid or asked by the app to write anything here, and as a harsh critic of many apps I've reviewed, I stand by everything above! It's a rare 5 star review for me!


Very cool high quality  Teaandmintfromisrael  5 star



Cool!  Razum_inc  5 star

Awesome app! Pls do usuals updates! Don’t forget about updates!


Cool but..  Tacolover100🌮  4 star

Results are stunning. Just maybe add a skip button so the process feels faster. Totally worth the money.


Not able to create images that look like art in App Store  Mikoo231  2 star

Skip. I regret spending the money. Update after response: I use several apps like this to generate content for my multiple social audiences. None of the images I made were impressive so I gave up after 15 - 20 mins of tinkering. An app like this shouldn't require much time to learn. I used presets and attempted to customize. I'm a professional digital artist who has used photoshop since version one and use many, many apps like this such as Prisma, Pixelmator, Enlight, Snapseed, Alter, Phoster, Artisto as well as OSX programs and web services to generate AI digital art. Maybe you'll have better luck but I wouldn't risk purchase without a free trial. The app has high reviews (I hope they're honest) so maybe you'll have more success.

Beth in Arkansas

Excellent and Fun App  Beth in Arkansas  5 star

It boggles my mind to think about how versatile and complex this app is. It's WELL WORTH the money!


A W E S O M E app support!  GuyNamedBrett  5 star

I've been able to make great art out of my photos thanks to not only a great app, but AWESOME app support from the developer! Well worth the price...BTW...I'm still using an iPhone 6 Plus and I can't wait to see how good my work is when I upgrade to an iPhone 8 in a couple months.


Wild happenings  Siwi6666  5 star

I'm playing with this app just an evening but it is already fun and expressive. Great creativity ability. I need to play more.


This is a wonderful app for digital art  Cloudydaypictures  5 star

To watch it render is a joy. Hoping for more styles in the future as the existing ones are so much fun.


Ignore last review  wadago  5 star

Apologies to app makers. Previous review meant for another app. Oilist works well and does what it claims. Existing photos able to be used and they look great. Highly recommend app.

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