Sometimes the best part of editing a digital photo is messing around with fun filters. And with all of the photo editing apps¬†that we’ve recommended, filter options are overflowing. So it’s always refreshing to find a new photo app that brings something a little different to the table, like¬†the Brushstroke app.

The name should tip you off to¬†what it’s all about:¬†a filter app that¬†transforms your iOS pics into lovely paintings, and the results are pretty darn rad.

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It’s similar to another favorite,¬†Waterlogue,¬†only with even¬†more filter options,varying¬†intensity levels, and a choice of textures like canvas, stone, or paper. Plus, you can expect the¬†usual photo editing features like brightness, exposure, and contrast to get your photo as painterly as you’d like.

A photo turned painting using the Brushstroke app

The Brushstroke app: Turns your digital photos into paintings

Use the Brushstroke app to turn pictures into paintings

What I really like, besides the results, is that Brushstroke¬†is straightforward and intuitive¬†to use. I also like that you can add your signature to your finished work–although here, my¬†Instagram handle was added using PicMonkey. If I had used the¬†Brushstroke signature, it would have far¬†more charm, as if I had¬†artfully painted it on there myself.

Of course, you can share your pic-paintings on Instagram, Twitter, or¬†Facebook. What’s even cooler though, is¬†Brushstroke’s partnership with CanvasPop, allowing you to¬†purchase¬†a framed print, canvas or poster of your artwork right from the app. Wouldn’t that make a perfect Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift?

I like this paint app so well that¬†it’s already installed in my faves list. And with all that I¬†can do in¬†Brushstroke without having to load up on in-app purchases, the $2.99¬†price tag feels like a bargain to me.

The Brushstroke app for iOS is available on iTunes 

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