Pintograph is an app for the iPhone and iPad that draws complex artwork. This is a fun side project, so for now it is free in the App Store. We hope you enjoy it!

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Here are some samples of art from Pintograph:


Pintograph simulates a simple machine, but the art it generates is surprisingly complex. As you can see in the screenshot below, the machine is animated in 3-D so you can study its movement as it draws.

screen shot of Pintograph device drawing a picture


The Pintograph app is the brainchild of Asdiel Echevarria. He became interested in machines like harmonographs and pintographs that draw beautiful line patterns without much human intervention. Asdiel was mesmerized by the slowly unfolding artwork in videos like the one below.

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The name Pintograph was coined by Fran McConville’s daughter. Fran created a nice web site for learning about these devices.


If you love Pintograph then please write a review in the App Store! If you have suggestions then please e-mail us at e-mail address for feedback is apps at alienskin dot com.

Having trouble with Pintograph? We’ve created an iOS troubleshooting article that might help. Over time we may add more iOS articles to our support site.

You can also share your art and comments on the Pintograph Facebook page.

The App Advice web site reviewed Pintograph in the Today’s Best Apps column. Sweet!

About Jeff

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.
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18 Responses to Pintograph

  1. Greg Malick says:

    If you make am animate-able version for Adobe After Effects, you will really have something.

  2. Peter Solano says:

    Those of us who love to experiment, would love to see this application for Photoshop. thank you.

  3. Kat Strieby says:

    No Android version? Not everyone owns an iPad. I’ve got a Fire and would love to play with an app like this.

  4. Gantz says:

    It is quite interesting App, but is possible to use a result in the print quality for work?
    It could be a perfect plugin for illustrator if result will be editable vector paths.
    There is also a quite interesting App from Kapitza Studio, making interesting patterns, but unfortunately also only just for fun (screenshot can be a result).

    • Robert says:

      Thank you for the great suggestions Grantz. I will make sure the developers hear about your idea. Though I can not say if or when this will happen, I will make sure they know.

  5. William glass says:

    When do you think you will make the update where you can make your own drawings or ‘pintographs’ because I really like the app but it is slightly boring after a while

    • Jeff says:

      That is the most common suggestion for Pintograph and we would love to give direct control of the machine configuration. Since Pintograph is a side project, we might not get a chance to update it for a while. We will make an announcement when we do find time to do an update.

  6. Hannah Corcoran says:

    I love this app! Thank you!

  7. Shelley Lake says:

    This would make a great Photoshop plugin!!!

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  9. Chris Wild says:

    Would love to be able to replay. Sometimes, I’d like to see a drawing unfold twice. I love this app by the way – beautiful!

    • Robert says:

      If you save the machine to your gallery, you can redraw it as many times as you would like. You just can’t force it to redraw the pattern multiple times in succession.

  10. R.M. says:

    thanks for a beautiful app. I love that at certain settings it becomes chaotic and continues indefinitely without repeating.

  11. Paul Murray says:

    I would like it if the hue of the pen could be made to track one of the wheels.

  12. Miguel Iglesias says:

    I like Pintograph and I whish it would have a higher resolution, like 300dpi so it can be manipulated for colouring and printing. I use photoshop and is a shore trying to enlarge and keeping good resolution to use. Let me know if there is a better way to enlarge the drawing at a higher resolution until you do a resolution upgrade.
    Thank you kindly.

    • Robert says:

      There is no way to increase the resolution of the image, but you can try using Blow Up 3 on it. That will help you get larger images than just the photoshop enlargement too.

      We don’t have any updates planned for Pintograph, so manually enlarging it is the only option.

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