Manual digital acrylic paint casting in Paint.NET (UPDATE)

Acrylic paint casting is a fun creative activity with surprising, unique results. It can be done with real acrylic paint, on a real canvas, but it can also be digital!

I found a rather complicated program online for that. I saw that soon. So I went into my favorite program on the desktop PC to see if it can do that. Since I downloaded some free plugins a while ago, to check the possibilities in Paint.NET , I experiment with it every now and then.

With the tool effect Liquify (from Pyrochild), I managed to somewhat mimic the effect of acrylic paint casting.
So I made there - how could it be otherwise #doetzeandersnooit #kuch - a tutorial of.


Manual digital acrylic paint casting in Paint.NET:

  1. Open Paint.NET
  2. In the menu bar, click “File”
  3. A menu opens. Click “New”
  4. Size of your choice. For example, 1000x1000
  5. Click “OK”
  6. For example, choose “Filled Shape” tool
  7. Choose a brush size
  8. Paint in desired colors on the canvas
  9. In the menu bar, click “Effects”
  10. A menu opens. Choose “Tools”
  11. Another menu opens. Choose “Liquify”
  12. Another screen opens. Take a look at the options and, for example, move “Pressure” to 98%
  13. Rub through the paint. TIP! You rub with a circle. The center of the circle is the color that will rub out.
  14. - Ready? - Yeah. Click “OK”

Before: After:

For clarification I have this video posted on YouTube:

Nice to play with!

Two other examples I made:


With an extra filter “Dreamy smoothing” in part Artistic of the plugin G'Mic , however, it looks (I think).

Without that filter: With that filter:

How do you do that?

  1. Install relevant plugin
  2. Open Paint dot net
  3. Open the original creation
  4. In the menu bar, click “Effects”
  5. A menu opens. Choose “Advanced”

  6. A menu opens. Choose “G'mic” and wait
  7. A new screen with many options opens
  8. Go to category “Artistic”
  9. Choose “Dreamy Smoothing”
  10. Click “OK”

For clarification this video :

Now we need to figure out how to mimic cells.
As soon as I find out, there will be another update here.


For no tutorial ofPaint dot NETI get sponsored. I like the program and enjoy showing what can be done with it.

What else can be done with Paint.NET?

This can be found in this post: