Art staging apps are a creative way to market your artwork or even close a sale in person. Whether you need a high level of customization or just want to click a button and see your art on a wall, there is an app out there for you. We’ve dug into some of the most popular apps and programs to learn a bit more about them and help you make a decision about which one is right for you.
ArtPlacer‘s strength is in the app’s ability to instantly scale a work in a room with perspective, so clients get the most realistic and convincing image possible. A user can upload an art image, select an interior or upload one of their own, enter the dimensions and land an excellent looking preview with the right proportions. The art image will instantly “pop” into place with the correct perspective, which is very helpful. The app’s library of spaces includes art fair booths and galleries to living rooms and kitchens. This app also features a cool widget that you can include on your website- a helpful sales tool that will make your site stand out!
ArtPlacer’s app also includes an augmented reality module (AR) to view art in real time through the cell phone or device’s camera. You can experience “live” how the work integrates with the space.
There are several different licensing plans, each designed to suit particular needs: One Timer, Basic, Advanced and Premium.
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Photofunia is a free online photo editor (not a mobile app) that puts your image into a stock collage-style background. There are more than just blank walls here, which is fun but can be tedious to sift through. There are some more creative choices than just “art on a white wall above a couch.” It’s as simple as choosing the background you want, uploading your image from your hard drive or from online, and clicking Go. You can then download the photo. Some images can generate in high-res (they’re marked HD) and some cannot. These are fun and eye-catching, and I can see them as really effective images for Facebook ads promoting your work.
iArtView is an app created expressly for artists looking to increase their sales by using high quality images of their art in personalized settings. Rather than preset wall images, you take a photo of the space where you want to see the art and the app auto-scales the work for you. You can try the app for free, but this is a paid app with annual plans starting at $47.99 (roughly $3.99 per month) and monthly plans starting at $6.99. An increase in plan size gets you increased customization of the art and the space, an increased number of walls and images you can save, and analytics.
Shoot and Sell
Shoot and Sell is an app created for photographers as an in-person sales tool. Like iArtView, it allows you to take a photo of a custom space and add your image in-app. There is also a collection of stock rooms available. The app costs $74.99 which may give you a little sticker shock at first, but it’s a one-time fee versus a monthly fee like iArtView. However, if you want more stock rooms than the 11 the app comes with, you’ll have to pay.
Despite the name, WallApp is not a mobile app. It’s a simple webpage that allows you to either upload your own room photo or use a stock room photo and drag-and-drop images of your art. You can scale the artwork to different sizes in the space and download the resulting photo, although it does have “Made with the OhMyPrints Wall Art Tool” in the corner, so not the best choice for marketing materials. It can be used on mobile, but it isn’t optimized for mobile use so this isn’t the ideal tool if you want to do a lot of in-person selling.
Mockup Scene Creator
Mockup Scene Creator by CreativeMarket has two versions- a Photoshop file download for $40 and an online editor for those without Photoshop. The online editor allows you to try it for free with limited functionality, or purchase one of several plans starting at $5 that provide various levels of e-commerce integration and image download credits.
ArtSee is an iOS-only app for $9.99 that allows you to take and resize a photo of your space and insert an image of your art. There are also a few stock images available. It’s a fairly simple app with limited customization, but if you don’t need the extra bells and whistles it’s a great free choice. ArtSee also registers galleries and allows potential collectors to see the artwork in their space and contact the gallery directly.
Artrooms launched in July 2018. The app is free on both iOS and Android, with subscription options (starting at $3.99) for increased functionality such as more walls to choose from, unlimited uploads, and better access for saving high-res images. The app offers artists and galleries a quick and easy tool to superimpose, light and frame art images upon elegant interior images. Once curated, high quality exports can be shared via social media and email. Their Instagram account boasts that fresh rooms are added to the app every month, which is pretty cool.
There’s a pretty good mix here of paid and free, simple and highly customizable. Are you using one of these and love it (or hate it)? Did we leave out a good one? Drop a comment below and let us know.
Bruce Black says
This is exactly what I have been looking for! I used to have my art on an expensive platform primarily for their wall tool, but gave it up due to the cost. I can’t wait to try these out.
I’ve started using the ArtroomsApp, I think it’s new:
So much fun 🙂
Thanks for the mention Barbara, we really appreciate it.
Here’s the full link to the ArtroomsApp:
Thanks Abundant artist for another great article!
Terri Anderson says
Hi there, I like your app, except when I put in the size – it does not crop to reflect that size 🙁
This is what I heard from my friend using ArtRooms. I am researching to find the best Ap. I tried I View Art Nd it is impossible because of their lousy support.
Is this only available for mobile? I have iMac desktop but android mobile 🙁
Now also available for Android:
Yean Teo says
But this app is not free.
It says…This app is available only on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
I can’t see it being available for Android.
This is not a free app though it’s a good options.
Is it just for iPhone and iPad or also Macbook Pro?
Bette Ann Libby says
It is not free, you have to have a subscription to save the images..
What is the monthly price and can you unsubscribe?
What a great blog post! I only used Wallapp but I will give the others a try.
How does one add a frame in WallApp?
Dawn Campbell says
Great information…thank you so much…my favorite is the wallapp =)
Hi Cory, What about 3D sculptures? Is there an app for them?
I agree. This is a great list. I’d also love to find an app for 3-D. I’m thinking in the realm of virtual rooms in which we can stage our functional art (decor).
Shelley Hoist says
Exactly what I am looking for too!
rashmi Iyer says
Hey.. I was wondering if you came across any such app or website
maggie meehan says
are there any free apps for us newbies, using an android, and would likè to see my photos prior to having enlarged..thanks.
Paul D Wallace says
Do you have 3d meshes/models/scans of your work already? If so, it’s pretty easy to drop them in an environment with UnrealEngine, Unity, Blender, etc. They are free, but have a fairly steep learning curve. You would probably also want a VR headset to test and develop the scene. If you don’t already have scans, you would need to create them. There are some apps, but you really need a lidar-based system as opposed to a photogrammetry system which would require a good deal of “clean-up” usually.
Christy mackey says
I am a new artist that wants to sell my paintings and also take photos that I would like to sell. All of the above is great info but can be a bit overwhelming. Suggestions?
Malaika Zafar says
Still I can’t understand how to sell sketches
Chari Peak says
Post your artwork on Instagram. That is where I sell mine.
Pls is there any free app I can use
Any free app For android phone
Bhagya Sivaraman says
But there seems like a shadow ban that am unable to direct viewers to my profile
Susi Schuele says
These are all great if you want to take a picture of a wall or use a stock photo for your art. I’m looking for an app that will allow me to pre-plan and visualize the art that I’d like to place on Pro Panels for an art show. There used to be an app called “Walleries” that was perfect but it seems to have gone out of business. I’m looking for something like that. Thanks for the info on the other apps!
Excellent article! This information is just what I’ve been looking for! I’ll do some further research on three I think will suit my needs; ArtPlacer, iArtView, and Artrooms. Thank you.
I agree all the comments above and thank you for the post. It is exactly what I was looking for. The biggest problem with all these tools is the size. if they show how bright and high are the walls then it is not a problem to insert a painting on the wall in its right proportion but if they do not say how big is the wall then it is nearly impossible to hand a picture on these walls without making a big mistake.
I believe this tools will be a “You must have it” if you want to have success selling your works.
Thank you Cory once again for your amazing blog and instructions!
I have just tried Mockups online, the ones I had I have purchased them ready to download and on the online version, you can give the size of the painting so it fits exactly with the right proportion on the walls. I am so happy!!! this tool is great!
I am going to see the other ones but I think that for my small webpage this is exactly what I needed. Thank you for the links and all the works once again!
I cannot find a website called ‘mockups online’. Can you please provide a link to the site you recommend? Thanks
Tobias Waaentz says
The website is called http://www.mockupeditor.com 😀 – Thanks Maria for the kind words. We really appreciate that!
Thanks Maria, that´s exactly what I was looking for, the “proportionality” using stock photos. You saved me a lot of time reading through all the other apps.
JGR Ligthart says
I currently use WallPicture 2. This app allows you to resize the images you post on the wall in its orginal size (relative to the background).
The Lite version is free and gives you 3 (Android) or 1 (iOS) example wall.
The paid version (€22,95) gives you 30 walls to start with and regularly new free walls come available. You can buy credits to get even more walls or take a (monthly € 5,49 or yearly € 43,99) subscription to all available walls. A lifetime subscription to all walls is also available for € 99,99.
A fun feature: you can create your own wall !
I”m having such trouble with WallPicture2 – I can’t see the close button… and swiping my screen doesn’t even work most times… so it puts me off using it
Max Viskov says
There is another one – Curate. https://www.curate-space.com/
Did not use it, just saw the demo 🙂
Rarely work well on my iPad. Some of the backgrounds do not take an image. In other backgrounds, the adjustment tool again does not work very well in a few.
Another one ArtRooms
It has a very nice selection of rooms…
Thanks for the mention Tom, it makes our day 🙂
So glad you’re enjoying our @ArtroomsApp
is there an artroom’s app available for window laptop? I need it desperately. or any suggestions
Eleanor McKnight says
I had a lot of trouble with Art room. the app kept crashing. I literally used it 4 or 5 times. In order for it to continue working i had to delete and reload it each time. I have written to the company, they were responsive at first but now have gone quiet. Not impressed.
I can’t seem to be able to use my own images for a preview,
Can you only use stock images?
What a fantastic blog post! This is so informative.I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here. Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful.Also see Best painting designs for walls
THank you for the great post. Exactly the info I was looking for!
Looking for another app like ArtRoomsapp to display my artwork on a wall.
I’ve tried fotfunia and IArtSee but they have very limited rooms
Any idea of another good one ?
Nick Hope says
Similarly to the comments already received this useful article was a great guide and the apps featured are exactly what I was looking for.
Thanks for the research done into this and for helping kickstart my commercial endeavours as an artist!
I,m really confused every app is for a mobile- I am using wix.com site builder and working form my Mac book pro these apps -are any comparable with my laptop -thx
Jo Hildebrand says
I have the same issue you have/had Mark. Did you find a great solution like the artrooms app for PC and Mac….and which is able to be embedded into platforms like Wix and Shopify?
We are only in startup for our website but the (art rooms) app is exactly the quality we were hoping to use.
Barbra Joan says
I used to have a site? that you put your own painting on a wall and there are 3 people sitting on a bench in front of it as though in a gallery.. can anyone help me?
I thought it was Big Huge Labs but don’t see it now.
Will this do? https://picjoke.org/en/tag/Gallery
Nina Anthony says
I believe that was the Photofunia app.
Julie Brown says
PhotoFunia! It makes your painting huge. It’s fun!
HEy Cory, IS there a wordpress plugin that is recommended to showcase framing options for an image?
Did you manage to find a plugin? I am struggling too.
Lucy Storrs says
Hi, really useful, a lot are for iphone only, I wonder if anyone can recommend ones for android phone user, particularly with stock photos of rooms.Thanks
Exactly what I was wondering. Have spent 45 mins looking at this list, nothing good for Android.
shoot ad sell works on android
I was wondering the same thing! Why is there less love for Android??
Artrooms App is now also available on android:
Ouida Touchon says
this link leads to your app for Iphone, nothing there about android.
Nicole Ferris says
A great option for PC and Mac users would be PreeVu. It was designed to be a studio management system with more capabilities than any of the other programs listed here. They have a large gallery of walls you can use or you can upload your own. It’s a great tool for showing clients how each size will display on their wall or how images will look together in a grouping. Take a look! It’s a great program. http://preev-u.com
I don’t suppose anyone knows of an APP that allows you to load in circular art pieces instead of square or rectangle?
jessica de haas says
Did you find an app to do circular pieces, Maree? I need this as well.
I hadn’t heard of a few of these so thank you! I primarily use IArtView but since I use the app for marketing material I was hoping to find something that showed images on more than just walls and or more than 12 wall choices. So thank you! Photofunia looks promising.
Too bad most of these apps are for iphone, not android.
Looking for something like this to show off my work for prospective buyers and I think the Photofunia and WallApp options will be useful and easy.
Would be nice if you posted a list of quality Android apps.
Tested the WallApp and there are problems with how the files turn out after saving.
Christie Cummins says
Many of us don’t have apple products. What about Android
Please help with Androids. There are millions of people who dont have Apples
For both Android & Apple:
Here’s another one:
For Win & Mac
lucy godwin says
HI everyone thanks for your great suggestions. Is it possible Cory please to make a seperate blog with only the best Apps for Android? And that don’t cost USD300 a year like some listed here! Thanks, Lucy
Just tested ArtRooms. The main benefit is gorgeous high-end room images. They are excellent if you have large pieces (at least 16×20). If you have smaller pieces, they will look lost in many of the spaces.
My biggest complaint is that they advertised $3.99 for first mo, then $7.99 per mo after, but I was charged $7.99 right off the bat. I contacted support through their web page. It’s been a day and a half – still no response.
Here’s what this app could do better:
– more frame & matte options. How about some ornate frames? Floater frames? High quality frames? What they have is very low quality looking and extremely limited.
– Allow me to filter through the rooms by space (bedroom, kitchen, etc)
– Allow me to reduce the lighting on my painting so it matches the lighting in the room rather than standing out like a glowing sore thumb
– allow me to stage multiple pics in the room together – as a set or 2 or 3, for instance.
– When I re-size a painting, show me what the new measurements are in the room.
– More consistency in the size scaling. There were rooms in which it made my painting look a lot bigger or smaller than other rooms, which made me not trust the scaling.
– Tone down the bright white in the matte boards (that come with the framing options) to match the white or lightest neutral in the room images so they don’t look fake. And/or offer other colored matte boards.
Overall its fine for some things, but I still need other apps, so the pricing of everything becomes too high.
Thank you for analysis of this app. I use Artmywall for these purposes and find it pretty convenient. Love the rooms and high resolution of the final images. Would be curious to know what you think if you use it
I am looking for an app that can show sculpture in a space ; both on the wall and/ or freestanding. Are there any out there? Thank you
Donna Weathers says
My favorite is shoot and sell. Yes, the initial cost is initially off putting, but I’ve been using it for years with no problems. You can buy and use their stock photos, but can also upload your own whether it be your fabulously styled HGTV ready room (I, for one, do not have such a thing), or buy them elsewhere (I have bought them from Shutterstock and Etsy.) It may, however, only work with an iPad. At least that’s how it used to be.
Jane kennedy says
Hi I’ve been using ArtRooms and found it to show my art in different settings successfully.
However, It won’t work on my iPad only phone, despite contacting them and being told it would it doesn’t.
I now find I can’t use the app at all on my phone, showingI am unsubscribed and have no idea why. So I resubscribe and it still won’t accept my information. I have rebooted the phone, removed the app and downloaded it again. Still no success.
My payment wasn’t taken this month and I have no idea why, I am waiting for art rooms to get back to me.
It’s been a day!
I had been using IArtView successfully, but they’ve done an “upgrade” and it’s now virtually unusable. I’m looking forward to making a change – I simply need to utilize both images sent to me of client’s walls, and stock walls to temporally show my paintings… suggestions?
On the list is missing, “insituartroom” for Android, iPhone and web – https://insituartroom.com
I use Artmywall app for backgrounds. For iOS only https://apps.apple.com/us/app/artmywall-art-preview/id1454298518 but totally adorable. Very stable, easy-to-use. Backgrounds are not like in other apps, more true, more creative, works for me perfectly
I am looking for an app for web on my computer for art wall display only, paid or free. I am working on my own website, & make / print my own work. there are so many apps for cell phone
please guide me which one to use for my windows computer
Wondering if anyone is aware of an app that can use a pic of a blank artpiece (e.g., a blank canvas) and then superimpose an image over top? The idea is to load my website gallery with a large number of digitally-created images that will then allow customers to pick and place on the canvas etc. in order to visualize and purchase. I do my own in-house printing. So, the POD (print on demand) services available are not what I am looking for.
Ideally, I would like this capability embedded in my website. I have already done an extensive search for product generators and visualizers, without success. Any suggestions?
Tom Burgher says
I use Powerpoint to create rectangles of the approximate size of the art or framed art and then create a layout that fits on Propanels. The rectangles can be just blocks of a color or sized photos of the art to be displayed. Once I generate the rectangles to common sizes, e.g. 16 x 20 18 x 24, 36 x 48, etc. I save them as a generic Powerpoint file to be used over again when laying out an arrangement. Pretty easy, actually.
There are so many great apps suggested here for marketing large scale art but is there anything that helps the artist showcase smaller scale art so that it looks beautiful in a smaller scale and doesn’t get lost in these enormous rooms? I work in smaller sizes (11×14 is about the largest) I sure would appreciate a suggestion for this need.
In Artmywall app apple.co/2rpgdXh there are lots of backgrounds for smaller paintings
michelle hoggard says
Thanks, but the only one that works for Mac book users is Oh My Prints, and when I upload the finished work to Etsy the web site says there are not enough pixels to support a good image.
Which other ones work for Mac so I can trial it without paying for it immediately ?
Poynter Studio says
I have been using ArtRooms for a while. Finally stepped up to the paid plan as I introduce a new series of large works.
Someone in the thread asked about VIRTUAL GALLERY
and our National art association has been beta testing this with a Canadian company called DEVITEC
With the Covid closure of actual galleries this is a reasonable alternative. The FCA already has ALL the low res images, title and dimensions from the submission/jurying process.
And it is SO great to see and feel the SCALE of the works hanging together.
Any good Apps for my PC?
Thanks. This is helpful. I am looking for a tool similar to what they have used on this Wall Printing website https://samsowallprinting.com.au
They have this Try It On tool where you can upload your selected design and get an idea on how it will look like.
Olivia L'Estrange-Bell says
Hi there, I’m looking for an app/service like in this post, but I’m needing it to be reflective of the print / painting size, in relation to the room… eg. I sell 3-4 different sizes of prints and I want to be able to demonstrate the sizing of this… any ideas?
Hello my friend is using WallPictureapp and she can see dimensions in it.
Maybe that will be for you.
I have recently purchased ArtRooms app, which is great, but work a lot with triptych and diptych’s. Do any apps give you the option of uploading more than one painting on the same wall?
Rose Buckner says
This is very helpful. I am in the process of gathering specifications to design an art website. Having an Art Stagging app will definitely be a nice feature. Thank you everyone!
JM Harvey says
Thanks for the review. Any advice for the app that has the best ‘rooms’ for small works? I am finding most rooms only work for large scale art. I need something that shows small spaces where am 8×10-12×16 etc would look good.
Would any of these work on my website that I sell my photos on. I am looking for the person who comes to my website on their computer or mobil devise to be able to look at my photo in a number of rooms to see how that piece would look on their wall
I have WP site, and I’m looking for ( free or paid ) plugin to do such a job
Alison Dibble says
Thanks Cory, and the Community, for tips on what to try that could work for both iOS and Android. Seems like whatever we settle upon has got to work on smart phones, as that’s where the art buyers are likely to be!
Gary Chandler says
Canvy.com just came out. It seems to work very well and has free templates as well.
Canvy. It seems to take all day to upload art😩
Karima Rebecca Powell says
many thanks, the PhotoFunia is amazing! it is perfect for adding some fun images to my Etsy shop image options for listings.
I looking for an app for my freeform small art sculptures — wall and shelf decor– to upload onto Etsy. Any suggestions? I have an iPhone. I was looking at Artmywall, but it looks like it’s for framed images.
Does your software allow 3 painting to be displayed vertically or horizontally?
I have tried most of them, but I recently discovered Smartist that I think is the best one so far. Has many features and the user experience is amazing.
I have used around 10 art mockup apps and now use ArtStage app (on my iPhone and iPad) their website says it is coming soon to android.
Unlike most I have tried ArtStage actually lets you try it for free, most the other ones say they are free but then ask you to pay when you try to save the image! I do circle art as well and was happy to find ArtStage has a circle cropping tool and It also exports in higher quality than the other ones I have tried.
But the biggest thing I like about it is how quick and easy it is, there is a little preview screen on the main editing screen so you can cycle through the rooms without leaving the page. The art changes sizes according to the rooms which is nice, although sometimes the default size is not quite right but thats just me being picky as you can adjust the art size by pinching the screen.
Artmywall has the best interior backgrounds! Awesome for abstract art! https://artmywall.app/
carolina reis says
I tried Smartist App. I really liked it, but I only used it during the free trial, because I don’t have that many mockups to do. I would recommend it if you need a solid app with lots of features and rooms: https://smartist.app/
Is there a free app that straightens pictures of paintings which are slightly askew > – such as grabbing the corners etc?