How to Do a Speed Paint

painting image by Dmitri MIkitenko from

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Screen capturing software
  • Digital painting software
  • Simple video editing software

Speed painting is a method digital painters use to publicize or simply show their artwork. It is a video of you creating a digital painting in fast motion. The viewer is thus able to see every stroke made on the digital canvas and get an idea of how you made the picture. The technique became popular as YouTube became a means to put and watch videos on the Internet. The procedure is simple to follow for experienced digital artists.

On your computer open the digital art software and the screen capturing software.

Open a new file in the digital art software and set up the canvas on which you'll paint your digital picture. You want to have an idea of what you're going to paint and be able to visualize yourself painting it.

Go to the screen capture software and start it.

Switch back to the canvas and paint your painting without stopping.

When you've finished making the painting, stop the screen capture program and save the movie.

You can put your speed painting on YouTube.
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Use a simple video editor such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker to import your new movie and double its speed. Export the movie and it's done. You can put it on YouTube and from there embed it on your own personal website or email it to others.


  • For best results paint at a consistent speed. Depending on your speed of paining, you may need to increase the speed of the video on your video editor to more than double the speed.