Create stunning new wallpapers with Acrylic for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Acrylic App Devices
Acrylic App Devices (Image credit: Ethan Lipnik)

What you need to know

  • Acrylic is a new app for creating gorgeous 3D wallpapers for your devices.
  • You can use Acrylic on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

If you're someone who likes to create their own unique wallpapers, Acrylic is an app that you should probably have in your arsenal. Available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, the app gives you the tools you need to make a gorgeous new wallpaper for all of your devices.

While it's true that Apple ships some wallpapers with its devices, and the internet is full of yet more options, sometimes it's nice to create your own. Acrylic is a new app that helps you do just that with a range of mesh gradients that can be used to create gorgeous 3D scenes. All you need to do is choose the colors and get started — the best iPhone wallpaper is the one you created yourself!

Acrylic is a simple and easy-to-use wallpaper engine for iOS and macOS, though, it does do more than just simple wallpapers. Easily create beautiful mesh gradients and 3D scenes at high resolutions. Simple to use tools allow you to make great-looking renders quickly.

Like all good apps, Acrylic syncs with iCloud to keep all of your creations safe and available across all of your devices, while Shortcuts support helps you automate wallpaper creation. All of this means you can quickly and easily create a new wallpaper whether you're looking for something simple or would prefer a more busy look. Whatever you're preference, there's a good chance that Acrylic can help you create it.

Gradients Easily create beautiful and profesional looking mesh gradients. Easy tools for generating color schemes and position randomizer makes it effortless to make good looking gradients. You can also use Siri Shortcuts for automatic mesh generation.Scenes Make 3D scenes using customizable presets for great looking on-device 3D scenes. Use great looking techniques such as Screen Space Reflections and Ambient Occlusion for extreme detail. Perfect for wallpapers.

All of that and more is available via the App Store now. Acrylic is available for download and is priced at just $1.99 for access to the app across all devices. The app even supports Family Sharing, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.