Free, all-in-one photo editing app
PicsArt – Photo Editor, or simply PicsArt is a popular, feature-rich photo app that perhaps covers all the bases of mobile photography. It is a versatile photo editor that you can use when you are looking for creative control, excellent image-editing tools, and a large selection of filters. This software does not only stop in providing you with effects and editing tools. In fact, the app has so many features that it can get a little overwhelming, especially for users who are only looking to enhance their pictures a little.
Upon launching PicsArt, the first thing you’ll notice is the visually busy community page. It might take you a while to wade through the buttons, especially if you are new to the app. To make sure you don’t get lost in the wide array of tools displayed, you can visit the app’s website and read its extensive how-to features. Once you’re used to the app, using it can be very logical.
As with most photo editing apps, you’ll start with importing your pictures from your device’s library. And with the image on the screen, you can use the buttons on the bottom of the interface and play with the app’s main features. The tool buttons let you perform basic editing tasks, such as cropping, rotating, and resizing. PicsArt also comes with an extra tool, including a cropping feature that lets you crop a specific shape.
The effects tool comes with several categories, including artistic, paper effects, color splash, and simple color corrections. From the same tool, you can use the drawing button, which has a fully customizable paintbrush and the capability to add shapes and texts. It can even overlay another photo on top of your original image.
PicsArt offers smooth and more responsive tools. It is also easier to understand compared to Snapseed, which is a superb editing tool but intended more for professional photographers. PicsArt’s clean yet transparent controls allow novices to experiment with their pictures without the need for a steep learning curve.
Stickers and community
Aside from easy-to-use controls and artistic filters, PicsArt also comes with a nice selection of stickers. To make it even better, users can now create their custom stickers using their photos. For example, you can cut out a flower you snapped or your head and make a sticker out of them. However, there is no feathering control on the cutout tool, and if you’re clumsy, the cutout can sometimes result in a jagged edge. But, if you are happy with the stickers you made, you can share them with the PicsArt community. You can even use what the other users made by searching through the sticker library.
Speaking of sharing, PicsArt has added its biggest feature, called Remix, which a lively dimension of social photo editing to the app. Using this feature, you can share your edited photos with a group of up to 50 friends, and they can add stickers and texts in it. They can even copy and paste portions of other pictures on it.
In addition to sharing the image to a group of your friends who also use the app, you can also share your edited photos via e-mail or your social media app. However, you cannot share your pictures with multiple social networking platforms at once.
An intuitive and powerful editing tool
PicsArt is arguably one of the best photo editing tools for beginners. It has a rich and highly accessible collection of editing and collaging tools and provides lots of creative control while keeping everything fun. There is a bit of adjustment to the overwhelming number of tools, but once you get past that, you’ll have a great time experimenting with the app’s comprehensive line of functions and effects.