Parents' Guide to

PicsArt Photo Editor & Collage

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Top-notch photo app crams in functionality; some iffy stuff.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 16+

Watch the social aspect!

I have used this app before and did not even know there was a social aspect. My daughter found out there are many predators out there looking for photos even when age is disclosed.

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Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Not what it seems

My 12 year daughter asked if she could have this photo editing app and it appeared harmless. I didn't realize that there is a social network on here. She had an "internet bestie" that created a fan page for her with over 800 followers without us knowing about it. We have no idea who this person is, but since she isn't allowed to have social media we deleted it. Thank goodness nothing terrible happened, but this seems like a dangerous place where predators could lurk. We constantly monitor her phone activity, but this slipped under the radar as it is not advertised for it's social networking.

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21):
Kids say (28):

PicsArt – Photo Studio is a sharp and sophisticated app with more functionality than you would ever expect of a mobile app. Teens and adults will find a place to create beautiful photography and digital art as well as share and appreciate it with a community of like-minded artists. Drawing mode is nearly as amazing with enough features and controls to make it quite accurate with a stylus. Less artsy features like collage still offer enough options to keep hobbyists happy. The extreme integration with Facebook might scare off those who don't want to offer up their friends to every service in cyberspace, but those deep into artistic pursuits will rightly appreciate it.

Besides the access to some iffy content, the tiniest nitpicky problems are that views are occasionally a bit too cramped, navigation is sometimes confusing or redundant, and the main page layout follows recent panel-style trends to its detriment. Not to worry, any app with this much punch can't help but fall down in tiny ways here and there.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: naming, presenting to others, storytelling, Arts: drawing, photography, Hobbies: collecting
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, part-whole relationships, thinking critically, Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination, innovation, producing new content, Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, initiative, motivation, personal growth, self-reflection, Emotional Development: self-awareness, Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting, Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (optional in-app purchases or subscription $2.99-$55.99)
  • Release date: April 15, 2013
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Publisher: PicsArt
  • Version: 10.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: February 28, 2019

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