PicsArt - Photo Studio
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- collecting data
- part-whole relationships
- combining knowledge
- producing new content
- personal growth
- achieving goals
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
User-contributed photos are dramatic and enticing, collage and photo effects are fun, and design is mostly intuitive.
Plethora of real-world photography features and effects can help teens develop career skills, as can browsing user-contributed photo galleries and networking with other contributors.
While there is no tutorial or reference info, users are given a very refreshing PC-level of control over storage options. Users can take advantage of various sharing options and contests at their discretion.
What's it about?
PICSART - PHOTO STUDIO has too much functionality to cover adequately, but here goes: time lapse, burst, front and back cameras, effects, stickers, backgrounds, collage, drawing (on photo, blank, or background), thematic contests, photo search, Facebook integration (find friends, post), artists listing, networking with other artists (account profile, followers, notifications, followings, likes, suggestions for followings), gallery of interesting recent photos, and tagged photos.
Is it any good?
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.
Families can talk about...
Encourage your teen by granting a budget for printing and framing.
Research contests in your local community and encourage your teen to submit.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire|
|Subscription price:||Android ad remover for 100 Google Wallet coins, which cost $5; iOS ad remover $5.99|
|Release date:||April 15, 2013|
|Category:||Photo & Video|
|Version:||Android varies with device; iOS 1.8.0|
|Minimum software requirements:||Android varies with device; iOS 5.0 or later|