PicsArt - Photo Studio

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

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Lots of functionality crammed into tight space is usually intuitive but not always.

Violence

Searches for violence-related terms like "guns," "kill," and "blood" will turn up images. User comments and names may refer to violence.

Sex

Images sometimes feature bikini-clad women, lots of cleavage, and shirtless men. User comments and names may be sexual in nature ("You're so hot and sexy.").

Language

User comments and names may include iffy language; one username, for example, contains the word "f--k."

Consumerism

Banner ads appear on most pages. An in-app purchase can remove ads. Images may contain brand names.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some images include alcoholic beverages, smoking, or marijuana.

Privacy & safety

Privacy policy states that the service may not be used by children under 13 and is not targeted to children under 13. Registration terms are lengthy and strict (suggesting abuse does happen) including age restriction -- if users choose to read it. While PicsArt does not claim ownership of uploaded work, they retain nearly all other rights. Users can post to Facebook and other share sites but are asked for access to public profile as well as friend list and friend's photos to do so. App takes "reasonable security measures,"  but "no security measures are impenetrable." Users may opt out of "promotional communications" by emailing at privacy@picsart.com.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that PicsArt – Photo Studio is a super powerful photography, image editing, and drawing app that's like Photoshop, Flickr, and a professional camera all rolled into one. Teens using the app may occasionally encounter mature content, and the app features deep integration with Facebook. Teens can enter thematic contests, be listed in the community as an artist, and post to Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, or the PicsArt website. The developer states in the privacy policy that children under 13 may not use the app. 

What kids can learn

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

  • effort
  • initiative
  • motivation
  • personal growth
  • self-reflection
  • achieving goals

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

User-contributed photos are dramatic and enticing, collage and photo effects are fun, and design is mostly intuitive.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

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

  • effort
  • initiative
  • motivation
  • personal growth
  • self-reflection
  • achieving goals

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Teens can learn a huge range of skills related to digital drawing, photography, and presentation. Though tutorials and reference material are absent, teens will forge ahead capturing the world in their sights, imagining new compositions, and combining color, form, and framing while increasing self-awareness and developing confidence in themselves through contests and membership in an arts community. PicsArt – Photo Studio offers teens and adults extensive, flexible, real-world functionality in a tight mobile package.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
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
Size:16.40 MB
Publisher:PicsArt
Version:Android varies with device; iOS 1.8.0
Minimum software requirements:Android varies with device; iOS 5.0 or later

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Kid, 9 years old October 19, 2013
 

PARENTS DO NOT GET THIS FOR YOUR KID 13 AND UNDER IF THEY ARE USING SOCIAL NETWORK

If you are getting it for photo editing, it is a fantastic app. BUT, if you are getting it for the social network FOR YOUR KID UNDER 13, read this review. There is a HUGE my little pony fandom which i am to talk to you about. By the way, i am part of this fandom, but i am not in any way what the others are. if you dont believe me look at my profile @musicismylifeap 1. WAY TOO MUCH SWEARING!!! examples: "go f*** yourself you fat a** b**** just go die in your room and f*** yourself" calling people d**ks (@artsypartsy23) "well your a f***in b**** u know that?" (@rosie222) 2. "CLOPPING" clopping is pony s*x. people ENJOY looking at it and posting it i dont know why. i am completely against it. 3. HACKERS people always get hacked all the time and it ruins their reputation on picsart too many security issues There are some perfectly nice people like @angela321 and @lazylion but most of them are jerks so watch out @mesteell (which is very famous on picsart) clops and does role playing where this girl is kidnapped and gets raped i hate it btw u can block people if you are getting this for your kid turn social network OFF!!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old June 19, 2013
 

Good

Fun photo editing app! Very good!
Kid, 10 years old May 11, 2013
 
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For Teens and Adults

Its Looks like Photoshop,Picasa,etc. But for teens & adults
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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