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PicsArt - Photo Studio



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

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

Ease of play

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


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


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.").


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


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.

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. 

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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?


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
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
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
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, 12 years old June 19, 2013


Fun photo editing app! Very good!
Kid, 9 years old October 19, 2013


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, 10 years old May 11, 2013

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
Safety and privacy concerns