PIcsArt Monthly Magazine for the month of August. Find useful information about the new features available on PicsArt Photo Editor accompanied with diverse tutorials, featured photo galleries and many more.
ased in Mountain View, CA, PicsArt is a fun and full-featured
mobile photo editing and drawing app for Android and iOS. A full art
studio packed into a mobile photography solution, PicsArt enables
anyone to become an artist and share his/her work with a global
community of other artists.
PicsArt dominates Google Play for photography and has the highest
customer rating among the top 50 apps.
With over 77 million downloads for Android & iOS and monthly
growth of more than 5 million downloads, PicsArt's organic growth
continues. In addition, PicsArt's social network continues to show
phenomenal growth, with the network now having more than 7
million registered users, 3 million daily unique visitors and 60,000
photos uploaded daily.
CREATIVE PHOTO-EDITS BY PICSARTISTS
hotography is as much about provocation as it is about reality.
Sometimes artists want to do something surreal, something
strange, clever, shocking, surprising, something that makes you
double-take, scratch your head, or gasp. Something different!
This gallery is a collection of surreal photos, staged or edited by
talented and creative individuals who want to do something else
other than capture the world as it is. These artists took a different
road, and remade the world with their art. Instead of looking to the
outside world, they looked inside, reaching into their imaginations
to come up with new and exciting artistic visions.
ur new mouth watering food clipart in, a 63 item menu with
everything from burgers to pizza!
WHAT IS SHUTTER SPEED –
very camera has a "shutter", whether it's a DSLR, a cell phone,
or a Kodak Brownie; it is a little trap door behind the lens that
opens, exposing the sensor (or film). Like the other points in the
exposure triangle, the shutter speed - the length of time the
shutter is open for - controls how bright your picture will be. Unlike
the others, it also controls the picture's sense of that often-
forgotten fourth dimension: Time.
How Shutter Speed Works
Say you take a photo using a shutter speed of 1/5th of a second. As
soon as you hit the button, the shutter will open. Then, 1/5th of a
second later, it will close again. While the shutter is open, the
sensor is recording any light, including motion, that it sees within
that 1/5th second. As you can imagine, a lot more motion can
happen in 1/5th of a second than 1/500th of a second, and that's
why a faster shutter speed will freeze your image, and a slow
shutter speed will cause blur. Either one of these techniques can
create a sense of movement and change.
Any time you have an object in motion, shutter speed matters – it
makes the difference between that object appearing sharp, or like
a formless streak.
Fast shutter speeds are a huge focus in sports and wildlife
photography, as well as for parents of speedy children. Slow
shutter speeds, however, can be used creatively to blur out a
When Shutter Speed Matters
We'll often use shutter speed to slow down something that is
moving fast. This can capture a moment that might otherwise
happen too quickly to see, like the behavior of a water drop. High-
speed photography has been integral to observing the details of
elusive and fast-moving subjects and situations, and has done
much to improve our understanding of the world around us. It also
creates strong compositions by showing us a single instant in time,
isolated from its past and future.
Using blur intentionally can create a unique impact all on its own.
It can show the path that your subject travels, or it can obscure
details for an impressionistic composition. Motion blur is popular in
landscapes, as the appearance of clouds and water smoothes out
with movement. It is used to record the lights that streak through
a city at night, or the stars as they trail across the sky. Panning
uses slow shutter speeds; with this technique, you freeze detail by
following the moving subject, holding it in the middle of the frame
as the camera exposes the picture. If done right, this keeps the
subject still and puts the motion blur in the background.
What Settings to Use
If you're using a DSLR or
compact camera, you can
set your shutter speed
through either the
Shutter-priority (“S” or
“Tv”) or fully Manual
Automatic cameras can't select a specific shutter speed, but can
mimic the effect. Most cameras, including PicsArt's, will have
“scene modes”; they're usually in the menu, near the ISO option
(indicated by three squares on the PicsArt camera). The “sports” or
“kids” modes will use fast shutter speeds, while the “night”,
“sunset”, or “fireworks” modes will select longer ones. Also, it's
important to remember that your camera must be mounted on a
camera tripod or another sturdy surface during long exposures, to
prevent camera shake.
Sports Drawing Challenge Winner
hotography and drawing contests at PicsArt Photo Studio are a
great way to improve your drawing and photography skills, have fun,
and reward your hard work with some well-earned recognition while
you’re at it. PicsArt offers a diverse array of imaging contests to test
different skillsets and push your creativity.
It’s a place for friendly competition, where you can share your talents
and pit your very best work against the efforts of your peers.
Quotes And Sayings Graphic Design Contest
Quotes And Sayings Graphic Design Contest Winner
Jump Weekend Art Project Winner
Disarmingly Beautiful Colors
olors are one of the first things that grab a person in a photo.
They jump out at us. Red is passion, blue is cool, yellow is happy;
colors are tremendous vehicles for emotions. Just as how in a
painting it is paramount where colors are placed and what colors
they are placed with, the same holds true for photography.
Opposite colors enhance each other, whereas similar colors blend
together. When done correctly, the right composition of colors can
be disarmingly beautiful.
his August we released a brand new PicsArt update for Android
devices. The update includes the Color Tool, new Lens Flares, Doodle
Frames, an upgraded user-profile, the ability to enter multiple lines
of text, and an enhanced “undo” option.
This update expands and improves on our already critically
acclaimed user-experience, making it more engaging than ever
before to create and share with PicsArt!
User profiles have
upgraded with a
images. Users can
from their profile
images to appear
images, if users
decide to opt out
New Lens Flares
With the new update users have access to even more
customizable Lens Flares from which to choose.
Users now have access to a new series of frames called Doodle
Frames. These are some really fun frames, and each one can be
adjusted to any color and opacity level.
Multiple Lines for Text
Users can now use the “Enter” option when writing texts to insert
multiple lines of text at once.
is tweak gives users more freedom to make mistakes, allowing
users to undo confirmed changes. The confirmation checkmark is
no longer a permanent decision, changes are accepted but not
fixed in place, and can be undone.
Seeing: A Gallery of Eyes
here is truth in cliché, the eyes are the windows to the soul. More
specifically they are the windows through which we see and through
which we are seen in kind. Just as the world is revealed to us
through our sight, we use them to reveal ourselves to the world,
sometimes whether we like it or not. They blink and flicker around
wildly when we are nervous, they look down when we are ashamed,
they light up when we are happy, and they spill over when we are
heartbroken. More importantly, they are how we connect to others,
the way we guess what the other is feeling and how we let them
know we feel the same way.
ot only does the PicsArt app allow you to edit your photos, but
you can also blend two of your photos together. This technique can
be used either to create abstract effects by say overlaying a street
with translucent pedestrians, or to make more deliberate
transformations like changing the weather.
As with any editing technique, experimentation is key, because
sometimes you achieve the best results when you start without any
particular end in mind. Here is a tutorial to show you how to blend
images together and give you some ideas of what kinds of things
can be done with this simple little trick.
BLENDING PHOTOS WITH PICSART
Step 1: Open a photo. Open up your PicsArt app and select
“Photo” from the start screen. Either choose a picture from your
gallery, upload an image from the internet or take a new shot with
Step 2: Add second photo. Select the “Add Photo” icon, then
choose a second photo. Here you will have the option of editing
your second image with all of the usual editing choices. When you
are done, select the checkmark in the top right hand corner to
confirm your edits.
Step 3: Blend your shots. Blend your photos by either adjusting
the opacity slider or by tapping “Normal” to choose from a list of
several preset blending options, such as “Lightening”, “Darkening”,
or “Overlay”. When you are done, press the checkmark to finish
Light Painting With Photographer Alex Deforest
lex Deforest began photography in high school and after being
immediately captivated by it and some early competitive successes, he
earned a degree in digital photography from the International Academy of
Design and Technology in 2006.
Alex is most well-known for using “light painting”, a photographic
technique in which light is combined with long exposures to paint glowing
streaks in mid-air. We interviewed Alex to learn more about this unique
brand of photography, and pick his brain for some of his insights on
photography in general.
How did you first get into photography?
I chose photography as an elective in high
school. I had so much fun learning the
camera functions, developing of the film
and experimenting in the darkroom. Of
have changed quite a bit with digital
photography, but black and white film
photography in high school is
where it all started.
You have a degree in digital
photography. What aspect of this
experience stays with you the
most when you work on your projects?
Lighting techniques, knowing what
equipment is best suited for each
situation and why. A great camera
does not necessarily produce great
photos; the art is in the manipulation of
the camera and equipment, not in the
specs. There is a lot more to
photography than the camera.
Can you describe briefly to our
community what light painting is all
Light painting is a long exposure photo
typically taken in a very dark
environment. Exposures can range
anywhere from 1 second to many
minutes. During this long exposure the
artist moves a light (or series of lights)
around as if they were painting a scene
while surrounded by darkness.
Using the technique of light painting the
artist can paint or sculpt forms within the
image. The artist controls whether an
element remains cloaked in darkness or
accentuated by light. Deep contrast
between light and dark can be used to
emphasize forms in a very abstract
manner. Often varying intensities, colors,
and textural patterns of light are used to
tell the story.
How did you personally get interested
in making your own light-painting
I always knew of the ability to create
images with moving lights and long
exposures. I didn’t begin to take interest
until I found an article with some images
of Picasso doing light painting drawings
captured by Gjon Mili. I found light
painting master Patrick Rochon in my
research, and I recognized the
potential for portraits to be unique and
powerful. My first subject was myself.
What is the most interesting thing
you’ve learned about light painting
since you first started it
(conceptually or technically)?
Light painting is limitless. Even my
mistakes sometimes intrigue me and
lead me down another path. There
are no rules.
You also do standard portraiture.
What is the most important skill
necessary for a great portrait?
For a “great” portrait it’s necessary to
capture the subject’s personality,
emotion, distinct presence; something
that makes it more than just an
image of a person. Technically
speaking, I feel lighting is one of
the most crucial elements of a portrait.
You have done quite a bit of work with
still-life. Tell us about more about it.
Still life is fun. Most things present a
challenge; is it reflective? What type of
light would bring out its texture? Can it be
properly captured in one image? My
biggest pet peeve is a still life that is
unintentionally dirty. Clean your subject
and background thoroughly.
What projects do you have planned in the
future, or rather is there any specific
subject or theme that you really want to
I have plans for full body light paintings,
action shots, musician portraits and
whatever else comes up.
Do you have any words of advice to give
photography enthusiasts that want to
create great photography?
The lens is more important than the
camera. Digital cameras will come and
go. The quality of the glass you put on it
can last forever. Take the time to learn
about the genre of photography that
interests you most. Practice and
experiment, make something unique.
TODDLERS AND BABIES
his gallery is a collection of photos that PicsArt users took of the
youngest among us. Children are always genuine, always
expressive, and almost always lovable when they are not causing
too much trouble.
Their large dreaming eyes and trusting smiles represent the best of
us. Children live full-heartedly in the moment, and for better or for
worse, whether their eyes are shining with happiness or brimming
with tears, their open hearts are nothing less than the essence of
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