Pics Art Mobile App Tutorial

June 3, 2013

Another Monday, another mobile photo app tutorial. This week I want to introduce you to the Pics Art mobile app.

In their own words: “PicsArt is a free, full-featured photo editor and art community for Android.”

I do confess, that I don’t use it nearly enough and it has so much to offer, as it is more than just an editing app but also an art community that lets you connect with other Pics Art users.

Middle daughter was the one who actually suggested this one. She loves using it.

1) As always, once you’ve installed the app, open it and the screen to the left will be your start screen. Choose where you want to get your photo from – in my case, the gallery – and tap on your choice. As you can see on the start screen, there are a few options on where you want to start – I always go to Photo and then go from there.

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2) Once you’ve selected your photo, all your editing options will be visible in the bar on the bottom and there are many. I started with tools and chose to do the shape crop. The bar on the top let’s you save, share and refresh with a few other networking options when you tap the three dots on the right.

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3) You have your choice of quite a few different shapes, like squares, stars and hearts, just to name a few. I chose a free-form type shape, like shattered glass. You can re-size the shape to use as much or little of your photo as you please. Then you can change the size and color of the border around the shape. Tap the little square (on the right picture) on the bottom left of your screen and you will see a color picker to change the color of your border. Once you pick a color you like, you can also change the size by using the slider on the bottom of the screen.

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4) Another editing choice available on Pics Art is effects. There are many, many options. Different filters, for different moods. Here, I opted for the pop art filter. After you make your choice, tap apply and then the check mark on the top right of the screen.

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5) Next, always an important option I look for, the text option. Tap theon the bottom of the screen and you will see a screen (left pic) with many font options and to change the color of your text. As always, tap the check mark on the top right of your screen when you are done. You will then have the option to change the size and position of your text by manipulating the text space. When you are happy with where your text is located just tap the check mark on the bottom right of your screen.

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6) I added a border next and changed the color, size and roundness by using the sliders and little boxes for the color pickers. (pic on the left) I love that you are able to re-size the picture before you are done. Under the tool options, go all the way down and choose re-size, put in the numbers you want and tap OK.

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7) You can add fun things like stickers by tapping on the sticker you want and then tapping on your photo wherever you want the sticker. I tap, tap, tapped all over Finn to make her sparkle! 🙂 When I was done, I tapped the check mark on the bottom right of the screen.

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8) Here are a few more things you can do with Pics Art that I wanted to show you. There are options for Clipart, frames, and from the home screen you can like Pics Art on Facebook or follow on Twitter. You can also change your settings for how you want to use Pics Art and share your pictures and which social media accounts you want to connect or not. It’s all very customizable to your needs and wants.

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9) The end result. Our Finn times four! You like?


For the first two tutorials you can go here and here. Next week, I will share two apps I found that let you use the whole picture on Instagram, instead of cropping part of the picture to get to the square format. Oh, and one more thing – this is NOT a sponsored post. I just want to share some of the apps I like to use.

Do you like using mobile apps to edit on the go? Do you have any recommendations? Want a tutorial on a particular app? Leave a comment or send me an e-mail and I’d be happy to give it a go! 

Thanks for stopping by!



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  • Beth Ann Chiles June 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Great tutorial! I don’t use my phone apps nearly enough for photos !!! Thanks for the info!

    • Susi June 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂

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