PicsArt Monthly Magazine August

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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.

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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.

August 2013

About PicsArt

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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.


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ur new mouth watering food clipart in, a 63 item menu with everything from burgers to pizza! O

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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.

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Photo Tutorial

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 moving subject.

When Shutter Speed Matters

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Photo Tutorial

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.

Freezing Movement

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Photo Tutorial

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.

Motion Blur

What Settings to Use If you're using a DSLR or manually-capable compact camera, you can set your shutter speed through either the Shutter-priority (“S” or “Tv”) or fully Manual (“M”) modes. 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.

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PicsArt Contests

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.


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Photo Gallery

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.


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Android Update

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!


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Upgraded User Profiles User profiles have now been upgraded with a new “About” section and customizable profile cover images. Users can express themselves by telling people what they’re about directly from their profile page and choosing custom profile cover images to appear behind their profile pictures. Furthermore, the background image will dynamically change between beautiful randomly generated images, if users decide to opt out of customization.

Android Update

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Android Update

New Lens Flares With the new update users have access to even more customizable Lens Flares from which to choose.

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Android Update

Doodle Frames 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.

Enhanced Undo 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.

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Photo Gallery 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.


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PicsArt Tutorial

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.



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Step 1

Step 2

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PicsArt Tutorial 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 your camera.

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 blending.

Step 3

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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.


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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 course things 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 about? 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.


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Interview How did you personally get interested in making your own light-painting portraits? 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 shoot? 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.

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Photo Gallery


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 life itself.


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PicsArt: Where Everyone Becomes a Great Artist

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All photos in this magazine have been taken from PicsArt users. Please check http://blog.picsart.com/ for more details.