Pic Stitch: A Few More Features

Here’s a few more helpful hints to using Pic Stitch!

1. Layout

Pic Stitch Layout Option

 

Choose the right layout for your collage!  Pic Stitch will align your photos properly, after choosing the new layout!  You have the ability to choose 1 x 1 (Square) 4 x 6 or 6 x 4 (Most common picture size used).  Pic Stitch offers the above listed layout sizes and more! This is great because you can print you collage out, and have it fill the entire size of your printed picture!  You can also send collages from your Pic Stitch app, straight to Walgreen’s to be printed!  We’ll discuss that feature under the exporting section.
*Picture above is a screenshot taken from the Pic Stitch application.

 

2. Color

Pic Stitch Color Option

 

Pic Stitch gives you the ability to change the color of each picture, one by one!  This is helpful when you’re short on time and cannot use the Aviary editor.  There are only three options offered by Pic Stitch in the color section.  The first one brightens your picture.  The second color option, basically makes your photo have a sepia feel.  Finally the last color option, simply changes your picture to black and white.  So, if you’re in a hurry, but still want your pictures to have a different feel within your collage, I recommend using the color option!
*Picture above is a screenshot taken from the Pic Stitch application.

3. Export

Pic Stitch gives you the ability to export your collage to different types of social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Path.  Additionally, you can email your picture to anyone and everyone! Or simply save it to your person photo album on your phone and message it to your friends and colleagues! But the coolest feature is the ability to send it  to your local Walgreen’s, to have them print it out!

Yesterday, I went on a bike ride.  I took a picture of the mountains, then edited the same picture two different times with Aviary.  Below, I have used Pic Stitch to compare the two different edits I have made!!  Enjoy!

Pic Stitch

Pic Stitch: Tips to Collage Production

We want to share with you some awesome features and tips on the free app, Pic Stitch!  Check out the collage we made after visiting our local SPCA!  The Cattaraugus County SPCA has a variety of adoptable cats and dogs, all looking for a home!  Here are some that are waiting for you TODAY!

Adopt us!  At the Cattaraugus County SPCA!

Adopt us! At the Cattaraugus County SPCA!

Choosing a Layout

When you first open Pic Stitch, you have over 70 layouts to choose from!  So, if you have pictures in mind that you want to use pick out the layout you believe would fit best.  If you’re unsure or do not know which picture you will use yet, just pick a random one!  One of the benefits of Pic Stitch is the ability to change layouts, without losing your pictures you’ve been working on!  In addition, you can always swap out pictures if you decide one may be better than the other!

Adding & Manipulating Pictures

Once you have chosen your layout, add some pictures!!  Double tap on a single frame within your layout to have the option of choosing a picture from your camera roll, taking a picture with your phone’s camera, grab a picture from Facebook, or even import one from Dropbox!

After choosing a picture for one frame, the Aviary editor will show up and allow you to edit your picture!  Click here to read our tutorials on how to use the Aviary Editor.  Edit your picture in Aviary, and click “done” when you are finished.  You will now see your edited photo in the selected frame.

Place and hold one finger on this frame.  You will notice a screen pop up, like below.  (We were editing a picture of an adoptable cat at the Cattaraugus County SPCA.)  Once you are in this screen, it’s easier to zoom in and out of your picture.  It also lets you move your picture within the frame, so it displays your photo exactly how you want it to be.  Single tap to exit this screen, once you are satisfied!

SPCA Adoptable

“I’m currently waiting for a loving home at the Cattaraugus County SPCA” -Don Juan

Come back tomorrow to learn about the different aspects and colors Pic Stitch has to offer!  We’ll also inform you on how to export a newly made collage!

Collage with Pic Stitch

Pic Stitch is a collage photo editor that allows you to make a collage.  It’s easy to learn how to use, and provides a lot of sharing opportunities!  Below, we made a collage of some of the adoptables at the Cattaraugus County SPCA.

Cats & Dogs up for Adoption at the Catt. County SPCA

Starting top-left, Clockwise: Scarlette, Travis, Tinker Tom, and Rock

So, what’s awesome about Pic Stitch??

1. The Layouts

Screenshot from Pic Stitch

Screenshot from Pic Stitch

 

The free Pic Stitch version offers you over 70 layouts!! Even the free Pic Stitch is enough to get the job done!!  You can produce a collage that contains anywhere from two to six pictures!  To the left is a sample of some of the layouts you can choose from.  It’s no wonder Pic Stitch has over 500,000 users!

 

 

 

2. Importing & Editing

Once you’ve picked your layout, and have a few photos in mind… It’s time to upload them to the appropriate section in your layout!! This is where Pic Stitch really steps it up a notch!  Not only can you upload your pictures from your phone’s photo album, but you can even take different pictures with your camera at that very moment! And you can import pictures from your Facebook or Dropbox!! 

In addition, Pic Stitch syncs with Aviary, so you are able to edit each photo, one-by-one!  Click Here to be refreshed on how to use Aviary.

3. Exporting & Sharing

Getting the word out about your business or non-profit organization, is sometimes difficult!  The fact that Pic Stitch gives you an option to share is AWESOME!  You can export or share your Pic Stitch collage with the following: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Path, Email, your personal photo album, and/or even send your collage to Walgreens to have it printed!!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for details on how to insert, position and edit pictures on your Pic Stitch Collage!  Below are a few more adoptables at the Cattaraugus County SPCA!

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Comparing Videos on Vine vs Instagram

What’s better when producing videos, Vine or Instagram?

Instagram recently released a video production feature. Does this mean the amount of Vine app users will slowly diminish?  I’d have to disagree.  There are pros and cons to both video production applications.  This will obviously result in different types of users.  Which application will you use to when captivating your audience?

1. Time

First, let’s address the ads that display before watching a YouTube video. Be honest. Do you eagerly wait to press “skip ad”?  Hold on… You have to sit through at least 5 seconds of a ridiculous lipstick advertisement before viewing Buffalo Bill’s, C.J. Spiller, score a rushing touchdown?? Feel like it takes forever to have 5 seconds go by?  That’s because our time is precious. More often than not, we’ll watch those first five seconds just to hit “skip ad”.  But the 30 second advertisements that you’re forced to watch? Forget it… I’ll put that advertisement on mute, and check my Facebook real quick!  See where I’m goin’ here?

Instagram allots 15 seconds of film time.  Vine limits the video to 6 seconds.  Truth is, you need to limit your message or presentation.  Public’s majority is not setting aside 15 seconds to watch an entire business advertisement.  You need to be fast and captivating, fresh and new.  6 seconds is longer than you think.  It gives you ample opportunities to send effective messages.

We live in a world where everything is within arm’s reach, including: a remote to change the channel when a stodgy commercial comes on; the “skip” button to refrain from watching a content-lacked video; and the mouse to navigate away from a monotonous website.  Business owners need to engage their customers with something short, sweet and to the point. Eh hem, VINE!

When asked to choose between the two, Vine ranked high in comparison to Instagram. Vine’s main attraction: time! Kate Glennon, Vendor Management for Residential Valuation Services at Wells Fargo, indicated she enjoyed using Vine over Instagram because, “[Vine is] short, funny and shocking!”  Vine member, Colleen Hawkins had a similar perspective, articulating Instagram as lengthy and, “my attention span doesn’t last that long.”

Yes! Instagram offers more video time. BE CAREFUL! Our society is looking for quick answers and entertainment! Instagram’s extra time may not be as enticing to your customers, as it may seem to you.

2. Filters

Vine users: Isn’t the world already beautiful enough as it is? Do we really have to trick one another with every single post? Is it not considered contemporary work to simply produce a pure video, without FX filters? The grass really isn’t that green. The sky above my head isn’t that blue. So is the product your advertising really that awesome?  Well…

I have to disagree. I’m giving the gold to Instagram on this one. Filters are fun.Greater amounts of videos containing filters are more appealing. I wish the app would step up its filter game even more! Instagram, can you consider offering more options to your dedicated members? Maybe let us choose and apply your various filters, to every individual segment within our video?

3. Development

Vine offers one of the best options when shooting and developing a video. The GHOST feature! This gives you the ability to set your last shot as the focal point of your next. Additionally, the “loop” component is the gift that keeps on giving! It grants your viewers access to watch the video over and over.

But sorry hipsters and nonconformists… Instagram holds the ultimate option: uploading film from your camera roll. No need to go into detail about the usefulness this function; we all know it’s prestigious.  It gives you the ability to upload old videos, new videos, combine videos, etc.  Props, Instagram!

4. Users & Making the Right Choice

There’s a reason why Vine and Instagram have different types of users! It’s the diverse video types produced from the two applications. These two apps have completely different feels to the final outcome of their produced videos.

Vine wins in sharing. Like Twitter and Facebook (which Vine can share on too), Vine users can “ReVine” posts. Allowing users share other members’ videos on their own page is key. Do you know what that means?! This gives you and your business a chance for more exposure! And members can share your video by email, URL links, and even text message! THAT’S PRETTY NEAT! Hey Instagram, can you do that??

Nope. Instagram doesn’t offer that feature… But why would they think they had to with over 130 million users? Okay, that’s a lot. Plus, Instagram does give you the ability to share on diverse social media, ie: Facebook and Twitter.

Which is better? Truthfully, download and use both applications. The more exposure your business has, especially on different social media, the more results you’ll be rewarded with. If you do not have the time or resources to produce material on both, which one would you choose? Make your decision by reviewing the your options below.

Instagram

  • 130 million+ users
  • FX filters for your videos
  • Upload original footage shot from your camera roll
  • Share footage on multiple social media
  • 15 seconds of film time

Vine:

  • Users are a different audience
  • Quick, real time answers with footage
  • Ghost feature
  • Share on more than social media, including emails, text messages, and URLs
  • No trickery with filters
  • “Loop” playing element


How to make better Vine videos: Use a tripod to steady the Image. #VineTip video provided by @origiful on Vine Blog.

Comparing Instagram vs Aviary

What’s better, Instagram or Aviary?

With all the free editing photo applications for your smart phones and tablets, choosing the right one may be difficult.  Since we’ve discussed tutorials on both, Instagram and Aviary, it’s time to weigh the pros and cons!

1. Editing Features

And the winner goes to… AVIARY!

Without a doubt, Aviary outshines Instagram with its variety of editing options.  While Instagram offers a few editing options, Aviary allows you to edit your photo step by step, and in different degrees.  Both apps give you the ability to crop, flip, and rotate.  Additionally, they give you the ability to add borders, blur/focus areas of your picture, and choose from different FX filters.  Besides adding contrast to your photo, that’s really all Instagram has to offer.

On the other hand, Aviary gives you the ability to enhance your picture with the ability to make it HD, illuminate, and even fix colors.  Aviary gives you an “Adjust” option.  This allows you to edit your photos with different features, such as brightness, contrast, warmth, and saturation.  Additionally, each one of these “Adjust” preferences, gives you a sliding bar to change the degree of intensity.  So while Instagram allows you to add contrast, Aviary lets you add contrast and adjust it to the precise amount you desire.  Other features offered by Aviary (and not Instagram) include changing the degree of sharpness in your photo, choosing specific layout ratios, fixing redeyes, whitening teeth, and even the option to rid of blemishes!

Wait, there’s more!!  Aviary has even more features that allow you to add fun to your photo, like the option “Splash”. It’s one of my favorite preferences, and from what I have found, Aviary is the only FREE app that offers this!  This feature allows you to choose where you want color placed on your photo, and keeps the rest of your image black and white!  Learn how to use Splash. Aviary gives you the ability to draw on your photo with different size lines and colors.  You can add text in different sizes and colors, too!  Finally, Aviary gives you the opportunity to make your photo into a meme! Don’t forget to add stickers to your picture in Aviary!!

2. Sharing Tools

It’s close, but Aviary comes out on top again!

Instagram and Aviary give you the ability to share your pictures on your other social media.  Both apps offer sharing capabilities with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr… but that’s where it stops for Instagram!  With just the tap of one button, Aviary actually gives you the option to email your photo to your friends and colleagues.  This is great for those who do not use any type of social media, but still access their email account!

Do you have a photo that you edited with Aviary, but still want to share on Instagram? Don’t worry, Aviary has a share button for your Instagram too!  Did these programmers think of everything, or what!? :)

3. Social Media

Aviary can’t be a champion at everything!  The winner here is INSTAGRAM!

It’s quite simple to explain why Instagram is a better social media than Aviary.  Instagram IS a social media, Aviary is not!  Instagram has been gaining popularity with all generations, and continues to do so.  As of today, Instagram’s stats are as follows: 130 Million monthly active users, 16 Billion photos shared, 1 Billion “likes” a day, 45 Million photos per day. Phew!  That’s a lot!

Remember though, if you are editing a photo solely with Instagram, you have no choice in publishing it.   You cannot simply save your edited photo within your phone’s camera roll.  You have to publish your picture, which makes it public, then Instagram will save it on your phone.

4. Ease of Navigation

Due to the fact that Instagram is a social network, it’s going to be more difficult to navigate.  This is because you have so many more options when setting up your membership profile, looking at other members’ profiles, searching for users and trends, etc.  I must admit, for a social media, Instagram is extremely easy to navigate!  On the other hand, we have to remember we are comparing Instagram to Aviary.  Aviary is not a social media, you have less options (not when it comes to editing photos), so it is less confusing.

My final word, if you want to share your photo on social media download Instagram!  It’s one of the top networking devices!

5. Quirks

The “Apply” option on Aviary, dreadful or useful?  We’ll let you decide…

Within every option on Aviary, there is an “apply” button in the top right hand corner.  What’s up with that?  In Instagram, if you make changes on your photo under one option, then click on another option, it automatically saves those changes!  Aviary, no way…  But let’s look at the glass half full here, when discussing Aviary’s notorious “apply” button:

Pros:

  • If you do not like the most recent change you edited on your photo, don’t hit the apply!  And it won’t save!
  • Want to make a certain preference extreme on your photo?  For example, contrast.  Add as much contrast as the editing option will let you, and hit “apply”.  Go back into this option, and you can add contrast again, then hit “apply”. You have the ability to do this over, and over, and over…!
  • Just as you can apply different degrees of contrast, brighten, color, etc… You can do the same with any other features: teeth whiten, FX filters, HD, Illuminate, etc.  Seriously, any feature and as much as you want!!  Instagram does no allow you to do this.

Cons:

  • It can be quite tedious hitting “apply” after every change you make on your photo.
  • The most frustrating downfall of having to hit Aviary’s “apply” button, is when you actually forget to hit “apply”!  It can be pretty annoying if you spend a significant amount of time editing your photo, just to go back to the main editing screen and lose all your hard work you put into it!!
  • The more I use Aviary, the more it becomes a habit of hitting the “apply” button, which could be a beneficial routine when editing photos.  The downfall of getting into this pattern, is hitting “apply” to save changes you may not have wanted.  If this happens, and you’ve made a bundle of other changes you actually like, you’ll have to start all over editing your original photo.

6. Who Gets the Overall Win?

The overall winner goes to the individual that downloads and uses both apps!  Aviary gives you way more editing features.  Instagram is a social network, that Aviary let’s you share your photo on.  So, the ideal solution is to edit your photo with Aviary, then post it on Instagram!  If you only want to edit pictures and keep them offline; the answer is clear.  Only download the Aviary app!  If your desire is to edit and share photos, download both of the applications!  Even though Aviary allows you to post on multiple social media, Instagram is a network used by many!  To share your awesome pictures with the public, you’ll want to post your photos on Instagram!

Editing Photos on Aviary, Part IV

We’re down to discussing the last four editing buttons (located below*) that Aviary has to offer!

Day 4 Aviary Editing Features

 

The editing features of Redeye, Whiten, and Blemish edit in the same way.  The way to use these features are described under the Redeye section.

1. Redeye

This option allows you to fix “red eyes” in your picture.  Red eyes typically appear in photos as a result of the flash being too close to the camera lens, and dim lighting. After opening this feature (same with Whiten and Blemish), you will have a selection of different sized circles.  Try to choose the correct size for the eye(s) you are trying to fix.  If the circles are too big for the eye(s) you are trying to fix, you have the ability to zoom in with the magnifying glass located in the right hand corner of the picture.  This will make your eye(s) bigger and give you the ability to use some of the circles!

2. Whiten

Whiten works exactly the same as Redeye, only Whiten is for teeth!

3. Blemish

Again, the Blemish feature works like the two editing options listed above.  This preference allows you to “air brush” areas within your photo.  For example, if someone has a blemish on their face, that they do not want to show in the picture, you can use this feature to cover it up!  It will mix/blend in the surrounding colors, wherever you tap within your photo.  This can work for almost anything! I’ve even used it to cover up spills/stains that are distinctive on T-shirts, pants, etc.

4. Meme

Meme’s are the pictures, that typically have the white wording on the top and bottom of the photo.  They are usually funny remarks about the picture, just to give your audience a little laugh!  This feature is simple to use.  Tap the two boxes, either labeled top or bottom, and add the captions you desire for the top and bottom!  They will automatically use the “typical meme” font, size, color, and center it.  This is how all memes are to be displayed.  If you do not like the look of your caption, remember you can always add regular text to your photo!

 

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*Photo above is a screenshot taken within the Aviary app.  All rights belong to Aviary.

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