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.

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