Photo-Editing Apps

With all of the amazing technology we have in today’s day and age, there are so many cool and useful things you can do with your pictures. You can save them to your phone or iPad, add fancy lighting effects, enhance the color, distort your face, make cute collages, and the list goes on and on. There are several photo-editing apps that I use and I really enjoy, found all in the App Store on Apple Products.

1. Pic Collage

This app is free with in-app purchases in the App Store. It is great for collages and getting organized in a fun way with your pictures. The thing I really like about Pic Collage is the cute and fun stickers you can add to your pictures. You can add sparkly hearts, silly faces, mustaches, and so on. You can also add a background that will suit your pictures and a nice little message to go along with it. This app is very easy to use and if you want to share your collage to one of your many social media accounts, Pic Collage makes that easy.

Photo-Editing Apps

2. Color Splash

Color Splash is $0.99 for the iPod or iPhone and $1.99 for the iPad. Color Splash is a good app for isolating the color on a certain part of a picture. For example, if you were holding a green apple and you just wanted the green apple to have color, you would put the “brush” on the gray mode and color around every part of the picture but the apple. This app has a color and gray mode and you can choose to switch between the two. It also has a “red highlight” feature that when applied, will show you where your finger, or stylus, didn’t go over the screen. I find this very helpful. Color Splash is a lot of fun to work with and it makes your pictures look very unique and pretty.

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3. PicsArt

This app is free in the App Store. PicsArt is a wonderful app for all kinds of photos. You can draw over or onto a picture. You even have the choice to draw your own pictures! PicsArt offers a large variety of borders, themes, lighting adjustments, flares, color adjustments, stickers, and cool settings to make your pictures look very professional. It’s additionally super easy to work with and undo something if you made a mistake. This app is perfect for the all-round photographer and artist.

Photo-Editing Apps

I highly suggest all three of these photo-editing apps. They are all fun apps to use and in the end, an even more enjoyable way to show off your pictures! There are HUNDREDS of photo-editing apps out there, some work easier than others, and some are more expensive than others. I would suggest doing whatever works best for you and your style of art and photography. Happy shopping and picture-editing!

Photo-Editing Apps
I used Color Splash for this picture. Every part but my hair was colored gray.

Why Drawing is Important

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres said, “Drawing is the honesty of art. To draw does not mean simply to reproduce contours: drawing does not consist merely of line. Drawing is also expression, the inner form, the plane and modeling…” Drawing is something that I really enjoy to do. It can be very helpful for school projects but also for other things. Here are a few things that I believe drawing helps people with and why it is important:

  • Expressing feelings/thoughts/ideas: Drawing is a way to get thoughts and ideas out of your head. When you feel a certain way, like angry, sad, hungry, or excited, you can draw the way you feel.

    Why Drawing is Important
    One of my drawings of a sunset or sunrise.
  • Challenging: This is one of those things that can really challenge you to try your hardest. When you learn to work with different perspectives and shadowing and that kind of stuff, drawing can be difficult. You need to push yourself to get to that next level and get better.

    Why Drawing is Important
    An online drawing I did of a unicorn.
  • Development: Drawing is a great way to develop a person’s creative self. It helps them think and it is a wonderful way to create new ideas.

    Why Drawing is Important
    A drawing of a ball I did for Derwent Art Academy.
  • Helpful: Drawing can be helpful for school projects or assignments. It can make the assignment or project more eye-catching and fun to look at.

    Why Drawing is Important
    A roadrunner drawing I did.
  • Fun: I find drawing to be pretty fun. Others might disagree, but once you get good at drawing it can be a lot of fun. You can create pretty cool pieces and it’s always exciting and fun to see what the final product will be, even if it doesn’t turn out all that amazing.

    Why Drawing is Important
    One of my unfinished pieces of Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
  • Relaxing: Just like painting or doing yoga or writing a poem, drawing can be relaxing. If you get yourself in a quiet area with your sketchbook and pencil, drawing can calm you down and get you in a light, relaxed mood.

Drawing is an important thing in our world and it does a bunch of great things for people. It can help express feelings and thoughts, it is challenging, and it can help develop people’s creativity. Drawing is also helpful, fun, and relaxing. You may not be very good at first but practice makes perfect. If you want to get good, you’ll have to work for it. So what are you waiting for? Pick up a sketchbook and pencil and get drawing!