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PicsArt Monthly January 2014 Issue

Aug 26, 2014


Art & Photos

PicsArt Monthly Magazine January Issue is Out! This month we feature travel photographer Tom Robinson, new drawing and photography tutorials, DIY Valentine's Day Cards and more!

  • Monthly Issue #04 | January 2014 Using Double Exposure to Tell a Story Interview with Photographer Tom Robinson Create Your Own Animal Hybrid with the PicsArt App PicsArt Monthly | 1
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  • Based in Mountain View , CA , PicsArt is a fun and full-featured mobile photoediting and drawing app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. PicsArt Monthly | 3
  • Editor-in-Chief | Arusiak Kanetsyan Art Editor | Cristina Gevorg Cover photo: Tom Robinson Meet our team... Designer | Ina Sarko Copy Editor | Satenig Mirzoyan Editorial Contributors | Mark Gargarian, Heather Parry, Miki Ross Karakla Special Contributor | Lou Jones In-House Photographer | ma_lina Address: SocialIn Inc., 800 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040 Follow us... Publisher: PicsArt Photo Studio Copyright of Socialln Inc. ( PicsArt Photo Studio ) 2013. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be re-used without the written permission of the publisher. The content of this magazine is for informational purposes only and is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of publication. PicsArt Photo Studio does not claim any ownership right for the photos in the Magazine. All photos,if not mentioned otherwise, are the property of respective PicsArt users. The PicsArt username or photo owner is cited on each photo. PicsArt Photo Studio has a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, limited licence to use, modify, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, and reproduce PicsArt users photos, including without limitation distributing part or all of the Magazine in any media formats through any media channels. 4 | PicsArt Monthly
  • Welcome! The new year is here and PicsArt Monthly is excited to help you make 2014 the best yet for the photographer and artist in you. This issue is here to fill you with excitement, inspiration and ideas for ways to capture every moment of the new year. But before we plunge into 2014, we must pay homage to 2013, a big year for PicsArt. At the end of the year we completely redesigned our app for iOS7 and released some exciting new features for Android. Read up on these achievements in the New in App section. This month, to help you excel your photography and editing skills, we share some insight on how to achieve the best lens flare and give your photos a vintage, retro feel. As Valentines Day approaches we demonstrate how PicsArt can help you surprise your significant other with a customized Valentine Card- DIY or digital. We also bring you godly editing powers this month as we show how to use PicsArt to create your own hybrid mystical animal. To inspire you, we have gathered a collection of double exposure images by PicsArtists, one of the latest photography trends. The saying that art is what you make others see rings true in this trend, particularly as these images leave it all up to interpretation of the viewer. New places are always cause to whip out your DSLR or smart phone, and aspiring travel photographers will receive some guidance on how to make it more than a hobby from Tom Robinson, a travel photography veteran and inspiration. Explore our January issue to get the details on all of these features and more. @ma_lina Enjoy reading and feel free to send us your feedback at [email protected] PicsArt Monthly | 5
  • Pro Insight 08 | Things That Dont Go Bump In The Night Inspiration 16 | Using Double Exposure to Tell a Story 46 | Express Yourself PicsArt In Action 24 | Four Transformations Tutorials 26 | Lens Flare Photography 32 | Use PicsArt to Create An Animal Hybrid 36 | Draw a Samurai Using the PicsArt App 42 | Design Your Own Valentine Card with PicsArt New In App 52 | PicsArt for iOS 7 with Slick New Design 56 | New Android Update Interview 60 | A Photographer Tom Robinson Feature 68 | Self-Portrait is a Sea of Feelings 70 | Travel to Peru 76 | DIY Valentine Frame 80 | Monias Sentimental Posters
  • Things That Dont Go Bump In The Night In learning to photograph architecture, the good thing: IT DOESNT MOVE. When you are beginning to take pictures seriously and searching for exceptional subject matter, the fact that a civilizations history and accomplishments are on display in its bricks and mortar, buildings and structures is tremendously picturesque. Architecture affords you the luxury of remaining stationary and doesnt change its mind while you fidget with dials and buttons on your camera. You can take your time. So if you are looking for something more significant and less self-indulgent than pictures of your kitten, lunch, party or selfies, look no further. By showing the world human achievement made of steel and concrete, wood and glass, sticks and stones, that search is over. The bad thing about photographing architecture: IT DOESNT MOVE. Therefore, everybody tends to copy the same images of the more famous buildings. When starting out, it is a time-honored practice to try and imitate the masters but eventually you want to strike out on your own. More to the point, photography should not be relegated just to action. There is a potential world of imagery not going anywhere, i.e. landscapes, artwork, monuments. I happen to be partial to still lifes. They combine my love of graphics, composition, storytelling and stuff. 8 | PicsArt Monthly
  • PRO INSIGHT You can set up a still life with unique props or found materials, juxtapose them in intricate, clever ways and take all the time in the world to get your desired results. I think about what might look good for days, weeks, and months. I draw sketches of my ideas in a little book I carry with me everywhere. I enjoy searching for and acquiring just the right objects. The care and attention I put into placing and moving each item is enjoyable and meditative. So many decisions go into the perfect tableau. So many visual problems need solving. Whether it is simple and clean or complicated and luxuriant, I am totally in control. PicsArt Monthly | 9
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  • Before there was PhotoShop I spent a whole afternoon in the produce department of a mom and pop store inspecting cherries, one by one. Everyone in the store thought I was a creep but I eventually found the perfect shape, color and stem. I bought maybe two dozen selects but when I got back to the studio that one was still obvious. Many photographers, who would rather not engage in confrontational photography or rely on living beings, find beauty in inanimate objects, i.e. sculpture, doorways, graffiti, distressed interiors, trains, peeling paint and make wonderful abstract photos that transcend the original scenes. I led a workshop of photographers to Europe a time ago. Everybody ran helter skelter around the towns to capture local character and characters. But one lady toddled about, never venturing far from the tour bus. On top of her unwieldy tripod a 35mm camera was always pointed straight down. She photographed the street, cracks in the sidewalk, trash on the ground, tiles, anything lying around. Her pictures were exquisite. (I still cannot explain why she paid to go halfway around the world for something she might have found at home.) But since she couldnt bear the anxiety of photographing people, she had found her own niche. PicsArt Monthly | 11
  • Besides our magnificent rural landscapes that change only with the season, we have the urban cityscape. Documenting our everyday surroundings has tremendous appeal for some. Your camera can give insight into how a society thinks, acts and feels. Close-ups of details or wide shots of vistas tell a story. You never have to make an excuse to a flower or a tree. Their colors or ecosystems are excellent subjects for your untamed imagination. Out in nature or in the studio flora presents ever-changing new facets and never gets boring. 12 | PicsArt Monthly
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  • Lou Jones is a Boston-based photographer with more than 43 years of professional experience. His award-winning work has been exhibited in museums and collections around the world, and he has published multiple books of and about photography. In addition, Jones lectures and teaches workshops all over the world. 14 | PicsArt Monthly
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  • @kae132 INSPIRATION: Photo 16 | PicsArt Monthly
  • Using Double Exposure to Tell a Story Double exposure, or the blending of two photos into one, is one of the latest photography trends that is also widely popular among the PicsArt community. It can be achieved using a DSLR camera, which may have a built-in multiple exposure mode or using PicsArt's Add Photo and Photo Blending features. Double exposure doesn't simply blend the second image over the first. The key is in the light and dark areas; a true double exposure is created by repeatedly exposing the same image. So, the second image will only show through the first in the underexposed (or dark) areas. The great thing about
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