Thursday, December 19, 2013

Create Collages with PicStitch

I wrote a post a while ago about a great app called Pic Collage. It's been very well received by teachers and students because of its ease of use. Well, here's another app that I think will become popular. It's called Pic Stitch and it's available for free in the App Store.

Different layout options
Like Pic Collage, this app lets you import pictures to create a colorful collage. The difference is that Pic Stitch has a variety of templates you can use to arrange your photos. There are over 70 layouts to choose from in the free app. Of course, you could go ahead and purchase additional layouts for $.99. But I think most people will be alright with the free ones.

Once you pick your layout, you can add your pictures. The app pulls from your camera roll and photostreams. You can also add pictures directly from the camera or from a Dropbox account. It doesn't allow you to browse the web for pictures inside the app. That is a favorite feature in Pic Collage and would be a nice addition to Pic Stitch. For now, you'll have to settle for saving images from the web to the camera roll.

Add pictures from camera roll or photostreams
There are a number of different features for adapting your collage. Once you put a picture in the layout, you can easily move the image or pinch/zoom to fit the cell. If you double tap on a picture, you can edit it from inside the app. There are different options such as image enhancements, orientation, cropping, contrast, and sharpness. You can also add text or draw/write on the image freehand.  

When you have your collage perfected, you have several options for exporting your work. Press the "export" button in the lower right corner and you'll see your options. The most popular option, at least for elementary students, is probably to export the work to the camera roll (photo album). You'll also have account options like email, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. With Pic Stitch, you'll also see the ability to open the collage directly in another app that's already installed on the iPad or to AirDrop it. Which is always fun. 

Overall, I think Pic Stitch is an easy to use, fun app that students will really like. When your students are thinking about publishing their next projects, show them Pic Stitch. Might be just the tool they're looking for. 

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