You know social media sites are crowded. This congestion is commonly referred to as “noise.”
In order to be heard above this din, you need to stand out.
The PicsArt Photo Editor will help you get the attention you need.
PicsArt is a versatile tool you can use to make your blog graphics or social media images.
By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll know how to use PicsArt and see examples of 11 designs made with PicsArt.
Are you ready to learn how to use PicsArt layers?
What is PicsArt?
PicsArt is a graphic design tool used by 150 million people.
You can use PicsArt layers online or with the app.
PicsArt was developed for use in 2012 and was recently nominated for a Webby Award. PicsArt’s nomination was for the tool’s use of Sketch effects.
PicsArt is free to use although paying for the premium version will give you more of PicsArt’s remarkable features.
PicksArt Layers Image #1
I used this quote post on Instagram. There are many ways to make Instagram quote posts. Using PicsArt is one of them.
How you can achieve this look:
Click the plus sign. Scroll to Templates. Click Quotes.
You’ll see free and premium choices. You can modify the text as desired.
Mastering PicsArt is simple. You just need to understand PicsArt layers.
When you go to PicsArt online, you’ll see your layers populate off to the right on the screen.
The top layer shows my photo which I brought in using the + sign. The other shows the layers of the design I was working on provided by PicsArt.
PicsArt Layers Image #2
Using the app, click the plus sign to start a new project.
Decide on your project. I wanted to turn my image into an Instagram Story, so I picked a photo.
I cropped and then resized my photo. Story was an option, so I clicked it without needing to worry about the pixels.
I added a photo, cropped, and resized for the image for the story. I added text and clicked Apply.
You have filter choices. I didn’t use them preferring a natural look.
You could go for a Canvas or Sketch look as well. Decide what to do with your Image. I saved it to my device.
You might wonder why not just make this at Instagram. You’ll find a wider variety of Stickers, fonts, and filters among others.
Let’s spruce this photo up!
We are trying to stand out by getting attention.
How to Make a Custom Instagram Sticker with PicsArt:
In order to make a sticker, you need to drop the background. You can drop the background easily using PicsArt. Use the app, and you can follow the online prompts.
Other graphic design tools like Canva charge high prices to drop your background so you can make a custom Instagram sticker.
PicsArt Layers Image #3
Open the app.
Bring in a photo. Click FX. Then, click FX again.
Click B&W. Click Apply. Click Cutout.
Use your finger to outline your sticker. If you make a mistake, click the undo button. For example, I originally went too close to the image.
The edit tool will be highlighted. With your finger, go over the areas that aren’t highlighted.
Keep clicking Apply and Next. Make sure you save when given the chance so you can add your sticker to your designs later.
I used this Instagram Story to market my blog subscriber list.
PicsArt Layers Image #4
Do you think this grabs attention better than the original image, Image #2? Absolutely!
Have you heard of Drip Art?
The Drip Look is a 2020 trend involving selfies.
Can we use PicsArt layers to achieve it? PicsArt makes achieving the look easy. When you open the app, just click Try It.
Instructions on how to transform your selfies into Drip Art can be found here. When you find a look you want to use, click Try It.
PicsArt Layers Image #5
Open the app. Immediately, you should see Drip Art examples. If you like the look, click Try.
When you open the app, PicsArt shows you how to achieve various trending looks. Look at the various contributions. Act fast and save if you’re interested since the contributors change often.
Click Try. Choose a photo from your photo library. You will be making a cutout, so your photo will highlight. Click next.
Special FX choices will appear. My defaulted to Magic. I liked it and kept it. Your other choices are blur, artistic, Pop Art, Distorted, Color Bright, Pop Sketch, and many more. Click Next.
You can choose your hair color. My highlights were more prominent using the Magic FX. I liked the look so I didn’t change it. When you’re happy, click Next.
For the next step, choose Fit. You are asked to choose a background color, image, or shadow. Your cutout will appear with a shadow around it. You can choose a background or an image to put your cutout in front of. I chose an image as a background. Click Next.
Choices like Blur and Opacity will appear. I liked the background behind me and didn’t choose either. Keep hitting Apply and Next when you’re happy.
Remember this is the Drip Effect. I chose Difference. Blend was highlighted. I liked the effect of the colors blended together.
I clicked the plus + sign to add an element. For the colors of my text, I chose Blend and Difference.
Click Apply when you’re happy.
Another way to get the Drip effect is to choose a waist-high photo and click Sticker. Drip is there in colors. Just turn it the direction you want.
You can choose lens flair, but there seemed to be enough elements in my design.
When you’re done, you’re ready to resize.
I want to put this on my feed, so I clicked Resize and clicked the Instagram Square.
Each time I click Apply/Next thinking I’m done, more choices populate like choosing a mask. I even have a choice to listen to my Itunes while I design!
Ads populate as well, but they didn’t bother me. The amount of free choices is crazy high. The ads at the bottom are worth all these freebies.
Using the Crop tool, I seamlessly resized the image for use as an Instagram post or an Instagram Story.
If you want custom dimensions, click Resize.
There is a way to narrow the Drip Art effect so it’s only under the laptop, but I thought this looked cool.
Does this have the potential to get potential customers’ or readers’ attention? I think so.
Find the Drip Art you like from the app, click Try It, and follow the prompts. That’s all there is to it.
PicsArt Layers Image #6
For the next project, I followed the prompts with the following example:
Click Try it. Choose your photo.
The photo came in with my image highlighted!
Click Save. Choose your background color. I used the White default.
Click Apply. Move the flowers around your photo cutout.
I chose Blend/Darken, but there are many choices to make the flowers appear lighter or darker. You can put a shadow around the image, but I didn’t. You can make all sorts of adjustments to brightness, but I didn’t.
Click Apply/Next. You’ll see Stickers come in. During Step 5, I hit Apply twice, once for each Sticker. I used Blend/Darken.
Hit Apply to get the Drip Effect. I used Blend.
In the end, I took off the Drip Art since I liked this better without the Drip effect.
So many filters populate when you go to the next step. I used HDR. I also used the auto enhancer. I used the Luckiest Guy font.
More Graphic Designs
PicsArt Layers Image #7
PicsArt Layers Image #8
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PicsArt Layers Image #11
All of these followed templates, but you don’t have to follow a template.
You can make your own original creation.
Step 1: Choose a photo. Click Next.
Step 2: Choose your background color. White is the default color.
If you click Background, you can have a background with a pattern.
Clicking Image will get you a free stock image.
Your photo has a default black dropshadown. You can change the thickness by clicking Shadow.
Click Next. Add Object if desired.
Special Effects (Fx) choices come up.
Many filters are available such as Canvas, Sketch, and Blur.
You can choose Artistic and look like an oil painting. There are an enormous amount of choices.
When you’re done making your effects choices, click Next.
You can add Stickers. There are more selections than on Instagram. There are more font selections as well.
Note: Make sure you click Fit/Apply or the Image won’t be the right size.
When you’re done, you can save to your photo library or post right on Instagram. You can post on Facebook or send as a Message as well.
When you’re done, you can also opt to share with the PicsArt community for other people to use.
Apps Like PicsArt
In addition to PicsArt, many free graphic design tools exist:
Here is a Fotor Photo Editor tutorial.
Here is an Instasize review.
Here are instructions on how to use PosterMyWall.
Here is a PixTeller tutorial.
PicsArt Layers Updates
February 2021 Update
Here is my latest examples of an Instagram Story I made using PicsArt to promote my Instagram Story Viewer post. I used this story to let people know they can watch Instagram Stories online.
December 2020 Update
PicsArt now allows you to add wings to any image. The wings are one of the PicsArt layers. First, you upload your image or use one of PicsArt’s images. Then, add the colorful wings.
This is just one of the many updates PicsArt is constantly adding. It seems each time I go into the app I discover new PicsArt Layers I can add to my images. Then, I post them in Instagram Stories.
Wrapping Up: PicsArt Layers
As you can see, PicsArt is a powerful tool that will help you get attention to your content on crowded social media sites.
In addition, your creativity knows no limitations when you use PicsArt. You can make original designs or follow premade templates.
If you’d like to see more of the creations I make using PicsArt layers, follow my Instagram account, @janicewald.
Readers, please share so other people read these tutorials and learn how to use PicsArt layers.
I look forward to your views in the comments section. Do you have any experience using PicsArt layers? If not, what is your favorite graphic design tool?
Janice Wald is the founder of MostlyBlogging.com. She is an ebook author, blogger, blogging coach, blogging judge, freelance writer, and speaker. She was nominated as the 2021 and 2019 Best Internet Marketer by the Infinity Blog Awards and in 2017 as the Most Informative Blogger by the London Bloggers Bash. She’s been featured on Small Business Trends, the Huffington Post, and Lifehack.