A treasure trove for quick photo and video editing



  • 1 – Absolute hot waste
  • 2 – A kind of lukewarm waste
  • 3 – Severely flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute design nirvana


Here’s what we like

  • Lots of photo and video editing tools
  • The desktop app is simple to use
  • great price

And what we don’t do

  • The mobile app is complex to use

It used to be that to edit a photo, you had to jump to your desktop, open photo editing software, and get to work. Now, there are plenty of tools out there to help you add special effects to your photos, create simple logos, and more with just a few clicks (or taps). Picsart is perhaps one of the best.

Whether you’re looking for quick photo and video editing from your phone or laptop, Picsart is the free tool you can use to get the job done. But if you’re looking for even more tools, access to Shutterstock’s millions of photos, and edited images without watermarks, here’s what you need to know about Picsart Gold.

Browse Picsart for the first time

Editing tools in Picsart

I have to admit up front that I am not a skilled photo or video editor. Maybe I could point you to the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop, but that’s the extent of my knowledge.

However, I use photo editing tools in my daily life to lighten up a photo before sharing it on Instagram or to create simple infographics for blog posts. For me, the best tools are simple with simple features that even novices can use. And that’s what I found in Picsart.

When I was first browsing Picsart, I found it super intuitive and user-friendly. Everything you need, from templates to text, is located on the left in a simple toolbar. If you’ve used tools like Canva or BeFunky before, you’ll feel right at home in Picsart.

Putting Picsart to the Test: Simple Edits

When you open Picsart in your browser, there are several ways to start a new project. You can select “Create” from the top navigation bar, click “New Project”, or choose from the pre-made layouts under “Design for”.

To note: The desktop version of Picsart is available in your web browser (such as Chrome or Microsoft Edge) and should work on Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux.

The simplified infographic

Infographic created with Picsart

One thing you’ll notice when creating new designs in Picsart is how quickly your project comes together. For this infographic, all I did was select “Infographic” in the Layouts tool, change the background color using the “Background” feature, and then d add my elements using the ‘Text’, ‘Elements’ and ‘Stickers’ tools.

All in all, this simple graphic took five minutes (at most) to put together. Adding elements to your design is just a click away. Or, you can drag and drop. To resize components, simply drag the object frame to your preferred dimensions.

With Picsart Gold, there are literally millions of images and elements to choose from, compared to the thousands available in the free version (more on that later). And I was delighted with the number of fonts available.

Not sure what you want to create? No problem. Picsart has a ton of templates to choose from to get those creative juices flowing, from flyers to Zoom backgrounds. It also includes popular layouts so you don’t have to search for sizes for the perfect Facebook cover or email header.

Lots of useful and fun photo editing tools

Photo editing tools in Picsart

Whether you want to quickly turn a color photo into black and white or need to remove a busy background from an image, you can do it all in Picsart.

To download a photo into Picsart, simply select “Downloads” and go from there. Or, you can choose from millions of photos courtesy of Shutterstock by selecting “Photos”. Yes, Picsart Gold includes access to Shutterstock for personal and commercial use.

After uploading or selecting a photo, you are free to manipulate it as you see fit. For example, you’ll want to be sure to try out the “Effects” tool, which offers more effects than you could ever need. My favorite was the Glitch effect, which you can see in the image above. Cool, right?

Of course, you can also make any other edits you want to your photos using tools like:

  • Light: Edit the brightness, contrast, shadows, highlights and opacity of your photo
  • Colors: Change the saturation, hue and temperature of your photo
  • Details: Add clarity to your photos
  • Mixed: Blend two photos into one via overlay, hard light, soft light, etc.
  • Animation: Crossfade, zoom out and beyond your photo
  • Crop: Crop your image as you see fit

Easy-to-use video editing tools

Create a slideshow in Picsart

Whether you need to create an Instagram reel or a quick brand promotion, Picsart can handle it all with ease. The platform’s video tools set it apart from other web editing apps.

To get started, all you have to do is upload the video you want to edit. Or, you can choose a video from the Picsart library. It’s a great option for creating video clips, simple slideshows, and more.

Once you’ve selected your video, there are a variety of things you can do in the editor. For example, by using the “Fit” tool, you can edit your video into a format that works for a variety of platforms such as Facebook or Instagram.

Point: Are you a developer? Discover Picsart’s API suite.

You can also add various clips to the editor and add transitions to make them work together. Other video editing features include:

  • Trim: Trim your video in a few clicks
  • Audio: Upload your own audio to add to your video or choose from the Picsart audio library
  • Text: Choose between simple text and complex text presets for your videos

To export your video, simply select “Export” at the top right of your desktop screen. Various quality options are available, ranging from 360p to 4K for Gold subscribers. File types include WebM and MP4.

Notable Editing and Design Features of Picsart Gold

While the free version of Picsart includes a wide range of editing tools, Picsart Gold takes it to the next level, unlocking all the features of the extended platform. Here are some of the most notable.

Choose from millions of stickers and photos

One of my favorite things about Picsart Gold is the sheer number of items included, from stickers to photos. There are millions of images to insert into any design. Plus, the easy search feature lets you find exactly what you’re looking for.

The additional Shutterstock integration is fantastic for finding high-quality photos for personal and professional use.

Remove image backgrounds in one click

A standout feature of Picsart Gold is the background removal tool. With an image open in the editor, select “Remove BG” from the top toolbar. Picsart will intelligently remove the background from your image with just one click.

Edit photos in batches

Another key feature specifically for Picsart Gold subscribers is the batch editing tool. This is perfect for editing multiple images at once. The tools include a resizing feature to change the size of multiple images at once, as well as a cropping tool.

Save up to 100 projects at once

With Picsart Gold, you can work and save up to 100 projects at a time. That’s more than enough storage space for anyone using the platform. Of course, deleting projects is easy if you run out of space.

Mobile app: editing tools at your fingertips

Picsart also offers a robust mobile app (available for iPhone and Android). It lets you make quick edits to photos, create collages, and more right on your mobile device.

The mobile app includes many unique features you won’t find on the desktop version, including fun AI tools like Hair Recolor (change your hair color in a photo) and Dress Up (change the pattern and the color of your clothes in a photo).

When it comes to video editing, you can quickly create slideshows within the app. Just select the videos you want to add to your slideshow and edit them until you are satisfied. While the free version of the app lets you crop your slideshow, add effects, and more, other advanced features like the ability to add music from your mobile library to your slideshow require Picsart Gold .

Overall, the mobile app includes plenty of features for editing photos and videos on the go. However, would I say it is as easy to use as the desktop version? I do not think so. For some modifications, such as creating graphics, the mobile app can be a bit complex.

With the number of features and editing options, it’s just easier to find what you’re looking for on the desktop. It is also important to note that the free version contains advertisements. For more in-depth edits, I recommend the desktop app. And if you don’t want to see any ads or want to unlock all editing tools on mobile, you’ll need Picsart Gold.

Should you upgrade to Picsart Gold?

Picsart is a feature-rich photo and video editing tool that is easy enough for everyone to use. But is upgrading to Picsart Gold the right choice for you?

The tools and capabilities hidden within this platform go way beyond what this review could ever cover. For beginners who are just looking for a way to add quick effects to a photo, Picsart Gold’s features can be a bit overwhelming. The free version of Picsart might suffice.

However, if you frequently edit photos and videos or want a platform to help you create more complex visual elements such as infographics, social media graphics, logos, etc., Picsart Gold might be for you. suit.

Picsart Gold costs $4.66 per month ($55.99 billed annually). When you consider the number of features available as well as the ability to edit photos and videos, it’s well worth the price. Not so sure? You can still take Picsart Gold for a test drive on desktop and mobile with the seven-day free trial.



Here’s what we like

  • Lots of photo and video editing tools
  • The desktop app is simple to use
  • great price

And what we don’t do

  • The mobile app is complex to use

Jack C. Nugent