PicSay Pro Review

PicSay Pro Review

Nov 29, 2010

Android powered devices are growing at an incredible rate which means there will be thousands of new Android users looking for a good photo editing tool. PicSay by Shinycore is an oldie but goodie among the vast catalog of Android apps. Since the breakout G1 device this photo editing app has stood the test of mobile app time and deserves a revisit. From “Word Balloons” to “Selective Desaturation,” PicSay Pro offers a plethora of ways to transform your photos into magical works of art or comedic works of fun.

Smartphone devices have come a long way and now sport some impressive camera hardware. It’s becoming more and more reliable and convenient to just pull out your smartphone and capture that “Kodak” moment. These devices have turned millions of average citizens into full blown freelance paparazzi and with it the demand for some good photo editing tools. PicSay Pro delivers in more ways than one and so we’re going to rundown this award winning app to see exactly what we are getting and if it’s worth the price.

Getting Started
With PicSay Pro you can grab photos from your existing galleries, you can send pictures directly to PicSay through application “Share” options or you can directly edit pictures right after taking them. When choosing photos PicSay will create a copy to be used for editing, keeping the original safe and intact on your device. PicSay gives you 3 picture options when choosing a large picture to import:

  • Normal – 428 x 320 (Most efficient size for sending to mobile devices).
  • High – 640 x 478 (Best size for publishing in e-mails, blogs and websites).
  • Maximum – 1026 x 766 (Highest possible quality, uses more memory and power).

You can resize, crop, flip or rotate your photos or dive into the seemingly endless array of fun and serious editing options available.

  • Word Balloons, Titles, and Stickers – Easily add or edit any of these fun objects to create silly gag photos to send to your friends. Adding, editing, and deleting these objects can be a little confusing at first. Just follow the online help tutorial and you’ll be flying like a pro in no time.

This is the best part of photo editing in my opinion and where your imagination can go wild. Picsay Pro offers the most extensive list of effects I could imagine for a $4 dollar app. I’m not going to get into what each effect does but at least you will get to see all the available options at your disposal:

  • Paint
  • Insert Picture
  • Pop Colors


  • Exposure
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Temperature
  • Tint
  • Brightness
  • Adjust RGB
  • Sharpen
  • Smooth
  • Blur
  • Fix Red-Eye


  • Spherize
  • Twirl
  • Bulge & Pinch
  • Circle Splash
  • Stretch
  • Vertical Stretch
  • Horizontal Stretch
  • Mirror

Color Adjustments

  • Hue
  • Colorize
  • Grayscale
  • Black & White
  • Duotone
  • Rainbow


  • Posterize
  • Pencil Sketch
  • Neon

Photo effects

  • Lomo
  • Cross Process
  • Faux HDR
  • Sepia Toning
  • Inver
  • Fading Colors
  • Tilt-shift
  • Soft Glow

Filters & Frames

  • Vignette
  • Top Lens Filter
  • Edge Lens Filter
  • Spotlight
  • Instant Film
  • Matte
  • Solid Border
  • Rounded Corners


  • History Paint
  • Masked Effects
  • Pixelize
  • Dizziness
  • Heat Map

It’s like having your own little pocketable Photoshop. A lot of it can be overwhelming at times and I do wish they had a history list that showed everything you have done. Once finished, saving and importing is a breeze and you can even set the picture as a contact icon or wallpaper if you so choose.

PicSay Pro’s photo editing app is affordable and offers enough tools to appeal to all walks of smartphone photographers. With fun and intuitive editing tools and a simple UI you can easily create photos that will have your family and friends asking: “How did you do that?” and “You did that on your phone?” If you’ve been thinking about getting yourself a photo editor for your Android device then I highly recommend purchasing PicSay Pro. Looking to try before you buy? Download the free version before you decide if it’s right for you. PicSay Pro is available in the Android Market for around $4 and will surely breath life into some of your old boring photos.

PicSay Pro Review Rundown

Appearance - The app itself is actually quite bland looking and not very appealing.
User Interface - Everything is big and easily accessible. Touch screen controls and drag and drop editing are for the most part easy but not always smooth sailing.
Functionality - Photoshop in your pocket. I just wish it had better history information.
Lasting Appeal - PicSay has been around since the beginning and continues to improve and impress.
Overall - The UI may not be that visually appealing and a little confusing at times but overall one of the best photo editing apps available on Android.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Demo version is also available on the Google Play Store »

Vincent Messina
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