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Amazon’s second Prime Day event of the year started yesterday and runs through midnight PST tonight, with big discounts on tech devices for the home and studio. But you can also find deals at other retailers like Blick, Walmart, and Adorama, where we are seeing some great bargains on cameras, computers, and art supplies.

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You’ll find exceptional deals at Adorama during their 48-Hour Flash Sale as well as Sony’s Adorama Days, through October 15.

Panasonic Lumix GH5 II Mirrorless Camera Body with Accessories Kit
Buy for $997.99 and save 33%

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 II, which originally debuted in 2021 at $1,600 (body only), was designed for videographers (though it still takes great still photos). It has a 20.3MP sensor with AR coating, great autofocus, and image stabilization with Panasonic’s latest Venus Engine. It’s also capable of unlimited video recording in various settings and can record C4K/4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit without cropping, with simultaneous output over HDMI during internal recording. Additionally, this model can wirelessly live stream using the Panasonic’s Sync smartphone app supported by USB PD outdoors or indoors. It comes with an accessory kit that includes a Slinger shoulder bag, a 128GB Lexar memory card, and a Pro Optics LCD screen protector.

Sony Alpha a6400 Mirrorless Camera with Lens
Buy for $848.00 and save $150

Introduced in early 2019, this fantastic Sony mirrorless camera is capable, lightweight, and boasts a lot of features: It has a 24.2-megapixel image sensor (APS-C sized), it can shoot silently in burst mode at up to 8 frames per second, and it is capable of fast continuous shooting with autofocus and auto exposure at up to 11fps. It also comes with Sony’s powerful tracking features and Real-time Eye AF and can shoot 4K-resolution video clips. It comes with an accessory kit that includes a 32GB SanDisk memory card, Slinger camera bag, Pro Optics lens kit, and more. 


What’s nice about Walmart’s Deals for Days Holiday Kickoff sale is that appears to be open to all consumers, not just Walmart club members (or Walmart+ members). It runs through October 12, with up to 60% off on sale items.

Lenovo Ideapad 5 14-Inch 1080 Touchscreen Laptop with Windows 11 Home
Buy for $449.00 and save 46%

This Lenovo IdeaPad 5 has an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U mobile processor with Radeon graphics. It also comes with 8GBs DDR4 RAM, a 512 GB NVMe TLC SSD drive for storage, and a 14-inch touchscreen display. 

Apple Watch SE (1st Gen) GPS, 44mm, Space Gray Aluminum Case with Midnight Sport Band-Regular
Buy for $149 and save 52%.

The main reason this version of the Apple Watch SE is so inexpensive is that it’s a discontinued model. But it is still an Apple watch, and it’s over 50% off.


We don’t know if Blick was looking to compete with Amazon (in point of fact, Blick’s everyday prices tend to be lower than Amazon’s Prime Day deal prices on art supplies), but they are currently running a Fall Cyber Deals sale, with impressive discounts on drawing and painting supplies, which ends tonight.

Winsor & Newton Studio Collection Watercolor Pencils, Set of 50
Buy for $50.00 and save 42%

Winsor & Newton’s highly pigmented wax-based pencils can be used as dry media or with water for painterly effects. This set includes a pad of paper and a brush.

Da Vinci Oil Brushes Wood Box Set
Buy for $95.25 and save 34%

This set includes four long-handled Da Vinci Grigio oil-painting brushes—a size 12 flat, a size 8 filbert, a size 8 flat, and a size 4 round, as well as a free painting cloth and brush soap. The brushes come in a wooden box, making this set an attractive gift for an oil painter.


Best Buy’s Flash Sale ends tomorrow!

Hercules Swivel Office Chair
Buy for $258.99 and save 26%

For those looking for a nice chair for their office or art studio, this office chair should fit the bill. It’s 44 x 29.5 x 29 inches, has an ergonomic design, and is adjustable. And it comes with a 2-year limited warranty. 

SanDisk 128GB iXpand Flash Drive Luxe for iPhone
Buy for $30.99 and save 53%

We love this little flash drive, which makes downloading or transfering files and photos from your iPhone a snap. The Lightning and USB-C connectors allow fast transfer speeds, and the automatic backup feature safeguards the content on your phone.


Newegg’s Fantastech II sale appears to run on until the end of 2023 with great deals on gaming devices and more.

ASUS Gaming Desktop ROG Strix GA15DK-DS776 with Windows 11 Home 64-bit
Buy for $1049.99 and save 44%

This Asus computer desktop is loaded with lots of great features. It comes with 16GB of RAM, so it won’t slow down, even if you have lots of apps open. Plus it has a 1TB SSD for storing media, which responds instantly without any lag. Also included: Windows 11 Home (64-bit). And now, it’s almost half off.

MSI 24-inch Computer Monitor
Buy for $119.99 and save 20%

This monitor offers full HD quality and is also an IPS grad panel, for less image distortion and minimal color shifts. In addition, it has a 170 Hz refresh rate, for smooth-looking footage when watching video with lots of action, a display port, and two HDMI ports.

Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days Continue This Evening, With Great Deals on Studio Equipment https://www.artnews.com/art-news/product-recommendations/amazon-prime-day-deals-on-artists-tools-and-studio-supplies-1234571797/ Wed, 11 Oct 2023 23:20:56 +0000 https://www.artnews.com/?p=1234571797 If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, ARTNews may receive an affiliate commission.

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What Are Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days?

Every year, Amazon’s Prime Day offers thousands of deals on the site’s products, from electronics to books and art supplies. This year, in addition to its July 2023 Prime Day sale, Amazon is hosting a second Prime Day, officially called Prime Big Deal Days, right now. The 48-hour event will conclude at 11:59 pm PST today, Wednesday, October 11.

What’s the Catch?

To get access to the deals (or most of the deals), however, you have to be an Amazon Prime subscriber.

Amazon Prime costs $14.99 a month or $139 a year. Its benefits include faster shipping on Amazon orders, discounts at Whole Foods, and access to Amazon’s streaming entertainment. You can also pick up a free 30-day trial of Prime here.

What’s on Sale?

Prime Big Deal Days have deals across all of Amazon’s categories, including gadgets and tech for artists. Many of these deals are Lightning Deals, lasting only a few hours. A word of advice: Move fast, as the most desirable products will sell out quickly.

This year, Amazon has created a way to (maybe) get ahead of the line on deals. Its new “Invite-Only Deals” program will allow Prime members to request an invitation to snag products that are expected to sell out. But you’ll have to go to that product’s page and click on the “Request Invite” button. Amazon says it does this for products where quantities are limited, and also that they will not be able to grant all requests. If you are invited, you’ll be able to buy this item (only one per customer!) at the deal price during the Prime Big Deal Days event.

And don’t forget to look elsewhere! Other retailers are holding their own October shopping events. We’ll be keeping an eye out for additional deals from these and other vendors and letting you know what we find. Again, you need to be a subscriber to take advantage of some deals. It’s free to become a Target Circle member, but you’ll need to pay $12.95 per month or $98 annually for a Walmart+ membership (although like Amazon, Walmart has a 30-day free trial available).

What’s On Sale Right Now?

Until the sale ends, we’ll be tracking great deals here and here for the home and studio as they become available. Some, but not all, can only be accessed by Prime members, though with Prime membership you’ll get free shipping. See our picks below and check back in with us often to find our favorite Prime Big Deal Days deals and discounts. Happy browsing!

Save 20% on Edifier S1000W Wireless Hi-Fi Bookshelf Speakers-Buy for $287.98 with an Amazon Prime membership

Buy: Edifier S1000W WiFi Audiophile Active Bookshelf 2.0 Speakers, 120W RMS Wireless HiFi Bluetooth Sound System Works with Alexa, Optical/RCA x 2 Coaxial, Supports AirPlay 2, Spotify Tidal Connect- Pair $449.99

This pair of wireless audio speakers from Edifier offers excellent sound quality. Plus, you can connect to them via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, as well as wired connections. The speakers even work with some smart voice technologies, like Amazon Alexa, so you can control them via voice commands.

Get 49% off Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 Earbuds-Buy for $141.55

Buy: Sennheiser Consumer Audio MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones for Music and Call with ANC,Multipoint connectivity,IPX4,Qi charging,28-hour Battery Life Compact Design,Graphite $149.00

A big advantage of wireless earbuds, which lack any cords or wires connecting them to your device, has been that you won’t get tangled up or annoyed by those connecting cords or wires. That’s because they connect via Bluetooth technology. One of the disadvantages of wireless earbuds, though, is that they aren’t always the most comfortable. However, this pair from Sennheiser, which also features noise-cancelling technology, comes with silicone ear adapters (XS, S, M, L) and fins (S, M, L) to ensure optimal comfort and a secure fit.

Save 30% on an Emotn N11 Bluetooth Projector-Buy for $280 with an Amazon Prime membership

Buy: Bluetooth Projector, Emotn N1 Netflix Smart Projector, Native 1080P Movie Projector, Autofocus Auto Keystone, Dolby Audio Speaker (White) $399.00

This mini projector has 1080p full HD-resolution quality, with HDR10/HLG technology for better dynamic range. It can project from 60 to 120 inches and is easy to use. Includes autofocus features, auto keystone correction control, and Dolby audio. It allows you to connect via wired connections or wirelessly, with HDMI and USB ports as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Get 35% off a DBPower 1000A Portable Car Jump Starter-Buy for $51.99 with an Amazon Prime membership

Buy: DBPOWER 1000A Portable Car Jump Starter (UP to 7.0L Gas, 5.5L Diesel Engine), 12V Lithium-Ion Auto Battery Booster, Power Pack with LCD Screen Clamp Cables,USB Quick Charge, LED Flashlight $64.99

If you’re on the road a lot, this portable car jump starter ensures you’ll always make it to your next lecture or art opening. It has a powerful 1000A peak current to start most vehicles with gas engines up to 7.0L or diesel engines up to 5.5L. Its jumper clamps have an LCD screen on the cable, which has a built-in voltmeter to read the strength of your battery. It has a 18000mAh capacity and a smart USB port for charging laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other devices at the fastest speed possible. And the included LED light has 3 modes—high, strobe and SOS.

Get 33% off a Kindle Paperwhite with 6.8″ Display-Buy for $99.99

Buy: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (16 GB) – Now with a larger display, adjustable warm light, increased battery life, and faster page turns – Black $99.99

It is hard to beat the quality and dependability of Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite. This model has a 6.8-inch glare-free display and up to 10 weeks of battery life. It also comes with a water-resistant exterior, to withstand moisture and water.

Save $100 on Bose Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Over-Ear Wireless Headphones-Buy for $279.00

Buy: Bose Headphones 700, Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Over-Ear Wireless Headphones with Built-In Microphone for Clear Calls and Alexa Voice Control, Black $279.00

Bose has been making noise-cancelling headphones for many years, and is continually tweaking its technology. This model comes with 11 levels of active noise cancelling and a built-in mic that adapts to noisy environments. It’s also compatible with smart voice technologies, like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It’s made of lightweight stainless steel and has tilted earcups for a comfortable fit.

Get 30% off a Canon EOS M200 Compact Mirrorless Camera With Lens-Buy for $384.99 with a Prime membership

Buy: Canon EOS M200 Compact Mirrorless Digital Vlogging Camera with EF-M 15-45mm Lens, Vertical 4K Video Support, 3.0-inch Touch Panel LCD, Built-in Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth Technology, Black $549.00

This Canon EOS interchangeable-lens camera is much small and lighter than its full-frame mirrorless models, and it comes with a 24.1-megapixel CMOS (APS-C-sized) image sensor, which is smaller than the full-frame models. But it has some excellent features, including the ability to shoot 4K-resoultion video, 4K time-lapse movies, Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus technology, a 3.0-Inch swiveling touchscreen display, and built-in bluetooth and Wi-Fi. What’s more it comes with an EF-M 15-45mm lens.

Save 47% on an Insignia 32-Inch Smart TV-Buy for $79.99

Buy: INSIGNIA 32-inch Class F20 Series Smart HD 720p Fire TV with Alexa Voice Remote (NS-32F201NA23) $79.99

This small, 32-inch HDTV is made by  Insignia, which is Best Buy’s in-house brand. Like with many Insignia TVs, this no-nonsense model isn’t for those who are looking for a lot of bells and whistles. However, it has 720p resolution and comes with an Alexa remote control, so that you can easily control your entertainment, search across apps, switch inputs, and more using just your voice. It also comes with Amazon Fire TV streaming experience built-in.

Get 20% off a Google Pixel 7a Unlocked Android Phone-Buy for $399.00 with a Prime membership

Buy: Google Pixel 7a – Unlocked Android Cell Phone with Wide Angle Lens and 24-Hour Battery – 128 GB – Snow $490.59

If you’re not a fan of Apple products and are in the market for a reasonably priced phone, the Google Pixel 7a phone is a great option. It is fast, secure, and has a number of enticing features. It has excellent battery life, and an excellent camera—its Tensor G2’s advanced image processing makes it easy to shoot good photos in low light. And it even offers enhancements that it claims can fix blurry images, and remove distracting subjects in the Google Photos app. This model also comes with 8 GBs of RAM, 128 GBs of storage.

Save 24% on an Apple 2021 10.2-Inch iPad-Buy for $303.00

Buy: Apple 2021 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Space Gray with AppleCare+ (2 Years) $303.00

This 2021 version of the Apple iPad comes with a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone, an A13 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, an 8-megapixel back camera and a 12-megapixels front camera. This deal also includes two years of AppleCare+ for iPad, which covers repairs and offers technical support.

Get 60% off a Blink Outdoor (3rd Gen) 3-Camera Security System-Buy for $99.99 with a Prime membership (Invite-Only Deal)

ideal for monitoring your home or studio day or night, Blink’s third-generation outdoor HD security camera is a versatile, wireless security camera with infrared night vision for seeing subjects more clearly in dim lighting. It has an excellent battery life and runs on just two AA lithium batteries (included). And you can store video clips and photos in the cloud with Blink’s subscription plan. This sale allows you to buy three camera units at a 60% discount. 

Save 56% on an Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen, 2023 Release) Smart Display-Buy for $39.99

Buy: Amazon Echo Show 5 (3rd Gen, 2023 release) | Smart display with 2x the bass and clearer sound | Charcoal $39.99

The Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display helps keep you organized as well as connected, letting you set alarms and timers and check your calendar or the weather. And you can do all of that with voice commands as well. You can even check in on your family, since there’s a built-in camera, or, if you have a video doorbell, you can see who’s at the front door. The audio has been improved so you can stream your favorite music or podcasts, and it has a 5.5-inch display for viewing your favorite shows. And it has privacy controls, including a mic/camera off button.

Get 43% off an OXO Good Grips Thermocouple Thermometer-Buy for $59.99

Buy: OXO Good Grips Thermocouple Thermometer, Digital $59.99

If you entertain friends, family, and art-world colleagues often, you’ll want to a good cooking thermometer. This OXO model is easy to use and provides temperature readings in 2-3 seconds with an accuracy of 0.9°F. It also has a waterproof body and generous probe notch are easy to clean. It runs on AAA batteries (included).

Save 32% on a Robot Roomba i4 EVO Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum-Buy for $271.00 with an Amazon Prime Membership

Buy: iRobot Roomba i4 EVO Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum – Clean by Room with Smart Mapping Compatible with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpet and Hard Floors $271.38

Keeping your studio or home clean is much easier with a robot vacuum. And of you are an artist, there’s a lot to like about this Roomba model, which can navigate around clutter. It also has a 20% larger battery than previous models and comes with Wi-Fi. Best of all, it works with voice technologies, like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. So, confronted with an unexpected studio visit, you can use commands like “Tell Roomba to clean the art studio” and  it will immediately go into action.

Save 55% on an Amazon Echo Pop-Buy for $17.99

Buy: Amazon Echo Pop | Full sound compact smart speaker with Alexa | Charcoal $17.99

This lightweight, compact wireless speaker is powered with Alexa voice technology. So you can easily play music or podcasts via your favorite streaming music providers, like Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Sirius XM and more. You can also connect via Bluetooth to stream music as well. Choose from four colors, including basic black.

Get 60% off an Arlo Wired VIdeo Doorbell-Buy for $59.99

Buy: Arlo Essential Wired Video Doorbell – HD Video, 180° View, Night Vision, 2 Way Audio, Black – AVD1001B $59.99

Arlo, a company that is a respected name in the world of security cameras, also makes video doorbells. This one connects to your home Wi-Fi network and provides you with HD video (with HDR technology), a very wide 180-degree angle of view, and color night vision. It also has two-way audio, or you can respond to visitors with pre-recorded quick reply to messages. Note: This is a wired doorbell and doorbell chime, which requires existing electrical wiring. See the website for more info.

The Best Digital Frames of 2023 for Artists and Collectors https://www.artnews.com/art-news/product-recommendations/best-digital-frames-1234673313/ Mon, 10 Jul 2023 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.artnews.com/?p=1234673313 If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, ARTNews may receive an affiliate commission.

When Bruce Springsteen sang, “Maybe everything that dies some day comes back,” he wasn’t singing about digital photo frames. But he might as well have been. Several years ago, digital photo frames were nearly impossible to find either in brick-and-mortar stores or online, but they’ve made a remarkable comeback. And the new models are not like the picture frames of the past, which didn’t do a great job of displaying photos, had clunky interfaces, were not very versatile, and could be pricey. Today’s models have improved quite a bit, with more features and the ability to display and play video clips, and some can be connected to a cloud service or a cellular phone plan. In fact, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, LG introduced a wall-mounted air conditioner that included a digital photo frame on its front.

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In many ways, the explosion of products for the “smart,” internet-connected home has helped pave the way for a renaissance of digital photo frames. It’s one of the reasons companies are continuing to innovate in the photo frame market, including digital frames with new features that make them easier to use, improve picture quality, and take advantage of in-home wireless networks.

The following are some of the best models currently available, in a range of price points.

Simple Budget Photo Frame: Aluratek 8-Inch LCD Digital

Buy: Aluratek 8 Inch LCD Digital Photo Frame with Auto Slideshow Using USB SD/SDHC (ADPF08SF) – Black $39.95

This inexpensive photo frame from Aluratek doesn’t have many features, and its image resolution, at 800 x 600 pixels, is a bit low. It also doesn’t have many physical buttons or switches—just a few controls on the back of the frame—but it’s very easy to use and sets up quickly. You will need a memory card (up to 32 GBs) or thumb drive to store your photos on this 8-inch frame.

Smart-Home Controller With Photo Frame: Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)

Many smart displays go well beyond the intent of the earliest digital photo frames, which was simply to display images. Take the Google Nets Hub, which is easy to hook up to photos stored on Google Photos. It doesn’t have the highest resolution—1,024 x 600 pixels—and the screen is just 7 by 5 inches, but that means this wireless device will fit almost anywhere. Not to mention it can help you do things around the house—like switch on lights, lock doors, and turn up the thermostat.

Frame for Easy Photo Sharing: Aura Carver

Buy: Aura Carver HD Smart Digital Picture Frame 10.1 Inch WiFi Cloud Digital Photo Frame, Free Unlimited Storage, Send Photos from Anywhere – Sea Salt $149.00

To use this attractive frame, you simply send your photos and videos directly to it from your phone. Then you can invite family and friends to add their photos too. Setup is relatively easy (provided you have Wi-FI access) via the free Aura app, which is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. One downside to this frame is that it shows pictures only in landscape orientation; it doesn’t offer a portrait option. However, it does use AI to pair portrait-oriented photos, which is a clever work-around. Like a number of other frames, it can adjust the photo brightness with auto-dimming technology and can shut the frame off at night. It includes a built-in speaker for video clips with audio.

Touchscreen Frame With Wi-Fi: Nixplay 10.1-inch Touchscreen Smart Digital Picture Frame

Buy: Nixplay Digital Touch Screen Picture Frame with WiFi – 10.1” Photo Frame, Connecting Families & Friends (Black/Gold) $160.69

Although it’s a bit pricey, what’s nice about this frame is that you can interact with it in the same way you might with an Apple iPad or other tablet, since it has a touchscreen. It also has HD resolution (1,280 x 800), so images and video are pretty sharp. Plus, when you download the frame’s mobile app (compatible with both iOS and Android), you can connect to Facebook, Instagram, and Dropbox to access photos and media stored on those services. The frame can also display photos in either landscape or portrait orientation.

Frame With 2K Resolution: Aura Mason Luxe

Buy: Aura Mason Luxe WiFi Digital Picture Frame | The Best Digital Frame for Gifting | Send Photos from Your Phone | 2K Display | Quick, Easy Setup in Aura App | Free Unlimited Storage | Sandstone $249.00

This Wi-Fi frame is a big jump up in cost, but that’s because it offers 2K image resolution (2,048 x 1,536), which means photos and video clips will look crisp and sharp. To display your photos, you’ll first need to download the company’s mobile app (like the Aura Carver, it’s compatible with both Apple and Android devices.); then you can show an unlimited number of photos or videos from your camera roll. (You can also use Google Photos online.) This frame doesn’t have any onboard storage or allow the use of a memory card or thumb drive with it. However, unlike the Carver, you can orient it in either portrait or landscape mode.

Large Photo Frame: Pix-Star 15-Inch Digital Photo Frame

Buy: Pix-Star 15 inch WiFi Digital Picture Frame | Share Videos and Photos Instantly by Email or App | Motion Sensor | IPS Display | Effortless One Minute Setup | Highly Giftable $208.04

If size is more important to you than crystal-clear resolution, consider this photo frame from Pix-Star. Its 15-inch IPS LED screen is larger than most, and the colors and tones in its images look quite good. However, it provides just 1,024 x 768 pixel resolution, which means if you’re examining images up close, you won’t see a lot of detail. Like a number of other frames, this Wi-Fi picture frame comes with a free online account, with which you can manage up to 25 frames remotely. It also comes with 8 GB of internal storage.

Jumbo Fine-Art Smart Photo Frame: Netgear Meural Canvas II

Buy: Meural Canvas II – the Smart Art Frame with 27 in. HD Digital Canvas that Renders Images and Photography in Lifelike Detail | 19X29 Black Frame | WiFi-Connected | Powered by NETGEAR (MC327BL) $699.00

If you’re looking for a much larger frame, closer to the size of artwork you might see in a gallery or museum, the Netgear Meural Canvas II may fit the bill. This model, which includes smart technology features, is among the largest available, with a diagonal display of 27 inches. The frame is also available in four finishes—black, dark wood, light wood, or white. You can use the Meural app (compatible with iOS or Android) to do a variety of tasks, such as scheduling display times or adjusting settings. You can also control the frame via voice controls since it supports Amazon Alexa. In terms of resolution, it’s essentially a 1080p full high-definition display, with an antiglare finish and adjustable backlighting. It connects to both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies and can be displayed in vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) orientations. Another feature that’s intriguing, although will cost you extra, is that you can subscribe to Meural’s digital library and get access to more than 30,000 works of fine art. Membership is $69.95 annually.

Super-Size 4K-Resolution Smart Digital Photo Frame: Samsung “The Frame” LS03B Series Smart TV

Buy: SAMSUNG 43 – Inch Class QLED 4K The Frame LS03B Series, Quantum HDR, Art Mode, Anti-Reflection Matte Display, Slim Fit Wall Mount Included, Smart TV w/ Alexa Built-In (QN43LS03BAFXZA) $997.99

Artists, collectors, and art lovers who want to see more detail in the images or video clips their digital frames display will simply need more pixels. Samsung’s The Frame, with a 43-inch 4K-resolution display, provides just that. It’s expensive, but it’s really a 4K HDTV, and that’s the main reason it offers more resolution. Its display is 3,840 x 2,160, so your images and video look super sharp. The screen also has antireflection technology and a matte finish to minimize glare. Like most 4K smart HDTVs, this model comes with lots of ports, including 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, an Ethernet connection, and more. This TV/frame also is available in six other sizes, from 32 inches all the way up to 85.

The Best Tech Deals for Artists During Amazon Gaming Week https://www.artnews.com/art-news/product-recommendations/amazon-gaming-week-tech-deals-for-artists-1234669390/ Tue, 23 May 2023 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.artnews.com/?p=1234669390 If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, ARTNews may receive an affiliate commission.

Amazon Gaming Week runs from Monday, May 22 through Sunday, May 28, which means Amazon will be offering deals on various gaming gadgets, including computer peripherals, computer hardware, games (of course), and more. Artists, even if they are not gamers, will find some great buys on useful equipment. Here are three discounted tech products as good for the studio as they are for gaming.

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Dell 34-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor

Buy: Dell S3422DWG Curved Gaming Monitor – 34-inch WQHD (3440×1440) 1800R Curved Display, 144Hz Refresh Rate (DisplayPort), VESA Display HDR 400, 90% DCI-P3, HDMI/DisplayPort/USB Connectivity – Black $399.99

One of the wonderful things about a really wide gaming monitor like this one from Dell is that it affords lots of room on your screen to use and arrange all of your software and computer program screens. For working with multiple programs at once, editing video content, or comfortably viewing layouts, this space-saving, 34-inch curved computer monitor may be just what you need. It has a resolution of 3440 x 1440 (WQHD) and three-sided ultrathin bezel, all of which, Dell says, “envelops you with minimal distractions.” It also has vertical alignment technology for deeper blacks and has excellent contrast. In short, it’s a very well-made, easy-to-set-up computer monitor that’s sure to help any artist or graphic designer be more productive and organized.

Acer Swift X 14-Inch Laptop

Buy: Acer Swift X SFX14-42G-R607 Creator Laptop | 14″ Full HD 100% sRGB | AMD Ryzen 7 5825U | NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU | 16GB LPDDR4X | 512GB SSD | Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit KB | Windows 11, Gray $799.99

The Acer Swift X is a very good 14-inch laptop for any artist on the go, even if he or she is not interested in gaming. It’s small and compact, just a tad over 3 pounds. But what really makes this model stand out is its power: It runs on an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U processor with Zen 3 core architecture, which enables it to complete tasks quickly and easily. It ships with 16GB LPDDR4X memory, an 512GB SSD (for internal computer storage), 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz featuring 2×2 MU-MIMO technology, and has Bluetooth 5.2. It also has a biometric fingerprint reader (to use with Windows Hello) to securely log in. It comes with lots of connectivity, too, including a USB type-C port USB 3.2 (Gen 2), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI 2.1 with HDCP support, a headphone/microphone-in jack, and more. So if you’ve got lots of work to do—from updating your website to working on spreadsheets to using your favorite word-processing program—this Acer laptop is an excellent performer that should allow you to complete all your tasks, with time to spare.

Amazon Basics 128GB microSDXC Memory Card

Buy: Amazon Basics Micro SDXC Memory Card with Full Size Adapter, A2, U3, Read Speed up to 100 MB/s, 128 gb, Black $10.50

It’s easy to overlook how important memory cards are . . . until you run out of space on the card you’re using and you don’t have an extra one. That’s why this 128GB microSDXC card is a wise buy. You can use it in many devices, including smartphones, tablets, cameras, and GoPro or other action cameras to make sure you capture all your photos and audio and video clips. What’s nice about this Amazon memory card is that it’s already pretty cheap, before the discount. But this week you can save an extra 15%. So buy one—or two—to make sure you always have enough storage for your multimedia files, from installation views to video clips.

Product Review: Adobe Creative Cloud Express https://www.artnews.com/art-news/product-recommendations/review-adobe-creative-cloud-express-1234617507/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 21:55:57 +0000 https://www.artnews.com/?p=1234617507 If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, ARTNews may receive an affiliate commission.

Last December, Adobe—the company that makes Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, and other computer programs for creative professionals—released a new suite of digital tools for web and mobile called Creative Cloud Express. Designed as a more accessible version of Adobe’s Creative Suite, the program offers easy-to-use layout and image-editing software that allows just about anyone with an internet connection or a smartphone to produce visuals ranging from menus to Instagram stories. The suite isn’t entirely new—it’s actually a next-generation version of what was formerly known as Adobe Spark, a web and mobile tool, geared to nonprofessionals, for making web-friendly graphics, images, and videos. However, it now comes with Adobe Photoshop Express and Adobe Premiere Rush.

I wanted to see if Creative Cloud Express could be a useful tool for artists, particularly as a way for them to promote their work. To find out, I created two types of content for fictional artists: a notice for a gallery exhibition and a promotional video. Both needed to be relatively easy and not too time consuming to produce. For both, I used the web-based version of the program.

Here’s what I discovered:

A notice for a fine-art gallery opening

Though notices for gallery or museum shows were once either sent through the mail or printed in newspapers or magazines, today they more often appear in digital form. I found that using Creative Cloud Express worked very well for creating both still and animated digital notices.

When you start using the program, you’ll find lots of examples of layouts, which are actually templates that you can use for your own work. Click on one you like and then click on the button on the bottom that reads, “Create from this template.” And you’re on your way! There are tools that let you customize the templates, many of them with drag-and-drop functionality.

Creative Cloud Express is free, but with a $9.99 per month subscription, you’ll also have access from within the app to 20,000 premium Adobe fonts and 175 million royalty-free images from Adobe Stock.

For my exhibition notice, a gallery invite for a show of work by a fictional artist, I simply typed “still life” into Adobe Stock, and a vast array of still-life images, including animated images, came up in the results. When working with images, you can perform various tasks, such as autotoning, cropping, or straightening images, or removing a background from a photo.

Once you’ve selected your template and image, you have access to several tools, including Colors, Animation, Background, Resize and Design. If you click the Colors, two circular icons show you the current color palette (comprising five colors) for the design. The left circle lets you change one of the colors and the right circle lets you shuffle how they’re used. Underneath, you’ll find more five-color palettes you can try out.

Here’s my final design.

Final gallery invite.

With my template, I could either post my design either as a static image or as a four-second animation; for the latter, I animated the still life image and the frame as well as the top and bottom border graphics.

To see the animated version of the notice, click here.

A promotional video for an artist’s work

Next, I used Creative Cloud Express to create a promotional video for a different fictitious artist. This proved a bit more of a challenge because there were more pieces to assemble. However, though it took me longer to make the video than to make the notice, the process was more or less the same: I chose a template, added media and text, adjusted colors and designs, and the video was ready to download or publish.

I wanted the opening of the video to stand out, so I searched for a template that would let me animate the title so it would fade in slowly.

For my video, I used rather touristy footage that I’d recorded on a trip to Greece last year.

There are a number of limitations to Creative Cloud Express, particularly for video. I had considered adding my own music track and an animated segment to my video, but I wasn’t able to create either within the program itself. In the end, I shelved the animation and chose an audio track from one of 17 built into the program.

This is not to say that you can’t upload your own music or animations along with your video, but file size matters in Creative Cloud Express. When uploading audio files, you may have to go with lower sound quality. And you need to watch how large your video clips are, since the program won’t accept a video file larger than 200MBs.

To see my final promo video, click here.

It took me about two hours to create the animated notice for the gallery exhibition and four hours to create the video. So in my view, the experiment was a success! Though it has limitations, Adobe Creative Cloud Express is definitely a useful tool for anyone, including artists, who want to promote their product but have little or no expertise in graphic design.


There are two ways you can try out the service—and one of them is free. The premium plan, which costs $9.99 a month, also comes with a 30-day free trial. You can review both plans in detail here.

Some tips for using Creative Cloud Express

Though I made these promos on my computer, you can also access Creative Cloud Express on your phone, so the tools to promote your work are always with you. But learning how to use a new digital tool isn’t always easy. To get you started, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you use the service.

1. Find help from Adobe online
Web version: If you’re on the Creative Cloud Express home screen, go to the far-left-hand side of the screen, where you’ll find several icons. The bottom icon is “Learn,” which will bring you to a group of video tutorials. For more in-depth help, click on “Support” at the bottom of the page.
Mobile app version: Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the app and then click on “Help,” which takes you directly to the support page.

2. Google your question
When you are unsure of a feature, or if you have a specific question about that feature, ask Google. For example, you can type in, “What can I animate in Creative Cloud Express?” The top result brings you to a webpage on the topic from Adobe’s user guide, which includes more than a dozen animations and a couple of YouTube videos.

3. Be sure to take some time to experiment with the tools. And finally, be patient with yourself!

For more on the new suite of digital tools, check out the following useful links:
Adobe Creative Cloud Express
Introducing Creative Cloud Express, a new suite of tools that helps anyone create by Scott Belsky
Introducing Creative Cloud Express for Education by Mala Sharma
Creative Cloud Express Features by Justin Church

Essentials: 5 Great Video-Editing Mobile Apps for Artists https://www.artnews.com/art-news/product-recommendations/video-editing-mobile-apps-for-artists-1234614314/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 03:10:16 +0000 https://www.artnews.com/?p=1234614314 If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.

In my previous Mobile Apps for Artists article, I described how the introduction of the first Apple iPhone in 2007 forever changed how consumers, including many artists, created photographs. But perhaps even more dramatic are the changes that mobile digital imaging has brought to video production in the past several years.

Fifteen years ago, consumers were still buying camcorders, cameras that focused on capturing video instead of still photos. Back then, there were four types of camcorder: MiniDV tape, MiniDVD, hard drive–based camcorders, and flash-based models. Each had its own method of recording video onto media—and its own pros and cons. For instance, MiniDV tape cameras captured video footage on an audiocassette-like tape. If you wanted to edit that footage, you needed to transfer it from the tape to your computer. That meant you had to connect the camcorder to a computer, then boot up your video-editing software, and start capturing the video from the MiniDV camera with your video-editing software—which it did in real time! In short, the process took a lot of time, and you needed very robust computer hardware to do it.

Camcorders that recorded video onto MiniDVD discs were also less than optimal. These could be “finalized” and then played on a DVD player or DVD drive on your computer; the big problem was that MiniDVD discs were quite glitchy and sometimes wouldn’t play at all. The video on MiniDVD discs was also challenging to edit.

At the time, almost all consumer-level camcorders captured standard-definition video. But in 2006–2007, the makers of camcorders began to introduce a new, higher-resolution video format to the marketplace, in camcorders like Sony’s HDR-HC1. Purchasers of these new, high-definition camcorders needed to upgrade their hardware and software (since none of the software was cloud based) in order to handle the new, larger files. Even then, editing video footage remained a difficult and cumbersome task.

This all quickly changed, though, over the next several years as software companies began to produce much more flexible video-editing software, which would soon be based in the cloud. This coincided with dramatic changes taking place in the camera world: Interchangeable-lens cameras—namely, DSLRs and mirrorless models—with the ability to capture high-quality video would soon ship.

But it still took some time for video mobile apps to hit their stride. True, there were apps like iPhone’s iMovie, which appeared on iPhones in 2010. Another, KineMaster, was introduced on Android devices in 2013, but its iOS-version camera came out only in 2016. Fast-forward to 2015 and 2016, and you have Adobe and GoPro introducing their video-editing mobile apps. Even then, Adobe’s app was, at first, only for Android OS. So it’s really just in the past several years that we’re now seeing robust and versatile video editing on mobile devices.

Today, there are many video-editing mobile apps available. Below, I outline five that I think are well designed and offer artists a lot of ways to get creative. All but one app are compatible with both iOS and Android mobile platforms; Apple’s iMovie is compatible only with iOS. Generally speaking, the five apps function similarly in that they have a timeline and a way to access video, photos, and other media. Each lets you edit by adding, splitting, changing, and deleting both video and audio.

Note: All apps were tested on the iPhone 12, and all demo images of the video-editing apps in this story were created on the iPhone 12. All video-editing apps (except Apple’s iMovie, available only on iOS) should operate in a similar fashion on Android phones, although they may look slightly different. 

1. Adobe Premiere Rush (iOS & Android)

Adobe introduced this video-editing app in 2018, calling it the company’s first “all-in-one, cross-device video editing app that makes creating and sharing online content easier than ever.” It’s called “cross-device” because it stores all projects in Adobe Cloud. When artists want to access them, they can do so easily from any location or device, which is great if you’re away from home.

Premiere Rush also lets you capture video, edit, color-correct, record, and clean up audio; customize animated titles; and publish straight to social media. And since projects are saved in the cloud, the changes are reflected across all your devices through automatic project syncing. On both the mobile app and the desktop app, you can select media, trim elements, and rearrange clips in your project timeline.

Pricing: For an individual plan, the app costs $9.99 per month (there’s also a free version, which limits you to three exports and 2 GB of storage). The app is also included for free in Adobe’s Photography Plan, also $9.99 per month, which includes Lightroom, Photo, and 20 GB of cloud storage. Note: In addition to the mobile app, you can download desktop apps for MacOS and Windows.

2. GoPro Quik (iOS & Android)

This wasn’t GoPro’s first video-editing mobile app, but in this latest version, which was introduced in only March of 2021, it actually becomes two apps in one: First, you can use it to control your GoPro camera and settings and to transfer media from your GoPro to your phone or tablet. Second, it functions as a very cool, easy-to-use video editor that lets you create an edited video not just from the recordings on your GoPro but from any video and photo you have on your phone or tablet from other cameras—even DSLRs or mirrorless cameras.

The app itself is a little different from what you might expect. When GoPro launched it, the new app wasn’t meant to replace a comprehensive software video editor. Instead, GoPro intended it as a fun and easy-to-use mobile app that allowed you to produce videos really quickly and to create a highlights reel of the media you had on your phone.

To create these videos, you initially add your favorite videos and photos to the Mural section of the Quik app, which GoPro says acts as your own private feed within the app. I find it functions like a playlist on a streaming music service, but with events instead of songs, with each event containing multiple photos and videos. To add media, simply share the photo or video clip to an existing event, or create a new event.  From there you can create short videos comprising highlights of your videos and photos within the various events. It’s very automated, which might not appeal to everyone’s taste, but you can customize those automations as well.

Key features and benefits of this app include the above-mentioned ability to import photos and videos from any phone or camera, including GoPros and DSLRs. Subscribers get unlimited cloud backup, with every photo and video you post to your Quik Mural feed backed up at its original quality. Another key feature is the ability to quickly create music-synced videos by simply selecting photos and video clips you want to use along with a song from the included library, which comes with GoPro original music, or you can add music from your own library. You can adjust exposure, contrast, color, and vibrancy as well as change the speed of the video project (you can make it run faster or slower). In short, there’s a lot to like on this app.

Pricing: There are three pricing levels: a free or trial version (which gives you limited access to features), a Quik subscriber tier, which costs $1.99 a month or $9.99 a year, and a GoPro camera subscriber tier, for $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year.

3. Apple iMovie (iOS only)

Apple iMovie has been around for quite a while, and it still does a great job, allowing you to do granular edits on video, photos, and music clips while still being easy to use. And with its recent updates, it now comes with some cool new filters—Comic, Comic Mono, and Ink—that turn your video into a cartoonlike recording.

It includes lots of other easy-to-use features, such as eight different themes with matching titles, transitions, and music. You also get 13 video filters and 11 animated titles (with the ability to change fonts, colors, size, and location). You can also add solid, gradient, or patterned backgrounds to your movies, and, as with other apps, you can slow down or speed up any video clip. You can select from more than 80 soundtracks that automatically adjust to match the length of your movie, and you can add sound effects, songs from your music library, and your own narration.

It’s also easy to transfer projects between your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch using AirDrop or iCloud Drive. You can also experiment with Hollywood-style trailers, which are like very short movies or videos.

Pricing: Free with iPhone, iPad, or Mac laptop or desktop computers.

4. PowerDirector (iOS & Android)

Cyberlink has offered video-editing software (and other multimedia software) for quite a few years now. Its suite of software isn’t as well known as Adobe’s Cloud Suite, but Cyberlink software works well and is quite affordable. That’s why it wasn’t all that surprising when Cyberlink introduced a mobile app version of its video-editing product at the beginning of 2020 and made it compatible with iOS and Android.

Overall, Cyberlink’s PowerDirector app does not disappoint, offering many different types of digital tools and effects. You’ll also find a variety of transition effects and templates so you don’t need to create everything from scratch. In addition, the app has a large stock library filled with more than a million royalty-free photos, videos, and music tracks from Shutterstock. You have access to a timeline, like what you’d find on traditional software, and you can add extra audio layers. Plus, if you’re new to the app, you can go to the website and check out Cyberlink’s helpful tutorials.

Pricing: There are three pricing tiers—$5.99 per month, $9.99 per quarter (three months), and $34.99 per year. There are some discounts available on a yearly subscription when you buy Cyberlink’s Director Suite software.

5. KineMaster (iOS & Android)
KineMaster was introduced in 2013 for Android and in 2017 for iOS. Right from the start, the company aimed to feature lots of tools that might appeal to professionals, including a multilayer interface, green screens, key-frame animation, animated handwriting, overlays, visual effects, and more. In essence, the app lets your mobile device cut, order, transition between, and export video clips into more finished movies.

As with most video-editor apps, you can import video, images, and audio from your device and then arrange, composite, and transition between your videos and images. You also have access to color-grading presets, blending modes, and color-correction adjustment tools as well as effects, overlay graphics, and text. If you want to draw directly on your video with handwriting layers, you can do that too. KineMaster lets you export your project at up to 4K and 60fps, which is a powerful feature.

Pricing: KineMaster is free, but its premium version removes the watermark. KineMaster Premium costs $3.99 per month or $23 per year. According to the company, you can use one KineMaster Premium subscription on up to five devices, but they must be either all Android or all Apple devices.

Product Spotlight: The Epson SureColor P700 Inkjet Printer https://www.artnews.com/art-news/product-recommendations/product-spotlight-epson-p700-1234611757/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 23:00:20 +0000 https://www.artnews.com/?p=1234611757 If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.

For many years, I found inkjet printers frustrating. No matter what model, settings, or paper I used, the prints I made of my photographs never looked all that great.

That is, until I tried an inkjet printer that used pigment inks. Formulated with solid pigment powder, these inks are more vibrant, more stable, and more archival than the dye-based inks used in more traditional printers. In terms of print quality there is no comparison, which makes a pigment printer an ideal option for artists and photographers who display or sell their works.

The 13-inch-wide Epson SureColor P700 is the less expensive of two models Epson introduced in May of 2020. It cost $799 when it was introduced but can sometimes be found for a bit less. (Its larger companion, the 17-inch-wide P900, currently retails for around $400 more.) While this may seem pricey relative to the dye-ink printers usually found in home offices, this printer is actually quite reasonable for a pigment printer and gives great value.

The Epson SureColor P700’s features include:

  • A customizable touchscreen
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Epson’s UltraChrome HD PRO10 ink in 10 colors: cyan, light cyan, vivid magenta, vivid light magenta, violet, yellow, gray, light gray, photo black, and matte black.
  • A 10-channel MicroPiezo AMC printhead for fast, accurate printing
  • iOS-compatibility with an easy-to-use interface * Professional media-handling for a range of surfaces
  • Industry-leading print permanence (prints made with UltraChrome PRO10 ink are expected to last up to 200 years for color and 400 years for black-and-white)

Overall, I found it simple to set up the printer and sync it to my home wireless network, and the printer itself was easy to use. It produces beautiful inkjet prints (including knockout black-and-white images) for a relatively affordable price.


Essentials: 5 Great Photo-Editing Mobile Apps for Artists https://www.artnews.com/art-news/product-recommendations/photo-apps-for-artists-1234601853/ Wed, 18 Aug 2021 19:25:34 +0000 https://www.artnews.com/?p=1234601853 If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, ARTNews may receive an affiliate commission.

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.

The first Apple iPhone, introduced in 2007, wasn’t the first with a camera built into it. Lots of phones had them before, including models from Blackberry, Sony Ericsson, and Nokia, among others. But the features on these other phones didn’t resonate with the general public the way the iPhone’s features did, particularly those connected to its camera, which had just a 2-megapixel image sensor and lacked many basic features found on most stand-alone point-and-shoots. Nevertheless, the earliest iPhone gave the public its first look at a new bond between mobile devices and photography, a bond so strong that it would bring dramatic changes to the photo industry: Less than 10 years later, according to the image hosting site Flickr, more consumers were using iPhones than DSLR cameras.

This is the original photo I used to test all the mobile apps in this article.

Yet it wasn’t the iPhone hardware alone that achieved this success. An equally important component was Apple’s App Store, which allowed consumers to download mobile applications—small programs—that could customize the feature set on their iPhone. (This is possible as well for Android phones, which have the Google Play App Store). And that was, and remains, a powerful force for consumers, one that has given countless photographers a new means to express themselves creatively.

Today, more than 14 years after the first iPhone was introduced, developers continue to introduce impressive new apps, including many related to photography. The following five mobile apps are some of the more powerful and versatile photography-related apps that artists can use for brain-storming ideas, capturing and editing all kinds of still images and video, and even creating impressive digital fine art.

Adobe Lightroom Mobile App (iOS & Android)
If you’re looking for a professional-level mobile app for your phone or tablet, Lightroom is an excellent choice. It is quite easy to use, integrates well with Adobe’s desktop version of this app (Lightroom CC), and provides a variety of tools to capture, edit, organize, and share your photos quickly and easily. Most of the editing features on the mobile app are free. However, if you have a Creative Cloud Photography subscription, you’ll also get features like cloud storage, the Healing Brush tool, selective adjustments, geometry tools, and the ability to make edits to RAW images on a phone or tablet. You also get the ability to sync your Lightroom photos on all your devices, including your computer, and to create a customized website to showcase your photos powered by Adobe Portfolio. Pricing: As mentioned above, the limited version of the app is free. The full app starts at $9.99 a month.

I created this image using various filters and settings in Lightroom, then cropped the image to a 1:1 ratio, or square.

Snapseed (iOS & Android)
Snapseed is a photo-editing app that was originally developed by Nik Software (which has created a wide range of filter software and plug-ins) but is now owned by Google. It has been redesigned several times over the years, but it’s still a fun and creative app to use. It is divided into three sections: Looks, Tools, and Export. Looks mimics Instagram’s filter section and provides a quick way to change the color saturation or tone of your photo. The Tools section, the largest portion of the app, gives you a variety of ways to manipulate your photo’s texture, lighting, or tone. You can use a blur filter, add text, or add a frame as well. One of my favorite effects is the Grunge filter, which adds a gritty texture to images. Then, when you’re ready, you can use the Export function to share your creation on social media or on a device like your phone. Pricing: Free.

The Grunge filter within the Snapseed app applies various rough- or crumpled-looking textures. It’s definitely one of my favorite parts of this mobile app.

Prisma (iOS & Android)
When this intriguing photo-editing/filter-based mobile app came out, around five years ago, it made a big splash, since it doesn’t just enhance colors or tones or textures but transforms your photographs into new works of art (sort of). It does this by using a filter algorithm, which scans the image data in a selected photo. It then makes various calculations based on those scans to apply different digital-imaging effects, which can dramatically alter the colors, lines, shapes and patterns of your original photo. Pricing: You can try the app free for three days, then pay $7.99 a month or $29.99 per year.

After using the Dragon style (one of many available styles) in the Prisma app, I then adjusted the exposure, tone and color settings.

VSCO (iOS & Android)
VSCO is more than a photo and video editing app. It’s also a social media app, having attracted a very strong photography and creative community. On the production side, you’ll find lots of editing tools as well as preset effects that let you quickly change the look of your image or video clip. VSCO also has filters that recreate vintage looks of film stock, like those from Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, and others. You can use advanced photo-editing tools like HSL and Split Tone and use the Borders function to frame your images as well. If you want to be inspired by the VSCO community, check out the Discover section of the app. And with a VSCO membership, you can take part in one of the weekly Photo Challenges. Pricing: Free. VSCO membership costs $19.99 annually after a seven-day free trial.

I used a few filters and a blur effect in the VSCO tool set, then used its Crop function to reshape the [O2]photo with a new, more horizontal aspect ratio.

PicsArt (iOS & Android)
Although this mobile app is free (for the basic features), it still provides a plethora of editing tools—perhaps almost too many! You get traditional tools like Crop, Curves, and Flip/Rotate, but also cool ones like Stretch, which allows you to quickly distort your image in various ways, or Motion, which lets you repeat a specific shape that you define by drawing with your finger over the image on your phone. In addition to the Tools section, the app has a deep effects section called FX. Plus, there are other ways to edit or enhance your photo, including Retouch, Sticker, Cutout, Text, Brushes, Draw, Lens Flare, Shape Mask, Frame, and more. Pricing: The basic app is free; you can buy its premium Gold version for $11.99 a month or $55.99 a year.

Artists will find the PicsArt app has a wide array of creative filters, including one that allows users to place a grid over the image, then distort or visually warp parts of the image, including the grid. 

Essential Mobile Apps for Artists: Organization Apps https://www.artnews.com/art-news/product-recommendations/organizing-apps-for-artists-1234595229/ Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:30:20 +0000 https://www.artnews.com/?p=1234595229 Stephen Sondheim once noted that “art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” However, practically speaking, many artists have so many facets to their careers that life feels more chaotic than organized. Whether you’re working in new media, digital photography, video, or traditional media like oil painting, in any given week you may need to be following up on leads for potential juried exhibitions, attempting to connect with gallery owners and curators, arranging for your artwork to be photographed, writing a new draft of your artist statement, figuring out the best platform for your website, trying to stay relevant on social media, paying bills, calling the plumber, and on, and on. Oh, and it would also be nice if you could carve out time to actually make the art that makes you an artist.

You can get organized, though. And a great way to do that is to arm yourself with a mobile app that will help you prioritize your tasks, plan your day, stay focused, and keep track of what needs to get done. Here’s a short list of some exceptional mobile apps for your phone or tablet that can help you move away from chaos and toward a more ordered life. (Prices current at time of publication.)


For Creating To-Do Lists: Todoist

One of the best ways to start organizing your life is to create a to-do list. You can grab a piece of paper and write down your tasks and chores, but a mobile app can really help you plan and prioritize. You can use an app to set a reminder for a task or an event, and you can view your list on several different devices. You’re also far less likely to lose that list since many mobile to-do apps allow you to save and store it in the cloud.

A versatile and easy-to-use mobile app, Todoist has a clean, simple, straightforward design that can be customized to your needs. Here’s how it works: You create projects and populate them with various tasks (and subtasks as well, if you like). You then set schedules for those tasks or organize them into sections. If you’re looking for examples of how to get set up, the app comes with a host of templates to download, from project trackers to event planners. And even the help guide is easy to use. Plus, Todoist includes collaborating tools, so you can connect and work with others—say, the staff of the gallery when you’re planning your next exhibition.

Like most apps, Todoist has a few different versions: There’s a free one, which is quite good, plus two paid versions—Pro ($4 a month if billed monthly, or $36 annually) and Business version ($6 a month if billed monthly, or $5 annually). Check out the plans here.

The mobile app is compatible with iOS (for both iPhones and iPads) and Android devices. You can also launch Todoist from your dock or taskbar on your Windows 10, macOS or Linux computers. There are even other, similar apps designed for Apple and Android watches, yet another format to help you stay organized. For more, go to https://todoist.com/.


For Notetaking: Evernote

No matter what kind of project you’re working on, taking notes can help you stay on track. And downloading a powerful and flexible mobile app like Evernote is a great way to do it.

Here are just a few of the features that make Evernote so valuable: Its Web Clipper feature lets you save web pages as you browse (without the ads, if you like) and then mark them up with arrows, highlights, and text to make them more useful. Its Rich Notes feature lets you add and capture images or record audio (all from your mobile device) and add them to your text, and you can do so even when working offline. Evernote even has a document-scanning feature, to back up your paper documents to all your devices. All in all, it’s a very versatile app with lots of functionality. Some may find there’s a learning curve as they get to know the app. However, the more you use it, the more the various features make sense.

Evernote has a Basic free version of the app, which lets you sync two devices, has a 25 MB limit for note sizes and a 60 MB limit for monthly uploads, and includes some fundamental features. For $7.99 a month, Evernote’s Premium plan gives you everything in the Basic plan, plus you can sync an unlimited number of devices, access notes offline, annotate PDFs, and more; you also get a 200 MB limit per note and have 10 GB of storage per month for uploads. Last, there’s Evernote’s Business plan, which costs $14.99 per month, offers all that’s in the Premium plan, plus the ability for users to work together in shared spaces and many other collaborative tools. You also get a 20 GB monthly upload limit. You can compare plans here. The Evernote site also has a very nice support section here.

Evernote’s mobile app is compatible with iOS (for both iPhones and iPads) and Android devices. You can log into any web browser to access your notes in Evernote. Plus, there are additional computer-based desktop apps for Windows 10 and macOS platforms. For more, go to https://evernote.com/.


For Storing and Sharing Large Files: Dropbox

If there’s one type of mobile app almost every type of artist needs—and not just visual artists, but also those involved in music, movies, video, and any type of multimedia—it’s an easy-to-use online storage app that allows you to grant access to others while only allowing them to download specific files on that cloud drive. That’s the essence of Dropbox, which lets your contacts download files of your work quickly and easily (with your permission, of course).

For those not yet familiar with the ubiquitous service, Dropbox is what’s called an online file-syncing and storage service. What this allows you to do, among other things, is send a link to someone who can click on it and get access to just the particular files you specify. That beats sending them enormous files via email, which may not even be delivered. Dropbox includes a wide array of other features that you may find valuable, but its core capability is what makes it a great app.

The Dropbox app is available for iOS and Android devices. You can also download computer-based desktop apps available for Windows and macOS platforms. You can also use it via a web browser.

Dropbox also has several plans. The basic free plan offers 2 GB of storage for up to three devices. The two cheapest paid plans are the Plus plan (provides 1 user with 2 TBs of storage for $11.99 a month billed monthly or $9.99 a month billed yearly) and the Family plan (provides up to 6 users with 2 TBs of shared storage for $19.99 a month billed monthly or $16.99 a month billed yearly). The Professional plan is pricey ($24.99 a month), but it gives you 3 TBs of encrypted storage on as many devices as you need. There are other business tiers as well, but they’re more for teams. Find more on plans here. For more general information on Dropbox, go to: https://www.dropbox.com.


For Visualizing Workflow: Trello

What most artists will love about Trello is that it’s an appealingly visual app that’s quite fun to use. Trello is what’s known as a Kanban app (kanban is the Japanese word for “visual signal”). It uses “boards,” which are a type of project management tool designed to help visualize work, limit work-in-progress and maximize efficiency (or flow). Kanban boards can be very nice to use for to-do lists or presentations, or when you’re collaborating others in the fine-art world.

You can use Trello to divide up tasks and workflows so that everything gets done efficiently. To get ready for, say, a gallery exhibition, you might choose a popular type of Trello template called “To Do, Doing, and Done.” This gives you, in effect, a large area (or board) divided into three columns (labeled “To Do,” “Doing,” and “Done”) and a bunch of sticky notes. You label tasks on the sticky notes and place all the tasks in the To Do column. Next, you take on each task yourself (if you’re working alone) or, if you’re working with others, assign tasks to everyone involved. As each task is being worked on, you simply move it (in the app) from the “To Do” column into the “Doing” column, and then into the “Done” column when it’s completed.

These boards can be more complex than that, but that’s the basic idea. If you’re interested, spend some time looking at the Trello site or the templates, which should help you visualize how to use this app.

Trello offers a free version of the app, which allows you to create up to 10 boards. If you want more features, such as the ability to create an unlimited number of boards, you can upgrade to the Business Class plan ($12.50 a month, billed monthly, or $120 annually). You can download mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. There are also additional, similar apps for your computer desktop for macOS and Windows platforms. And Trello is accessible through several web browsers, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. For more, go to https://trello.com/home.