I’ve been keeping an eye on Stickr since it’s release. By Bucket Labs (the makers of the awesome Grid Lens and dreamy Phoster), Stickr has over 100 stickers to jazz up your photos. But most weren’t editable until the update in mid-February.
For those of you that have been reading my articles for a while (BTW, thanks!), you know I’m a control-freak. Now that the text and sticker colors can be altered it’s game on!
As with other apps by Bucket Labs, eye candy abounds. The stapled paper app icon. Torn paper elements. The smooth UI that really makes you beam with pride at your iDevice.
You’ll find lots of stickers in all shapes and sizes divided into categories. Try not to get too caught up in color since you can change it (for the most part). Same goes with text (editable) although you might need to think about positioning.
When you first open the app, you’ll see a screen with several stickers (these will change over time, replaced with your most recent edits). There is rolled-up piece of torn blue paper at the top labeled ‘New Project’ that will roll down so you can select your photo choice (shoot in-app or choose from one of your albums). And if you scroll to the bottom, you’ll also see some of you lastest projects. Always a nice touch.
Be sure to tap the Ratio icon after selecting a photo. You have nine presets before using the two-finger pinch to zoom/pan your photo. There are also a few photo filters but these seem like an after-thought.
Note: You can also go straight to the stickers from here. This would be most useful if you want to apply an edited sticker to multiple photos.
Now you’re ready to slap on a sticker (cleverly disguised as an icon in the shape of a hand with a sticker slapped on). You can scroll up or down or tap on one of the torn colored-paper categories peeking from the right side to navigate the choices.
After you’ve looked at all of them (please, you know you will), pick one. Yes, just one at this point. You can add more later so no need to fret.
You’ll get the edit screen above (don’t worry about your photo right now). There are multiple font and color options. You can increase/decrease the size. And you can reposition using the multi-directional arrow (which I completely missed the first time around?!). You toggle between editing text (T) and sticker color (bucket) by tapping one the icons. Based on that, your edit screen will vary (above is the edit screen for Text, indicated by the green circle sticker over the ‘T’).
Your font options are accessed by tapping the ‘A’. With over two dozen, there’s a good selection. But I found it difficult to edit at times based on text position as the edit options and keyboard take up much of the screen. You may have to move your text up to see what you edit then reposition.
The color square is where you’ll discover a limited palette. The visual is nice but you must choose from preselected colors (only 16 at present). I found this a bit stifling.
The ‘+’ and ‘-’ will increase/decrease text size. Again, tricky and sometimes completely wackadoodle. Depending on fonts, I found that if I decreased the size and then tried to increase, I couldn’t get the same size as before. Then you’re stuck with the reset option (looks similar to an ‘undo’) which wipes out all your changes, effectively resetting to the original sticker text you began with.
If you toggle to the ‘bucket’ icon, you can change the color of your sticker. The color options are still limited but there is a greater variety than with text (24 right now). Unless it’s multi-color sticker (like the bulls-eye). Those have only one color that is adjustable and you don’t get to choose which one.
Once done, tap the √ and you’ll be able to reposition the sticker. Use two-finger pinch to change the size. If you want to edit the sticker again, tap it once to bring up the ‘T’ or ‘bucket’. This will also show the trashcan (delete sticker).
If you’d like to add another sticker, tap the ‘add sticker’ icon again. Tap the delivery icon when you’re satisfied for your share options such as save and Instagram.
The stickers are fun but there are some hitches. Positioning text isn’t always easy if your words overlap (really needs a previous/next option).
And worse, the app has a mind of it’s own about your text placement. It repositioned text at random. Like it there? Ummm, no we want it here. So be prepared for some extra maneuvering since you’ll find yourself countering like it’s a chess match.
There were also a few hiccups when I tried to open previous projects. Somehow the picture would revert to something else. Another little quirk of a new app that has yet to work through all the kinks.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with Stickr. In fact, one of my favorite edits came from a mash-up of apps including this one (see pic below).
If you like adding elements to your photos, or you want to experiment with added objects, give Stickr a try. It may not be your everyday editing app but it’s sure to stick with you.
About Marsha Bezzina
Marsha Bezzina has always enjoyed writing. But photography was mostly relegated to annual trips until the acquisition of her first smartphone, the iPhone 4s. Now this self-declared ‘mental crafter’ is a data hog – capturing moments, hoarding photo apps and editing with abandon. She is @notDelilah on Instagram but had to settle for @notDelilah_ on Twitter. Or check out her site, www.notDelilah.com