Product Review: PicLight

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

PicLight (Normally $19.99, now $4.99 during the limited-time new product promo) is an app for Mac for adding various lighting effects and stacking effects to photos for endless possibilities.  Think of it like Instagram for your Mac but you can add multiple filters and effects to it to make a really unique photo.  Please note that this app only works if you have OS X Lion or above. (I had to upgrade my OS in order to use this app and because my Mac is “vintage” this is as high as I can go with operating system. Might be time to think about upgrading.)

There are 4 different categories of lighting effects: Montage, Light, Glow and Texture with over 170 different effects total.  There are also over 25 image filters such as B&W, Sepia, Vintage, etc.  There are also different features such as cropping, flipping, etc.   You’ll have a ton of fun playing with it.  So far I’ve done one photo but I know there will be many more to come over time.

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It is super easy and fun to use, you can click through all of the different effects to see which one works best for your photo and stack them in each of the categories.  You can see what I did above with my Backstreet Boys M&G photo – it looks like we are on fire and the photo almost looks like it’s been burned as well.  I was able to do all this clicking through every effect in less than 5 minutes and I am very pleased with he results!
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Book Review: Who Is Santa?

whoissantaWho Is Santa? is geared at kids and explaining the story of Santa and how he got to the North Pole.  I thought this would be a short book but was surprised to see that it was actually over 100 pages.  Don’t be alarmed though – while there is a lot of text (probably better for an older child or to read out loud to younger children) each page has an illustration on it, so it’s not really quite as long as it appears.

It’s a cute and fun story to tell your kids around Christmas time to explain to them who Santa is.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Who is Santa? And how did he get to the North pole? Is a delightfully creative and entertaining reading experience guaranteed to make your heart smile. Stephen shares how Santa and Mrs. Claus discovered the mischievous but devoted Elfians, why Santa uses a sleigh and how in the world reindeer learned to fly. How DID Santa and Mrs. Claus get to the North Pole, and what was Elf Norman’s big idea? Where did the sweet invention of Candy Canes come from? You will learn how Santa fixed a case of the Grumpies and how the actual North Pole itself was discovered. Throughout the story line are lessons on the value of sharing, teamwork, and treating others well. Parents and Grandparents will find this book will bring families together with fun and laughter, with many nights of happy reading. The book is an 8.5 x 11 format to make 40 plus illustrations more enjoyable for children’s viewings.

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