We hope Santa Claus was good to you last week, but just as Saint Nick was busy making his rounds around the world, here at PicsArt we were having a busy week of our own.

We released a major update for iOS and Android with PicsArt 5.0, introducing a totally revamped social and navigational experience.

We also stocked our Shop with seven new packages of goodies, bringing you clipart and frames with themes from some of your favorite movies like Shrek and Penguins of Madagascar, as well as other holiday themes.

Our contests were as competitive as ever, meanwhile, and on our Daily Journal we posted a slew of fantastic articles, featuring everything from advice on spicing up your photo stream, to the top winter destinations around the world.

There are only three days left in 2014, but before you get ready to party for the New Year, start this Monday off with a bang and browse through the very best of last week below.

In the App

PicsArt 5.0 Brings Discovery and Collaboration to Your Fingertips

The new PicsArt 5.0 update for iOS and Android arrived for the holidays, with a revamped social experience making discovery of images and artists a whole lot easier.

Packages

Download Happy New Year 2015 Frames Today!

The end is near…. for 2014 at least, and we’re getting ready to give it a big send-off with our Happy New Year 2015 frames.

Kung Fu Panda Clipart & Backgrounds

Po and his friends have arrived to PicsArt in time to wish you Happy Holidays with this festive package of clipart.

Penguins of Madagascar Clipart & Backgrounds Package

In cooperation with DreamWorks Animation and powered by Swyft Media, PicsArt is is proud to present the Penguins of Madagascar.

Celebrate the Season with the Shrek Holiday Package

Everyone’s favorite Scottish ogre has stomped his way into PicsArt for the holidays!

Frosty the Snowman Clipart & Backgrounds

The world’s favorite Snowman has come to PicsArt to spread his season’s greetings.

Download Twinkle Masks to Make Your Photos Sparkle

We have released a whole new set of Twinkle masks, so that you can make your photos sparkle with a bevy of enchanting new looks.

We’re Offering Christmas Picsies Clipart Free in the Shop

Download the Christmas Picsies clipart package for free in the PicsArt Shop!

In Social Media

Facebook and Google +

This week, of all the photos that users liked and shared, it was this Christmas greeting (by user @torinandrews), posted on the official PicsArt (@pa) account, that became the most popular image on Google+ and Facebook, where it earned 355 likes and 20 shares.

best photo of the week

Twitter

This image (by user @westie17) posted on the official PicsArt (@pa) page became the most popular on Twitter, with this tiger drawing getting the most favorites.

best photo of the week

PicsArt Contests

#GDmug Graphic Design Contest Winners

With snow, frost, and icicles all around at this time of year, the latest Graphic Design Contest asked PicsArtists to enjoy the season of warm drinks by designing their ideal mug. ömer Taşdemir (@omertasdemir) snagged first place with this adorable picture of two desperate mugs holding on for dear life.

Graphic design contest winner

Top 10 Christmas Trees from the Drawing Challenge

Last week, we challenged our community to put up and decorate Christmas trees using the PicsArt app for our Drawing Challenge. Finishing in first place with 231 votes was Donna A (@darkorchid), who also placed in last week’s top 10.

drawing contest winner

Top 10 Photos from the Film Effect Weekend Art Project

Our Film Effect Weekend Art Project has officially run its closing credits. QUEEN of GALAXY! (@queen_of_galaxy) won the contest with 110 votes for applying the Film Effect to this antique rose-covered doorway.

photo editing contest winner

Daily Journal

6 Amazing Places to Visit This Winter

There is a time and place for everything, and during the winter time, some places take on an extraordinary quality.

How to Add a Tag to Your Favorite Tags List

The new PicsArt lets you keep up with your favorite subjects, trends, and themes by following hashtags. See your favorite hashtags whenever you open your Explore stream.

Time-Lapse Videos of PicsArtists Drawing Christmas Trees

Contestants from last week’s Christmas Tree Drawing Challenge used PicsArt’s video feature to share awesome time-lapse videos of their art.

Get Inspired with This Week’s Top 10 New Artists

This week, PicsArt saw a lot of beautiful images added to the community. A few artists really caught our eye with their ability to capture details, create a mood in their images, and compose a shot.

9 Reasons I’m Grateful to Be a Photographer

by Chris Corradino

At about the same time each December, the photography corners of the internet are littered with lists to crown the top selling photo equipment of the year. Rather than adding more of the same, I’m opting to detail what I love about being a photographer.  

Talking with Darren Carroll Part II, Mexican Charreada Rodeo

In the first part of our interview with Darren Carroll, we talked about his experience photographing the annual rodeo road trip known as Cowboy Christmas.

5 Amazing Places You’ve Never Heard of That Will Rock Your Photo Stream

by Gariné Tcholakian

Enough with those pictures of yourself holding up the Eiffel Tower, pushing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or jumping all at once with fellow travelers in front of [insert famous local landmark here].

User Feedback From Google Play

Here are some of the things users are saying about PicsArt on Google Play:

Samantha Pederslie:

Fantastic all in one app!! I love this so much! So many things to choose from!! My favorite part is the correction tools because I can erase pimples etc(haha teenage years). The face fixer does wonders without making it look fake 🙂

Gillian Berloffe:

This is the most amazing app ever. I am a aspiring photographer and this is a great start for beginner photographers. It’s easy to use and simple, but you can make such amazing things.

Kathy Stephens:

Best Ever I’ve been using this app for years and it has never let me down on ideas for photos, frames or college ideas!

Sabrina Mance:

Totally worth a download I ADORE this app. So many choices and templates. I’d give it six stars if I could

User Feedback From the App Store

Here are some of things users are saying about PicsArt in the App Store:

Best app I’ve found by Kandius

Love it!!! Don’t and won’t use any other picture editing app!

A Unicorn by Naty4444

PicsArt is AMAZING I can do so many things with it. It’s incredibly fantastic. My number 1 favorite editing app it has all I need. Im surprised the app is free. I love it, keep it up.

Phenomenal by UriAnn

PicsArt is simply unbelievable. In my opinion, it’s better than Adobe Photoshop and very user friendly.

My Go-To App by Milaydis_C

One of my favorite apps to use. Has filters, corrections, & pic stitches all in one.

Amazing! by Smallbutmighty7

So many things you can do with this! I’ve been using it for months and it still hasn’t gotten old!

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