The Pixum Wall Art App & a Giveaway!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

There are a few blank walls in my life these days!

A bigger home not only means more floor space, but also more wall space, which opens up opportunities for displaying art. It's nice to finally have room to hang the pictures that we've collected on our travels and also for our own creative work: M's paintings and my photographs.

So it was brilliant timing when the folks at Pixum got in touch asking me if I'd like to try out their new apps: the Photo Book App and the Wall Art App.

As said new walls were just begging to be given some love, I opted to trial the Wall Art App. In short, it's a tool which allows you to see how your picture will look on your own wall, helping you to get a feel of exactly what you want before you place your order.

The App is available for iOS and Android. It works by emailing you a QR-code, which you print off and stick on the wall where you are thinking of hanging the picture. Next you select your picture from your mobile device, hold it up in front of you and you are magically able to see it on your wall hovering over the space where the QR-code is.

Once you're happy you can link through to the Pixum website ~ make your design choices and check out. You can even edit your picture in app if you like.

I tried the QR-code function and in all honesty it's great fun, but not especially useful. It you're using a mobile phone it's a bit small and fiddly, so you might be better off with a tablet. What I found great though was the ability to visualise the size, shape and framing of the picture through the Pixum website - see below for details. 

Here's the process I went through to create this framed photograph, using my mini iPad and the Pixum site:

1. Choose your photo
I wanted to use a picture from a lovely morning we spent a few years back on Rhossili beach in Wales. I wrote about it here. I took a great set of photos that day, one of which I use as my Twitter page background, another is my laptop desktop picture. You'll also see one of the shots on the rolling header at the top of this blog.

We eventually decided on this one, edited using the Gothic Glow script in Gimp.That's my guy walking on the beach : )

If, like me, your photo isn't already on your mobile device, you'll need to email it to yourself and save it in your photos folder so you can upload it to the Pixum app and website.

2. Open the Pixum website

I found the layout of the site very user-friendly and all the steps were clear easy to follow.

3. Decide on your format

4. Upload your photo

5. Choose your format & size

I really liked this feature as it gives you a good visual impression of how big the picture is going to be. Having the measurements is one thing, but sometimes it's nice to have another perspective.

6. Select the finish

7. Edit

I didn't make use of this as I'd already edited my picture through Gimp, but the function is here if you require it.

8. Choose your mount & frame, if required

9. See how it all looks together

Again, a handy little feature, allowing you to 'try out' different sizes, frames and wall colours. At this point you could use the Wall Art App if you like to see how the picture might look on your own wall.

10. Review & place your order

Once you've decided what you want it really is super quick & easy to complete your order.

My framed picture took about a working week to come. It was well packaged and arrived in perfect condition.

We were very pleased with our choice of picture size and the quality of the print and frame is excellent. Using the features mentioned above really helped us to create a unique product, with maximum chance of it looking as we'd hoped.

For my next project I'm planning to put together a collection of family photographs and I'd love to hear your creative ideas for displaying them!

If you'd like to try Pixum out, I have a £20 voucher up for grabs valid for all photo products, postage & packing.

1. Leave a comment below, with your favourite idea for displaying family photos at home
2. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest 
The winner will be chosen and announced on the blog on Friday 17th April.

This post was kindly sponsored by Pixum


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