Spring has sprung and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. It’s time to find a thoughtful gift for Mom, and Photobucket is here to the rescue!
Below are a few tips for creating – and giving – an unexpected gift for Mother’s Day that will allow her to relive happy moments…and put a smile on her face every single day.
From photo books to mobile phone covers to wine openers and more, there are all sorts of gifts you can personalize for Mom. First is to decide what type of gift you’re creating and how many photos you’ll need to use (see our ideas at the end for inspiration), then comes selecting the best shots to showcase in your gifts.
Create a collage of baby pictures, a remembrance of a favorite day or even a collection of shots of her whole brood. Whichever you choose, you can upload your mobile phone pictures and photos onto your PC with ease to create a new Mother’s Day-themed album on Photobucket in which to store these shots for safekeeping. You can always edit them down later, but having them all in one place will give you easy access and will make the project go much more smoothly.
Finally, print your gift by visiting our handy photo gifts page to design your project and have it delivered to your doorstep. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Stumped on what to make to make Moms’ day? Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
- Family Photo Slideshow: Make a slideshow with family photos from throughout the past year. Place it on a digital photo frame, iPad or burn it to DVD for a gift that keeps on giving year-round
- DIY Photo Jewelry: Try a cool, DIY project that turns ordinary necklaces, bracelets, key chains and charms into these gorgeous photo keepsakes
- Hand-Picked Photo Book: A sweet album allows you to combine your favorite photos and quotes into a personalized album for mom. It’s so easy to create, and you can even view our video about getting started or learn more about our photo book types for added inspiration
- Custom Mobile & Tablet Cases: Check out our chic cases, where you can add your own photos and showcase her personality. Score some bonus points by putting the case on her phone Mother’s Day morning
- Stainless Steel Travel Mug: One of our most popular items, you can warm Mom’s heart (and her belly!) on those chilly morning commutes with this sleek, modern mug. Add your favorite photos to ensure she’s got miles of smiles ahead of her!
We hope this post has brought you some Momspiration for the May 12, 2012 celebration, and don’t forget that these ideas can apply to Dad’s and grads in the coming months, too!
In an effort to help both our new and loyal customers settle in to the all-new Photobucket, we recently launched a collection of short videos that provide easy-to-digest tips and tricks to enjoy the new site.
To give you an idea of the topics we cover in the library, here are the latest “Quick Tips” available for viewing:
- How to download single photos
- How to bulk link photos
- How to bulk delete photos
- How to bulk select & move photos
Whether you’re a newbie or a pro looking to brush up on your technique, we’ll show you how to manage basic – yet essential – site features and capabilities. Other “how-to” topics explored include episodes focused on basic photo uploading to your account, logging in, quick navigation and user settings. There is also this handy video, which shows users around the new and improved Photobucket photo editor.
With a little guidance and knowledge under your belt, we’re confident that the all-new Photobucket will be the one site you need to do everything you want with your photos and videos.
We will continue to update regularly with additional tutorials for getting up-to-speed on all the site has to offer so you can quickly and easily transition to the best Photobucket experience yet. Is there anything in particular that you would like to see a tutorial for? Leave a comment below to let us know!
If you saw our recent 2012 recap, you know that we’ve been working hard to create a complete, best-in-class user experience for our Photobucket community, regularly releasing features and improvements as part of the new site rollout.
Since launching the all-new Photobucket site back in August, we’ve added Stories, shared your best adventures (see Summer Brennan’s $25K winning Story here), built out features, and continued to enhance the site based on feedback from you.
Now, as we prepare to migrate all customers to the all-new Photobucket site, we’re announcing the latest improvement: our editing experience.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Aviary, the industry leader in photo editing. Aviary’s editor is powerful enough for our power users, yet intuitive enough that beginners can jump right in.
Here’s what we think you’ll like about the new photo editor:
- Intuitive: Easily adjust the contrast, brightness and color of your shots
- Powerful: Utilize everything from cool effects to professional touch-up tools
- Creative: Have fun experimenting with new stickers and text options
Our new Aviary photo editor will not only allow you to discover new artistic tools and effects, but you can also edit and design your photos with ease (in just a few clicks!), thanks to easy photo effects, filter and editing tools.
The integration with Aviary will also enable us to offer a consistent editing suite – available immediately on the web (and coming this spring for mobile and tablet) – for a more cohesive Photobucket experience. Give it a shot: we’re confident that you’ll see it’s never been easier to bring your photos to life, and adding a professional touch to your images has never been so simple.
We hope this helps you to get more creative with your existing memories and inspires you to create some new ones to store and share on the all-new Photobucket.
February 7, 2012 update: As we mentioned in our recent blog post, we’ve been hard at work releasing features and making improvements on the new site (thanks for your feedback – and keep it coming!). We’re excited to announce the first two updates related to linking and editing:
First, the linking news: Easier link copying is now ready. Yes, you asked, and we listened – easy linking mode is now available via the all-new Photobucket user experience.
What does that mean? Well, we will be offering the same easy access to links (direct, email & IM, HTML, and IMG) as historically available on our original Photobucket site – only this time it’s quicker and easier to do.
In your User Settings, under the Album tab, you will find an option to turn on Easy Linking Mode. Enabling it will display the codes below the thumbnails in your albums for easy copying and linking of your photos. Simply double click the code and either right click on your mouse and copy or press Ctrl+C after the code is highlighted, then paste as you please.
Second, the editing news: An improved editor is now available. That’s right, we’ve unveiled an improved editor, which will be easier for editors of all levels to use, on the all-new Photobucket.
Please note: The old editor is no longer available on the original site, so now is the perfect time to make the switch if you haven’t already!
Every year around this time, I like to pause and take a moment to reflect on the past 12 months and think about the successes and lessons learned while planning ahead for the next 365 days. It’s been a whirlwind of a year, but we’ve certainly got a lot to celebrate – and much more to look forward to in 2013!
Photobucket marked 2012 by transforming the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling. As the world’s leading consumer service dedicated to preserving and sharing the entire photo and video lifecycle, we are committed to being the one place where you can keep all your memories – and do literally anything you want with them, whether that’s emailing an album link, embedding in your blog, creating a social scrapbook or even designing traditional photo gifts for giving to friends and family.
Numbers-wise, we continued to keep our momentum up, thanks to our very active, very loyal base of users. Thanks to you, we’re still the largest dedicated photo and video site, hosting more than 10 billion images from 100 million registered members, who upload more than four million images and videos per day from the Web and connected digital devices. That’s a lot of memories entrusted to us, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. In fact, our customer support team took to social media this year in full force via a dedicated Twitter handle and Facebook team to respond to your questions, comments and concerns.
Most recently, we celebrated the launch of Photobucket Stories with a $25,000 Life’s an Adventure contest, in which we received more than 4,700 entries, thanks to an active and engaged community (1M+ strong on Facebook!). It was a close race, with more than 475,000 of you taking to social media to get in on the action and cast your vote for your favorites by entering, commenting, liking and sharing them. In the end, though, Summer Brennan was crowned our champ with her touching story about her adventures in horse training titled, “Amado: Befriending a Wild Mustang.”
As evidenced in Summer’s tale, Photobucket Stories provides users with an easy new way to combine photos and videos into complete, sharable narratives – with photos, video, text, social collaboration and sharing capabilities, and more (see another great example here). It’s something we’ve worked very hard on and were proud to include on the heels of our release of the all-new beta Photobucket user experience this year. As a result, the site has seen significant increases in user engagement, as Stories continues to help us transform the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling.
Another exciting development that combined the power of Stories with the popularity of holiday cheer was our promotion with Twentieth Century Fox’s family movie comedy, PARENTAL GUIDANCE. This partnership marked our first launch of a marketing campaign including the Photobucket “Stories” platform. PARENTAL GUIDANCE Stories includes an inside look at both families – “old school” and “new school” – featured in the film, along with their respective (and humorous!) generational differences.
Along with those developments, we announced an exciting partnership with Windows 8 as a photography app available in the new Windows Store to help users encourage and enhance their creativity. We also took some time out to focus on the little things with our dedicated PB Loves gallery, which is a collection of things that make the Photobucket staff happy, whether it’s a favorite photograph, funny snapshots or moment that’s been memorialized – all put together to keep inspiring you.
So, as you can see, we’ve had quite the year, and we’re excited to carry on the positive momentum into the next year and beyond, with plans for more product enhancements, mobile updates and launches, additions in functionality and features, new and novel tools…and much, much more.
A few sneak peeks? As we continue to evolve the all-new Photobucket site, we’ve added all the features that linkers love, plus we’ll also be rolling out an improved editor and evolving the new Plus service to better suit your needs. Stay tuned for more details soon!
Thank you again for your support this past year, and we look forward to celebrating and sharing more milestones with you in 2013.
Popular Pixlr Photo Editor Offers Increased Customization for Photobucket Users
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 10, 2012 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced a partnership with Photobucket, the leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, to bring Pixlr™ photo editing tools to Photobucket users. Pixlr’s integration within the Photobucket website will give users access to an even more robust set of tools for editing their images directly within the Photobucket service.
Photobucket will now offer Pixlr tools, including the popular Pixlr Editor, which enables per-pixel editing, and the newly revamped Pixlr Express, which provides simple tools to correct, crop, resize and personalize images with effects, overlays and borders. The partnership between the companies will also provide advertisers with a creative environment from which they can deliver custom, branded effects in Photobucket ad packages.
“Our goal is to enable our 100 million users to share their memories and stories with simple, best-in-class creative tools; and our partnership with Pixlr enables us to do just that,” said Kate Hare, vice president, Products, Photobucket. “Whether users are looking for easy adjustments and effects, or are in need of advanced features such as layers and per-pixel editing, Pixlr significantly expands that toolset, helping us to deliver the most robust tools for photo-editing and personalization.”
“Autodesk is helping liberate creativity by making digital design and creation tools accessible and more enjoyable to a wide range of people,” said Samir Hanna, vice president, Consumer Products, Autodesk, “We’re excited to enhance the Photobucket user experience and continue to inspire creativity through Pixlr’s wide range of photo editing tools.”
With more than 25 million users, Pixlr is one of the most widely used free photo editors. It transforms any image with a fast, intuitive and robust toolset that is easy to use for inexperienced photographers with no prior knowledge of photo editing, while also offering fully featured, per-pixel editing complete with layers, adjustment tools and filters for the more advanced user. Photobucket users will have access to all Pixlr editing tools, from simple to advanced functions.
“We strive to deliver an unparalleled user experience, providing both consumers and brands with mobile and web options for simplifying their ability to tell stories through images,” said Photobucket’s Hare. “The Pixlr tools, in addition to our recently launched Social Importer, are critical components for providing consumers with an easy — yet comprehensive — solution for personalizing, storing and sharing all of their photos and videos for life.”
Autodesk, Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries ¾ including the last 17 Academy Award® winners for Best Visual Effects ¾ use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
Photobucket is the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service. With over 100 million registered members, Photobucket users upload over four million images and videos per day from the web and connected digital devices. Photobucket hosts, preserves and protects photos and videos while bringing members the very best browsing, sharing and editing experiences. In addition to uploading and sharing with friends and family on the Photobucket site, users can also instantly share memories across all of the most popular social networks, instant messenger applications, through email and from their mobile phones. Photobucket’s headquarters are in Denver, Colorado, with a regional office in San Francisco, California. For the latest feature announcements and news, visit the Photobucket press blog at http://blog.photobucket.com/photobucket_press.
Autodesk, AutoCAD and Pixlr are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.
© 2012 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
Did you make it to the Winter Mountain Games this last weekend in Vail?
We were there, braving the cold to bring you Photobucket goodies and app downloads.
If you took some photos, remember to enter the public contest by adding your photos to the group album. You can win some great prizes from Eddie Bauer, Teva, Maui Jim and more!
Check out this great photo as an example:
And even if you weren't there, you can still take a good look through the group album and click "Like" for the photos you love!
Thanks to everyone who came by to say hi and learn more about Photobucket! You guys rock!
Hey Photobucket fans,
Check out this great video of Robert Scoble (@scobleizer on Twitter), talking with our very own CEO of Photobucket, Tom Munro (@tamunro on Twitter) about Photobucket!
Here's some highlights for you busy folks:
- Photobucket hosts approximately nine billion photos & videos!
- We serve over three, sometimes four bilion images across the web to about 2.5 million different web sites on a daily basis.
- With that capacity and scalability, Photobucket was an obvious choice for Twitter's photo service.
- Photobucket serves about 25 million photos from mobile alone every month.
- During our July survey, with 2,500 respondents, half of you who responded said you take video on their mobile devices at least once a week, and our trends show even more than that.
- Our new mobile app, Snapbucket allows you to keep your original photo, so you have permanence along with fun filters & effects.
- We're planning on a new release of Snapbucket that will incorporate social aspects as well as video filters & effects.
Thanks to all of you who help make Photobucket great!
Photobucket is pleased to announce the release of our latest smartphone app, Snapbucket! This cool new app gives you all sorts of cool features, including a wide variety of filters, vignettes, sets and frames! How does it work? Well, we're glad you asked – it's really easy: Snap, Style & Share!
Snap a photo with your smartphone.
Style it your way with multiple filters!
Share it with friends using Facebook or Twitter.
But that's not all! You can even create your own filter sets and save them, and the more you snap, the more effects you unlock!
Check out these cool features that Snapbucket gives you:
- Choose from filters, effects, vignettes and frames to style your photos your way.
- Create YOUR OWN unique filter sets and brag about them to friends.
- Show off your stylin' skills by sharing with friends to Photobucket, Facebook or Twitter.
- Unlock new effects the more you use Snapbucket, and get filters that'll make your friends green with envy.
- You'll always keep your original photo, so don't worry, go crazy with styling!
Check out our tutorial video below or find more information at the official Snapbucket page! Keep on snapping and remember: Photobucket for Life!