A photo is worth a thousand words and it’s up to you, using a camera, to express something. Like photography, typography is an art on its own. Text alone can create visually appealing images, but mastering it is not the easiest of tasks. Using text in combination with photos can be a good point to start.
WordFoto by bitCycle lets you play with photos and text to create fancy typographic works on your iDevice.
- Full resolution available;
- Use custom text;
- Create custom styles;
- 15+ fonts available;
- 8 preset styles;
- Zoom in/out;
- Send via email or share on Facebook.
You can start both with photos from your camera roll or you can take one with the built-in camera. After that, you can proceed to alter your original image. You can start by cropping it — you can edit cropping at any moment, if you are not satisfied. Then you can choose text to be merged with your original photo. You use your custom word set by inputting single words that will be combined together or you can pick one among the many preset messages included — you can also delete them, if you want to. After you have decided on the text, you can set your style.
There are eight presets that come with the app, but you can create your very own by playing with foreground and background parameters, adjusting for each values such as blur amount, saturation, contrast, padding, and so on. Obviously, you can also change the font. The font selection is perhaps not that great and varied, but at least you can use more than a font in a single image. To finish up, you can fine-tune by changing values for edge width and threshold and color tolerance of your text. You can also render multiple times to try different randomly generated final effects. Finally you can save, email or share your photo on Facebook.
One of the aspects I found more unnerving when using WordFoto is the absence of an undo feature — at least, I couldn’t find any undo feature. If you want simply to go back to a previous setting, you cannot do it by undoing, you have to manually re-set parameters. Not a big deal most of the times, but still quite annoying and time-consuming.
As I see it, WordFoto is definitely not a memorable app, one you cannot do without after you try it, mainly because the effects you can achieve are very limited and not particularly original. They are OK, but they can get quite stale after a few times. Nevertheless, WordFoto is still a curious app that can still have some use in a few instances, especially if used creatively.
Developer: bitCycle AB
Compatibility: iPhone (3GS, 4), iPod Touch (3rd, 4th), iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.