App Review: Typography Art on your iPhone with WordFoto
Bottom Line: Not for all photos, but works really well with the right pics. WordFoto is a fun app that can also add powerful messages.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how about a picture of a thousand words? bitCycle, the developers of the Lenses app, have created WordFoto, a pretty cool app that creates some impressive Typography Art from your photos.
Similar in concept to ASCII art, Typographic Art uses type and words to create an image. Arranging and fitting the text is a pretty complex task for a graphic designer in Illustrator or Photoshop. WordFoto does it with ease in seconds on an iPhone.
Choose from a preset list of words or easily add and edit your own list of words. There’s a handy cropping tool in-app. There are eight preset styles with various type and color settings. Each style can be fine-tuned. There’s no refresh button in the preview screen. If you don’t like how the words are placed on the image, dig into the Fine Tune tab to find the Rerender button to redraw the photo.
The color and type effects look really good when they work with the photo. Type is well placed and colors and effects are well-rendered.
WordFoto saves full-resolution images on an iPhone 4 and you can share to Facebook or email from within the app. It also gives you the option of saving your original and cropped original image. It’s got some good features.
Parallels have been drawn to Tinrocket’s popular app Percolator and the effects WordFoto creates are similar, except with words. While WordFoto doesn’t give you complete control over the type — in fact, it actually gives you almost no control over placement and size of the words — it does a very good job on its own in creating great looking typographic art. It’s a cool, modernist effect. Not all images will work with this app, but generally, if it looks good in Percolator, it’ll work in WordFoto.
Words can be a powerful addition to a photograph. Typographic Art can make a powerful statement. While WordFoto can create some powerful art, WordFoto is fun to play around with. It’s adds a new dimension to the photograph. The messages it can add can be serious or silly. Either way, WordFoto is a fun app. If you like the what Percolator does to a photo, you’ll really like WordFoto.
WordPhoto is $1.99 in the App Store. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later
How about a giveaway! We’ve got a few promo codes we’ll be giving away here in this post later today. Check back around 2:00 PM Central Time for your chance to win a free copy of WordFoto.
UPDATE 5.27.11 @ 14:05: Right now, we’ve got a few WordFoto promo codes to give away. Grab and redeem quickly. First come, first promo’edâ€¦. These are all I have for now. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Big thanks to iPhoneographer Max Berkowitz for passing along these codes from the developer bitCycle.