A feature-rich app that gives users dozens of options for unique graphics.
I spend most of my workday creating one-of-a-kind design graphic layouts for nonprofit programs. It’s a demanding job — having to come up with interesting designs — and I like to accept help from any place that I can. Letters, a graphic design app for Mac, has given me lots of inspiration and has made my job as a designer much easier in recent days.
Letters provides hundreds of text designs for its users. The app includes design templates that can be customized however you would like. You have the option to add in images and create unique pieces. You can export your graphics pieces as layered files or a flattened image. The editing tools included in Letters are specific to the template which makes customizing the text pieces that much more precise.
Letters covers a lot of text design trends including:
- Photorealistic 3D
- Watercolor & Aquarelle
- Retro & Vintage
- Photo Filters with Captions
- Social Media Graphics
- Brush & Chalk Effects
- 2D Calligraphy
- Neon & Glowing Effects
When you download the Letters app, you will get a few dozen free templates. The app does take 235MB of disc space, which is more than I expected, but it’s not as much space as some graphic design applications. When you open the app, you will see a dashboard with all the templates that are available to you. Letters is a free app, but there are many, many in-app purchases. Belight software, the developer of Letters provides a lot of extra templates broken into categories. For example, one of the template sets is called the Vintage Set. The extra templates range in price between $0.99 and $7.99. I’m typically not a big fan of in-app purchases, but I think that for a feature like templates, it’s a justified expense.
Using the app is not difficult, but I have to admit that I was a little lost at first. Like I mentioned above, you see a dashboard of all the templates that are available. It makes it easy to view the templates, but then what? To select the template you want, you double-click on it. It will open up the template in a new window for you to edit. What confused me was the ‘NEW’ option under the file menu. I tried to use it as a way to open a new window to edit, but nothing happened. That’s when I realized that to edit the templates, you double-click on them.
So, to test out the features of the app, I opened one of the templates and edited it. I just did something simple. I changed the text that was in the template from the word “Light” to my name “Robyn”. I kept the font the same, but changed the colorization a bit. Within just a few minutes, I had a fun text-based graphic.
The second test I did, I used the same template but added a photo and changed the text to read “Family”. I ended up using the warp tool to change the direction of the text so that it looks more like a picture frame than a 2D text graphic.
I found Letters to be a very interesting addition to my app library. I do believe it will help me as I create graphics pieces for others. In addition to the impressive, unique templates that Letters provides, I was incredibly in awe of how many options there are to export your piece including changing the dimensions. It’s an awesome app that I can recommend to designers of every experience level.