Photolettering brings new life to old photos.

As a graphic artist, I appreciate the flexibility that some apps offer in ease of photo modification. One of the things that frequently additions to photos are captions or even scrapbook-type lettering over the top of an existing photograph. Photolettering for iOS allows users to complete this function quickly and easily.


An example of Photolettering.

Photolettering takes an existing picture in your Photo app or a brand new picture from your iPhone camera and adds lettering to it. The app adds a picture of your choosing to the screen and then prompts you to add lettering over the top of it. This lettering can be moved around the canvas, changed to a font and color that fits your project.

In play with this app, I found a couple of places for improvement. #1 – The photographs used can be manipulated some, but they can’t be rotated. For something like this, it would be nice to be able to rotate the photograph so that it fits the overall design. #2 – The modification the user can use on the photograph is limited to four pre-set lighting effects. Some additional choices would be nice. I realize that this isn’t meant to be a photo editing app, but having the ability to modify the photographs with just a few more options would be great.

Another thing I want to point out is the in-app purchases. Photolettering comes equipped with three free fonts – there are scores more, but they must be purchased. Users can purchase individual fonts for $0.99 a piece or $9.99 for all. The three that are included for free are usable, but I would see them becoming old really quickly.

Despite its room for improvement, Photolettering is a good app to include in your graphics repertoire. It’s currently in version 1.0.1 and was originally released on February 27, 2013.