Which combination image/text design apps are the best?
I have used a variety of apps to create specifically for thebeeskneescousin and there are more than a few image/text apps out there to choose from. Below is a breakdown of some the main differences between the three apps I use the most.
A Beautiful Mess, Over and an app called Rhonna, are my favorites. They all make it very quick and easy to compose a good looking image that can combine both photos and text. As you can expect, they all have strengths and weaknesses.
A Beautiful Mess is brought to you by the genius of Elsie and Emma and their beautiful blog of the same name. It's a simple editing app that offers a small selection of filters, fonts, and overlays that can make a big impact. I think this is my favorite app to use on the go. I find it to be the most intuitive of all three apps. And, with the newest version, it gives you the capabilities to undo, a major necessity.
Students would probably find this app to be the easiest to use. It has a wide enough selection of fonts, filters and overlays to make it interesting, but not too many to be overwhelming. For 99 cents, it would make a great addition to classroom ipads. I envision my students combining images with simple shapes or short phrases to create snapshot memories - good practice with their composition skills!
A Beautiful Mess ...
Over is a fantastic app to combine photography and typography. With a wide variety of some of my favorite fonts, chances are you will find what you're looking for (and, if not you can purchase 200+ more for a mere 99cents as an in-app purchase). Fairly intuative, I find this to be the easiest app to play around with. It's easy to edit and undo while you're composing. It has a fair amount of overlays but I find them to be fairly moment specific; happy birthday greetings and simple stylistic illustrations that don't personally lead me to be a creative mastermind. One great plus about this app is it does not limit you to only work in a square format - yeah!
The selection of fonts and easy editing is what makes this a great choice for students. I'll be using this in my classroom next year to have students create posters combining portraits of famous artists with famous quotes. I imagine it being a great exercise in the principles of design and will make a great exhibition to have on display for open house!
Rhonna is an app from another well known blog, Rhonna Designs. With an almost overwhelming amount of overlays to play with it makes it very easy to up the ante on your photos. Coming with 30 fonts and 300+ original overlays from Rhonna Designs it let's you add shapes, quotes and sayings over your photos with ease. I also love that you can play with the transparency of the overlays and easily edit your designs. In the beginning, I had a little trouble navigating the app, but according to the reviews no one else did - so, I guess it's just me.
I like using this personally but I have a feeling that it might be overwhelming to young students. With all the options I think your run the risk of stifling the creativity of an art room. Though, this app almost guarantees success and if you're looking for a very easy to use app that has an overwhelming amount of options for a bargain price 1.99 then this is it.
Anyone have any experience with other apps that combine images and text?
Which one is your favorite?