Design Apps: Typography on your photos, great retouching, reflections, montage and more

by Fred Showker

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration Here we are, rolling into vacation season -- and you'll have your camera, and maybe even the camera in your iPhone, and you'll want to discover some fun apps that go along with fun on vacation! Some of these we selected because they're great fun and great capabilities right out of the box -- others we chose because of their sophistication and benefit to the designer. The two typography items are home runs, and will make a better rounded experience for adding type to designs and images!

  • Add beautiful text & artwork to your photos!
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram
  • Typography Insight
  • Camera360 Ultimate
  • Photo Reflection
  • A Beautiful Mess

Hyperlapse from Instagram

apps for design Create amazing time lapse videos with Hyperlapse. Using Instagram’s in-house stabilization, Hyperlapse shoots polished time lapse videos that were previously impossible without bulky tripods and expensive equipment.
      When you shoot a time lapse video with Hyperlapse, your footage will be instantly stabilized to smooth out the bumps from the road and give it a cinematic feeling. Capture an entire sunrise in 10 seconds—even from the back of a moving motorcycle. Walk through the crowds at an all-day music festival, then distill it into a 30 second spot. Capture your bumpy trail run and share your 5k in 5 seconds.
CAUTION This app has gotten some bad reviews -- it would seem an earlier version was much better!
Creative inspiration Instagram -- Hyperlapse
photo typography apps Here's an example

A Beautiful Mess

apps for design Your life is beautiful. Your photos should be, too.
      Add new life to your favorite photos with custom filters, fun fonts, and hand-drawn doodles by Elsie and Emma, creators of the award-winning lifestyle blog, 'A Beautiful Mess'. Then share your creations with friends through email, or by publishing them directly to popular social networks — Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
Creative inspiration A Beautiful Mess By Red Velvet Art LLC
photo typography apps Screen capture from the iPhone version

Add beautiful text & artwork to your photos!

apps for design These are incredibly easy apps to create, that's why everyone's got one! This one seems to be a little more polished than the ones coming out of Russia and the middle East.
      Typograph helps you create images with style with Gaussian blur, filters, typography and graphics. Chose from over 20 awesome fonts, 9 filters and 11 'stickers'! Share your images instantly to Facebook!
Creative inspiration Matt Cowlin : Typograph - Beautiful Typography & Graphics
photo typography apps You can do some pretty cool stuff here

Photo Reflection

apps for design Add reflections to your photos -- quickly and easily add amazing customizable reflections to your photos. There are tons of editing options that allow you to create the perfect reflection.
      Create reflections in any direction - 16 reflection effects to choose from (4 free) - Adjust the height of the reflection - Adjust the fade of the reflection
Creative inspiration Photo Reflection ~ By Big Blue Clip, LLC
photo typography apps see more . . .

Typography Insight


apps for design Typography Insight is an iPad application which introduces new ways of learning and teaching typefaces. It leverages iPad's touch interface and high resolution display to visualize and to manipulate typeface.
      With Type Insight, you can easily experiment and inspect the detail shapes of historical typefaces.
Creative inspiration Typography Insight By
photo typography apps here are some of the more interactive references

Camera360 Ultimate

apps for design More than a dozen "modes" lets this app drive your iPhone camera for specialized picture taking.
      Favorites will be : PHOTO EDITING: overlay, crop, rotate, adjust, texture, and blur tools ; COLLAGE : collages with multiple templates ; LOW LIGHT MODE: low light image enhancement with very low noise level ; AUDIO MODE: Capture with both image and sound.
Creative inspiration PinGuo Inc. - Camera360 Ultimate
photo typography apps Lots of great options

GO We really love Apps of All Kinds

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Fred Showker

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