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A photo is worth…well…lotsa words

iPHONE APPS ARE FUN. Fun to experiment with. Fun to show off. Fun to…well, they’re just fun. But occasionally, an app comes along that can used to help create a “serious” design. One of those apps popped up during a recent web-surfing session.

WordFoto is available for the iPhone. There are some indications that it also comes in Android flavor, but I haven’t been able to verify that as yet.

What WordFoto does is re-render a photograph, using whatever words you choose. And—as you can see from the examples above (created by yrs. truly)—the words can be cast in teeny-tiny letters or letters so large they almost obliterate the face. And the options are many:

• The original photo need not be a face. It can be any pic you want to use.

• The custom styles option allows you to use varied typefaces, and the developers are promising more fonts in the next version, perhaps with the option to install fonts you prefer.

• You can adjust the type size and color.

• You can crop the original photo.

• Or…you can use WordFoto’s presets.

A WordFoto’d image, such as the rightmost Lincoln image, can be used to help create a special section cover for Presidents’ Day. Another idea: WordFotoing a US flag for July 4th. Or a creche photo for Christmas. All you have to do is create the image in WordFoto, then send it to yourself as an email. I tried that left Lincoln image on a tabloid size InDesign file and it looks clean and professional.

No, this is not an ad. And, no, I’m not getting a percentage.

Here’s more on WordFoto.

And here’s the link to WordFoto in the App Store.

Have fun!

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