Stringing words together in a beautiful font is fun to do, and now it is also extremely easy to do so on your mobile device. There are plenty of web typography tools and libraries you can use for the same purpose but when it is an app, one you can use at any time before you share on your social network, come on, who wouldn’t like that?
Here are mobile apps that you can use to apply, edit and create cool typography on your photos or as an image to share quickly and easily. These apps are mostly available on iOS and Android and are free unless specified otherwise. Know of another app that would be a fit for this list? Tell us in the comments.
Typorama automatically generates text layouts in 35 typographic styles from hundreds of available fonts. Select a background, type a few words, style your text, and your typography is ready.
Play with 3D distortion, shadow, gradient, and filter, and add ribbons, badges, or ornaments to enrich your design. You can then use the result to post on your Facebook, save it as wallpaper, make a flyer, and many more.
PicLab is a photo editor with the capability to add beautiful typography and artwork. You can apply effect, filter, light FX, textures, borders, patterns, and stickers on your photos and let your creativity shine through with the best font collections.
Rotate, resize, set the opacity, add multiple text layers or add a drop shadow on your font. If you don’t like their watermark on your design, just pay $1 to remove it
Font Candy lets you mask your photos with captions or by adding text overlay on your images with the amazing handpicked font. You can choose artwork or use preset sayings to add to your photos, in stylish typography, of course.
Note: Over is no longer in service.
Over lets everyone be creative with more than 800 illustrations and 300 fonts to give you an amazing range of possible combinations. Create greeting cards and inspirational quotes, market your goods or visualize a lightbulb thought you chanced upon quickly and easily with Over
The app also pulls images from Unsplash and Pixabay via add-ons, and makes it easy to share to your favorite social networks [Download: iOS ($3.99)]
With Quick you can add text onto your photos in a snap. Pick a photo from your album, then add some text. As you slide through the different fonts provided by the app, you get a quick view of how the type looks on your photo.
If you are bored with plain text postings on your social network, Notegraphy can help you beautify your words with more than 40 templates and 120 different variations. You can share the results on popular social networks or create a gallery’s worth first before sharing. Follow interesting users to get inspiration. [Download: iOS and Android]
Like the many typography tools you can find on the web, WordSwag automatically designs the words you put on your photos. Wordswag basically puts some swag into your quotes or captions, and if you do not like what you see, just pick any alternative from 30 other choices. Then, save your design or share it with friends. [Download: iOS ($4.99) and Android ($4.99)]
Phonto is simple app to add text on your images. There are more than 200 fonts available, and you can add your own font as well. Add a text, then tap on it to modify its size, color, font face, letter spacing, line spacing, shadow, and more. [Download: iOS and Android]
Fontspiration lets you create custom typography with animation. There are more than a hundred fonts available and plenty of inspiration to draw from via their feed which showcases typography art from designers around the world. What you create can be saved as an image, GIF, video, or directly shared on Instagram. [Download: iOS]
Note: This tool is no longer in service.
Ampergram makes use of Instagram photos to create cool typography. It works by exploring photos with letters on Instagram. These photos are tagged with #ampergram followed by the shown letter (eg #a or #b). The images are then delivered to you when you arrange a word via Ampergram. The result is a beautiful typographic composition made by Instagram’s letter photos.