Editor’s note: The following review is part of Macworld’s GemFest 2013. Every day (except Sunday) from mid-July until late September, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a standout free or low-cost program. You can view a list of this year’s apps, updated daily, on our handy GemFest page, and you can visit the Mac Gems homepage for past Mac Gems reviews.
It’s been said that every picture is worth a thousand words, and in the case of Wordify 2.0 ( Mac App Store link), that’s literally true. Wordify takes an image you specify (or one of the built-in clip-art graphics) and transforms it into a typographic version rendered from text you input. It’s a cool effect, and Wordify lets you choose your font, text size, and color to customize your image, which is automatically exported as a PDF.
The trick is in starting with the right image. High-contrast portraits on simple backgrounds work best, but you’ll have to prep your image in another app first. Unfortunately, Wordify doesn’t offer any editing tools (except for brightness and blackness), so getting a great final result can often take several trips between your image editor and Wordify. In the end, it’s a neat trick, even if it’s not an effect you’ll use every day.
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