Slick text effects with minimal fuss
Free, offers in-app purchases FROM BeLight, belightsoft.com Needs OS X 10.11 or later
This app has a simple mission: to make funky text effects easy to create. It largely achieves that – albeit with some quirks.
You get 50 free effects, with styles ranging from scuffed-up grunge to neon nightlife glows. The best ones lie locked behind in-app purchases, though. They’re arranged into sets like Metal Cast and Watercolor, and you can buy individual effects for 99p. Each set is priced between £2.99 and £14.99.
Some of the effects are brilliant (like those that turn your letters into food), and should save you tons of time. Some of the free offerings, though, are lacklustre. The best give you more options to control and tweak effects. You can export layers as separate files, and can maintain their transparency, but there’s no PSD export.
The biggest problem with Letters lies in its fine- grained controls. In many cases you can’t make exact changes, instead relying on sliders. Adjusting the text angle can be an exercise in frustration (although that’s a common issue with pivot tools like the one in Letters). But if you just need some quick and dirty text effects to share with friends, it’s bang on the money.
There are templates to create images for social sharing sites.