Let­ters

Slick text ef­fects with min­i­mal fuss

Mac Format - - FRONT PAGE - Alex Blake

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.

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