It seems impossible to find an app that, without compromise, allows me to add text to a photo on my iPhone. I previously had mentioned using FrameUrLife as one that has a lot of promise. I still love the app, but wanted to keep looking to see if there was something more suited for me. It bugs me that Instagram and Facebook could possibly use my images without my knowledge so I like to add a watermark to each image before I upload them. It’s a silly rebellion but I find it enjoyable.
Phonto is available for both iOS and Andoird and after using it for several days, I really like it. It’s easy to use, allows for adding text, applying filters (which I find are very pleasing to the eye), cropping the photo, adding items and provides additional styling and edit tools.
Keep reading for my full Phonto app review
Inside the app you have access to the camera, the camera roll or you can create a blank image and add different elements (think of Photoshop lite). You can see the iAd at the top, but it didn’t bother me. I didn’t feel interrupted as I used the app.
Once you have an image loaded, you have the option of applying a filter. Personally, I liked their options, though some may prefer more precise control over different visual elements. I just want something quick and attractive.
Adding text couldn’t be easier. You tap the image and then press the “Add Text” option. You’re then presented with the keyboard to enter your desired text. The font selection is by far the most extensive I’ve seen for any photo editing app I’ve used. They even have Helvetica Neue stylings!
Once you’ve entered your text, you can use the additional styling options that you can use to salt to taste. I found the move tool to be especially inviting to use. My fingers are too bulky to get precise placement in many apps. You do have the ability to use your fingers to move the text, but with the directional pad you can get much more precise in your placements. HUGE WIN FOR PEOPLE WITH AVERAGE-LARGE FINGERS!
Additional items are available to apply to your image. I didn’t use any in my example, but they are very easy to use and the experience is what you would expect from an app that has been designed as well as Phonto has been.
I really am glad that I found this app. It is free to download in the App Store though you can purchase additional options through Add-On purchases.
Give Phonto a try, I think you’ll really be surprised how much you enjoy the experience.