Remember TypeStyler on the Mac Classic from back in the last century? There was no better tool to manipulate type fonts into works of art.
Rejoice, dear Mac user. He’s baaack. TypeStyler lives in the 21st century on the Mac App Store. Despite a few competitors, there’s no Mac app that puts art into fonts like TypeStyler.
Typographic control has never had this kind of effects capability.
Art, Meet Fonts
What I always liked about TypeStyler was the rich variety of simple effects that could be applied to any font on the Mac.
The end result was text that was converted to art. TypeStyler for Mac OS X combines the old tools with new tools that have precise controls.
How it works is easy at first but gets complicated quickly. Open TypeStyler, grab the Text tool, drop it on the canvas and type a word.
Then, use the floating tool palette or the Mac Menubar to add custom effects to the word.
Here’s an example of TypeStyler in use on the Mac.
Look familiar? The new TypeStyler looks remarkably like the 1990s version, but on Mac OS X. Floating palettes contain tools to manipulate fonts.
Change fill and strokes from colors to images. Bend, warp, twist, stretch a font into almost any shape.
Use the page canvas to create an entire brochure, poster, sign, logo, advertisement, letterhead, or product packaging.
Photos can be cropped and manipulated within TypeStyler. Add grunge effects to text to create classy aged, distressed, weathered look. Or, create your own.
Paying homage to the modern world, TypeStyler also lets you share your typographic creation directly to Facebook or Twitter (or email or iPhoto).
The 3D visualizer gives you control over designs that need to wrap onto geometric models. The Postermaker function gives you gigantic poster size creations.
As design tools go, this one is a behemoth and not always easy to use.
The tools are more than a little cumbersome and you’ll spend plenty of time trying different effects only to forget how you achieved a specific look.
I like it. I use it. TypeStyler is good because it does so much, but it’s not a tool for the novice.