All you need is a little taste for graphic design, a Mac, and the Art Text app. There’s no easier, faster way to create custom logo designs, web graphics and buttons, and you don’t need to invest in Photoshop or Illustrator. It’s point and click.
Text As Art
Every graphic designer knows that text– digital fonts– is an important element in modern design. Mac users from the last century probably used TypeStyler to create designs and logos from fonts.
TypeStyler still has a healthy price tag, so if you’re on a budget try Art Text Lite first. It’s free, easy to use, creates high quality logos and graphic designs from templates.
The Lite version comes with almost three dozen customizable templates (10 times that many are available in the full version) which can be used as buttons, logos, icons, and headings.
All the graphic designs in Art Text can be saved and dropped into most other Mac apps, including Microsoft Office and Apple’s iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote).
Art Text Lite also has a few dozen pre-designed vector icons (almost 20 times that number in the full on version) which can be edited, saved, and reused. Here’s a sample of what you can do with point and click.
Art Text Lite comes with a few dozen textures which can be applied to a shape or text (the full version has almost 200).
Not bad, huh?
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The built-in editor also gives you controls to import vector artwork in the popular EPS format and edit until the cows come home.
The mixture of fonts, vector icons, textures, fills, and materials combine to make Art Text Lite a surprisingly robust tool for graphic designers hampered by a budget.
The non-Lite version works the same way but has more capability and options. Think of the Lite version as merely a way to get started in graphic design without coughing up extra money.
What’s missing? It would really help to be able to export designs as vector graphics which could be edited in other Mac apps. Other than that, Art Text is a bargain.