More specifically, TypeStyler gave Mac users a simple, elegant way to manipulate fonts into artistic designs with shading, colors, stroke sizes and colors, and it could even bend a word or phrase into various shapes. The poor man’s TypeStyler today is called Art Text.
Art. From Text.
TypeStyler took forever to make the transition from Mac OS Classic to OS X and probably lost many Mac customers in the process (including me).
Art Text is appropriately named because it’s an app that makes it easy to create artistic text-based or object-based art– perfect for logos.
Art is created using vector tools which can be applied to any letter, word, or phrase. You start with nearly 400 templates which can be applied to logos, buttons, titles, and icons.
Everything is layered, too, so the variations in color, stroke, style, background, shadings are infinite in number.
Here are some examples of the types of logos and art you can create within minutes by using Art Text. Minutes? Yes. Art Text may have plenty of options, but creating something from nothing doesn’t take much time.
The real question is ‘How do you get there?’ For that, Art Text provides dozens of tools which can be applied to any object or text. The templates are a good place to start because they’re so numerous, but each can be customized with an array of vector-based tools.
That means you can use the built-in shapes or create your own. Add shader materials and photo textures with a click. Adjust any object or text to radial and linear gradients. Text can be bent and warped with any one (or more) of 24 text transformation.
Art Text works well with fonts, too, and the Extras Pack has an additional 100 OpenType fonts. Finished art can be exported as TIFF (with transparent background), JPG, PDF which makes each element easy to drop into other Mac apps. Mac graphic designers and artists have been using Art Text for years so you’ll find plenty of four and five star reviews.
If there’s an issue at all that I’ve run into with Art Text it’s that it takes up a lot of time with trial and error because the options are numerous and it’s easy to get carried away.