Turn any photo into word art with this Android app

Feeling creative? Try something with your photos by using words to fill in the colors.

Nicole Cozma
Nicole Cozma has an affinity for Android apps and devices, but loves technology in general. Based out of the Tampa Bay Area, she enjoys being a spectator to both sunsets and lightning storms.
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WordCam for Android. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

These days, you can find tons of different photo-editing tools in Google Play. Most apps will take or import a picture, add some filters, maybe do a crop or two, and it's done. But what if you're looking for a different approach to making art with your Android device?

WordCam offers a way to add messages to images in a unique way: making the words color and shape the entire picture. Here's how to get started:

Note: The free version of the app will not allow you to add custom words to images. However, you can see how "WordCam" fills an image of your choosing.

First you'll need to grab a copy of WordCam for Android. You can use the free version to check it out, and if you like it, the Pro version will let you add custom words or phrases.

This is how a photo will look with the free WordCam app. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

If you're working with the free version:

Choose a picture from your personal Gallery or take a new one. Once chosen, the app will apply the words to the photo. Even though you can't pick any of your own words, the app allows you to see how the finished picture will look. You can apply the "WordCam" name to as many photos as you'd like to get a feel for the app. If you're interested in using your own words, grab the Pro version.

Select your words. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

If you're working with the Pro version:

Before choosing a photo, you'll want to adjust the words and fonts. Press on the Words option of the main menu, and then press on the Clear All button. This will allow you to start a fresh list of words you want to use. After that, head back to the main menu and then into the Fonts menu. Check off each font you want to use in your photo.

Select your fonts. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Finally, select a photo and then adjust how small or large you want the words to appear. Now you can save or share the final result.

This is how the photo looks before WordCam applies words to it. Screenshot, photo by Nicole Cozma/CNET
This is how the photo will look once custom words are applied with WordCam. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET