Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of combining words and images strikes me as very cool. Obviously, both text and pictures do fine on their own, but mixing them together makes a little peanut butter and jelly-type magic. That’s why I was interested to try WordCam. Unfortunately, while worth checking out, the quality of the app’s output wasn’t all that I hoped it would be.

When you first launch the app, you’ll want to visit the Words section where you can add words that will fill your photos. This section marks the difference between the free demo version of WordCam (which now seems to have disappeared from Google Play) and this $1.99 “pro” version. In the demo version, you can’t edit the word list. Even in the pro version, you’ll probably want to delete the words “word” and “cam” which are there for app promotion purposes. The hints say to use short words, and that you can divide phrases into individual words. Having used the app, I would say this is good advice.

From there, you’ll want to pick a photo. Either grab one from your Android device’s gallery or snap a new one. Once you have a picture, the app automatically starts processing it with the description, “making magic…” In my tests, the results were good, not great. Many of the word-filled pictures appear too dark when complete, even after adjusting the “fine tuning” setting in the app. Sometimes the words cover the images so completely, that the original picture looks lost. I suggest shooting in places with plenty of light and my best pictures sprang from close-up photos of people, or medium distance landscape shots. Depending on the words you choose to “paint” with and the picture you use, the final artwork can be striking.

If you’d like to tweak the app for the best results, you can alter the font of the fill-in words and adjust “white balance” and other camera settings before you capture the image. It’s too bad the free demo version is no longer available before paying the two bucks for full, pro version.

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