Cool Overlays, Man! The Apps You Need for Adding Text to Your Photos and Videos

Here are some of the best overlay apps on the market today: what they do and why you should give them a test run.

Of all the information the brain processes, over 90% of it is visual. With so much of your audience’s attention relegated to imagery, why wouldn’t you ensure your images and videos pack as big a punch as possible? Cool overlays do just that, ensuring your visuals are popping and yielding better engagement.

1. Over

Over is one of the most popular photo overlay effects apps and it’s easy to see why. It comes with a heap of varied fonts and an easy-to-use interface. It also features a library of ready to use templates, so if you’re not much of designer it’ll ensure your social media audiences don’t know it.

Over is free but comes with premium advanced features which can be worth it for the time you save on content creation.

Available on: iOS & Android

2. Typic

Typic is a paid photo overlay app but it brings its A-game, making it entirely worth the price.

It boasts a library of 165 fonts, guaranteeing something for everyone. 500 extra design elements also come packaged along with over 100 photo filters, making it one of the best one-stop-shop apps on the market.

Available on: iOS

3. Vont

Vont is one of the best apps on the market for video overlays. With over 400 fonts available for use it’s one of the most versatile ways to add text to your videos. It also allows you to adjust the size, color, background, stroke, shadow, and gradient of your text.

The best part? It’s free.

Available on: iOS

4. Typorama

Typorama is a great app for those with absolutely no photo editing experience. It makes adding text to images effortless and comes with a library of beautiful, ready-to-use stock images.

The only downside of Typorama is its lack of versatility. You can change the opacity and location of the text overlay but everything else is locked down. Then again, for those with little interest in photo editing, the streamlined process may be just what they’re looking for.

Available on: iOS

5. VidLab

Overlays for video editing is just the beginning of what VidLab is capable of. Out of the box, it’s a complete video editor, coming packaged with multi-track and multi-clip editing capabilities.

You can add artwork, text, music, sound effects, and—yes—overlays in this app. If you’re after a complete package then VidLab is the app for you.

Available on: iOS

6. FilmoraGo

FilmoraGo is another complete video editor app. With multiple transitions, overlays, and filters, if you’re after an easy, streamlined video editing experience then this is the app for you.

Available on: iOS & Android

Have Fun With Cool Overlays

Employing cool overlays isn’t just great for audience engagement, it’s also a whole lot of fun. Whether you’re adding your logo to corporate photography or just want to include your favorite quote on your next Instagram selfie, overlays will get the job done. With these 5 apps, you’ll ensure your images and videos are attractive, fun, and engaging.

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