I find it fascinating how many powerful apps are available for smartphones today. The latest in my ever growing app collection is Over. A simple yet powerful creative app for adding beautiful artistic elements to your images.
Using the Over App for iOS
Over is a free download (includes in-app purchases) from the App Store. After launching, click the close button if you are prompted to choose a bundle. You can choose from a collection of daily artwork, or you can start a new project from scratch. There are premium templates you can also download, but for this article, we will focus on the free stuff.
If you have used Over before, you can pick up from an existing project, start a new one or swipe down then choose a photo from your library or free artwork to get started. The hamburger menu at the top links you to the apps settings where you can modify options.
Creating a New Project
To begin, tap the New button then choose from one of the three tools at the bottom to get started.
Background: This lets you add an image or use an existing template.
Text: This feature is for entering and editing text.
Artwork: This tool is to add embellishments to your images such as basic shapes or event based graphics such as a birthday coat of arms.
After adding an image, click the plus sign at the bottom of the screen. In this case, I want to add some text. You can choose from a variety of options including font sizes, styles and colors by swiping up, down, and across on a selected font.
The Art Work screen includes a limited selection of artwork to choose. After selecting a shape, you can swipe through the tools at the bottom to modify the shape or designs size, color, rotation, and opacity. The color swatches are a bit difficult to work with, and I wish there were an option to resize the tools panel itself. Don’t be afraid to arrange the shapes and designs on screen.
If you want to make quick modifications, use the layers shortcut up at the top of the screen, which will let you delete or rearrange elements in your design.
Sharing Your Artwork
When you are ready to share your artwork, just tap the share button at the top right-hand corner of the screen, then choose one of your favorite social platforms and let the world see and like your creativity.
The built-in Instagram support is seamless and makes it an easy platform to express your artwork.
I should note, you are not limited to just one thing on your artwork. Feel free to include additional text or shapes or designs to personalize your images or memes even more. This is just scratching the surface of what Over can do, remember the other options available such as using a free template, many of which can inspire even more creative ideas.