How to Use the Over App for Android and iOS

The Open App interface is shown
The Open app, shown here on an iPad, is ideal for adding text to your images.

 Tom Green

Serial photographers and type geeks alike will be thrilled to discover Over. It's an Android and iOS app that combines both images and type into one app that you can use on your Android device and your iPad. You could, for example, snap a photo on your Nexus phone, massage it in Aviary on your iPad, save it to your Photos and then open it in Over to add a watermark. Total time from image capture to Over image: Less than 10 minutes.

Want to see for yourself? Download the app to your Android or iOS device and let’s get started.

How to Get Started With Over

The opening screen for the Over App

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When you launch Over, the first thing you are asked to do is to select the image to be used. On the left will be a series of thumbnails showing the photos on your Camera Roll or Image Gallery. You can tap a thumbnail to open an image. If you can’t find the image, tap the Library button to locate an image on your device. Tap the Camera button to shoot a picture. 

How To Use The Over Interface

The Over Interface is shown.

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When the image appears you will see a couple of tabs — Text or Art — on the left side of the screen. These will allow you to input and format text or to add some prepackaged clip art. You can also make in-app purchases of clip art and fonts if the current offering doesn’t meet your needs.

The Yellow Triangle on the right opens up an Options wheel which you can rotate with a drag. The options are:

  • New: Remove your current project and start a new one.
  • Photos: Open a photo from your device.
  • Store: Make an in-app purchase
  • Add: Add Text or Art.
  • Edit: You can Crop or Tint the image. (Tint isn’t properly named. It is more of a Brightness control than anything else.)
  • Font: Choose an installed font or make an in-app purchase.
  • Save: Saves the image to your Camera Roll.
  • More: Think of this as being the app’s Info panel.
  • Share: Send the image to Facebook, Twitter, Path, Instagram, IM, Email or Pinterest on iOs or to your Google Photos account on Android.

How To Add Text In Over

The text - Double Tap To Edit text- is placed over the image.

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When you tap the Text tab you will be prompted to “Double tap to edit text”. When you do, the keyboard, color chips, and a text input cursor will appear. In the example shown the Twitter handle, @TomGreen was used. When you're satisfied with the color, tap Done.

Next, drag the text into position. If you want to rotate the text, place two fingers on the screen and rotate them.​

How To Format Text In Over

The Text formatting options are shown.

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With the text in place, you can format the text by selecting Edit from the Options wheel. Your choices are:

  • Color: Slide along the color bar to change the text color.
  • Size: You have two choices here. Press and Hold on the + or – button to increase or decrease the font size. Another way is to pinch the text in or out to decrease or increase the font size.​
  • Opacity: Press and hold or Tap the + or – minus button to increase or decrease the opacity.
  • Rotate: Tap the up or down arrows to rotate the text.

How To Change A Font In Over

The list of available fonts is shown.

 Tom Green

The first thing you need to know about the font choices in Over is, they differ between the iOS and Android versions. However, you can add your own fonts to Over.

To change the font, select Font from the Options wheel and tap on a font. The text will change to the font tapped. You can also purchase fonts and Font Packs from within the app.

How To Add Graphics to Over

A set of icons in Over are shown

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Over contains a couple of packages of pre-installed clip art though you can purchase other collections from within the app.

To add a clip art symbol, tap Add on the Over options wheel.

Select the Icon you would like to use from the collections and choose a color, then tap OK. From there you can use the Pinch-Zoom technique to make it larger or smaller or open the Edit options and make your changes there.

Once you are satisfied, tap Save on the Options wheel and the image will be saved to your Gallery (Android) or your Camera Roll (iPhone).