ArtText Two is quite a bit different to Pixelmator and Acorn in terms of what it does. Probably closer to Acorn in the way it looks. When you open up the application you get a choice to open up a recent file or to choose a template or a blank canvas. From the templates you have buttons, headings, icons and logos. Within these choices there are starting points to do what ever you like with the design. You can off course, change the text that is in the design, but keep the basics of the look and the colours too if you like. You get sets of nine buttons and you can move to the next set of nine by clicking on the arrow to the right or the left in the window. Choose one to get started and work with it to work towards your own design.
No trouble at all if you want to just have a blank canvas and to start from scratch. There are tools that will let you do all you need to come up with some sexy looking buttons, logos and pretty much any sort of design you can imagine. When you go for the blank start you do get some text in the middle that you can delete if your design has no text in it or change the words ArtText to what you want in there. You can even alter the text shapes by clicking the button Edit and it is just as you would edit in a vector art program like Illustrator or Vector Designer.
Add another layer and you can choose to put in shapes which are also editable as vectors with nodes and bezier handles. You can turn the shape you start with, like a rectangle, into whatever you like, just the same as you can edit the shape of individual letters of text.
There is an Effects Tab, a Geometry Tab and a Styles Tab. Starting with the effects tab you have options to fill your shape with fills, textures and shadings. That gives you the flat colours, gradients and texture from photographs you have in ArtText and also in your hard drive. The shading button is where you will find the effects that ArtText is so good at. The bevels to make something look three dimensional. You have the pillow or bubble look, the straight chiselled look and a concave shape which is the least successful of the choices.
The geometry tab you will use to force a text area into a shape. It could be a wave shape, an arch up or down. You can give the text a flat lower edge and a arching curve at the top. For making logos it is totally amazing as a creative tool for the Mac. On the Mac20Q Podcast I have recommended Art Text Two to the listeners.
In the styles tab if you have entered some text, you will lose that text when you select a style. The Gold style will replace your text with the word Gold. So you have to re-type in your words, not a big problem as you are not likely to have typed in much text.
Take Care Not To Go Overboard with ArtText
The effects will get tired looking if you overdo it or could be an assault on the eyes and the aesthetic senses of your viewers if you went too crazy with ArtText. If you know what you are doing artistically though, then It is a brilliant tool especially for headers, logos, buttons and icons. It is easy to create a button in this application to take and put into Pixelmator or Acorn. As Spiderman was told “ With great power, comes great responsibility”.