iSunday: TextMask App Tutorial

By fun & popular demand from my PREVIOUS POST on a few new apps, here is a TEXTMASK app TUTORIAL!

I am so loving this new app so here goes. This one has a bunch of steps, so take your time…

This is where we are starting - SOoMiC (straight out of my iPhone camera)…

…and this is where we are going!


Let’s get started.

STEP #1: Open up the app VINTIQUE & load in the photo you want to use.

Use a two finger pinch to fit your photo into the crop area exactly how you like it into a square. Click USE at the top to crop your image & move on.

STEP #2: Click the FX button along the bottom of the app. This puts you in the FX or FILTER mode.

Scroll through the options until you see the BEAMED filter. Touch it to addd the filter to your photo. SAVE out your photo to your CAMERA ROLL.


Open the app TEXTMASK & load in the photo you want to use by clicking the bottom camera button & choosing the most recent edit of your photo that you just did in VINTIQUE.

Your screen will show like this with the words “HELLO WORLD” already in a white mask with most of your photo hidden (below).

NOTE: If you have used the app previously, the mask should default to the most recent version of the mask you used, so yours may not look exactly like mine.

STEP #4: Now we’re going to adjust the MASK only. Click on the white box across the bottom of the screen. The box shows the color of your mask as you can see above.

In this photo directly below, the app is showing you a few things:

1. The MASK you are using is a square, the top right hand shape.

2. Other options for the shape of your MASK are shown in the right column, scroll down. You can touch them to see what happens to the MASK & your photo underneath.

3. Color options of your MASK. The top three sliders are ways to play with & mix COLOR, I’m sure familiar to many of you. The bottom one controls the OPACITY of the MASK or how see through it is.

STEP #5: In my case, I am going to leave my MASK white but adjust the OPACITY to 34% or wherever you like yours to make it more clear. It will look like a haze over your photo in the square shape we chose. I love my photo underneath so I want it to show even with the MASK on top.

If I had chosen a different shape (one below the square), the opacity would have only changed on the MASK, not the photo. The photo would have shown through at full opacity in the areas not covered by the MASK.

Are you with me? Click DONE.

STEP #6: Now we’re going to change the FONT, SIZE & LEADING of the text.

Touch the box containing the words “HELLO WORLD” & some text options will pop up across the bottom.

STEP #7: Touch the box that says TEXT & type in the wording you’d like across your photo. It can be one word, more than one word, whatever you want. Don’t worry too much about it’s spacing if it looks funny, we can adjust it in a second. I typed the word CHOCOLATE.

STEP #8: Here you can adjust all your additional controls of the TEXT. FONT will give you options to change the font style. A bunch of fonts come with the app (the tab FONTS across the bottom.) You can also add more into the app through iTunes (Click HERE for a TUTORIAL on adding in fonts to apps through iTunes.)

The ones you add into the app will be shown in the MY FONTS tab across the bottom. And RECENT shows the most recent fonts you have used in the app.

STEP #9: Now that you have chosen your font (I chose MAGNUM that I added into my app through iTunes), you can adjust the SIZE & KERNING of the TEXT using the three buttons on the right.

1. The first one adjusts the SIZE of the text. Touch it & move the slider left or right to make your text bigger or smaller. If you are planning on adding a frame to your final photo, remember to leave room along the sides to add the frame without it interfering with the text.

2. The next button (in above photo, middle) allows you to also use the slider but adjust the spacing between the letters horizontally in your text (KERNING.)

3. And the third button, you can adjust the spacing between your lines of text vertically (KERNING) not between the letters.

Play with these a bunch to get your text exactly how you like it. You may need to go back & forth between the buttons to get the exact look you like & make everything fit.

When you’re happy with your TEXT, tap the screen again to go back to the screen where you started except now you have a MASK on top of your photo!

Touch the button on the bottom right & SAVE out your photo to your CAMERA ROLL.

STEP #10: Here we go…now we’re APP JUMPING again!

Whenever I create an Instagram, I usually have some kind of idea what apps, looks, frames I want to use in the photo to get it where I want it at the end. Not always, but many times. And in most cases, the order of the apps you use absolutely make a difference in the final product of your Instagram. In this case, I did not want my bokeh on my frame so I added the bokeh before the frame.

So knowing that, I knew I wanted to give this photo some kind of soft texture or depth, so I went to one of my all-time favorite apps, LUMIE.

Load in your most recent version of your photo into LUMIE.

STEP #11: I didn’t want to add anything too crazy since I didn’t want it to distract from my masking, but a little bit of pretty, soft bokeh would add one more layer & depth. I clicked on the second row, middle bubble of softness.

STEP #12: Now LUMIE has beautiful bokeh, but using it can be slightly tricky if you veer far. It will default to the MOVE button bigger than ROTATE (across top), which is what you want.

Touch the screen & move your bokeh around your photo until you find the right placement for it. I tried to not put too many of the dark bokeh across my MASK so it didn’t blur it up even more.

If you want, you can try to touch the ROTATE button & move the bokeh around in a circle & that works great. But, you can’t ROTATE & then MOVE it or it will go back to its default placement where you started.

When you’re done, hit OK & save out your photo to your CAMERA ROLL again! (I chose to export it without the frame it offers.)

STEP #13: One more APP JUMP!

Open the app VINTIQUE again & this time load in the newest version of your photo that has the bokeh on it & click USE. No need to adjust its size since it is now a square, unless you want to crop it again.

I knew I wanted to stay with a vintage look for a frame for this yummy Easter chocolate so I went back into VINTIQUE.

Click on the button across the bottom of the STAMP with a T in it, then click the left FRAME option.

Roll through the frames until you get to this gorgeous lace one, FRAME 7. Touch it to add the frame to your photo.

Just perfect. Isn’t it pretty?

Touch the box with the arrow in it across the bottom to SAVE out your photo to your CAMERA ROLL.

And that’s it. Four APP JUMPS but we did it!

It’s ready for Instagram!

How was that? I know it was a bunch of steps, but is TEXTMASK more clear now?


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by Sunday Grennan


Sarah Runyon - Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! :-) 02/22/2013 – 11:44 am

Kasandra Mathieson - Sunday… fun! Thanks for sharing…love what this can do. The only problem I had was finding frames in Vintique, they wanted me to go to the store and then when I did still couldn’t seem to download any….still love my picture though.02/26/2013 – 3:46 pm

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