I make an absurd amount of phone backgrounds for myself and my friends. They don’t normally get posted here because they are, shall we say, inappropriate at best (what can I say? I love girly, flowery backgrounds with rap lyrics written on them). I’m making an effort to clean it up a little though and start posting more here but in the meantime, I thought I’d give a quick run down of my top 5 apps for making your own backgrounds.
Aviary is probably my favorite mobile photo editing app. It has a great selection of tools (including a meme option for all those cat pictures), tons of add ons (stickers, borders, effects, etc.), and it’s easy to use. If I’m editing a photo on my phone, I want the interface to be as intuitive and easy to use as possible because you generally don’t have as precise control in this type of app as you do in a full on image editor like Photoshop.
For this particular background, I took a picture of my friends cat, added a wig & glasses and a couple of effects before saving and moving on to the next step.
Aviary is also part of the Adobe Family and through February 1st, 2015 all of the add on packs are available for free if you have a Creative Cloud account.
This is, hands down, my favorite app for adding text to backgrounds. It’s simple to use, has a decent selection of fonts already installed and allows you to install your own fonts. Over also has artwork packs (some pre-installed and some available for purchase) and supports adding multiple layers of text and artwork.
For my next step in the background making process, I took the picture that I edited with Aviary and added my text before saving and setting the picture as my phone background.
We Heart It
If you’re familiar with We Heart It (the website or the app), you’re probably wondering why it’s on this list. It actually made the list for two reasons: it’s an amazing source of photos and art to add text to for backgrounds and it’s a great place to share your finished creations.
If you’re not familiar with We Heart It, it’s kind of a bizarre mashup of Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram. Very much geared towards teenage girls but some of the pictures are gorgeous. I personally think the app is slightly easier to use than the website (and makes saving any image as easy as tapping on a picture!) but either way you choose has an endless supply of pretty pictures – like the background photo of my Perks of Being a Wallflower wallpaper.
Let’s be honest, the camera app on an iPhone is.. not great. To be fair, I haven’t tested an iPhone 6 or 6+ but the 5S and below were pretty bad so I use VSCO Cam to take most of my pictures instead. it gives you much greater control of things like your white balance and includes some basic editing tools and filters.
Dropbox made this list for one extremely important reason: it quickly and easily moves files from your computer to your phone. It’s also the easiest way to add your own fonts to Over.
Now that you have my picks for the best apps to make your own backgrounds, go forth and create, my lovelies! Or something. It’s late and I’m a little tired, but I would LOVE to see what ya’ll come up with.