Typcas – An App Every Blogger Should Try Out

Did you know that blog posts containing images are 70% more likely to get clicked on and read?

One of the first things I learned about blogging was that every blog post should contain at least one image. There’s something about images that keep readers interested in reading your posts, especially when the post is very long. Splitting the text up with images is one of the best things you can do to keep the reader’s interest and keep them coming back.

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Last year, I was approached by the lovely folks behind an app called ‘Typcas’ and offered a free version to try out. I’ve been testing out the app for nearly six months, and many of my recent blog posts contain images I created using the app. You’ll see some of them scattered around this post.

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Typcas gives you the choice of choosing an image from your own photo library, the photo library of Typcas, or you can take a photo and use that image. The app contains a search bar where you can search for pictures in the Typcas photo library. They use Pixabay when doing the search. Once you’ve entered details in the search bar, you’re presented with photos you can use for your image. In some cases, I’ve had hundreds of photos to choose from.

There are lots of sizes you can use for your image including ones for Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest posts. New ones are being added all the time.

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The app also gives a vast choice of different text styles you can use on your image. You’re able to scroll through all of them and try them out before deciding which one to use. I tend to stick with the first one I like. Otherwise, I would spend ages using this fun app.

There’s also the choice of adding free stickers to your image, or you can buy some extra stickers from the app’s store. The ‘tools’ section of the app contains some excellent image editing tools including shadowing, an eraser effect, 3D (which I unlocked for free by tweeting about Typcas) and a drawing tool where you can add your own sketching.

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The filtering tool on the app gives the user a massive choice of how the final image looks. Sometimes ‘normal’ is just not good enough, so I recommend you try out all the different filters on the app before finishing and adding your image to your blog post.

Once you’re happy with your image, download it, and it goes straight to your photo library on your mobile phone or tablet.

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Typcas is one of the most straightforward apps I’ve used. Unlike some software, I’ve used for creating images, it’s not complicated to use and has never got me frustrated in pressing the wrong buttons or giving up on creating an image.  It’s very straightforward and simple to use, and I’ve always been delighted with the images I’ve produced on it. I highly recommend every blogger to get this app and to start adding high-quality images to their blog posts.

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Available to download from iTunes (Typcas is not available on Android) the cost of the app is £4.99. However, I’ve been given five redeem codes to give away which will give the user the app for free. All you have to do to be in with a chance of getting your hands on one of the redeem codes (which is valid until 30th April 2018) is to leave me a comment on this post and tell me which city in the UK I live. You’ll find the answer by clicking on the ‘meet Hugh’ button on the menu bar.

Good luck!

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98 comments

  1. Definitely agree that images within blog posts makes it easier to read, and if the images are chosen thoughtfully, then it can hit home the message you are trying to convey. For my blog, I am very selective about the images that I publish and do edit them before I put them on the blog.

    The app you are sharing here sounds very seamless. I like that you can resize and create your photo in many sizes and the editing function sounds comprehensive. Lovely to hear that you have had a positive experience with it. For me, I like an image editing app that works seamlessly and doesn’t crash – which I have had encountered with numerous apps on my phone especially. I also like an ad-free app and am usually happy to pay a one-off fee to get rid of apps, which I have done with some apps on my phone.

    1. Thanks, Mabel. You’re right about being selective as to what images we put on our blog posts. I’ve seen some rather strange images that have nothing to do with the subject of the post and it does make me wonder why on earth the author put that particular image in the post. Of course, it could just be there by mistake, but then I always check and recheck before publishing a post.

  2. I love easy to use and this sounds great but I am an Android user so it looks like Canva will be my chosen one for a while yet although I do like it…for me, it is quite easy to use just limited in some areas but nothing is perfect is it? 🙂

    1. I still like Canva very much, Carol. However, I started to find that I was spending more and more money on images because nothing suitable in the free images was available. I will still use it from time to time, though.

      1. I haven’t spent any money yet I use my own photos generally or Pixabay but I am sure I will at some point …I do have photoshop but find it too difficult to get my head around 🙂

  3. Is it like Canva but for your phone? I like Canva, but I don’t find it that straight forward to use. I was just thinking this might be a good alternative, and then saw it’s not available on Android… whyever not? I love my Samsung, so I guess that’s me out. 😣

    1. Yes, very much like Canva, Ali. However, unlike Canva, they have far more free options for when making up an image. Unfortunately, they don’t have any plans on launching a version for Android yet, but they well launch one in the future.

  4. You reside in Swansea Hugh, a city I have yet to explore 🙂 I still have to start using these type of media within my blog, I’ve looked at Canva, but haven’t got to grips with it yet. I’d be interested in Typcas, although after reading your comment to Ritu, notice it’s for mobiles and tablets only. I’d love to have a look at it, but would need it for the PC 🙂

    1. Canva is a great image making tool, Sam. I’ve used it a lot, but recently I’ve found that I’ve had problems with finding free suitable images. Most of the paid images only cost one dollar, but that soon mounts up.

      Typcas is only available for IOS devices such as the iPhone or iPad. I was a little hesitant at first in using my iPad to create images, but Typcas has blasted all my fears of doing that.

  5. Sad face! Android here. Oh, Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom. Anyhoo….my son is dyslexic. Some story I have on that but the short story is that he’s brilliant and highly successful. 😊

  6. BTW, Hugh, I wanted to suggest that for next years Blogger’s Bash, you include a category for Poetry. There are so many amazing blogs out there devoted to poetry and it would be a lovely addition to this wonderful competition.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It’s been suggested before and we decided against it because then we were asked about photography blogs, recipe blogs, blogging advice blogs, etc, etc, etc. We would have ended up with too many awards and were happy that the specilaised blogs can always be nominated in other categories. There are no plans to increase the number of current awards, but we may change some of the categories in the future. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

  7. Hi, Hugh – I should have read your post earlier in the day! I’m sure that a gazillion others have already mentioned that you live in Swansea! I’ve been using Canva for quite awhile and (so far) have only used their free images. I would be interested in comparing the two to check out the differences and similarities.

    1. I’m a big fan of Canva, Donna. However, lately, I’ve been finding myself paying a dollar for some of the images I really wanted. Sometimes, I was not able to find a suitable free image for some of my posts. Typcas came in the nick of time and my bank balance should now be stable again. I still may use Canva, but Typcas will be my first choice for making images for the time being. What I really liked about it is that I was making great images in a matter of minutes. That meant more time for writing. 😀

  8. I’ve been using GIMP, but it is a bit cumbersome. I need this app! You live in Swansea, South Wales, my friend. This post got me all excited again about creating images 🙂

    1. I found a good few software photo editing apps and programmes very cumbersome, Tina. Many are not easy to use and can be rather frustrating to use. This app, however, is so simple and easy to use. I was creating great images in a matter of minutes. 🤓

  9. Thanks for the heads-up and suggestion, Hugh! I’m an android girl so not available yet, as you know. However, I did just spring for the PhotoLogo signature as a watermark option. I’ll probably review that soon when I get back to the old ball and chain, (ahem, blog) in May! Always interested in new tech for our photos! I mostly use watermarked photos on instagram too!

    1. I’d be interested in finding out how to watermark photos for Instagram, Terri. I see some people already do it, but I’ve never got around to asking how it’s done. Has your Sunday Stills feature started yet?

  10. Sounds like a good user friendly app Hugh. Thanks for sharing. So I gather when you use it free, they add their signature at the bottom of the post? Also, I noted in some other comments it’s only for Iphone? I’m an android user and truthfully,. I only create images while on the computer. Yes, I know where you live so I won’t spoil it. ❤

    1. Yes, that’s one thing with the free version, Debby. You get their signature on the images. However, it also taught me to leave my copyright mark on the images I’ve made. 😀

      Typcas is only available for IOS devices. Unfortunately, after contacting them, they’ve no plans to bring out an Android version…yet. I always felt far more confident making my own images on my iMac, but Typcas has changed my mind on that and I now use my iPad to create them. I’ve still got Canva on my iMac, though.

      xx

        1. My iPhone 6 doesn’t offer a watermark feature. Now you got me wondering if it’time for me to upgrade my iPhone, Debby. 🤔 For now, I’ll continue to use ‘Photobulk’ a handy little free app that watermarks my photos for me. 💕

        2. Well that’s good then, at least you have an app to do so. I got a new phone at Christmas, specifically for a great camera in it. When I began snapping photos and went to crop one of them, a pop up came up asking if I wanted my signature on my photos. 🙂 xx

        1. Yes, once you’ve created your image, you can then download it to your photo library or your Laptop or Desktop, Michael. The download button is in the top righthand corner of the screen. It’s a box containing an arrow facing down inside the box. Click on it, and the image should go straight to your photo library.

        2. You’re welcome, Michael. The people at Typcas have also asked me to pass on their details to anyone that has questions or needs help with the app. Feel free to ask for the details (if I’m not able to help).

  11. Hugh – you live in Swansea!
    I love the sound of Typcas and would love to try out this app. Pictures are really important in blog posts, aren’t they! It certainly makes all the difference to whether I read a post or not.

    1. They are, Georgie. I love the recent quote you did in one of your blog posts –

      Blogs aren’t books! I don’t want to scroll down through masses of words, especially if they are not even broken up into paragraphs.

      Thank you for the mention in that post by the way.

      Blog posts that contain images tend to get far more hits and comments than those that don’t contain any. If I see a post with just blocks and blocks of long paragraphs, then I move on.

      Contact me through the ‘contact Hugh’ button on my menu bar and I’ll send you a redeem code for Typcas so you can try it out.

  12. Nice work choosing text/image combinations, Hugh. I see so many where it’s too hard to read the text against the background. Also long paragraphs against an image don’t work for me either. You, however, used it well.
    Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. Images are great when readers can actually read what’s in them. Typcas is so easy to use and I’m delighted with the results. I’ll certainly be carrying on with using it.
      Hugs to you.

  13. You are always coming up with the coolest news and tools, Hugh. Perhaps you know more about the EU General Data Protection Regulation. I am checking on it due to my job as a compliance officer but when I researched a bit on Twitter so many bloggers are desperate. Do you know what influence that regulation has on our blogs?

    1. WordPress has an EU Cookie Law Banner widget which all bloggers in Europe should display on their blogs, Erika. You’ll find it in the widget section of your WordPress blog. Is that what you are referring to?

      1. Oh, good! I did not know but will check on it right away. What I was concerned about was that we have to avoid certain content or whatever. But I will see what I can find out. Thanks a lot for telling me about the widget, Hugh!

  14. This looks like a pretty cool app. I use so many photo apps for work and blogging, I don’t think I’m up for trying another right now (and I don’t live in the UK).

    1. It only works on an iPhone or iPad, John. I’ve asked if they are going to release an Android version. I’m a MAC user, but I don’t mind using this app on my iPad. I have used Canva, and like it very much, and still intend using it from time to time.

        1. Afraid there are no plans for an Android version of Typcas yet, Judy. Before Typcas, I was using Canva for all my images. There is a free version and I can recommend it. However, they do seem to have cut the number of free images and I was finding myself having to pay for images more and more often. I may still use it from time to time, though.

  15. Hi dear Hugh! Oh my goodness, this app looks brilliant and something I could defo use! Why, you live in Swansea, South Wales! Thank you for writing this post about Typcas, Hugh! Hope all is well! Cher xo

    1. Thank you, Cher. Contact me via the ‘Contact Hugh’ button on the menu bar of my blog, and I’ll email a redeem code to you so you can download the app for free and give it a try.
      Let me know how you get on.
      xx

  16. That sounds like a great app. I love that it is easy to use and – even better – it provides images for bloggers who don’t want to take their own pictures or just don’t have the “perfect” picture in their library. I must have 5 – 10 apps on my tablet that I thought would be great but just didn’t pan out for whatever reason. I’ve love to try Typcas! (And, you live in Swansea).

    1. Thanks, Janis. It’s one of the best apps I’ve used for creating images for my blog. It’s so easy to use and I’m always delighted with the results. Contact me through my ‘contact Hugh’ button on my menu bar, and I’ll send you a redeem code for the app.

    1. I’ve used Canva and it’s a great tool, Jacquie. However, I started to find that I had to start paying for some of the images I really wanted, as some of the free ones didn’t suit what I was looking for. They were only a dollar each, but that soon started to mount up.

    1. It’s a great app. Simon. I really enjoy using it for my blog images. Thanks for your answer. The five winners will be emailed their redeem codes before the 25th April, so keep an eye on your inbox. 😀

    1. Hi Ritu, unfortunately, the developers of Typcas have no plans (as yet) to release an Android version. I’m afraid you’re going to have to continue using whatever you currently use, or find a similar app on Andriod. I’m sure there are plenty to choose from.

  17. Well, of course you live in the wonderful city of Swansea!
    Now.. is this app for mobiles only or can it be used on PC’s too?
    Looks good though!

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