A few days ago I wrote about Wordle: a web-based Java application for creating typographic mosaics/collages out of any given text. Now I have another great application for you: Textorizer.

This time your input will include not only source text (sorry, .txt file only, no web-based feed analysis), but also an image. Textorizer will then read the color information from your image and create a typographic mosaic using the text and typeface you selected. The mosaic will be saved in either PNG or SVG format.

The program can operate in one of two modes:

  • Edge detection
    Textorizer will analyze the image, and according to selected threshold value, place the text on the edges of the shapes.
  • Canvas fill
    It will fill the screen with text, adjusting the size and color of letters to match the look of the image

The program supports unicode characters, and best of all – is downloadable for free for Windows, Mac and Linux! My only beef with this application is the look of the menu – in particular the difficult to use font selection box. But hell, you get what you pay for!

Here are some examples of what you can do with it:

Textorizer: Edge Detection mode (high threshold)


Textorizer: Edge Detection mode (low threshold)


Textorizer: Canvas Fill mode


Head to the official textorizer site at:

…and if you are wondering about these cute little bots I used as a source image… wait until Tuesday.