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Textorizer is a program that allows you to make pictures formed with text. It is best described by the sample images below. Although there are many versions around, the only one that is continuing to supported is this one.

Download - Examples - Documentation - Support - Acknowledgements


Download (it's free)

Current version: 20100519

Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
System requirements: a recent enough version of Java
Installation: download, unzip, double-click on the application, and wait a bit for it to start. If you get a message saying javaw.exe cannot be found, then you need to download and install the Java Runtime before being able to run textorizer

The latest source code is available on github, but also inside the ZIP. It is free for reuse, according to the terms of the W3C software license. Basically, that means you can do whatever you want with it, but you must credit me. Anybody is also welcome to contribute back to the project.

Previous versions: 20100423 (win, mac, linux), 20091029 (win, mac, linux), 20091027 (win, mac, linux), 20040424 (win, mac, linux)


Here are a few pictures produced with textorizer (click to see the text)

goethe arabian nights fujisan

There is even a Textorized Group on Flickr, with many more examples.


There are 2 ways of textorizing a picture. One is with the text going across the picture (called: textorizer 2), the other is with the text scattered around (textorizer 1).

How to:

A brief description of the controls

From top to bottom


Please email max @ lapin - bleu . net for help. I try to answer all the emails, but I can't guarantee I ever will. All the older versions of textorizer are no longer supported, and I strongly discourage their use (if only because they have many more bugs and far fewer features than this one)


Special thanks to Michael McQuade for designing the textorizer icon and to everyone who encouraged or suggested, and Rik Penny for making nice prints