How to Add Text to Photos

Adding text to an image can really enhance the look of a photo. It can help in gaining the attention of a reader and showcase a photo beautifully. I use Photoshop Elements when adding text to my photos. When I use my phone for photos then I use the app Rhonna Designs.

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Choosing Fonts

When I’m choosing a font I usually try to choose two different fonts. I often make the key word bold or I will use a handwritten font for the words that I want to have stand out. Something else I like to do is highlight just one single word in a separate font completely. I always make sure the font I use is legible. There are some fonts that can make it tricky to figure what the actual word is.


Another option to adding text to a photo is to vary the color. The most important thing to remember is to choose a contrasting color that stands out against the background. Depending on where you choose to place your text will determine the color. For example, if the background is a light blue sky, then I might choose a light grey or use my picker in Photoshop and pick up a color from within the photo colors. If the background is dark I will often use white for the text. Another option is to choose a completely different color for the words you might want to highlight. That can really make the word pop.


The placement of the text is also important. If I am planning on using text on my photo then I usually use the rule of thirds. That way I will have room for the text in the white space area.  I also place the text on the opposite diagonal side of the photo. I don’t know why but it seems to just look and feel right when I do that.

So here’s the process in point form:

  • Choose the word you want to highlight and use a bold or handwritten font. You can make it a different color than the rest of the text and sometimes I make the highlighted word a slightly larger size than the rest of the text.
  • Choose the color you want to use for the text. Adjusting the opacity can change the look of the text also.
  • Choose a different text for the rest of the sentence. Placing them on different levels adds visual interest also. I like to squeeze words from the quote up close with the highlighted word.
  • Once you’ve completed the text sentence review it and see if it needs some tweaking by moving the text around to a new spot or changing the colors.

Font Combinations

I play with this the most when adding text and seems to be the most fun part of the process. I love looking at various combos and seeing how they look together. I have found some pretty combinations by looking on Pinterest. Some of my favourite fonts are:

Handwritten fonts:                Small or Bold Text:            Quirky Fonts:

Euphoria Script                            Iskola Pota                                 Janda Silly Monkey

Sverige Script Demo                   Chaparral Pro                            Flower Child

MA Sexy                                        Avalon Quest                              Smiley Monsters

Antrokasdemo                             Fontin Small Caps                    Cinnamon Cake

Blackjack                                      Foglihten PCS                            Girls are Weird

Barbara Hand                             Bamboo Brisk                             Hello Just Sayin

Great Vibes                                  Baskerville Old Face                 Hiccups


All these fonts listed above are free through various sites such as Dafont, Font Squirrel, FontSpace plus many more. Some great font combos found on Pinterest are:

“Prisma”  with “Gardenia”                                                  “Sacramento” with “Porter”

“Keep Calm” with “Hard Candy Striped                          “Lineourito” with “Great Vibes”

“Mathilde” with “Somebody I Used to Know”                “Sophisticated” with “In Screaming Colour”


There are many programs available that help you add text to photos. A few are PicMonkey, Pablo, BeFunky. I use Photoshop Elements and also the iPhone app called Rhonna Designs for around $5.00. When I want to add a quick text to a phone photo it is perfect. Have fun finding quotes that go with your photo. I usually just google key words to find an appropriate quote. For example, if looking for a quote about cats, I just google “cat quotes” in image search and many great ones come up. Try it!

I hope this information has inspired you to have fun adding text to your photos. Just keep practicing and playing with various font combos and enjoy the process!


  1. What are a great article Jeannie!! Thank you for all of these tips!!

  2. Barb in AK

    I usually find texts on a photo very distracting, unless I am using that photo for a card.
    Thanks for the tips.

  3. Thx can always use new inspiration

  4. Sharon Billings

    This is wonderful!! I love that you have shared some tips and resources for your beautiful favorite font combos. Your photos remain some of the most beautiful I have seen. I am so excited to try some of the suggestions in your blog post!

  5. Amy Jordan

    Beautiful post!! You really have a knack for choosing fonts & placement- can’t wait to try some of your recommendations! I always look forward to your wonderfully creative photos!!

  6. Rhadonda

    You are the font master! Thanks so much for sharing your tips and favorite resources!!

  7. yeah!!!!! i love your post and your thoughts and font resources— your photographs with texts are always so powerful!!!!!!

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