How to Add Text to your Images

how to add text to picturesWith the 1-2 punch of Facebook and Pinterest driving a more visual online experience, creating pictures with text on them has become a standard part of any marketer’s online arsenal.

So just how do you add text to a picture?

1) Presentation Tools: One way is to use a presentation tool like Microsoft Powerpoint or Apple Keynote. Paste in your picture, add some text and then “save as pictures”. Then open that file in a photo editing tool and crop to size.

2) Graphic Design/Photo Editing Tools: Traditional graphic design or photo editing tools like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. If you’re an Illustrator or Photoshop wiz, this is another approach for you.

3) Image Textification Tools: A whole new crop of image “textification” tools which allow you to easily add text to photoes and save or share via social networks. Thanks to Nick for the list!

So who’s actively sharing photos with text? Are you creating your own? Let me know in the comments or feel free to point out other tools..

Note: I used the Over iphone app to create the picture in this post…

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  1. I love it. That’s totally the ideas. Take a list and reblog it. Perfect!
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  2. Coming from someone who almost exclusively uses Paint and Gimp, these will be a great addition to my toolset. With the potential of memes and shareability of content on social platforms, it is hard to deny that fantastic content can be created with just one or two lines of text on a single picture. Thanks for the list.
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  3. Tom,

    Another really good tool is I started created all my own graphics using the very easy online FREE tool…

    Thanks buddy!!

    Ryan H.
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  4. Hi Tom, I didn’t use any of textification tools before (paint, gimp and powerpoint rulez ;) )
    Are you using all of them? Which one could you recommend (it should be as simple as possible ;) )?
    BR, Chris
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  5. Another good option is Evernote’s Skitch – can be used on either iOS or Android.

  6. Hi Tom,
    I’m using two chrome extensions to add text to images. First is Lightshot which I use to grab a screenshot and it works perfectly with YouTube videos then I upload it to Pixlr to add the text and resize the image so it looks great on Facebook or Pinterest.

    Thanks for the tips!
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  7. Tom, not only do I think this is a great list, your post introduced me to Listly which is VERY COOL. I just signed up and am contemplating my first list to create. Thank you and blog on!
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  8. Yes, adding text to images has a good ring to it. Provided you don’t ruin the picture :-)
    I find using power point the easiest. It takes less time and I know my way around.
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