How to Add Text to your Images

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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…

Tom Treanor is the founder of the Right Mix Marketing blog. He’s the author of the Search Engine Boot Camp, the co-author of Online Business Productivity, and regularly speaks at industry and corporate events. His writing has been featured on the Content Marketing Institute, Social Media Examiner, Copyblogger and other leading industry blogs.


  1. 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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    1. Hey Chris. I use powerpoint a lot but have just started using Over for the iphone (so I can create them on the fly). I’ve also used ShareAsImage which is fairly simple but anything to speed up the workflow helps.

    1. Hi Priya – thanks for the addition. Feel free to try out Listly on this post and add it to the list (just need the URL). If not, I’ll add it on for you – I appreciate you stopping by!

      1. Done Tom. I can’t believe I completely missed that option to add to the list!.

        So two learnings for the price of one out of this blog post – some different ways to add text to image and Listly. Nice.

    1. Hi Denise. Thanks and I’m glad I could show you something new. Thanks for contributing to the list and I’m looking forward to seeing your first one!

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