Up until recently, you needed to be a graphic designer or have access to high end, quality graphic design programs to be able to put good-looking text on photos. This was time-consuming and expensive.
Please note, the feature image of the lemons is a stock image and has not been created using any of the options I describe below. For many examples of the text on photo images I have created (using Word Swag) go to the Monday Motivation page here.
Let’s take a look at how it used to be.
That was then
For the novice:
- Microsoft Office – Use Word Art or Text Editor
- Mac Preview – Use Edit Text Tool
For the graphic designer:
- Serif DrawPlus
- Corel Draw
- Adobe Photoshop
The novice options listed above certainly worked but were clumsy to use, had limiting font options and really just didn’t look that great.
The programs listed above for the graphic designer requires training and support to navigate them. Well, I certainly did for them. They are very powerful and you can learn to do incredible effects with your photos however I’m personally not interested in spending hours to learn how to put good-looking text on photos. My focus is on blogging and writing. I’ll leave the advanced graphic design skills to skilled graphic designers. However, I am delighted that there are now options available there for someone like me where you can get good looking results with little effort and very low cost.
Although it was possible for the novice graphic designer (someone like me) previously the options were limited and therefore reflected limiting results, as I’ve already mentioned.
This is now
Now jump forward to 2015ish and on, now 2018, there is any number of online software and apps to choose from. With both free and low-cost options. Plus they are super simple to use, particularly the mobile app options. In just a few clicks you can have great looking fonts on your photos in a matter of minutes ready for you to use on your website, blog, email newsletters or social media.
- PicMonkey has a 7-day free trial offer
- Canva has a Free Online Photo Editor
- iphone app text2pic is available free
- Text to Photo Android app
- Word Swag you can add text to your own photos or use the free photos available within the app. This has a low once off cost (under $10).
Here is a video showing how to put text on photos using Word Swag (my preferred choice). Click on this image to view:
This list above is a short list based on personal experience and a Google search enquiry. Ultimately what you decide to use yourself is based on your personal preference. My personal choice is Word Swag because:
- I find it easy to use,
- it is low cost,
- it provides a small library of free photos you have copyright to use,
- has a large number of quality font designs and
- is an app so it is easy to use when you’re out and about. This latter feature is great for when you have that ‘Instagram moment’ and want to add a quick comment or quote before sharing to the world.
Therefore, before you start looking write down the top 5 needs you have so that you can compare each option with your top criteria. This will make your search quicker and much more successful.
But because there are so many options out there I encourage you to share what software or mobile apps you have used successfully below in the comments. That way all those ready this post can have access to a wide variety of options to assist them to choose a product right for them and their specific needs.