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Add Text to Photos to Tell a Story

Give your snapshots something special! Tell your story and add text to your image using our handy-dandy online text tool.

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How to add text to a photo

Upload an image

Select the “Upload your image” button or easily drag and drop your files into the section.

Add text to photo

On the left side of the photo editor, select Text to add a text box or choose from different font combinations and formatting styles to add to your photo.

Download your design

Finally, download your design in high-resolution JPG, PNG, or other file formats or share it instantly online.

Introducing the text pane

Once your image is ready for some fancy lettering, it’s time to browse the “Text” pane. The text pane has lots of features, and there are plenty just beneath the surface, but it’s super easy to get started. Just click on “Add text” and a little text box will be added to your picture. You can move or scale your text just like any other design element. Once you know what you’d like to say, click the inside of the text box to add text to the image. It’s that easy.

Choose from our library of stylish font combinations

The bottom of the text pane is filled with font combinations which are little drag-and-drop morsels of well-balanced typography you can use on your images right away. Simply scroll through the text pane to find a font combination that’s perfect for your photo, then click it or drag it into your design. Select the font combination to customize the color, or click on the placeholder text to start typing in your own. You don’t even need to worry about adjusting the font size: we’ll scale everything for you so your photo caption fits in the text holder nice and snug.

Add text for any tone with customizable fonts and styles

Can’t find anything you like among available font combinations? You can build your own perfect photo caption! There are oodles of fonts to choose from, from chunky slab serifs to curvy script fonts, all with samples you can preview right from the font selection window. You can even choose some of your favorite fonts in advertising, like Helvetica and Baskerville. What’s more, you can customize your text’s color, alignment, and spacing all with just a few clicks.

Make your caption stand out with a blurred photo background

Is your text getting lost in the shuffle? There are all kinds of ways to make text stand out from photos. For example, you can increase your font size or give your text a sizzling, contrasting color. But one artful method you can try is reducing the prominence of your images with a slight blur or maybe some transparency. After adding text to your picture, select your image and open the filter window. Then slowly move the blur slider to the right. You can preview your photo becoming blurrier in real time, and stop just as your text comes into clear view.

Add text to an image’s negative space for a professional-looking design

The best way to add text to a photo is to do so in a place that looks natural and helps make the photo feel complete. Try adding text to a photo’s negative space: areas that are wide open, without a lot of detail or variation, like open skylines, forest pools, or a block of color. With some creative font choices, along with editing and text alignment, your text can look right at home in your image. You viewers will wonder how your photo ever lived without it!

How to add text to a photo on Canva

  1. Start inspired
    Begin with a pre-made Canva template or create a photo-based design from scratch. Get inspired with our vast library of photos and choose an image you can add to your design.
  2. Upload your photos
    Alternatively, upload your images directly to Canva. On the left sidebar, select Uploads, then click Upload Media to select an image from your device.
  3. Add a text box to the photo
    Go to the Text pane on the left sidebar. Select from hundreds of pre-formatted font combinations. Or add your own text box by keying T on the editor. Then, add your desired text to the image.
  4. Format your text
    Edit your text by choosing between different fonts, sizes, color combinations, spacing, and alignment. Add text effects like shadows, glitch, neon, and curved text effects.
  5. Publish and share your design
    Drag and drop the text box to your preferred location on your photo or design. Once satisfied, click the Share button on the top right corner and choose between options to download your image or publish it directly to your socials.
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