Add Text to Any Photo for a Quick Caption or Compelling Commentary

Give your snapshots something special! Tell your story by pairing your photos with text using our handy, dandy text tool.

Introducing the text pane

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

Choose from our library of stylish textholders

The bottom of the text pane is covered in “textholders”: little drag-and-drop morsels of well-balanced typography you can use in your designs right now. Simply scroll through the text pane to find a textholder that’s perfect for your photo, then click it or drag it into your design. Select the textholder to customize the colors, 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 message fits in the textholder nice and snug.

Create text for any tone with customizable fonts and styles

Can’t find anything you like among the text holders? You can build your own perfect headline! 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 you see 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 text stand out with a blurred photo background

Is your text getting lost in the shuffle? There are all kinds of ways to make your text stand out from a photo. For example, you can increase your font size or give your text a sizzling, contrasting color. But one great and artful method you can try is to reduce the prominence of your photo with a slight blur, or maybe some transparency. Select your photo 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.

Place text in a photo’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, matte colors, or forest pools. With some creative font choices, along with editing and text alignment, your text can look right at home in your photo. 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 photo library and choose an image you can add to your design.
  2. Upload your photo
    Alternatively, upload your photos 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
    Go to the Text pane on the left sidebar. Select from hundreds of pre-formatted text holders. Or add your own text box by keying T on the editor. Then, add your desired text.
  4. Format your text
    Format your text by choosing between different font styles, sizes, colors, 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.
Start Adding Text to Your Photos
What they say about Canva