Where photography and design meet: Add text to images in Adobe Photoshop.

Learn how to incorporate words into your photos to create eye-catching designs in Adobe Photoshop.

Graphic design of the word "dream" underwater.

The photo editor that makes adding text simple.

Whether you’re putting inspirational quotes on stock photos, designing imagery for a website, or adding a text box with photo credits to your pictures, you can make it happen in Adobe Photoshop. Keep it simple by adding a single line of text, or apply special effects, gradients, drop shadows, and more. Photoshop’s comprehensive text editor gives you all the text tools and choices you could ever dream of — and then some.

 

How to add text to a JPEG image in Photoshop.

JPEG image files are a simple and easy way to share your creations online. To make changes like adding text to a JPEG, you need a photo editor like Photoshop. Just open your image in Photoshop, add text, and save your new JPEG under a new file name. Here’s how:

 

  1. In Photoshop, go to File > Open and select the image you’d like to add text to.

  2. Select the Horizontal Type tool from the tools panel and type your text.

  3. Choose your font, font size, and color from the menu at the top of the Photoshop workspace.

  4. Select the Move tool to place your text where you want it.

  5. Save your completed image by going to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy).

If you need to edit your text, just hover over the words with the Horizontal Type tool and click once, then make your changes.

Title of a park added to the top of an image of a dog standing in the park.

Explore ways to use the text tool in Photoshop.

Once you learn how to add text and shapes to your images, your ability to adjust text size, change text style, and add components like a watermark will open up a world of creative possibilities.

 

Place text behind anything.

Draw attention to your subject with this stylish text effect used in magazine editorial writing and movie posters.

 

Create photos with text for social media.

See how you can add text in informative and artistic ways to everything from social media posts to websites. Learn tricks for making your text easy to read, even on complex backgrounds.

 

Make a photo vignette.

Add a vignette effect to draw the eye to a single subject, giving you ample space for adding text to eye-catching ads and posters.

 

Use Shape layers to add graphics.

Place your text in a circle, rectangle, or any other shape to make it pop off the background. Or get creative — for example, try using shapes as speech bubbles to make funny JPEG images and memes you can share from your iPhone, Android, or Google Pixel photo app.

Coast line at dusk with the phrase "you awake?"

Discover more inspiration for adding text to photos.

Learn how Witchoria gives text a surreal look and feel.

See how this talented visual artist manipulates images and adds text to photos in Adobe Photoshop to create a series of eerie, evocative artwork.

 

Find perfect poster fonts.

From concert flyers to community bulletins, discover different font packs that can set any type of mood or tone to posters.

 

Go deeper on movie poster design.

Explore how the typography of movie posters can help tell a story — and see how you can use this insight to better select the text style for your own projects.

 

Create an underwater text effect.

Grab a sample image of bubbles and use it to give text an underwater feel before adding it to any photo.

 

There are virtually endless ways for you to achieve intriguing, engaging, and stylish work by adding text to photos in Photoshop. With guidance from these resources, you’re ready to begin practicing this technique and grow your skills. Then share your work on Behance to learn from, and be part of, an online community of creatives who love beautiful text as much as you do.

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