Would you like to add text to a photo? It’s quick and easy using the Text Tool in Photoshop.
Photos should be used for far more than simply making a blog post look attractive. Text can add real value to a photo and make it much more likely to be shared or remembered. Photos can carry important marketing information with them wherever they get posted or shared.
Today’s video will show you how to add text to a blank page in a notebook on a stock photo, and rotate, resize and reposition to get a perfect fit.
WHY WOULD YOU ADD TEXT TO A PHOTO?
There are many ways text can add value to a photo. Text can:
- make a blog post image shareable,
- turn a photo into a call to action,
- turn a photo into an inspirational quote,
- personalise a stock image,
- carry important marketing messages around the web for you, and
- create eye-catching and actionable images for social media.
THE TEXT TOOL
The Text Tool in Photoshop is easy to use. For this example, you simply create a text box that wraps the words as you type.
A text box can be resized, rotated and repositioned as needed. All the text attributes can be changed, including font, size, colour, alignment, and line or letter spacing.
This video will show you how to:
- use the text tool to add text to a photo,
- rotate a text box,
- resize a text box, and
- reposition a text box.
THE STEP BY STEP
- Select the Text Tool (shortcut T).
- Click and drag out an area to cover the notebook page. (If, as in this example, the area for the text isn’t straight, just estimate. It’s easy to adjust the size of the text box once you have the text in place and have rotated the text box.)
- You now have a Text Box with a flashing cursor, and a new Text Layer in your Layer Panel.
- Set your font, font size, alignment and colour using the Options Bar at the top. (If you’re not sure what you want yet, don’t worry, you can change all these settings later. It’s often easier to choose a suitable font and size after the text is in place.)
- Type your text. It will wrap automatically within the confines of the text box.
- Click the Checkmark on the Options Bar to confirm your text.
If you need to rotate your text into position:
- With your Text Layer selected, hover over one of the Grab Handles (corner or sides) and you will see a Double-headed Arrow.
- Move your cursor slightly out and away, and you'll see the double-headed arrow turn into a Curved Arrow.
- With the Curved Arrow showing, click down and hold.
- Drag up or down to rotate the text box.
- When you’re happy with the position, click the Checkmark on the Options Bar to confirm your change.
RESIZING THE TEXT BOX
After rotating your text box, you will sometimes find the text box isn’t the right size for the notebook/page. Make sure you have the text highlighted before you start to resize the box, otherwise the text size will also change. To resize the text box, without changing the font:
- Double click on the T icon on the left-hand-side of your Text Layer. Your text will now be highlighted.
- Click and hold on any of the Grab Handles around the text box.
- Pull the Grab Handle in or out to resize the box.
- When you’re happy with the size, click the Checkmark on the Options Bar to confirm your change.
BEFORE & AFTER
As you can see, a quote has transformed this simple stock photo. You could use a famous quote or a excerpt from your own blog post.
If you use a quote from your own post, make sure you add your blog address so people who see the image, wherever it ends up, can find their way back to you.
HAVE A GO!
If you would like to try this but don’t have a suitable image to use, you can download the stock images used in the video from the Resource Library for free.