Add Text to Photos Tool

How to add text to photos and videos plus curved text, outline, and drop shadow using PicMonkey

Add text to photos quickly and easily with our text tools—we’ve got what you need to put words on your pics. Sign up for free and choose from hundreds of expressive fonts that you can customize with color, drop shadows, curve, or outline.

How to add text to photos and videos plus curved text, outline, and drop shadow using PicMonkey

How to add text to photo or video

Start a new project

Click "Create new" in PicMonkey and upload your photo or video. You can also choose a photo or video from our massive stock library.

Add your text

Click Text > Add text to insert a text box on your photo. Then choose your font type and write whatever you want. If you'd prefer some design inspo to start, browse our large collection of text layouts. They're like templates, only with text!

Customize your text

Once you've written your message, it's time to customize. Alter font type, size, and color. Experiment with various text effects like curved or circular, text masks, layering, and more. We have hundreds of different ways to say what you want, how you want.

Download and share

All set? Great! When your design is finissimo, download to your computer or share via email or social media directly from PicMonkey. Your design will autosave in our cloud storage, so you'll always be able to return to it in the future and edit as much as you like!

Use the curved text tool to make logos or watermarks

Curve your text with two clicks in PicMonkey. It’s as easy (and as circular) as pie. So next time you add text to a photo, give it some curve and claim your pic with a watermark.

Make GIFs from text animations

Words or phrases are sometimes all it takes to make a fun, impactful GIF. But that doesn't mean you're stuck with Comic Sans. Peruse our massive library of fonts and get choosin', or grab a text layout for instant words with style.

When it comes to text effects, PicMonkey's tools are unparalleled. Curving text and circular text are as easy as a single click. Outline and drop shadow offer tons of creative customizations. Colors, textures, and clipping masks are yours to tinker with.

Why PicMonkey for Adding Text to Photos & Videos

Start Adding Text Now Our intuitive tool lets you start adding text, captions and making spectacular designs immediately, regardless of your creative experience

Made for every skill Start with ready-made templates, and when you want to stretch your design muscles, use our feature-rich tools to make custom images from scratch. Even upload your own fonts.

Access to Fonts and Text Masks All you’ll ever need and no add-on purchases. All for less than you’d pay for complicated photo-editing software. Hundreds of free fonts and images.

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