Whether you’re making memes for your group chat or polishing your advertising visuals to stand out from the rest, adding text to a picture can be a simple but powerful tool for creating impactful multimedia content. But with many photo editing platforms, your editing powers are strictly limited. What if you want to customize your font, or change the color of your text precisely? What about exact positioning and rotation, or textual animation for GIFs?

You may think that you need to pay a lot of money for software that allows you to edit your multimedia text fully, or that you need to download large apps onto your device. But you have another option! In this article, I’ll show you how to edit the text you add to images using a free, online tool called Kapwing! Editing with Kapwing is easy to learn gives you the text-editing functionality of a high-powered editing software.

I’m going to walk through just four easy steps for you to add text to your photos with custom fonts, colors, animations, and positioning:

  1. Find Your Photo
  2. Upload Your Photo to Kapwing
  3. Add and Edit Your Text!
  4. Export & Download Your Photo

Step 1: Find Your Video

Kapwing makes it easy for you to create and edit images from pretty much any source. You can upload pictures from Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, Google Images, or any online image source. Simply copy the link to the picture you’d like to add text to!

Find your photo in the photo browser!

You can also upload any picture you’ve taken or downloaded using your computer, phone, or tablet. If you want to use a file that you have on your device, make sure you know how to find it in your file browser, or have it saved in a location where you can click and drag it conveniently into your browser!

Step 2: Upload Your Photo to Kapwing

With your photo ready, go to Kapwing.com. From the homepage, click “Get Started.” This takes you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all the tools that Kapwing has to offer in one place!

Upload any photo to the studio – like a nature selfie!

To upload your image, just right-click on the URL field and select “paste” if you copied a link to your photo. If you’re uploading an image from your computer, phone, or tablet, simply click “Click to upload” and find the picture you want to edit in your photo browser, or open your photo browser and click-&-drag your photo into the Studio!

Step 3: Add and Edit Your Text

Now that you’ve uploaded your picture to the Kapwing Studio, you’re ready to add your text! Make sure you’ve deselected all layers by clicking outside of your photo. Select “Text” from the bottom toolbar, then “Edit Text.” In the text editor, you can write your text and change its font, color, style, and alignment.

To make further changes, exit the text editor. With the text box selected, you can click and drag the text to any position you want. And you can click and drag any corner of the box to adjust your text’s size and format. From the bottom toolbar, you can make more precise adjustments to the color of your text, as well as the color and thickness of its border.

If you want to add even more flair to your text box, choose “Animate” from the bottom toolbar. This allows you to make your text stand out with eye-catching effects: flicker, fade, hue rotation, wipe, and vibration! You can also adjust the speed of each animated effect to customize the look of your text. Animating text is especially effective if you want some bits of text to stand out above the others, like a social media handle or a sale price! In order to use your animated picture, click “Settings” from the bottom toolbar and change “Output File” from “Default” to “GIF.” This will let you export your animated image as a GIF file, which can be posted and embedded just like a picture!

Step 4: Export & Download Your Photo!

Now that you’ve added your text and edited it to perfection, click “Create Video” from the upper right-hand corner of the Studio window. Give Kapwing just a few seconds to work its magic, and your picture will be ready to download! From the download page, you can also return to the Studio to edit your picture further, or make a copy of the file to work on a different version!

Custom rotation, placement, font, color, and animation!

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