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Add Text to Image

Add text, captions, and animated words to an image
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Adding the perfect text to any image

Improve any image and add text on a JPEG, PNG, or any picture file type. The text can be words, emojis, or WordArt images. Customize the size, font, and color of your text in just a few clicks so it fits your image perfectly. Start by uploading a photo or pasting a link to import your photo into Kapwing’s online video editor.

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How to Add Text to Images Online

How to Add Text to Images Online
  1. Upload your image
    Upload the photo that you want to add text to or paste a link to your image. You can select from a variety of image formats, including JPG, PNG, GIF, and more.
  2. Add and style text
    Use the Text tool to add text to images. Change font size, custom color, and even add effects and animations to your text on your picture.
  3. Export and share
    Hit “Export” and Kapwing will instantly process your photo with the added text. Save and share your new JPG with text by downloading or sharing your new image URL link.

Add custom text to photos

Adding custom text to your images is a great way to label your images, watermark photos, or just generally give more context to your content. With Kapwing, creators can add custom text to any image in just three clicks.

In Kapwing, use the text tool to add a text box and write what you want your text box to say. Customize your text's font, color, outline, style, position, size, and even animation style and drop shadow effect. Add as many text boxes as you want to your canvas and edit them all however you want. With custom text boxes for photos, you can add vivid descriptions, eye-popping titles, stylish signatures, and even auto-generated subtitles for background audio. Export your image to download it or share it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter in just a few seconds.

Use the transformer (the dots on the text box outline) to resize the text or drag and drop it to the position you want on top of the video. You can also use the fifth transformer to slightly rotate the text to the perfect angle. Kapwing supports many other text transformations as well, including text opacity and line height. Explore your own creative vision and play around for the perfect look and feel for your video.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I add text to a picture for free?

To add text to a picture for free you’ll need a free software tool with photo editing capabilities. Creators add text to pictures to make funny captions for social media and to add clarifying text for viewers. Many online tools support adding texting to pictures, but Kapwing remains a top choice for creators. From any device with a browser, you can upload various picture files types, then add stylish text to pictures for free. Change the font, size, color, and background color, then try animations and effects to make text pop.

How do I add text to a JPEG image?

To add text to a JPEG image, you’ll need a software tool with intuitive text editing capabilities that also supports JPEG files. This popular picture file type is a standard image format that contains image data. After uploading a JPEG image to a software tool, creators can add text boxes on top of the image to begin creating a caption. Kapwing is a popular solution for completing this task. The intuitive user interface makes it easy to upload JPEG images, then add text with the text tool, featuring a vast font collection and settings to change the size and color.

How do you write text on a picture?

Write text on a picture by using an image editor or a photo editor that has a versatile text tool you can use. When looking for the right photo text editor, you want to make sure they support your image file type like JPEG, PNG, HEIC, or others. Most editors have a text tool you can use to add a text box, write text on a picture, and add effects or animations to text. A great tool to add text to pictures is Kapwing, the online image editor that supports most image file types, gives you full control over your project, and countless features that gives you the entire freedom to customize your text.

What's different about Kapwing?

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