PicMonkey Mondays: Inserting Text Onto Photos

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Edit: This is an old post with outdated instructions. The good news is that PicMonkey is much more user-friendly than it was way back in 2013. Have fun playing with your pictures!

PicMonkey Tutorial Inserting Text Onto Photos

I frequently get asked what program I use to insert text onto my photos and how I make my own graphics. Over the next 4 weeks I will walk you through the program I use: PicMonkey.com. I know that there are lots of programs to choose from; this is what works for me. I am not an expert on the subject but I hope that this series sheds a little light, and I do have a few insider tips and tricks.

collage of children with text on photos as an example

The collage from my son’s 1st birthday party was a fun way to remember and document what a little stinker he is.

I use PicMonkey professionally and personally almost every day. While I am primarily writing this for my peers here in the food blogging world, I think there is something for everyone at PicMonkey whether you are seeking to make your images more Pinterest-friendly or whether you want to tell a story in your family photo album. Throwing together a quick collage and adding text right onto your photos is perfect for all of you scrapbooking moms (and dads?) out there! By making a few simple edits you can jazz up your family photos and you don’t need to buy Lightroom or Photoshop to make significant changes.

Please leave me your questions in the comments section of this post. You can see the topics that we’re going to cover over the next 4 Mondays and I would love to be able to address any specific questions you may have.

Let’s get started! First you are going to open up PicMonkey and click on “Edit a Photo.”

PicMonkey Tutorial Edit a Photo

You’re in! Woo hoo! You are on the first tier of menu boards where you can do some basic edits like cropping, rotating, adjusting exposure, etc. For this tutorial I want you to go to the 4th tier of menu boards that will take you to where you can insert text onto your photo. It is represented by the letter P. Click on the P. We’re going to add some text to this really weird photo I took while on vacation.

A bee on a purple flower

Boom! Look at all of those font options! Use the scroll bar to the right of the fonts to see all of your options. Click where it says Add Text.

PicMonkey Tutorial bee on a purple flower

Didact Gothic is chosen for you by default but can be changed at any point. I chose Arial Black. A little text box will pop up. Click on it and begin typing.

PicMonkey Tutorial example insert text here

I typed in something awesome and moved the box into the upper right corner.

PicMonkey Tutorial Insert text here be my valentine

Then because I am a font snob I decided that Marcelle Script was more my style. Make sure you highlight the text in your box then you can click on fonts until you find the one that works for you.

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When you highlight the text in your box a little Text Editing box will pop up. From here you can center your text, use the slider to change the size, flip your text, or adjust the color. Here you can see I changed the color to pink.

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INSIDER TIP: If you spend 7 minutes finding just the right shade of pink you may want to jot down its number on a little piece of paper. I actually have a notebook where I write down all of my favorite colors so that I can come back to it months later when I want to use that same color again. Next time you can just type in the number for the color you want instead of spending another 7 minutes finding that perfect shade. Here you can see that I used FF79C1.

Also take note of the Fade slider. This is how you can get a really light text color if you are watermarking your photos.

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If  you right click the text box you will get a whole lot of awesome options. Today I’m talking about the Duplicate Text option. Click this if you want to duplicate the exact same content in the box. You can duplicate it and set the color to something else and create a shadow like I did on these July 4th Layered Drinks.

** MAC USERS-  Control +click will bring up this dialogue.**


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INSIDER TIP: Here I selected Duplicate Text because I wanted to add text somewhere else on my photo but I wanted to keep it the same size and color. You can of course just click the Add Text button on the left sidebar again but I wanted to carry over the same formatting without having to recreate it.

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You can see that I typed in my new text but the formatting carried over. Then I decided to change the font to Luckiest Guy. Again, just make sure you have the text in the box highlighted then you can try on fonts all day long if you want.

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Okay- you did it! You can walk away from this photo and feel awesome about yourself.

Or you can get all choose-y like I did and keep playing. I decided that I wanted “my” to be white instead of pink so I deleted the word “my.”

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Right click and Duplicate Text (because I want the formatting to stay the same).

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Highlight the text and replace it with “my.”

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Change the color to white (FFFFFF).

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Move it into position.

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Change your mind. Oh wait- here I am being me again. I still didn’t like the look so I grabbed the text box with the “Bee Valentine” in it and made it bigger while keeping “my” the smaller size. Then I moved the box to offset it a little bit. These little edits (like using multiple fonts, colors, and sizes of text) can really set your images apart from others especially on Pinterest where everything is visual.

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Then I decided that I really liked how the whole pink and white thing was working for me so I repeated the process on the second box.

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Erase “Sure Thing,” from the top box, and “Honey” from the bottom box.

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Line them up and Bam! You just inserted some pretty sweet text onto your photo. Multiple sizes, colors, and fonts don’t scare you!

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Save it to your computer and go eat a cookie. No, really. Go eat a cookie or all of your hard work will disappear. Well, maybe not but I’m not taking any chances. Someone please pass the milk…

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What do you think? You can do this! Have you been wanting an easy way to add a watermark to your photos? This is your homework- upload a photo, insert your Blog Name, slide the fade to what works for your watermark (usually about 50%), and come back and let me know how you did.

Please leave me any questions or sing my praises in the comments section below. Just don’t be a Hater because I cry easily  Next Monday we’re talking Collages.

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Don’t forget to check out all of the tutorials in this 4 Part series.

PicMonkey Tutorial | 4 part series

Inserting Text    |    Creating a Collage    |    Using Overlays    |    Creating Graphics

Disclosure: I told the awesome people at PicMonkey.com that I was putting this series together and they gave me a free Royale membership and said good luck. 😉 All opinions are 100% my own (and I had actually already bought and paid for my own membership because I heart PicMonkey so much). Everything I’m showing you in this 4 week series can be done for free without access to any Royale effects.

- Katrina

34 Responses to “PicMonkey Mondays: Inserting Text Onto Photos”

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 4, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I will always be indebted to you for your PicMonkey lessons awhile back!!! You rock – great idea for a post!!

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    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats — February 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Thanks! I use PicMonkey as well…and I learned something new with this post!

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — February 4, 2013 at 8:59 am

    YES! Thank you Katrina! I have been a lost puppy since Picasa went away and I’ve had no idea how to add text to pictures since. I will be utilizing this for sure!

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      Katrina Bahl — February 4, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Awesome! Please let me know if you have any specific questions that you need addressed in the upcoming weeks.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I love Picmonkey! I have used it since the beginning and have nothing but love for the site! Great tutorial!

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    Hani — February 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    You just saved me. Love this!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Awesome tips and tutorials! Thanks, Katrina!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — February 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Can you believe I was just looking for this yesterday and couldn’t remember what it was called! Now I’ve pinned it and I won’t forget. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I love picmonkey! I use them every day too – looking forward to your posts!

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    Kristen — February 4, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I don’t use PicMonkey but I can’t believe how easy it looks to be. So cool! Your kids are the cutest.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I need to keep playing with it to get the hang of things. I recently try to write the color code in the box but it wouldn’t let me 🙁 So I kept having to just wing it and hope for the best. I’m getting better though but you’re a pro!

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    alicia — February 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks for the post! It was easy enough to use. I even tried some of the other features!

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      Katrina Bahl — February 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks! That’s great news- I’m glad you found it helpful.

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    Michelle — February 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I use PicMonkey, but have not really “played” around with it. Thanks for your tips, can’t wait till next week. We are going on vacation & I would love to make up a collage when we return 🙂

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    Tara — February 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Katrina, thanks so much for posting this! Just a question, I am using a Mac, and cant figure out how to ” right click” to bring up more texting options, any ideas? Maybe I should learn how to use my new Mac first :/
    But Squeee!!! I added text to a picture!! Thank you!!

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      Katrina Bahl — February 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Hey Tara! I spoke with my contact at PicMonkey and she said that Control +click will bring up the dialogue. I hope that helps! Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I’m not a Mac gal so please keep the questions coming and I will try to get the answers for you. I want you to be successful and to have as much fun with it as I do!

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    Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} — February 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I’ve been using PicMonkey for the past few weeks and am looking forward to your tutorials. I had been wondering about watermarking, so once I have done the “homework” of creating a watermark, how do I add it to my photos?

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — February 13, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Katrina, your PicMonkey tutorial series is such a swell idea. You will be my go-to PicMonkey gal! xo

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    Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — February 18, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Thank you, Katrina…I could KISS you! I’ve been wanting to add text to photos forever, but never could figure out how. I’ll start basic, but can’t wait to branch out into some of your advanced tips too!

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    Lucille — February 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I have the hardest time moving that text box. It swirls and flips upside down. How can I grab it and move it easily. This part usually takes me 30 minutes. Grrr.

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      Katrina Bahl — February 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thanks for writing Lucille. Hmm I haven’t run into that problem with PicMonkey ever. I work on a PC in Chrome browser or Internet Explorer. I wonder if the problem is you are trying to move the box before it has any text in it?

      If you look in the examples above see Pic 4 in the tutorial. The text box says “Type your text here.” Notice how it does not have any “grabbers” on it…I’m using this work for lack of another- I blame my lack of coffee yet this morning. 😉 Now look at Pic 8, 9, 10, etc. Notice the “grabbers?”

      The box has tiny circles in each corner indicating that you can grab the corner and pull it in any direction, or you can click in the middle of the box to grab it and move it anywhere you like. Also take note of the tiny circle centered above the text box. If you grab that center circle that’s what rotates the text box/flips it/etc. I hope this helps. Great question!

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    Lucie — March 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Is there any chance I can use Picmonkey on my Ipad? It requires flash but I am not sure I can download flash into it. Thank u!

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      Katrina Bahl — March 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      I think you need Flash to run it- sorry!

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    [email protected] — March 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Thank you for making these tutorials. I don’t have photoshop and I’m loving picmonkey, but had a few questions. My friend recommended your site. While I’ve been on here, I’m also loving all of your recipes. The cookie monster cookies are the cutest. I will be back to check out more.

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    Sandy — March 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Great tutorial …. But how do I get it to work on my MacBook ? It says I need flash.

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    cassie — May 16, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    i am a professional photographer i have all the photo editing programs in which i have spent thousands of dollars in. I choose to use picmonkey for all m editing its simple and fast and more organized. and only $5 a month i live picmonkey!!

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      Katrina Bahl — May 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

      I totally agree. I have other editing programs but I go to PicMonkey every day.

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    mirjam — May 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Katrina, I’m so glad you made this tutorial.
    Thank you very much ♥..!

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      Katrina Bahl — May 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

      I’m happy you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by- and have fun with PicMonkey! 🙂

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    kristy gardner — June 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Hello Katrina!

    I’m in the process of building my site and I’m having some problems with uploading images. I want to put some text-based-images in my design but everytime I upload a new image, it blurs it all out to hell.

    I’ve tried starting with smaller images and then insanely large ones. I’ve used PicMonkey (and GIMP and Pixlr) and it doesn’t seem to make a difference; I’ve also saved as JPG and PNG files. I’ve tried uploading directly from my computer and also via Photobucket. If you click on the image though and it expands in a new window, it’s perfectly clear. I think it must be something to do with the compression of the text but have no friggin clue how to fix it.

    Please help me – I’m going out of my mind right now. Any advice would be muchly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

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      Katrina Bahl — June 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Kristy. Thanks for writing. I was looking around your site and everything I saw with text on it looked clear to me. Do you have an example? As far as PicMonkey goes I always save everything in the highest resolution and I haven’t had a problem.

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    Karen — July 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I’m singing…..can you hear me? I’m the one a little off-key! I am learning so much! 🙂

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    Cinthia Shields — March 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I’m doing the happy dance!!! Woooo Hoooo!! Your easy to follow lessons with screen shots have been a HUGE help to me. THANK YOU Katrina!! I’ve been trying to “self teach” and getting very frustrated. Your instructions were perfect for me as a “tech-tard”. Today is a day of silly celebration!

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