A person is working on a laptop with an image of the eiffel tower.
A person is working on a laptop with an image of the eiffel tower.

Image editing: Photoshop explainer 4 of 5

Let's add text to an image using Photoshop

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Open an image and add text to it.


Name of explainer: Open an image and add text to it

Creative theme: Image editing

Software used: Photoshop

User level: BEGINNER

This is explainer 4 of 5 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Open an image, resize it and save it
  2. Open an image, rotate it and crop it
  3. Open an image and apply basic colour correction
  4. Open an image and add text
  5. Create a new image with a single-colour background

The Software

This series of beginner explainers uses Photoshop. Note Photoshop forms part of the ‘Photography plan’ AND the full ‘Creative Cloud all apps’ plan – Check carefully which subscription will be appropriate for you before committing to a paid subscription.

A screenshot of the photoshop website with a cat on it.
A screenshot of the photoshop website with a cat on it.

The pre-requisities

This is a BEGINNER workflow explainer, so you just need to install and open the software. We’ll take it from there.

If you’re new to IT / computing, you may need help downloading and installing the software. Start with a search for ‘how do i install photoshop’ or speak with someone who’s familiar with downloading and installing.

Why would I do this?

Adding text directly on top of an image is the quickest way to help create a simple greeting, meme image or basic poster. Text is usually added in separate layout or publishing software such as Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Publisher, but adding it directly to images will always have its place!

Let’s do it!

Click the play icon to watch this video. Subtitles are available – Click the settings cog at the bottom right for options. You can also watch this video full-screen by clicking the full-screen icon at the bottom right.

Good to know

The text fonts (or ‘typefaces’) available in Photoshop are those which are built-in to your computer plus any that have been automatically installed by your creative software. You can find and download fonts yourself at sites including dafont.com:

Quality and pricing varies, and always check a font includes a ‘full’ character set if you need it for diverse projects, as some only include numbers, letters and essential punctuation.

Where to next?

The art of TYPOGRAPHY is a course in itself. Here’s a friendly introduction:

Remember, this is part of a series of explainers for this software – Join us again for the other explainers in the series 🙂

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in February 2023. This page was last updated in March 2024.

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This is number 14 of the 15 explainer videos made available for image editing month! Make sure you check out the others!