Add Text to Pictures with Fresh Fonts from PicMonkey

Add Text to Pictures with Fresh Fonts from PicMonkey
August 8, 2017 Tanya Friedland

Want to add pizzaz to your pics? Fun to your photos? An air of professionalism to your marketing materials? (Yes, that too!) A great way to do all three is to add text to your pictures. Pictures are a great way to communicate, worth a thousand words and what have you, but for those times when they just need a little something extra (think: memes, advertisements, flyers, announcements, invitations, etc.) a few well-placed words can go a long way.

To add text to a picture in PicMonkey:

  1. Hover over Edit on the PicMonkey homepage and choose your photo’s location from the storage options that display in the gray bar.
  2. Click the Text tab (the “Tt” icon on the left-hand side of the Editing panel) to open the Text tool.
  3. Scroll through our hundreds of fonts and pick one that you like.
  4. Click the Add text button at the top of the tab to add a text box to your photo.
  5. Type your words and drag your text box where you want it.
  6. Use the Text palette to change the color, size, fade, justification, and style, and to add some text effects.

Save it to Hub and update your text anytime, or share right from PicMonkey.

The PicMonkey font library

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Like we mentioned, PicMonkey’s got hundreds of fonts for you to choose from and we’re constantly adding more. They generally break down into six main categories:

add text to pictures, sans serif fonts

  • Sans Serif fonts, like Quicksand and Montserrat, do not have the serif lines. They have a clean, modern look and are thought to be more legible on a screen than other types of fonts.

add text to pictures, serif fonts

  • Serif fonts, like Cardo and Chunk Five, have tiny lines off the main stroke of the letters (called “serifs”… go figure). These fonts are great for business cases since they can be seen as giving validity to your words.

add text to pictures, handwriting fonts

  • Handwriting fonts, like TrashHand and Shadows Into Light Two, are meant to look like a human wrote them. These fonts are casual and approachable and can be good for craft projects.

add text to pictures

  • Script fonts, like Playball and Yesteryear, run the gamut from fancy and ornate to simple and hand-drawn. These elegant fonts are great for special occasions.

add text to pictures

  • Display fonts, like Laughing Gull and Righteous, are eye-catching and bold. Use them to make a statement, but know that they can be hard to read in blocks of small text.

add text to pictures

  • Monospaced fonts, like Inconsolata and PT Mono take up the same amount of horizontal space for each letter. They’re easily readable and can give off a retro or tech-y feel.

Text + Pictures = <3

Still not convinced that your pictures are crying out for some text? Check out the looks we’re obsessing over. (Psst! If you like what you see, you can click any of these pics to instantly steal these looks.)

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Text resources to get your started

If you’re in need of some inspo, look no further. We have tutorials that can get you started with pairing your fonts and typographic hierarchy, so that your images will look professional and polished. While we’re at it, we can also show you how to pick the best fonts for your business. Plus, how to get extra fancy with our text effects and curved text tools.

Plus! Use your own fonts

If you’re not seeing a font you adore in PicMonkey, don’t call it quits! With PicMonkey, you can add any font that you have on your computer to your photos. We even have some free font resources to help you find your next font obsession.

To learn how, just check out this quick video tutorial:


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Tanya Friedland
Tanya is a copywriter at PicMonkey, a company that has greatly improved her life by allowing her to Zombify her friends and Santa-ify her enemies. A native Seattleite, she dreams of one day being a contestant on The Price Is Right.