5 ideas for adding text to images using Photoshop

5 ideas for adding text to images using Photoshop
5 ideas for adding text to images using Photoshop

#1: Transparent text

5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop
5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop

First, open your chosen image in Photoshop.

Then, click on the Background tab in the Layer box and hit Ctrl - J to copy the layer.

Next, add a new layer (Layer > Add New) and add a box, setting the opacity, in the Layers box, to 70%.

Now drag the text box between the two background layers and uncheck the Background Copy, like so:

Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop

Now add another New Layer, and add some text. Now lock the Background layer, like so:

Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop

Clicking on the copy of the Background, select Layer from the top menu and select Create Clipping Mask.

Now check the Background Layer once more, making it visible - job done!

#2: Keeping it simple

5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop
5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop
Adding a layer of transparent text in Photoshop

An effective and simple way to display test on images with a centered focus is to center the text above or below. If you follow any foodie boards on Pinterest you might have seen a fair bit of this of late as it seems to be popular at the moment.

#3 Coordinating colour blocks

5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop
5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop
Adding a coordinating colour block to an image in Photoshop
Adding a coordinating colour block to an image in Photoshop
Adding a coordinating colour block to an image in Photoshop
Adding a coordinating colour block to an image in Photoshop
Adding a coordinating colour block to an image in Photoshop
Adding a coordinating colour block to an image in Photoshop

Bright and beautiful, this way picks out a prominent colour from the image and uses it to grab attention.

Open your image in Photoshop and create a new Layer (from the top menu pick Layer > New).

Now using the Eyedropper tool, click on a part of the image that you want to pick the exact colour from. For this example I chose the pink from the hyacinth.

Now using the Rectangle tool, create your block, it'll automatically fill in the colour that you just selected.

For my example I created another Layer after that, and added a white line alongside the colour box, using the Line tool.

Finally I added some text and job done.

#4: Semi opaque overlay with colour coordinated text

5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop
5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop

Using some of the techniques shown above, I created a new Layer, added a circle to it, using the Circle tool and set it's opacity to 70%. I then added another Layer which I added text too. I used the Eyedropper tool to pick colours form the photo itself and changed the text to match.

#5: Wavey text

5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop
5 examples of adding text to photos using Photoshop

Having opened my image I created a new Layer and added the text. With the text selected I selected , from the top menu Type > Warp Text and chose Flag from the dropdown.

Fonts used:

Mission Script

(free)

Learning Curve

(free)

Conqueror Carved

(free)