Whether it is words of wisdom, an inspirational quote, or a simple note, sometimes a photo needs something extra.
While you can add simple text to your photos with built-in tools, there are third-party apps that offer huge font selections, built-in quotes, and blank canvasses you can design from scratch. Here are seven of our favourite apps that help you add flair to your photos and social posts, according to Lifewire.
*Word Swag by Oringe
Word Swag by Oringe is one of the easiest apps to use on this list. You can choose from an array of backgrounds, stock images, or your photo roll, and access several editing tools.
It comes with hundreds of built-in quotes, thoughts, and jokes.
You can access stock photos from Pixabay.
There is no free trial.
*Font Candy by Easy Tiger
Font Candy offers a selection of hand-picked fonts, plus you can upload your own. You can also connect your account to Facebook to access photos you have posted there, and edit screenshots you have captured from your device.
The app is free with in-app purchases, but at some costs, you get a subscription which includes exclusive fonts, artworks, text blends, photo fill, and more. You can try the premium version for free for one week.
You can choose from over 45 fonts.
There is access to Pixabay stock photos.
Inspiration tab shows final projects from other users.
Can only access screenshots from your camera roll.
*PicMonkey by PicMonkey (iOS and Android)
PicMonkey is a graphic design app with which you can write on your photos or choose from a variety of backgrounds. You can add text in a variety of colours, fonts, and styles, and save them to your default photo app or PicMonkey’s cloud storage Hub if you have a subscription. You can also share images from the app to social media, using canvasses sized to social media platform specs.
You can get PicMonkey for free with in-app purchases. Its Basic subscription plan provides 1 GB of storage per month or per year, while the Pro plan includes unlimited storage per month or per year.
Has an array of canvas designs you can edit.
It is unclear what the benefit of PicMonkey’s cloud storage is.
*Typorama By Apperto (iOS)
Typorama is an elegant app with advanced tools including shadow and gradient colour progression, and a history option that lets you go back to previous versions.
You can write original text on pictures or request a random quote, and resize the image for an Instagram post or story, a Facebook post, or for Twitter, YouTube, and other platforms.
While Typorama is free with in-app purchases, the Pro version adds select text styles, all backgrounds, overlays, removes the “made with Typorama” stamp, and adds the ability to add your brand logo.
It offers a bunch of free backgrounds you can write on.
You can unlock text styles by liking Typorama on Facebook or Instagram.
No free trial of the paid version.
*Over by Over Inc.
Over is free to download, and the first time you launch it, you must answer a couple of questions. First, whether you are creating content for a brand, and second, what your interests are, out of a list including music, food and drink, and home décor.
Then, you have to subscribe, either to a seven-day free trial for an annual cost plan or jump right into a monthly plan.
Over has a large selection of backgrounds you can edit in addition to your photos, as well as stock images from Pixabay, Unsplash, and built-in Google Image search.
It also has integrated graphics, shapes, and fonts you can use. The app also includes advanced editing tools, such as shadow, opacity, and masking.
Built-in graphics and quotes you can add to your photos.
It has generous photo editing tools.
It offers tutorials on creating blurred background shots and other techniques.
No free trial for the monthly plan.
*Phonto by youthhr
Phonto has a super simple interface. You can start with a blank background or use a photo from your device, and add text in a variety of colours and fonts. The free version, which has in-app purchases, comes with enough for basic needs, but you can add image packs and filter packs for a fee and remove ads.
The free version includes editing tools and a handful of backgrounds.
You can install fonts from other sources.
You can’t tell which backgrounds are premium until you try to use one.
*PicLab by We Heart It (iOS & Android)
PicLab is a simple app with photo editing tools, filters, stickers, and a collage feature. While you can access your full photo roll from the app, you can write only on screenshots. Plus, you can’t add regular photos to a collage unless you capture one from the app.
PicLab is free with in-app purchases; you can pay to remove the PicLab watermark from your photos, unlock overlays and fonts, or unlock everything for a fee.
It has built-in photo editor.
You can make collages from your photos.
You can only edit screenshots or photos taken within the app.