Write On Your Photos

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The idea of writing directly on a photo is one that takes a little getting used to at first. We are taught that photos are something special to be framed or put into albums so the idea of taking a pen to them seems a little disrespectful, and even a little wild! Before I (Katie) discovered digital scrapbooking, I never dared to do such a thing. I was too afraid of making a mistake and I wasn’t really sure why I would ever want to use a pen or any other kind of tool to mark up my precious pictures. One of the best features of creating something digitally is that blessed UNDO function, so there is no need to be scared of marking up your photographs. In fact, I bet you will be searching your files for photos to “write” on after I show you a few creative ways to have more fun with your photographs.

Why would someone want to write (or type, or doodle) directly on a photograph anyway? Besides the fun factor, there are several other good reasons:

  • a good way to document memories
  • include special details that might not otherwise be shared
  • create meaningful messages of inspiration
  • decorate your home, office, or other surroundings
  • make gifts for others
  • create visually stunning scrapbook pages
  • add interest to blog posts and journal entries

There are a few easy methods that I love to use to work on photo-writing projects.


Search through your files and look for professionally designed word art and photo overlays. Most word art files come in .png format which means you just need to digitally add it on top of your photo. When you pair a simple graphic or title to a meaningful photo you will create an instant work of art!

word art by Kitty Designs. “A child’s world is about play” – I want to frame this one!

word art by Manda Bean at Sweet Shoppe Designs. (No Longer Available) Quote says “Life is not meant to be easy my child, but take courage…it can be delightful.” George Bernard Shaw. A motivational quote that would be fun to hang on a bulletin board.

word art by Jen Wilson. Wouldn’t this make a great Valentine’s Card?

Word art by Maya at Scrapbook Graphics. I printed this one in a square format and included it as a scrapbook page in my daughter’s album.

word art by Steph2 at The Daily Digi. I think this would make a beautiful birthday card or I might frame it for my Father-in-Law since he’s the one blowing out the candles.

Word art frame by Ali Edwards at Designer Digitals. This would be another great one to frame or to include on a scrapbook layout.


You don’t need to use pre-designed word art to make a picture shine. I love to type quotes or thoughts right onto my digital photos in my photo editing program. Simply save as a new file and print.

This hangs above my desk for inspiration. My husband even asked for a copy to take to work. Font is papyrus.

I used a simple font (arial) so I didn’t detract from the details in the picture.

This one certainly isn’t “frame-worthy” but it was a great addition to my blog post about my daughter’s birthday. Font is CK classical.

I turned this one into a 2 inch magnet to hang on our reminder board when Ginger is out of food. It works like a charm and I never have to nag anyone!Something Blue Studios is my favorite place to get magnets made because they are so nice and sturdy.

I used the Hootie font on this one to make a motivational reminder for myself.

Document the date and/or title of a picture. Great for photo 365 projects! Great way to include journaling details as well.


You can have a font made from your handwriting and then you will be able to type up anything you want using your own familiar writing. Or you can scan in your own handwriting. Here’s a link to a tutorial on how to incorporate your handwriting into your digital projects. You can also use a digital pen and tablet like a Wacom.

That’s my handwriting on that photo. I’m not a big fan of my own writing so I don’t use it very often, but I know it is a very meaningful addition to my creations.


  • Look for photos that have empty space or dark portions so your words will stand out. They will be hard to read if there is a lot going on behind them so open areas like sky, water, grass, or walls make especially nice backdrops for words.
  • Always save your file with a new name and don’t save over the original photo file. This is good practice for any type of digital photo creation.
  • Share your creations by printing them or sending them in digital format to others who will enjoy them. They will appreciate your amazing artwork!

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