The 5 best apps to add text to photos

There are many apps for editing photos, but there are a few specific apps that allow you to paste texts nicely into your photos. We list the best five tools.


If you just want to paste text on a photo, Phonto is very simple: tap a photo and enter the text. Despite its ease of use, this free app offers a huge amount of possibilities to make the text interesting. In addition to using a large amount of fonts and the option to add fonts yourself, you can place the text very precisely with a slider and plus and minus buttons. Also read: 5 apps to take better photos with your iPhone.

The menus for adjusting colors and styles offer a surprising amount of settings and possibilities, such as options to adjust colors, add and edit shadows, edit the outline of the letter and even set leading and spacing. You can even curve the letters and use different ways to underline the text.


Those who love tiles of wisdom and who mainly use Facebook to teach their friends wise life lessons. By applying the beautiful fonts to a simple photo you quickly have something special. The free range is quite decent: if you want to look further, you can download quite a few extra fonts via an in-app purchase, with occasional offers.

The scroll wheel with editing functions is characteristic of About. Take out the disc by tapping the yellow triangle, turn the wheel for the appropriate function and select items to edit the photo, add text or images or share the result. Via Edit you can still fine-tune the texts with options for color, size and alignment.


PicLab can be used to edit your photos and add filters and stickers. Adding texts is also simple, with settings for colors, shadows and alignment. You can apply different text layers so that you can still slide, rotate and change the content of the text frames.

Every photo in PicLab contains a "Made with PicLab" watermark. You can remove it with an in-app purchase. The free amount of content is sufficient, but the app also has the option to unlock all fonts and filters with an in-app purchase.

Pixlr Express

Pixlr Express is also an app that you normally use to edit photos. Via the button type add your lyrics. The font options menu is cluttered and hard to read. You can download each category to make a genre with different fonts available. Once you understand how it works, you can achieve great results.

Rhonna Collage

Rhonna Collage has two main functions: to create special frames and to put texts in a certain shape. Choose a kind of frame, for example a simple circle and place a photo or even a video in it. The text feature allows you to place text on the outline of an object in your photo, such as text that wraps around a soccer ball.

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