6 Awesome Photo Apps For Adding Text To Your Pics

Posted by Dani on February 10, 2014

6 Awesome Photo Apps For Adding Text

We’ve got a big love affair with photo apps going on here at Lifeovereasy. Once you get hooked on a few, there’s no going back. These are as addictive as all that Coconut Bliss ice cream that just seems to find it’s own way into my grocery cart. Don’t know how that keeps happening! And I sure don’t know how so many app icons show up on my phone. It’s a mystery.

Eiffel Tower, Paris

The best thing about photo apps is that they make your life look a whole lot better. So if you’re a little down because the house is getting a little messy, and the furniture is feeling a little tired or dated, just snap a quick pic and tap a few buttons. Everything looks a whole lot better with a filter!

These days I’m getting into adding text. Cause y’all know I’ve always got lots to say! Here is the same photo, 3 different ways. I used Rhonna Designs and TextMask to give me 3 completely different looks with a few keystrokes.

Sailing on the sea

Sailing on the sea

Sailing on the sea

Here’s a roundup of my top picks for adding text to your photos. This list is iOS heavy, since we’re hooked on our iPhones around here, but there’s a few picks that work for you non-iPhone types as well.

(iOS, Android, free)
Phonto is a great free app for adding typography that comes with about 100 fonts, and has some filters, too. It’s a hard working app that covers a lot of bases, and a great deal to boot.


A Beautiful Mess
(iOS, Windows, Android, $0.99)
This one is by those talented girls over at the blog by the same name. This app is great for adding doodles, text, and phrases that are whimsical and look hand drawn. It comes with some nice filters, too. It’s one of my faves, and usually my first stop when I’m playing with a photo.

Cartoon Mona Lisa

Rhonna Designs
(iOS, Android, $1.99)
This app is a dream for all you scrapbooking types. Fonts, filters, frames, masks, backgrounds, doodles and more. Use this one to add lots of personality to your photos.

(iOS, $1.99)
This app is a great one for typography lovers. It comes with a great selection of fonts that appeal to all tastes, and a few touches on the wheel control is all you need to bring out your inner designer. This one is usually my first choice when I want my pics to say something.

(iOS, $0.99)
Obaby is by the same people who created Over. It’s primarily geared toward telling your baby stories, but I included it here because it has a great selection of borders and doodles that I use sometimes to add a fun touch. I often use it in tandem with Over to add text as well.

Golden Doodle

(iOS, free version or $0.99 for full version)
This fun app allows you to create words by masking off parts of your photo. Even the free version comes with about 200 fonts, so there’s lots of choice. I used it here to show my 2104 Word Of The Year. You get the picture. (Ha! Picture – get it??)


There are a lot more out there, but these are my go-to apps and a great place for you to start. Don’t be intimidated – these are easy to use, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to achieve great results. And if you’re looking for a great e-book to help get you started on using photo apps, head over to my friend Lynne Knowlton’s blog to check out her free guide.




50 Responses to “6 Awesome Photo Apps For Adding Text To Your Pics”

  1. Great list! These are all new to me! Gotta go check them out. Thanks 🙂

  2. Sandy says:

    Thanks Dani! These are great! I’m always on the lookout for photo apps. Will definitely have to take a peek into these ones 🙂

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Sandy! I am really loving all the apps I have. The best part is sometimes I can get my photos edited when I’m stuck waiting somewhere (like picking up the kids).

  3. Jo-Anna says:

    I love iPhone apps! I especially love Rhonna’s…it’s SO great! Thanks for all the tips!

  4. These are fabulous! I love getting recommendations for new apps – there are SO many to choose from I get overwhelmed when I go through them on my own.

  5. Thea says:

    Thank you so much sharing these great apps. I am always looking for ways to have fun adding creativity to my photographs. I’ll be pinning for future reference! ~Thea

  6. Natalie says:

    Oh how fun! I will certainly be trying out a few of these!!


  7. Oh these are pretty great suggestions, thank you! I really need to get my act together and try some of these out. Right now I use Microsoft Paint, but it is getting a little tiresome. I will add these to the list!

  8. Looks like fun! Thanks, I do want to check some of these out!!

  9. Lian Wright says:

    These app look like a lot of fun to use! I also like how they are inexpensive, so I will try a bunch of them out! Thanks for sharing these apps!

  10. I’m definitely checking these out, I’ve been wanting to download a few apps now that I am using instagram

  11. Amy says:

    This could not have come at a better time 😀 Thanks so much for sharing – I’m excited to get started on making my pictures beautiful!!

  12. What a great round-up Dani! It’s so hard to pick an app, and then decide how much time it gets! I love playing around with my pics – pinning this post!!!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Sheila. With apps, it’s really easy to go overboard – there are so many out there! But this list is a good starting point. Have fun!

  13. Jenna Em says:

    Thanks for compiling all these photo apps together! What I also need is a PC-based programme with some Pinterest-worthy features, hint hint 😉

    • Dani says:

      Jenna, do you use PicMonkey or Ribbet? You can do a lot of this with those programs. Have a look at the main pic on my Raspberry Ribbon post – I did that with PicMonkey http://lifeovereasy.com/vintage-dessert-raspberry-ribbon/ One good idea is to look at photo’s you like, like the ones from these apps, and then try to replicate them with PicMonkey. This way you often try different things that you might think of on your own.

  14. Jenn says:

    These are awesome and reasonably priced!! I never realized how easy it is to transform a picture with a simple phone app!! Now I just have to work on the actual taking of the picture!

    • Dani says:

      Ha that’s a whole other ballgame! I suggest trying to use filters – they seem to magically make your photos look much better.

  15. Rorybore says:

    some great apps!
    this will support my new photography habit very nicely!

    I also like Collage.com to turn you pictures into fun word or image collages.

  16. Cathy C says:

    I just saw Shayna from Mommy Outside sharing Hawaii picks with happy place! Very cool Thanks for the post!!

  17. Andrea says:

    Well. Looks like I’m gonna be up late tonight. Thanks a lot 😉

  18. Melissa says:

    Thanks so much for this list; it was super helpful! I have already downloaded a couple of them and am adding text to all sorts of photos!

  19. Shanondoah says:

    I just got Studio Design which seems to have some fun fonts and captions. I also downloaded photify but haven’t been successful in logging in yet. I have an android and they’re both free.

  20. Shauna says:

    I always use picmonkey, but these are some great alternatives. Your image cracks me up!

  21. thanks! i really need to become less dependent on picmonkey so this is a GREAT list!

    • Dani says:

      I like that these are a little more portable, and you can edit on the go. I do like Picmonkey when I’m working on the laptop though.

  22. Christine says:

    Such great apps!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! I need to grab a couple!

  23. Cate Moore says:

    LOVE pic monkey and over. 🙂
    Great list.

  24. Thank you for sharing! I was just looking for apps like this!

  25. LOVE!!! I am always wondering how everyone does that so effortlessly, thanks for sharing! xo

  26. Rebecca Nash says:

    Great post! Thanks for sharing these. I’m all about photos so it’s great to see what new apps are out there.

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