How to Add Captions to Your Photos?

Learn 7 easy ways in the guide below.
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For Windows 11, 10, 8, 7


For macOS 12 and higher

How to Add Captions to Pictures: 7 Methods You’ll Love

Want to turn your vacation photos into postcards, make a personalized ecard with pictures or create a funny motifake? Adding captions to photos is a perfect solution in this case. Besides, the text written on your images will surely catch the viewers’ attention thus prevent them from just scrolling the gallery by and throwing a cursory glance at every picture. Feeling interested? Want to give it a try? Then discover 7 easy ways to caption your photos from this guide and pick the most suitable one:

Add captions to photos

Share your thoughts and feelings with cool text in the images

Now, let’s take a closer look at each method to explore how to add captions to pictures.

Method 1: Caption a Picture With an Image Editor

Do you want to caption your photos easily, quickly and in the most efficient way? Then download PhotoWorks. This photo editor is compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 and Mac. Apart from captioning pictures with this software, you can also add text backgrounds with stickers, or overlay watermarks. Plus, you can edit multiple images at once and save a lot of time. If you want to try it all out, just download the program using one of the buttons:

For Windows 11, 10, 8, 7
For macOS 12 and higher

So, how to caption a single photo in PhotoWorks? It just could not be easier! Here are 4 simple steps for you to follow:

Step 1. Run PhotoWorks

Start the photo editor and open the image you want to caption:

Open your image

Import your photo

Step 2. Add a Caption to Your Image

Open the Captions tab, click the Add Text button and type your text caption in the field on the right.

Add a text caption

Write your text

Step 3. Stylize Your Text

Choose the text style from an extensive collection of designer presets. If needed, customize it to your fancy:

Choose the text style

Select the text style

Step 4. Save the Changes

Apply the changes and save the edited photo with your text caption on it:

Save your edited image

Apply the changes and save your photo

You don’t have to be a tech-savvy to manage this photo editing app for PC and Mac thanks to its intuitive interface - even newbies can put captions on photos easily! Want to see it for yourself? Watch the short video tutorial below:


As you could see, it’s possible to add a tremendous variety of text captions to your images with the help of PhotoWorks in less than a minute. The photo caption maker offers you a large collection of text styles. If you want to make your captions truly unique, customize the style - play with the font and its size, try different colors from a wide palette, move the text around the picture and rotate it as you like. Also, you can add an outline or shadow to make the caption more stylish.

Ready to try adding captions to your photos on Mac or Windows? Then download PhotoWorks right now and give it a go!

For Windows 11, 10, 8, 7
For macOS 12 and higher

However, you are free to go beyond PhotoWorks and try other captioning software, there is quite an amount of them offered to users today. This way, you will be able to compare various interface types and editing possibilities of different programs and choose the best one for you.

How about juicing up texts on your photos? Add stickers to pictures instead of typing in regular captions.

Method 2: Write Captions on Photos with an iPhone App

If you’re looking for a quick way to caption images on your iOS smartphone, Texta is what you need. This easy-to-use app comes with over 100 stylish fonts, as well as features to adjust the text size, color, placement, and opacity. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open Texta and select a photo from your iPhone gallery.
  2. Tap the blue Add button and click Text.
  3. Type the words you want and place them anywhere you like. Choose the suitable font and text color, adjust the opacity, and add a border or a shadow.
  4. Click the Save icon in the upper right corner to add the image to your iPhone library.

Caption your images on an iPhone

Overlay captions with a handy iPhone app

Texta is a great app for creating captivating content. Besides adding captions, you can also make photo collages using built-in backgrounds and over 700 eye-catching stickers.

Method 3: Use an Android App for Captioning Your Photos

From the variety of apps for Android users, we picked Phonto. It comes with a large collection of font styles and allows you to resize and rotate your texts with just little effort. Here are the steps for adding captions with this app:

  1. Start Phonto and open your image.
  2. Hold your finger on the screen and tap the Add Text bubble when it appears.
  3. Select the text style and font. Then type in your caption.
  4. Click Done. Now position your text on the image and save the result.

Add captions in an Android mobile captioner

Use your Android smartphone to caption your pictures

Want to add text as a watermark and prevent other users from stealing your pictures? Secure your photo completely - add a logo to a picture along with simple captions.

Method 4: How to Add Captions to Google Photos

Another way to add text captions directly to your photographs is to use Google Photos. It's a cloud storage tied to your Google account, where you can upload, organize and keep images.

  1. Sign in to your existing Google account.
  2. Upload a photo for editing to Google Photos.
  3. Click on the photograph and select the i option in the upper menu.
  4. In the Information panel that shows up, type your caption in the description field.
  5. Close the panel and you will see your text caption at the bottom left.

Add captions to Google Photos

Add a caption to Google Photos

Writing captions in your smartphone takes just all the same steps. To use Google Photos, download them from the Play Market for Android or App Store for IOS. Open the photo that you want to caption and tap it to expand. At the screen bottom, tap the i button and add a description to the field. Now, tap the Back button. In general, this method is suitable only for those who have stable Internet connection. If you want to add captions offline, look for a different way.

Method 5: How to Add Permanent Captions in a JPEG file

There is one more way to add caption information to images. Most people save and share their photographs in the JPEG format. It comes with a built-in caption option as a part of metadata. It is a descriptive block that contains the date when a picture was taken, its resolution, and the camera model information. Having added a text caption in a JPEG file, you can view and change it in metadata.

  1. Right-click your JPEG image.
  2. Pick Properties from the drop-down list.
  3. Open the Details tab.
  4. Fill out the Title field and apply the changes.

Add captions in a JPEG file

Caption your image in a JPEG file

Method 6: Caption Your Images Using Online Picture Caption Makers

You might find it convenient and fast to add text captions to your images online. Indeed, if your Internet connection is stable, you don’t need to install software to your personal computer. Let’s see how the thing works and take the AddText service for an example.

  1. Open the AddText website and upload your photo.
  2. Select the Add Text option.
  3. Write your captions. Choose the text style and adjust its size.
  4. When you are done with editing, save your photo or share it online.

Add captions in online captioners

Add text caption to your photos online

There are plenty of similar services offered online these days, you can try them one after another and find the one that suits you the most. But note that once you have uploaded your personal photos on the World Wide Web, there is no privacy about them left.

Method 7: Add Captions to Pictures in MS Word

Don't want to download any additional image editors or use online services for the sake of privacy? Then take a look at the old buddy, Microsoft Office. Using one of its parts, MS Word, you can quickly add captions to your photos on Windows 10.

So, want to add text to you pics in a Word document? Here are the steps:

  1. Select the picture.
  2. Go to References and click Insert Caption.
  3. Pick the default Label (Figure) and type in your text into the Caption field.
  4. When you're done, click OK.

Add captions in MS Word

Insert captions directly in the Microsoft Word document

Now that you have learnt those 7 different ways to add captions to your photos, it’s up to you to select the one that’s most convenient and efficient for you. Dressing up your pictures with text captions will make them stand out. And it can surely become real fun as long as you have a user-friendly and powerful captioner like PhotoWorks. It can also become your ultimate portrait photo editor that will remove any skin blemishes from faces in your pictures, edit out distracting elements in the background and apply stunning effects in a single click. There's even a face swapper that lets you have fun with your friends' pictures by swapping faces with a few simple brush strokes.

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