How to add text to an JPG image

Updated February 21, 2017

Adding text to an image allows you to identify information within the image or to watermark the image to protect it from illegal distribution. Writing on the back of printing images can damage the image. (Reference 1) Adding text to the image is a safer and more practical way of memorialising your printed photos, and is the only way to ensure that the information stays with digital images.

Open your photo editing program. How you open programs will depend on your operating system. On Windows 7, click the round Windows icon in your bottom tool bar but other Windows versions require you click the "Start" icon in your bottom tool bar. Click "All Programs" and click on your editing program to launch it.

Open the JPEG image. Click the program's "File" menu and browse to your image. Double-click the image to open it in your program.

Click your program's "Text" tool. A "T" or an "A" in the program's tool menu in Microsoft, Adobe and Macromedia programs designates the text tool but your program may be different.

Click on the image where you want to insert the text. This will open a text box on the image. Some programs open a "Text Editor" window where you will select your text parameters.

Type your text.

Select your font colour, size and typeface. Click "OK."


Adding a border to your photo will provide text space without interfering with the image.


You cannot remove the text after you save the JPEG image. Save the image with text with a new file name to keep the original.

Things You'll Need

  • JPEG image
  • Photo editing software
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Specializing in business and finance, Lee Nichols began writing in 2002. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Arts in Web and Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi.