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Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge Week 11 – Text on photo

Ten Uses for Text on Photos

1) Make a notice
Left – Made with Studio; Right – Made with Moldiv

2) Add your brand/credit/attribution to your copyrighted images.Add a credit for your pictures
Left – Made with MOldiv; Right – Made with Studio

3) Supplementary text help to enhance or explain the photo

Left – Made with Moldiv; Right – Made with Studio

4) Label or title your photo

Left – Made with Moldiv; Right – Made with Studio

5) Add a mantra or make a quotograph/quotogram
Left – Made with Studio; Right – Made with Moldiv

6) Add balance to a photo
Both made with Moldiv

7) Text as part of the design
Both made with Studio

8) Tell a story
Both made with Moldiv

9) Embellish your photo collage
Left – Made with both Moldiv and Studio; Right – Made with Moldive

10) Make a festive e-card

Left – Made with Studio; Right – Made with Photoshop

Welcome back to Week 11 of the Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge hosted by weliveinaflat and firebonnet ;)
This challenge asks you to (1) share a good photo that you took or edited last week, (2) run it through a photo app on your smartphone or mobile device and share with us the result. This week it’s time to add text to your photos!

Some all-in-one photo apps like Picsart easily help you add text to your photos. There are also dedicated text apps for this function like Phonto and Over. My two favourite are Moldiv, a collage app and Studio, a design app. Let’s take a look at them.


add text to your photos using moldiv

Moldiv is a collage app that I’ve featured in the Snappy H’appy cutouts post before so more details on that link. I also like the app for it’s selection of fonts and customisation options :) The following screens give you a quick overview of the text features.

Click on Edit Text and the following options will appear: 
This screen shows the Stroke/Shadow presets in the Edit Text section. 
This screen shows the available tag patterns to choose from, should you need a background for your text.

But if you prefer your text on photos to look less home-made or crafty and more designy, then the Studio app may be more up your alley.

Studio Design

Studio bills itself as the Instagram for design. That’s why the splash page for the app is the image feed from other users that you may follow.

Like Instagram, the button right at the bottom screen center lets you take or load your photo to begin. Or you may choose to start on a clean slate if you just want to play around with the text or design elements Studio has, without the photo.

The studio user interface can be more complex. Design elements like text are added as layers over your base image, if you have one.

There is a free library of overlays to choose from, and there are also more free and in-app purchases that you can download from the Overlay Market. For this post, we look specifically at the available text options that come with the app installed.

If you want to input your own text, you have the option of using “Text” or “Text Crops”. Voice/Thought Bubbles are useful background for your text if you desire ;)

And if you’re feeling uninspired for that day, riffle through the “Mantras” and “Social Jive” sections for pre-made phrases.

This screen above shows a text crop being used. It’s kind of obscured by the text bubbles though. Sorry about that!

This screen above shows a Text layer overlayed on top of the Text Crop layer.

This screen shows the edit options for Text.

You can choose to save to your Gallery/Camera album or to share on your social media accounts. 

 The result:

Get Inspired!

Go get it!
Photo apps for your mobile devices

iOS devices

  • Design apps
    • Studio Design free, in app purchases [ iPhone ]
    • Rhonna Designs paid [ iPhone | iPad ]
  • Collage apps
    • Moldiv free, with in app purchases [ iPhone | iPad ]
  • Text apps
    • Path on paid [ iPhone | iPad ] – lets you draw a line where you want the text to appear
    • Phonto free [ iPhone | iPad ]
    • Over paid [ iPhone | iPad ]

Android devices

Host Challenge Photo

Photo of the week
Edited with Photoshop. Last week’s photo to illustrate the training post. Photo was taken indoors at night so the quality wasn’t too good. 

Apped Photo

Edited with Snapseed and Studio. In Studio, added the round badge to focus on Donna’s volleyball smacking paw (‘cept there’s no volleyball, lol), and the text which I sized bigger than the original.  

Now it’s your turn to share!

Create your challenge post from now until Sunday, 4 May end of your day. Post your Photo of the Week and your App-ed version of that photo on your blog. (You can follow my format above if you like).

Pic 1 – Your Photo of the Week can be taken with any equipment – a regular camera, a DSLR, a smartphone, hack even a pin-hole camera if you so choose!

Pic 2 – Pic 2 is optional. The theme this week is a Pop or Splash of colour, but if that is not your cup of tea, you are free to choose other app effects for your app-ed photo. In all cases, it would be helpful if you can name the app effect used so we can understand what you are doing ; )

Add the challenge badge and link your post to the host and co-host sites. Be nice and visit with some of the other challengers for this week! :) And do remember to leave me your blog post link in the comments below, in case I do not receive the pingback/trackback from your link.

For more information, you can read in detail more about the challenge and the instructions at the About page here. You can also grab the badges here.

Questions? Feel free to pose any questions in the comments below or email me at weliveinaflat@gmail.com. Next up, what happens after you have linked up? Why you start getting your challenger photo grid filled up!

Challenger Photo Grids

Every week, challenger grids get updated with the new photos! At the end, you get to grab your grid off this blog for your own pleasure. :D Meanwhile, you can view one another’s photos on the blogs by clicking on the linked numbered weeks above each challenger’s photo grid. I will try to keep it up to date as quick as I can ;)

Host| weliveinaflat.com
[ photos tagged “snappy happy” ]
weliveinaflat's Snappy H'appy Photo Grid

Host| firebonnet.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
firebonnet snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| 1stworlddog.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
1st world dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Little Dogs Laughed
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
Little Dogs Laughed snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| ForestWoodFolkArt.wordpress.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
Roxy the Traveling Dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Roxy The Traveling Dog
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
Roxy the Traveling Dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| completelydisappear.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
completelydisappear snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Blogagaini
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
Blogagaini snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Zeke’s Adventures
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
Zeke's Adventures snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| LivingWithMyAncestors.wordpress.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
Roxy the Traveling Dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| sassmuffins.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
sassmuffin snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Claim your photo grid, join the challenge today!

Next week, we’ll get Snappy H’appy with Creative Mixes for your photos! Thanks for checking out this Photo Challenge and making it all the way to the end of the post! ;) 


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  1. Great ideas for photos.

  2. Thank you so much for the tutorial for Studio. I love all the great text effects you come up with. I wasn’t sure how to manage them in either Moldiv or Studio. Cool!

  3. Ahhh… Love this week’s challenge. And you truly have a way with words on pictures. They all look great!


  4. Those photos with text are so cool! I love them.
    It’s making me wish I had a smart enough phone to have those apps. Any suggestions for a program I could use on the computer to get the same effects?

  5. Only a couple of weeks left! We are learning SO much. Hope you are planning the next challenge :o)

    • LOL I’m looking forward to a short break first! :P And then maybe a series on basic photography, that is not so focused on apps. But let me know if there are any topics you are interested in too. ;)

  6. Just to let you know that I tried out the sites that you recommended. They are great, thanks!
    Here is my latest blog post and it features a design I made using Canva!

  7. Thanks for this! :)

  8. I love to add text and it’s nice there are so many options out there. Here is mine. http://roxythetravelingdog.com/black-white-text/

  9. JX, when I saved my image in Studio, I got a footer/logo on it for Studio. Is there a choice I missed somewhere to not get that?

  10. So sorry I’m late again )= Here is this week’s: http://gretchensite.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/week-11-of-the-snappy-happy-photo-challenge/
    & last week’s (not sure if you saw it) http://gretchensite.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/week-10-of-the-snappy-happy-photo-challenge/

    I think my favorite is Donna behind the door frame & plant saying Did you hear that? If Donna had a (people)voice, what do you think she would sound like? For some reason Doug & I like to pretend Zeke would talk like the golden retriever dog from the movie UP

  11. Well, now that I have my new website up and running (finally!), I will definitely add a post for this photo design challenge this weekend. I have not tried Studio, but really like the examples you give. You do a superb job! I have played with Over a little, after seeing some other folks on instagram use it. Have also used a program called easy TITLER. Will have to play with them some more for this challengel

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