Whilst a picture may speak a thousand words, it can shout really loud if you combine it with words.
I love how a simple phrase when combined with a photograph can totally change the meaning of what you’re seeing – plus it’s useful if you’re trying to explain or point something out.
Using a tablet (or mouse) and your own penmanship
This will be a lot easier and slicker if you have a drawing tablet – there’s loads out there to choose from and they all seem pretty good to me – I have one of the Wacom Bamboo ones. Don’t be put off if you don’t have a drawing tablet though – you might feel a bit slow and clumsy using a mouse but it can be done.* If you get really stuck why not try using a handwriting font (see below).
- Open your photo – resize and do any tweaking that might be required – save this as a copy so you don’t accidentally scribble in a ‘forever’ way all over your lovely photo.
- Create a new layer, choose a suitable colour and brush – scribble around until you have just the right combination. The example below uses a 3px soft brush.
- Double check you’re on a separate layer and start writing!
*Tip for mouse users: try working at double the size you want your finished image to be – the downsizing will help smooth out jagged edges.
Using a font
- Open your photo – resize and do any tweaking that might be required.
- Create a new layer, select the ‘type’ tool, click on the image and start typing.
- Highlight the text with the text tool, then in the top navigation go to ‘Window’>’Character’ and choose your font, size, alignment etc
- Pick the colour you want to use from your swatches panel.
Some nice (and free) fonts to try:
There are some fabulous apps out there that make it really easy to add text to a photo – the example below was created using ‘Over’ on my iPhone but all the smartphones seem to have something similar.
So there you go. Looking back I’m not sure this even needed a tutorial – it’s a pretty straightforward technique but a good way of rescuing a photo which might otherwise be a bit bleh.
How about you, do you like to scribble on your photos?