how to: personalizing posts with your own writing

While blogging I’ve found that I sometimes like to go the extra step where necessary and edit my photos to include my own handwriting. You may have noticed it in the past on my DIY and recipe posts especially, but if not, you can see what I’m talking about here, here, and here! Lately, I’ve had people complimenting the “font” I use, so I figured why not put a post together to show y’all, it’s not a font! Just a fun little extra step I like to take to make my stuff more polished.

Let me preface by saying there’s probably an easier way to do this, but here’s how I get my writing on pictures. For those of you who don’t have a tablet but still want to give your pictures something more, this is for you!!

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  1. Find a picture that you’d like to use your handwriting on. Now, figure out how you want to make it special. Arrows, words, little drawings? How do you wanna personalize your picture.
  2. Write out the words you need on a blank piece of paper. The less noise in the background the easier it’ll be, so try to use a white or light colored paper and a black pen. A felt tip or sharpie will be easier for you to select than a ballpoint.
  3. Use your phone and take a picture of the words you’ve written. Try to get as close as possible with everything fitting on the screen. Tap your screen and make sure the image is in focus, because it’ll be hard to select words if they’re fuzzy.
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  4. Send the photo to your computer, then open in Photoshop. I like to airdrop my files to my computer, but you can just email it to yourself if that’s easier!
  5. Find your Magic Wand Tool in the tool sidebar, and start selecting your letters. If you hold down the “shift” key as you click on the letters, you will be able to select multiple letters at once.If you look, “P” “E” “R” and “S” have been highlighted in the image below.

    Go through and select the whole thing (unless you only need 4 letters)!
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  6. Now, go smooth out your letters. This step isn’t completely necessary, but I find it makes my handwriting look more like a vector and cleaner overall when done. For this step, SELECT > MODIFY > SMOOTH then select how many pixels you want it smoothed out.

    I usually just pick 3, so everything is clean but not too much!
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  7. Create a new layer, then fill in your selection in the new layer. You’ll wanna know what color you want your writing to be on your picture before you do this. Dark picture? Go with white. Light picture? Go with black. Want a crazy pop of color if you wanna write buzzwords on your photo? Maybe check out some orange!

    This can be done by going to EDIT > FILL > (your color choice)

  8. Copy your selection, then paste it onto your image! If you don’t know how to copy, hit “command + c” on a Mac, and “CTRL + C” on Windows. Then, go to your picture and hit “command/CTRL + V”. Chances are, the words are gonna be too big. THAT’S OKAY. Click the “Show Transform Controls” at the top of your screen (it’s right below “IMAGE” on your toolbar), so we can fix this!personalize posts
  9. Using the transform controls, resize your textIf you put your cursor in the top left corner of the box that should be visible (if not, go back a step and click “Show Transform Controls”), an arrow should appear! Hold down the shift key (this will keep your image proportions in tact) while clicking and dragging the cursor down diagonally. Keep going till the text is the size you want it!
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  10. Arrange your text on the photo as needed, then save! Unless you need to make minor adjustments like tilting the text at an angle or adjusting the opacity, you’re pretty much done! Save your photo and upload it where you want to!personalize posts

 

Again, I’m sure the process could be easier, but I’ve been doing this so long that it takes me maybe 5 minutes to do!! If you have any questions or need clarification, please leave me a comment, tweet me, or email me, and I’ll help getcha sorted!

Do you think you’ll use this in the future?
I’d love to see your finished products!

28 Comments

  1. Brittany_WMSB March 3, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Wow! This looked way easier than I expected it to be! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jessica Lam March 3, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    I never knew about the smooth tool, thanks for sharing! Handwriting is a cute touch to add to your photos 🙂

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com March 4, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      it’s not a necessary step, but I like how it makes my writing way cleaner haha. thanks! x

  3. Kelsey March 3, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    That’s such a cool idea! It’s way more unique than using a font (although I’d probably use a font because my handwriting is awful!) Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com March 4, 2017 / 2:41 pm

      I’m so picky about how my pictures look, otherwise I’d probably use a font too! x

  4. Ro March 4, 2017 / 10:31 am

    This is really helpful! I’ve been trying to figure out how to add handwriting and different symbols into my videos. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. Clarissa March 5, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    This is actually pretty easy – and I love that you go through the steps just to give your blog your own personal flair! <3

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  6. allisonasp March 6, 2017 / 10:16 am

    I love this idea! And I never would have thought of it on my own. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Do you have any tips for those of us who don’t have Photoshop?

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com March 7, 2017 / 12:40 am

      of course! and I’ve heard there are apps that let you do the same, but I’m not sure what they are. :((

  7. Ilka Elise March 6, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    That’s so cool. Why have I never tried that …. Thank’s for sharing xxxx

  8. KenyaRae March 6, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    I never thought of that!!!!! This is an amazing idea 💡 why haven’t I thought about this yet! Silly me😝

  9. Yolanda March 7, 2017 / 12:16 am

    Awesome! I never know about the modify/smooth. Thanks for the tutorial!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com March 7, 2017 / 12:44 am

      it’s a little extra step I like to take, but I think it makes things look good! x

  10. Jen Smith March 7, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Yeah, way easier than I thought! Unfortunately I don’t have photoshop but I’ll keep it in mind if I get it!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com March 7, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      I think photoshop is something like $12/mo with a web subscription? worth trying out! :))

  11. Jessica Wagner March 7, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    So much fun! Love this. Always looking for ways to switch things up a bit! XO

  12. Erin Nichols March 8, 2017 / 9:27 am

    This is such a genius idea. I’ve been working on my hand lettering and would lobe to incorporate it into some of my blog and social media photos.

  13. cassieoxo March 22, 2017 / 11:05 am

    SO CLEVER! I used this technique on my own blog’s header, and I LOVE how easy it was to do! This is so clever! 🙂

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