Tutorials: Hand Lettering on Photos

hand lettering

Most of you all know that I love hand writing.  I hand letter lots of my projects, but today’s tutorial is a first for me because I’m taking it digital!  I have never shared any tutorials or projects that are geared more toward tech and blogging because I don’t want to just be blogging to other bloggers and didn’t want to isolate my other readers with web or online projects.  I am sharing this project, however, because I feel that it can really appeal to anyone who does some computer-based creating.  With this tutorial, you want to add hand writing to photos for things like wall art or scrapbooks.  I know a lot of designers have tablets (like the wacom tablet) which can easily capture hand writing onto the computer, but I don’t love using my tablet.  I have one, but it makes my writing look so crazy! I might just need to practice, but in the meantime, I have created this work-around.

Hand lettering is one of my favorite things to do.  I have always been a big doodler growing up and had notebooks full of scrawled pages.  I always reverted back to lettering, however.  Block letters, script letters, bubble letters, you get the picture.  In hindsight, I should have seen that obsession as a cue to become a graphic designer, but I didn’t even know what a graphic designer was at that stage in my life, so I instead decided a biology degree would be just as good… haha.


To start out, you’ll need to use a dark colored marker or pen on white paper.  If you need to use graph paper or lines, make sure they’re just a guide underneath your white paper. Go ahead and work on your lettering.  Once you get it into photoshop, you can move around words, so I never bother too much with making the layout exactly perfect when it’s on paper.  Once you have the lettering you like on paper, snap a photo of it with your phone camera and email it to yourself.

The rest of this tutorial picks up in the video below!  Contrary to what I say in the beginning of the video, it’s not quick. The video itself is fourteen minutes, but in real life, this took me about 45 minutes to complete. I’ve struggled with the Wacom tablet for hours before, so this 45 minute action is actually time-saving. Just don’t make fun of my total layman’s terms and make up names for things in photoshop!

So, grab yourself a cup of coffee and fourteen minutes to learn how to get handwriting onto your photos!

I hope you enjoyed the video!  It was way easier for me to do a video than to try and screen-shot pages into a photo tutorial!

Do you feel comfortable getting your paper creations onto the screen now?  Are there any parts you need more clarity on?  Since this is my first ever photoshop video, I probably skipped over things and would love to know what else would help you guys!

Have a happy Tuesday!


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