Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Google Photos Can't Add Text to Photos ... or Can It?

Just last week, Google released an update to the photo editing app called Snapseed. Snapseed is companion app to Google Photos, and with this update, it now has the ability to add text. Here are a few examples:

I LOVE it! Up until now, if I wanted text on a picture that is in my Google Photos, I either needed to go thru Google Drive (see this member video 434.Google Photos and Watermarks) or download the pictures to my computer and use Picasa, then re-upload the picture.
Now, I can just use Google Photos - meaning I have access to any of my 50,000 pictures over my lifetime - then use the 3-dot menu to "Edit in Snapseed." As you can see in the examples above, there are a lot of options on the text tool. When I'm done, it takes me back to Google Photos. If I'm using an Android device, I need to be sure the Snapseed device folder is being uploaded - on an iPhone/iPad that is not necessary.
We demonstrated this in our "What Does This Button Do?" show last week. Here is a direct link to the part where we show Snapseed.

Watch this video portion of our What Does this Button Do Show:

  1. Adding Text to a Photo with Google Photos & Snapseed

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  1. Thank you thank you thank you.... I knew there had to be a way!

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  2. I echo the previous comment. I, too, felt that there had to be a way.

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