Adding Captions In Photos

You can easily add captions and other elements to a photo right in the Photos app on your Mac. While there doesn't appear to be a captioning tool in Photos, you can edit a photo and use the default Markup extension to add text without leaving the app. You can always revert to the original photo or go back and edit your caption.

Comments: 16 Responses to “Adding Captions In Photos”

    Neil
    8 months ago

    What a great feature from Gary. I have huge library of photos from having previously used Aperture and now using Photos app on my Macs. Being able to add captions from within the Photos editing section is a big time saving and I had not realised it was possible until I saw Gary’s latest “pearls of wisdom” in the latest MacMost. Thank you so much.

    Pavla Bajgar
    8 months ago

    Hi, I am following your instructions how to use captions in Photos, but my screen is not showing Markups extension. I’m using Photos 3.0 and High Sierra OS. Do I need to update to Mojave? You are my life line, Gary! Thank you.

    8 months ago

    Pavla: I’m using Photos 4.0 (Mojave) here. Yes, I don’t think this was available in High Sierra.

    Shirley
    8 months ago

    It must be turned on in System Preferences >Extensions although I believe it is on as a default.

    Linda DesGroseilliers
    8 months ago

    What a great tip, Gary! I’ve been so frustrated by not being able to add captions to photos easily. This solves my problem. If I use this technique to “watermark” a photo, will it appear on other places that I post the photo such as Facebook and Flickr?

    Jeanette
    8 months ago

    Thanks very much for that information, and can you tell us if it is possible to have a dark/black background in Photos after upgrading to Mohave without using the Dark Mode elsewhere? The dark makes it too hard to read mail, etc, but photos stand out beautifully on a black background.

    8 months ago

    Linda: Yes. Try it.

    8 months ago

    Jeanette: Do you mean have Dark Mode on for Photos and off for everything else? No, you can’t do that. But you can just turn it on when you want to work in Photos for a while, and then off after.

    Heather B
    8 months ago

    Thank you for that very helpful “markup info”-it’s going to save so much time.

    Howard P
    8 months ago

    Its in a different location but Iʻve got it in Photos 2 in Sierra. Great tip and it seemed to be turned on in Preferences by default.

    Juanita
    8 months ago

    I just checked and I have it in High Sierra/Photos 3. Never knew it was there! Thanks so much for this great tip.

    Michael Kirby
    8 months ago

    Thank you for sharing this. I can use it to make my slideshows more interesting, i.e. providing the name of a mountain or hiking trail.

    Peter
    8 months ago

    On my photos screen, the top left icons do not include the “edit” icon. There are four other icons in view, but not the icon to “edit”. How do I get to access that important icon. I am using Photos 4 with Mojave

    Peter
    8 months ago

    Further to my earlier post, I should have said the icons group on the top right of my screen, not the top left!

    7 months ago

    Peter:First, make sure you are using the latest version of Photos (4, Mojave). Then, make sure you are viewing a single Photo. The Edit button won’t appear until you have double-clicked on a single photo to view it.

    Peter
    7 months ago

    Re my query the “edit” icon on photos above.
    Gary, you are a star. Very grateful for your speedy response, which needless to say solved the problem
    Many thanks
    Pete

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