How to add annotations to images

Nowadays, no matter what line of work you are in, it is inevitable to edit images in day to day office work. One thing you often do is annotating images. When writing a how-to tutorial, you want to note where the menu people should navigate to is in a screenshot. You intend to post some photos on social media. The lightness of particular parts in these photos need to be adjusted. You have to mark up the required adjustments in photos and send photos to graphic designers of your company. You traveled to some countries and took several photos in scenic spots. You want to label the historical buildings with text in the photos to pinpoint them to your friends. To add annotations to images, you need a professional image editor. Although there are numerous apps for editing images on the market, not all of them are suitable for beginners. That is why I would like to introduce a beginner-friendly app to you and show you how to use it to annotate images.

Photo Stitcher by Vertexshare

Add an annotation to the image with Photo Stitcher

Photo Stitcher is specialized in stitching multiple images into one image. But what it is capable of doing is more than putting images together. It provides a series of useful editing tools to retouch your stitched image.

Launch Photo Editor and you will see a simple and clean window. This window is mainly divided into two panels. One is a preview panel. This is where you can zoom and pan the stitched image, change its height or width, and edit it. The other one is on the right side of the window. It is where you can choose the editing functions. The direction lets you decide to align the images horizontally or vertically. The spacing allows you to add spacings between adjacent images and outer spacings to the stitched image. The copping enables you to crop the images from the side, top or bottom to remove the unwanted parts. The shape drawing gives you the ability to draw free-form shapes, squares, and arrows on the photo. Besides direction, spacing, cropping and shape drawing, the software is equipped with some other editing functions. If you want to make your stitched image public and protect it, you can add a watermark to the bottom of the stitched image or full-page watermarks to its whole area. If you need to hide the sensitive information, you can use different kinds of mosaics to mosaic a particular area in the image. You can also pick colors on the palette to customize the colors of watermark, shape, and spacing.

Photo Stitcher is one of the best image stitching software programs. Powered by advanced stitching algorithms, it collages images together seamlessly. Because of the robust engine, the stitching process can be completed in a few seconds. The minimalist layout and intuitive settings makes sure that the app can be easily mastered by inexperienced users. Irrespective of whether you want to blend photos to create a panorama scene, combine images into a neat collage, or make a long and scrolling screenshot, Photo Stitcher is worth a try.

Without further ado, let's dive into the part of how to use Photo Stitcher to add an annotation to the image.

How to add an annotation to the image with Photo Stitcher

Step 1.

  • Open Photo Stitcher. Throw your image into the drop box saying "Drag and Drop Your Photo Here". Or click on "File"->"Add Photo" to add your image into the program. You can also click on the "Add" button to import the image. To remove the imported image, click on the "Remove" button next to the "Add" button. Once the image is loaded into the program, it will be displayed in the preview panel. Perhaps it does not fit the preview panel. Click on "Edit"->"Fit Screen". Then, drag the zooming slider at the bottom left corner of the window to adjust its dimension in the preview panel.

Step 2.

  • Go to the "EDITING TOOLS" section in the right side panel. As you can see, there are three shape drawing options. The left one is for drawing free-hand lines. The middle one is for drawing squares. The right one is for drawing arrows. Select the left one. Click on the three dots icon and choose "Thin". Choose one color on the palette. Draw free-hand lines to write words on the image like you do with the pencil in MS Paint. Lets say, write "Darken the waterfall" with red color on this sample photo. Then, select the right shape drawing option. Choose "Thick" in the three dots menu. Click somewhere beside the words and draw an arrow pointing to the waterfall.

The annotation added to the photo

Step 3.

  • Press "Save as" to export the stitched photo to a desired location. You can also click on "File"->"Save As" to save the changed photo into a destination folder.


Photo Stitcher is not only an image stitcher but also an image annotation app. Photo Stitcher offers a 15-times free trial. Shell out 29 bucks and you will get a lifetime license. To be honest, the downside of this app is that it lacks the text tool to add text anywhere in the image. But I believe this function will be added to the software in future releases.

PS: How to add an annotation to the image in Photoshop

Photoshop is the most commonly used tool to edit images. If you are a novice in photo editing, you might not know Photoshop has an annotation tool. You can use it to add the text note to the image and then save the image as PSD format. Let's take a look at how to do it with simple steps.

  • Fire up Photoshop. Drag and drop your image into the program.
  • Go to the left pane. Right-click on the eyedropper and select "Note Tool".
  • Then, you will see the property bar of the note tool at the top of the interface.
  • Navigate to the property bar and pick one color as the color of the note.
  • Hover your cursor over the position where you want to create the note and click on the image. You will see a text input box pops up. Enter words in the box.
  • Finally, save the image as a PSD file.

Add an annotation to the photo in Photoshop

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