Turning your favorite photo into text is a fun technique. You can use this in your scrapbooking to create a title. You can also use this technique to create an inspirational glass photo block that I am going to show you how to make today.

Inspirational Glass Photo Block - easy technique to change photo to word using Photoshop Elements 18

This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Please read my full disclosure policy hereThank you to Adobe for providing me with Photoshop Elements 2018 to review, as well as the products for this post.

This project is really easy when you use Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018. I have used Elements for years to edit my photos for the blog. I had version 11 and I am excited about all the new improvements that have been made over the past several years. Photo Text is one of the new guided edits in Photoshop Elements 2018.

How to Turn Your Photo into Text

Open your photo in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018. Use the Quick Edit tools to edit your photo. You can use the Smart Fix tool, as well as easily correct the exposure, lighting, color, balance, and sharpness of your photo.

Use quick edits to adjust original photo

Crop your photo into a square. Be sure it is as wide or larger than your photo block.

Crop image into a square

Open Guided Edits > Fun Edits > Photo Text.

Guided Edits - fun edits - photo text - Photoshop Elements 2018

Click the Type Tool button, and type your word(s). You can use the tools at the bottom of your screen to select the font you want to use. I used the font Freestyle.

Select font style from bottom of screen

Use Type Tool to add a layer of text to image

Helpful Tip: You can choose Fit or Fill for your word. Fit allows you to adjust the font size by dragging the corners or sides of the font box to fit the photo. Fill works by filling the entire size of the photo with your word(s). You can also choose between a black, white, or transparent background. I left mine white. Lastly, you can edit the amount (if any) of drop shadow on your word.

You can drag the word around until the correct part of your photo is behind the text. Click Next at the bottom. Then you can choose to save or continue editing your photo.

Photo Text tool - fun edits Photoshop Elements 2018

Resize your image to fit your glass block. Mine is 5.5″ x 5.5″.

Resize image to fit glass block

In just a few simple steps you are able to easily create text from a photo with Photoshop Elements 2018.

Create text from a photo Photoshop Elements 2018


How to Make an Inspirational Glass Photo Block


Supplies needed for inspiration photo glass block

Print your photo on clear sticker paper on the shiny side. Trim your word to fit your glass block.

Trim sticker paper to fit glass block

Peel the sticker from the backing and place on your glass block.

Peel sticker backing from clear sticker

Simplify Glass Photo Block

That is it! This project is easy and fun. Now, I have a pretty reminder of my word for the year.

Simplify Inspirational Glass Photo Block - word of the year


The glass block is hollow, so you can fill it with whatever you want. Twinkle lights are a beautiful choice. Simply push the lights inside the opening.

Add lights into hold in glass block

Plug them in (or turn on the battery pack) and enjoy!

Add lights to glass block

Helpful Tip: Place the hole at the bottom of the block (rather than the top) to make the cord for the lights less noticeable.

I think I may add little reminders of my year in here – ticket stubs, notes, receipts, etc. It will be like a time capsule for the year to look back on all our great memories for 2018.

Inspirational Glass Photo Block - easy to convert photo to text using Photoshop Elements 2018

You may also like:

This post was inspired by a tutorial on It’s Always Autumn.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *