Hey all! Today I’m sharing a fun and easy DIY: a personalized photo clock. This simple project comes together quickly and inexpensively and is a great way to showcase one of your favorite photos. It would make a great gift for a wedding or anniversary! I’m going to show you how to add text to a photo using my go-to photo editing software, Adobe Photoshop Elements 15, and then I’ll show you how to use that photo to transform an ordinary clock into something gorgeous. Thank you to Adobe for sponsoring this post.
I’m excited to make a clock like this with a photo of my own family as soon as we get family photos taken later this month (wish me luck finding coordinating outfits for seven people!).
I found the clock at Walmart and I think it’s quite pretty, especially considering it only cost $10. Add in a few dollars for the photo print, and this whole project costs less than fifteen bucks.
I used Quick mode in Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 to add text to this photo:
Quick mode is the easiest mode in Photoshop Elements. It allows you to do all sorts of photo editing with just one click: brighten, color correct, sharpen, whiten teeth, remove distractions, crop, add effects, etc. It’s also very simple to add text to a photo in Quick mode. Watch this video to learn how:
After you add text to your photo, you’ll want to crop it in a circle and make sure it’s the same size as your clock face (the video above shows you how to do this).
This video gives you a quick look at how I put the clock together (written instructions follow):
A little more detail on how to place the photo into the clock:
1 – Begin with a clock and a photo that’s cropped into a circle the same size as the clock face. Carefully cut out the photo. 2 – Find the center of the photo and mark it. Make a small X with an exacto knife on the center mark. 3 – Unscrew the back of the clock so you can remove the protective glass. 4 – Remove the clock hands. Place the photo down onto the clock face, allowing the mechanism that holds the clock hands to come through the X you cut in the center of your photo. Use an exacto knife to trim a hole in the middle of the photo so it can lay flat against the clock face. 5 – Adhere the photo to the clock face. Replace the hands and screw the clock back together.
Fun, right? I think this project would make a beautiful gift. It would be pretty cool with a giant clock and photo!
If you’d like to try adding text to some of your photos, click here to try Photoshop Elements free for 30 days. You’ll love it! I use Photoshop Elements almost every day, between creating photo projects, editing photos for my blog, and making my personal photos look their best. Click here to see all my other Photoshop Elements tutorials.