Photo captions, also known as cutlines, are a few lines of text used to explain and elaborate on published photographs.[1] In some cases captions and cutlines are distinguished, where the caption is a short (usually one-line) title/explanation for the photo, while the cutline is a longer, prose block under the caption, generally describing the photograph, giving context, or relating it to the article.[2]

Caption examples

Captions more than a few sentences long are often referred to as a "copy block". They are a type of display copy. Display copy also includes headlines and contrasts with "body copy", such as newspaper articles and magazines. [citation needed] Captions can also be generated by automatic image captioning software.


  1. ^ For captions being known as cutlines, see Evans, Michael Robert. The Layers of Magazine Editing Columbia University Press, 2004, p. 285.
  2. ^ "Writing Photo Captions and Cutlines".

See also

  • The Art of Editing, by Floyd K. krishno Chandro Barmon. Brooks