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How to Put Text in Graphics and Photos

It seems like just about everyone has made the switch to digital cameras. And that means that all of your photos start out as little, or not so little, digital images. Now, with "old-fashioned" pictures, you could easily write on the back of them. You know, I think everyones family used to do that kind of thing. And I guess some still do. Putting helpful little notes on the backs of pictures. Things like "Michael at age 2", or "Camping - bear eating our lunch", or "Baby's First Christmas" or "Tim at high school graduation."
Published: Jun 20, 2005
Author: Michael E, Callahan
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This question submitted by Sandy Schumann and numerous others It seems like just about everyone has made the switch to digital cameras. And that means that all of your photos start out as little, or not so little, digital images. Now, with "old-fashioned" pictures, you could easily write on the back of them. You know, I think everyones family used to do that kind of thing. And I guess some still do. Putting helpful little notes on the backs of pictures. Things like "Michael at age 2", or "Camping - bear eating our lunch", or "Baby's First Christmas" or "Tim at high school graduation." The problem lies in the fact that digital photos don't really have a back on them. At the same time, however, there are lots of wonderful photo programs that let you do all kind of things with your digital photos. You can size them, touch them up, remove red eyes, archive them, sort them, put them in albums, and yes, you can even give them captions. The only problem is that the captions are part of the album and not part of the actual picture. So, take the picture out of the album software and you're back to square one. The question came in a number of ways. "Can you put text into a picture?" or "How can I label my digital pictures so the label is part of the picture?" Fortunately, this can be done with a wide range of graphics programs. I'll tell you how and use programs as an example. The key thing to remember is that what you're trying to accomplish in any program you may try this with is simply putting text into a graphic. Lets start with the program like IrfanView, by Irfan Skiljan. All you have to do is open up a photo in the program. Take your mouse cursor select the area in the photo where you want to insert some text. Just click down with the mouse and drag it to form a rectangle or square. Then click on the top menu and select Edit... Insert Text Into Selection. Type in the text you want, and you're done! It's just that easy and just about every graphics program has a text option. I'd like to thank Tucows user Sandy Schumann, and others, for asking this question. Her name is used with permission.
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About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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