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Adding Text to a Photo

Adding Text to a Photo with Windows Paint

Windows Paint is the light-weight image-editing program that comes with all versions of Windows. The program can be launched by going to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Paint. It can also be launched by going to Start>Run, typing pbrush, and clicking OK.

After you have opened an image in Paint click on the A in the Toolbar. Your cursor will change to a cross, with which you can draw a text box of the approximate size and shape you want. Now you can type something into the text box, along with choosing the font face, size, and style you want.

The color of the text will be the same as the foreground color indicated in the Color Selection Palette. This color can be changed by right-clicking any of the other colors. (Left-clicking a color will make it the background color of the text box.)

Other options in Windows Paint under "Image" are "Flip" and "Rotate, " along with "Stretch & Skew. " The latter lets you resize a picture and/or "skew" it into a different shape.

If you scroll over the text, a box will open that lets you choose another font, size and/or style.

Adding Text to a Photo with Irfanview

In Irfanview (free from www.irfanview.com) lettering can be added to a picture by drawing a text box of the approximate size and shape desired with your mouse pointer, followed by clicking Edit>Insert Text into Selection, and typing in your words.

Before clicking OK, click the "Choose Font" button and make your choice. Clicking the "Append Date" button will insert the current date into the text box. The same is true for adding the current Time and/or Copyright symbol. If you click "Text is Transparent," the area around the text will be clear so that the picture shows through.


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