add text to photos using Window Photo Gallery

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by Dave C, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. Dave C

    Dave C Guest

    How to add text to photos using Window Photo Gallery
     
    Dave C, Jul 14, 2007
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  2. Dave C

    Dave Guest

    Well, you can add a Tag and/or a Caption
    In the Info pane, on the right... if it's not shown, click on "Info" on the
    toolbar.
     
    Dave, Jul 14, 2007
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  3. Best results, more features and better control can be obtained with
    better third party applications. In a pinch you can use Microsoft's
    Paint.

    Here's how:

    1. Open a suitable file. If it isn't already showing check text tool
    bar under View on the menu bar. Select an appropriate style and
    size font.

    2. Since you want the text to be superimposed and appear
    to float over and become part of the underlying image
    and not have an ugly background color behind the text
    make sure you click on the bottom icon in the left vertical
    column which will set the text field to transparent.

    3. Click on the "A" which is the crude text tool in paint.
    You'll see the cursor change to a cross. While holding
    down your left mouse button position where you want
    the text to appear and draw a rectangle roughly the
    size of the text you'll be adding then let go.

    4. If you look close you now see the cursor has changed
    to a flashing "I" once you click anywhere inside the
    box you just created. Now just start to type. You can
    change the font color from the color boxes at the top of Paint.

    5. Once you are done typing the text move the cursor
    outside of the text field and press enter.

    6. Click on File, pick "save as" giving your project a
    new name and different file type if your like. The
    text and underlying picture will be combined into
    a "flattened" image.

    What you've just done is create an Alpha channel. An Alpha channel is
    a separate layer that can have it's background transparent allowing
    what is underneath to bleed through, thus text appears to "float" over
    the image. If you forget to check the last icon in the left column
    while the text still gets added to the picture whatever space isn't
    taken up by the text will show whatever color (typically white) that
    is set for the background of the text field.

    The reason I suggest you get something better is you are very limited
    in what you can do in Paint. For example with better applications you
    can cause the text to follow a path, have a shadow, be 3D, add
    lightening effects, be easily repositioned, etc..
     
    Adam Albright, Jul 14, 2007
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  4. Dave C

    Dave C Guest

    Thanks very helpful
    Dave C

     
    Dave C, Jul 14, 2007
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