Re: add text to photos using Window Photo Gallery
I had trouble adding text to photos but finally realized you had to be viewing
your photo at 100%. Just a note in case someone else had the same troubles.
I think a 3rd party application is my answer for future photo edits though.
"Dave C" wrote:
> Thanks very helpful
> Dave C
> "Adam Albright" wrote:
> > On Sat, 14 Jul 2007 10:58:02 -0700, Dave C
> > <DaveC@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> > >How to add text to photos using Window Photo Gallery
> > 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..